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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe purpose of the Al Hazzard Chapter of Trout Unlimited shall be to conserve, protect, and restore cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.The Chapter shall operate as a volunteer, non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian organization. The Chapter shall function for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  By-Laws ____________________________________________________________________________

Events:

General Meeting: June 16, 2015

7:00pm Vestal Library

Guest Speakers:
Josh Filter/Mike Letnitsky

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Registration for Kids Fly-Fishing Camp 2015 – still Open!

July 12-17

Register now, and for more information:

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Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

Coloring Book – only $6.95

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Special Announcements:

Announcements:

** Andy Nazak would like to host a fly-tying class. One night, 4 hours or so. This class will be for intermediate to advanced tiers. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Kakusian. 

Tioga County Water & Soil Conservation Article – Thank you members for your help!
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**Thank you to ALL who donated their time and talents to yet another successful Kid’s Fishing Day at State Park on May 9th. The kids had a great time! (check back for photos)

**Thank you to ALL who donated their time to Stream Clean-up on the West Branch! It’s looking better already!

**Thank you to Russ Smith for painting all the benches in Firemen’s Park! What a refreshing scene. We appreciate your time, Russ!

**Willow planting – we have 500 to plant around the structure on the Genegantslet Creek. Please contact Jennifer Kakusian if you would like to help.

 

Note from Your Chapter President

April 9, 2015

Thank you to all those you supported our banquet.  Congratulations to those of you who walked away winners.   But in reality, if you are a member of this Chapter, you are a winner.

As you know, your donation allows the Chapter to do wonderful and exciting things in Region 7 for cold water conservation and the future of those fisheries.  We learned this to be true through the award given to Fred Doolittle – Trout in the Classroom vis a vie – future generations of fishermen.

The Banquet is a time of reflection and a spring board.  We are anxious to prepare for the new season of fishing that lies ahead, grateful for the gifts we may have won at the banquet and any last minute information that we may have pried loose from fellow friends on where the good fishing may be.

Those of us who serve you as Board members contemplate – more like beat our heads against a wall – on what we have done over the past years, ways to enlist people to volunteer, get people to attend meetings and the Banquet, etc., all in an effort to serve this “thing” that we love – #031 Al Hazzard.  To paraphrase, perhaps it is our mistress.

Why do we do it?  We have several hundred members, yet only 30 come to the general meetings and perhaps 150 to the Banquet.  On a good general meeting with great speakers we may get 30 members.  And, just maybe – when we need stream clean-up, hold casting classes or tying classes, or DARE I SAY IT… NEED NEW BOARD MEMBERS… the number shrinks like George Costanza jumping into the ocean.

So we do it to try to affect the above realization.  We want active and engaged members.  You have knowledge and it would be awesome to share that knowledge.  I personally encourage you to become a volunteer. There are many opportunities for you to participate in this Chapter – for this Chapter.  Others, especially a future fisherman, need someone in their life to help them succeed.  Volunteers play a big role, a friend and opening eyes to the things someone can achieve.

Upcoming meetings:

June 16: Josh Filter/Mike Letnitsky

July & August: NO meetings, go fishing!

Sept 15: Adam Noah – Lackawanna River

Thank you again. PLEASE BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETINGS.

Pay it forward!

Jennifer