The annual Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princess Christmas tree sale is coming your way!
Every year, Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses provides a great way for Fathers to connect with their children. And once again, the Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses are providing a great way for you to connect with our community and show your support by purchasing a Christmas tree or decorative wreath as part of our Annual Tree Sale! Affordably priced, long-lasting trees that look good at home or on-the-go, all proceeds from the sale go to support local charities and causes.
It all begins November 29th!
The flame of the Iroquois Nation continued to burn bright as we moved into our first campout of the 2013-2014 season at the always amazing Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana! Not only did we have an amazing Saturday night attendance – with 197 members enjoying one of the most beautiful weather nights of the years – we had 90 members on hand for our Friday night at camp! And on Friday the 13th, no less!
Our weekend at Camp Tecumseh included all of the usual favorite activities, from horseback riding to archery and riflery, as well as the always exciting inter-tribal games! It’s our Fall Campout that really gives our Nation time to kick back and enjoy making memories in an incredible setting, as well as a chance for new members to explore what the Iroquois and Indian Princesses are all about!
On a beautiful late summer’s evening, PRISIP’s Iroquois Nation gathered together at Park Ridge’s Wildwood Nature Center to welcome twenty-five new families to our ranks. Our annual processional shares the story of a father and daughter traveling together through Nature, exploring the mysteries of the World and growing closer together on their journey, as we follow a path through the wooded trails and beside a lake to arrive at last at our ceremonial fire.
Arriving at the ceremonial Firepit constructed by Iroquois Dads in the summer of 2011, our Tribal Chiefs share a greeting and Words of Wisdom with the new inductees, as well as reciting the 7 Aims, our most important guiding principles. And when the night is done, our new members are ready for the exciting year ahead with all of us in the Iroquois!
Here we go! You’ve heard about it! You’ve seen us in the Memorial Day Parade! You’re interested in joining the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses! Or maybe you’ve simply been encouraged to “go check it out.”
Join us on Thursday, September 5th, at the South Park Fieldhouse in Park Ridge from 6:30 to 8:30pm. You’ll get to meet with Dads and Daughters from all three Indian Princess Nations, including the Iroquois’ growing Nez Perce tribe, as well as boys from both of our growing boys’ Nations. You’ll be able to get your questions answered, connect with some of the families and Nation Chiefs you’ll be enjoying meetings and campouts with, and see some of the crafts and activities that make up the bulk of our year together.
Already to sign up today? Just download the registration forms and bring them with you on the night of the 5th. We look forward to meeting you!
In what is always an annual highlight and the traditional penultimate event of our year together, the Iroquois once again took to the streets as part of Park Ridge’s annual Memorial Day Parade. Stepping off from South Park and working our way slowly to the steps of City Hall, the 200-plus members of the Girls’ Iroquois Nation greeted neighbors and made new friends, sharing candy and laughs with all along the route!
Building on a half-baked idea from Nation Chief Dave and his daughters, who had rolled through the streets during the 2012 parade in a rented golf cart decorated for the holiday, the Iroquois introduced a mighty golf cart armada for the 2013 effort! All six Nations in the Iroquois – Crow, Comanche, Nez Perce, Navajo, Sauk and Seminole – launched at least one cart, with the Navajo having 3 carts in the parade, and Seminole upping the ante with a classic Thunderbird convertible decorated in tribal colors for the day.
Whatever the mode of transportation, it was another great day for Fathers and Daughters to make memories together, just like we do every time the Iroquois get together!
On a day that would later find him unleashing a 25-year bald eagle on unsuspecting crowds at U.S. Cellular Field during the opening of a Sox game, Illinois’ Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the South Park parking lot to hug old men and to converse and pose for photos with newly installed PRISIP Federation Chief Bob Szkwarek before leading the way through the streets of Park Ridge for the town’s annual Memorial Day parade. Stepping free of Szkwarek’s mighty arms, the Governor paused to offer a greeting to the oldest daughter of the Nation Chief of the Iroquois – “Hiya, honey!” – before pushing on to pose with aging Korean War vets.
Truly it had been a special moment, one of many, on a day that annually finds PRISIP Nations connecting with the community and celebrating our American military heroes.
For members of the girls’ Mohawk Nation, candy, candy and more candy was the order of the day, as their outgoing Nation Chief crowed proudly of the Mohawk’s wagonload of nearly 250 lbs. of candy, all of it to be aimed at the hearts and minds of local children along the parade route!
Not to be outdone, members of the various boys’ Nations put their best foot (and faces) forward, posing for spirited photos in the assembly area, and generally doing their part to be a big part of the parade.
Arguably one of the most visually arresting highlights of the day came from the Iroquois Nation, whose “golf cart armada” charmed and delighted the crowd, with each tribe creating their own fantastical spin on the shell of this simple craft. Said one Iroquois Father: “It’s fun, my girls love it, and it beats walking!”
And that is what Memorial Day is all about in Park Ridge.
On Saturday, May 11th, the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses in partnership with District 64 and many local sponsors hosted the first ever (and likely first annual) Together Forever Dash, a fun 5k run/walk event that raised money to support a local family in need. All part of our organizational philosophy of “wanting less and giving more,” 2012-2013 Chief of the Navajo Tribe in the Iroquois Nation Don Metter rallied local businesses and organizations and moved hearts and minds to bring this all together. Unlike the annual PRISIP Tree Sale, which benefits upwards of 20 local charities and organizations each year, the Together Forever 5K is intended to be a single annual donation to a deserving local families, the gift of all of the families that choose to run together in this simple and fun event.
Hi there and welcome! If you’ve found your way here after seeing our tribes in the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade, saw how much fun we had and are ready to join us, let’s get you started:
- There are 2 boys Nations, 3 girls Nations
- You may also want to do a quick read through of the official story of the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princess Federation, just to make sure you know what’s involved.
- Most importantly, you’ll want to download and fill out the Registration Forms to begin your journey.
- Thoughts from current Iroquois Dads on the time commitment of the Iroquois, the camping experiences, the self-esteem of our girls, and the social impact of the Iroquois in the community throughout the year.
- One of our youngest members shares her thoughts on what Indian Princesses means to her.
- Former Iroquois Nation Chief John Dempsey offer his thoughts on what the Iroquois Indian Princess experience is all about.
- Former Iroquois Nation leaders, including Perrin Stephens and Bob Szkwarek, reflect on their time with the Iroquois.
- Some additional thoughts on the Iroquois and our relationship to the Memorial Day Parade.
Race results can be found online at http://itsracetime.com/
The original race invite posting follows:
Building on our proud legacy of service and education within our Park Ridge community, the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses are proud to announce the inaugural running of the PRISIP Together Forever 5K. Working in partnership with Park Ridge School District 64 and many participating organizations within our community, the PRISIP Together Forever 5K is not only a great heart healthy activity, it’s an activity with a heart – much like our annual Tree Sale, proceeds from the run will go to support local childrens’ and family charities.
Open to all members of our community, the PRISIP Together Forever 5K is a fun run/walk and a great way to spend time with your son or daughter! Sign up today, and well see you at the starting line!
Complete event details follow:
PRISIP Together Forever 5K
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Bussey HWY/ Morris Street (Start/Finish is on Morris Street)
RAIN OR SHINE!
Adults = $31
Kids under 18 = $18
Sign up by clicking on this link: Race Sign Up
Runners – 8:00 AM
Walkers – 8:05 AM
Thursday may 9th 3-7:30
Friday may 10th 3”6:30
At Dick Pond in uptown Park Ridge
Race Day Registration: Shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after May 3rd
Registration begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 7:45 AM
Register by Mail: Coming Soon
Contact: Race Director Colleen Montgomery
Refreshments will be at the finish line; 2 water stations on-course.
Course is an out and back on Busse HWY. Start/Finish is at Morris St. at Hinkley Park
Sorry no dogs bikes or skates are allowed. Baby Strollers out last. Please fill out one form per participant. Please register early. T-shirt sizes not guaranteed; quantities while supplies last.