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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: February 16th, 2016

7:00pm Vestal Library

February 16 – James Kirtland

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Special Announcements:

ADVANCED TYING CLASS WITH ANDY NAZAK:
$30 PER 3 HOUR SESSION
STARTING JANUARY 30TH.
10AM – 1PM St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Jefferson Ave, Endicott, NY
CLASS LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE PER SESSION.

Note from Your Chapter President

January 11, 2016

Hello to TU Members!

I apologize for the gap in communication but I have been hearing from many of you over the summer and fall. Perhaps that is what led to my being delinquent in posting a letter on the web-site.

I am fresh off a board meeting where I am very excited about our Conversation/Restoration efforts with the NYS DEC. Once again #031 Al Hazzard and Region 7 are partnering to ensure that you and future generations will enjoy beautiful habitat and trout.

Our first project will be at Wheeler Brook in Chenango County. Once again we will collaborate with our neighboring TU Chenango Chapter and plant 200 willows in the Spring of 2016. Structures will also be put in near the landmark Silo Restaurant.

Our second project will be our beloved Genegantslet Creek. We will be at the Art Lake Road site stabilizing structures. The DEC has signed up TU as restorers of these structures.

I can tell you that I am truly proud to be a steward of conservation – whatever small and trivial part I play in this – when I can drive by a stream and think that I picked up a piece of garbage, planted a willow, helped in a project, or just did what Frank Andros told me to do!

And we should all truly thank Frank Andros who is our Conservation Chairman. Frank spends hours (and we have to tally our hours and turn them into TU National; Frank is by far the leading volunteer) attending varying meetings of TU at all levels, DEC meetings, other outdoor organizations – and brings all of this information to our board meetings, facilitates and coordinates projects for our chapter so that YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST FISHERIES. SO THAT GENERATIONS TO COME CAN HAVE THE BEST FISHERIES. SO THAT TROUT CAN HAVE THE BEST ENVIRONMENT.

I am also excited to introduce our newest board member. Zach Stewart is a Senior at Vestal High School and is now our Chapter VP. Zach will be studying Environmental Science in the fall and plans to become a NYS DEC Officer. He is an avid fisherman and hunter. Zach is also enlisting many of his peers to join the chapter!

Dave Nugent, long time TU member, has taken over the Education Program long held by Fred Doolittle. Fred continues to work with Dave to get the eggs from the hatchery in the fall, but Dave has taken over the major responsibilities of coordinating with BOCES for Trout in the Classroom and the teachers. Dave is doing a great job and we appreciate him taking over this fantastic program.

Fantastic news on the fly tying front! After several years our own ANDY NAZAK is back! Andy is offering an intermediate/advanced course. Limited to 6 people only. This will be held on Saturday mornings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Endicott. More (and final) details will be given at the January 19th General Meeting.

Thank you again for your support. I hope to see you all at the meetings.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Upcoming meetings:

February 16th

March 15th

April 19th

May 17th

June 21st

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

Pay it forward!

Jennifer