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Islay's Barrel

Extending summer program opportunities to SouthWest Michigan children!

In 2012, just two years after the start of Journeyman Distillery, proprietors Bill and Johanna Welter, gave birth to their daughter Islay. At this time, a 53 gallon barrel of Rye whiskey was filled for the benefit of her future education. Islay's Barrel is an extension of that concept!

Islay’s Barrel is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to extend summer program opportunities to deserving children in Southwest Michigan. As parents, Bill and Johanna wanted to create something for their daughter’s future. As part of the community, they are equally committed to creating a network of people who want to see local kids get the enrichment they need to succeed. Through various fundraisers, Islay's Barrel raises money to send recipients to summer enrichment programs, providing opportunities to develop and be inspired by a personal connection to nature. 

This is also an opportunity to support valuable programs, such as Dunes Learning Center and Camp Eberhart, serving kids in your community. Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we are able to continue to enhance the lives of the students and families we serve!

Bill Welter | President
Chuck Welter | Vice President
Bill Korbel | Treasurer
Johanna Welter | Secretary
Heather Payne | Member of the Board