2024 Konvention Schedule

2024 Konvention Coordinator Mark Styczynski has released the schedule for this week’s Konvention!

We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Issue 141 of A to Z Has Arrived

Issue 141 of A to Z has arrived, and you don’t want to miss any of it! Check it out for great information about the upcoming Konvention, member photos, and more!


With less than two months to go before the start of the 2024 State Highpointers Konvention from July 18th to 20th at the Best Western Ramkota, this year’s chairperson would like to share some reminders and updates.

First, the deadline for receiving the discounted Highpointers Club group rate of $139 per night at the Best Western Ramkota is June 1st.  While rooms may still be available after this date, regular rates will apply.  Call the front desk at 1-605-343-8550 and mention that you are with the Club!

Second, we have an awesome T-shirt design for SD-24 and have contracted with a local shop in Rapid City.  The T-shirts will bemade in Las Vegas, so we need to have a little bit of lead time to ensure they arrive in Rapid City in time for the Konvention.  The initial order will be submitted on June 10th so if you want your T-shirt guaranteed, be sure to register before Monday, 6/10.  Online registration here:

2024 Highpointers Konvention Registration (SD-24) (regfox.com)

The final two items: The site of the Watermelon Feast on July 20th has been moved from Sylvan Lake to Stockade Lake adjacent to the George Stockade, where we will have our own dedicated area.  Tour buses will leave the Ramkota at 10:30 AM and return at 3:30 PM.  Lastly, if you plan to attend the event at Crazy Horse Memorial on 7/18 at 4 PM, please send a quick email to southdakotakonvention2024@gmail.com to let us know.  See you all in the Black Hills!

March 2024 Board Meeting Minutes Available

Minutes from the Highpointers Club March 2024 Board of Directors meeting have been approved and released:

Important Update Concerning Charles Mound Access

A view from the highpoint of Illinois

We are pleased to announce that we are able to confirm the summer open dates for 2024 at Charles Mound. The open dates will be:
June 1-2
July 6-7
August 3-4
September 7-8

Just a reminder that this is private land, so please be respectful during your visit. The owners ask that, as before, you park on the road and walk from there, no vehicles on their lane, and no pets. Please time your visit to occur during daylight hours. 

We want to once again thank the Wuebbels for the many years of visitation and thank the new owners for continuing to graciously allow access. 

A to Z Issue 140 in the Mail Now

Issue 140 of Apex to Zenith is arriving in mailboxes now. Be on the look out for some fantastic content, information about the Board of Directors election, and the latest on our 2024 South Dakota Konvention!

Important update on Charles Mound, the Illinois Highpoint

As some of you may know, the Illinois highpoint, Charles Mound, is for sale. Given the potential for new owners we are unable to confirm open access dates at this time. We are asking that highpointers do not visit until we can confirm the summer open dates. We will be updating the website as soon as we are able to get confirmation. We unfortunately cannot predict at this time when we may get final confirmation, so please take that into account when making your summer travel plans.

Highpointers have had access to this location on open weekends over the past 21 years, and we have nothing but appreciation and gratitude to Wayne and Jean Weubbels for allowing us access to their property all of these years.

The club hopes to establish a similar agreement with any new property owners. After new owners have had time to move in, we will hopefully be able to work out an agreement with them concerning access and confirm access dates. We ask that everyone respect this private property and all other highpoints on both private and public land.

We wish the Wayne and Jean nothing but the best in their future endeavors, and we hope any new property owners enjoy this special area for many years to come.

The following dates are the Illinois access dates that are pending confirmation:

June 1st-2nd

July 6th-7th

August 3rd-4th

September 7th-8th

Paul Horsted added to South Dakota Konvention Lineup

The countdown to the Konvention is on.

Be sure not to miss the 2024 Highpointers Konvention banquet at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City on the evening of Saturday, July 20th.  Black Hills historian, author and photographer Paul Horsted will be on hand as our distinguished keynote speaker.  Paul’s program will focus on both the 1874 Black Hills Expedition that explored Black Elk Peak as well as the 2016 survey of Black Elk Peak which established the elevation of South Dakota’s highest peak at 7, 231 feet.

For more information, check out Paul’s website at https://www.paulhorsted.com.

Online registration for Konvention attendance at https://highpointers.regfox.com/2024-highpointers-konvention-registration-sd-24.

Deadline to Renew/Join/Update Membership before Issue 140 is coming up soon!

Noted Author, Historian and Musician Added to South Dakota Konvention Lineup

2024 (SD) Highpointers Club Konvention Chair Mark Styczynski announced the addition of noted author, historian and musician Donovin Sprague to the Konvention lineup.

Styczynski said Sprague will lead a program and a hike of sacred Indian Peak Bear Butte near Sturgis, S.D. on the morning of July 18.

Sprague, who is based in Rapid City, S.D., is the author of 10 historical books and has appeared in Time Magazine, New Yorker and National Geographic. He presents at major universities in the United States, Canada and Europe and received a Coat of Arms from the Queen of England. In addition, March 23rd has been recognized in Rapid City as “Donovin Sprague Day” for his work in American Indian/white relations. He is a Minnicoujou Lakota and is a history faculty member at Sheridan College in Wyoming and is the advisor for the Native American students.

You can read Sprague’s entire bio here.