History of the Building

In 1898, the Chapin Mining Company built a residence at 106 North Carpenter Avenue for General Manager James MacNaughton. In 1901, Otto Conrad Davidson replaced MacNaughton as manager and the home served as his family’s residence until 1935. It stood empty until 1945 when  Davidson’s widow sold the home to F. Albee Flodin and Martin D. Thomas.

 

Flodin and Thomas had a vision for the property. It was to turn the home into a clubhouse, primarily to host visiting businessmen. With assistance from Lake Shore Inc., they watch their vision become a reality.

Renovation materials were in short supply due to World War II so many of the renovations were done using original wood from various parts of the residence. In 1945-1946, the bar was built in what is now the ladies restroom using wood from sliding doors and woodwork from within the house.  The kitchen was enlarged and improved to function as a commercial kitchen. The main floor was opened up to create a dining room.  In 1947, the remodel was complete and the doors were open business.

The Beginning of the Club

In January 1945, F. Albee Flodin and Martin D. Thomas set out to establish a private club in Iron Mountain to host out-of-town businessmen. They purchased the private residence of Chapin Mining Company Manager Otto Conrad Davidson at 106 North Carpenter Avenue.

The inspiration for the Club was two-fold – replicating an experience Flodin and William Lewis had while on a business trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi and fulfilling a need within the community

In February 1945, a meeting of local leaders was held at the 6-7-8 Club on the top floor of the Commercial Bank to discuss the feasibility of establishing a private club.

 

On December 11, 1946, the Chippewa Club opened as a non-profit, unincorporated association. By law, this type of association cannot own property. Ownership was transferred to three club members for $10,000 and they were designated as trustees. The Club operated in this manner with various members serving as trustees until 1973 when it became a non-profit corporation

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Meet The Team

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Simon Poulin

Executive Chef

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Cameron Kazianka

Front of House

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Jaclyn Bal

Chef's Assistant

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2022 Board of Directors

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Scott Sanders, President

Scott Sanders Agency

Born and raised in Iron Mountain.  After graduating from Ferris State University with a BA in Business Management, he returned home to start his career in Insurance and investments.  Opening the doors to Scott Sanders Agency in 1994. This office also holds 906 Wealth Management where he is a Voya Financial Adviser.  Scott has an adult son, Bryan and he and his wife Shannon have a teenage daughter Bryonna.

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Lindley Johnson, Vice President

LKJ Agency Inc.

Born in Ann Arbor, MI, raised in Asheville, NC and a Lifelong summer resident of Spread Eagle, WI, Lindley moved to this area year-round in 1994. He has worked in the trucking and logistics industry since 1997 and started LKJ Agency Inc. in 2007. 

Lindley, his wife Jacalyn and their sons Parker and Rutledge are the 4th and 5th generations in their Spread Eagle home. 

They are also happy and fortunate to be 3rd generation Chippewa Club members.

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Glen Johnson, Treasurer

Retired CFO of Chicago Board of Trade

Glen boasts 35 years in the financial services industry, retired as CFO of the Chicago Board of Trade

Past President of the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association. He has spent part of just about every summer of his life in Spread Eagle, WI. HE has served and continued to serve on several non-profit boards including:

 

  • Advocate Health Care Finance Committee

  • Luther College Investment Committee

  • Chicago Metropolitan History Education Center

  • Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

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Suzanne Larson, Secretary

Executive Director at Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula.  With her teaching degree from NMU in Marquette, she moved to Iron Mountain in 1993.  She has worked in advertising for The Daily News & Results Broadcasting.  She also worked for IMK Credit Union (as Marketing Director) and currently is the Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.  Suzanne has two children, Aaron, an Applications Security Architect, (a “white hat hacker”-one of the good guys) in a suburb of Dallas and Madeline, a Front Desk Agent at Holiday Inn in Iron Mountain.

Her third “child” is her cat, Daisy Mae.  Suzanne recently married the love of her life, Rich Larson, in Maui Hawaii in 2018.  Suzanne is on the Board of Directors for the IM-K Kiwanis Club and IM-K Lions Club.  Suzanne enjoys quiet evenings at home with her hubby, boating on Moon Lake and traveling.

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Pete Merckx, Past-President

Zorn Compressor & Equipment Co.

Began working at Zorn Compressor & Equipment Co. in 1979. Moved from Wausau, Wisconsin to Spread Eagle in 2011. Pete and his wife, Shelby, have two children and two grandchildren.

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Matthew Lutz, Director

Chief Financial Officer, First National Bank

Born and raised in Iron Mountain.  BA in Economics & Management from Albion College, Master’s in Accounting from Marquette University.  CPA in Chicago for six years prior to returning home.  Married to Stacy with one son, Luka, one daughter, Lakelynn, and a golden retriever, Bodie.  He is involved with several non-profit community organizations including the Habitat for Humanity Menominee River and Iron Mountain Road & Trail while serving on the boards for Bay College Advisory Board for Accounting, Mountain View Ice Arena, and is Treasurer of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation and President of the Dickinson Chamber Ambassadors. 

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David Pasahow, Director

Blue Line Advisors, Founder

David Pasahow and his family have been Members of the Chippewa Club for 25 years, and family participants since the mid-1960’s. His parents were active members for over 30 years.  David and his wife Clair celebrated their Wedding at the Club as well as many anniversaries and daughter Meredith’s birthdays.  They reside seasonally in the Hill Country of Texas and return to Spread Eagle every Summer. 

 

David is the founder of Blue Line Advisors, an executive search and leadership firm focused on the aerospace, transportation, and other selected sectors. He also has more than 30 years of experience in executive and leadership consulting services.  David holds an A.B. degree from Kenyon College (Ohio) and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management.  He serves on the boards of The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) where he serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Governance Committee and privately held Conax Technologies.

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Jane Santini, Director

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I was born and raised in Iron Mountain. I left long enough to get my BSN degree and get my husband, Dennis, through dental school. We then moved back to Iron Mountain where we raised our three children. Jane now uses her nursing degree to care for her seven grandchildren!

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Doug Rigoni

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Doug was born and raised in Iron Mountain and has been married to his wife Berta for 37 years. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren that all live in the Iron Mountain area. Doug was an owner and worked at Bacco Construction for 38 years, he recently retired to enjoy family, camp, and Florida winters.

 

Doug served on the Dickinson Area Chamber/Partnership board for several years and as its chairman in 2002.  Doug also served on the Iron Mountain City Council for 4 years and on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Road Builders Association.

 

Serving on the Chippewa Club board not new to Doug, he previously served on the board for 5 years and is a Past President of the Club back in 2006.

 

He looks forward to keeping the Club strong and viable.

Board Meetings

Board of Director meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm CST in the Club Board Room.  All members are welcome to attend. 

 

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