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“Chamberlin Challenge” closed Dec. 31, 2022.


The Wissahickon Mills Foundation's primary purpose is to preserve and maintain the structure of the historic Robeson's Rolling Mill and expand access to paddlesport education.
Goal: $24,000.00
Collected: $27,325.00

The Wissahickon Mills Foundation is pleased to announce the successful conclusion to a pledge by Philadelphia Canoe Club patrons Steve and Sue Chamberlin to match - dollar for dollar - up to a total of $10,000 raised during December, 2022.  

Supporters enthusiastically responded to the call, with tax-deductible donations totaling $13,660 as of December 20, 2022.  As a result, this challenge is complete. 


Who are the Chamberlins?  In 1978, Susan was elected the first female Commodore of the Philadelphia Canoe Club. She went on to be the first female Commodore of the American Canoe Assocation from 1981 to 1983, to judge national and international whitewater competitions, and officiate at the Olympics. Together, Susan and Steve competed to become mixed canoe (C2M) National Slalom Champions in 1976. Steve is credited with a key new C2 design, the Gemini. This innovation placed canoe paddlers close together in the center of the boat. Four decades later, the Chamberlins still cherish the Philadelphia Canoe Club. With this gift, they invite other supporters to  join them and help ensure the historic building is restored to endure another 300 years.

“My reason for doing a matching grant is to try and find out how much the existing membership loves PCC,” Steve Chamberlin, 80, said in an interview from his home on the West Coast.

Without needed repairs, Chamberlin said, the clubhouse is in jeopardy: “You need to create a capital reserve fund and put together a realistic budget to what it cost to operate and maintain the building otherwise it will go away. It would be a shame to see it happen. There are not a lot of canoe clubs that have their own facility of that substantial nature.” 

How to Contribute a Tax Deductible Donation

Use the form below to donate. Enter comments in the donation form to direct your contribution to building repairs or education.

To Learn more about the Wissahickon Mills Foundation's tax-exempt status, see the GuideStar directory:  The Wissahickon Mills Foundation - GuideStar Profile.  Our tax ID is 88-2996144For more information: Contact Griffin Affel at (215) 269-9900, Jere Downs at (502) 376-2352.

Checks appreciated  (this eliminates transaction fees) and can be made payable to the Wissahickon Mills Foundation.  Send to PCC's address, 4900 Ridge, Phila. Pa., 19128-3805, or to the Treasurer: Griffin Affel, 439 Montier Rd., Glenside, Pa., 19038-3325

ROBESON ROLLING MILL HISTORY - A SPECIAL PLACE - The PCC clubhouse is the sole mill remaining in Fairmount Park, where once stood more than 40 mills. In 1963, the Philadelphia Historical Commission registered the structure as built circa 1700, known at that time as the “Roxboro Mill.” Learn more: Robeson Rolling Mill - Philadelphia Canoe Club.pdf ( Wall below waterline Foundation at Creek bed level.mp4 and 1998 Inspection Shaking and Creek Data.pdf (

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