Messages from the President of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.
May 18, 2011
We had nearly 60 people at our meeting Wednesday to hear Steve Schweitzer talk about fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park. His talk followed a presentation by Chris Kennedy outlining volunteering opportunities in RMNP this summer. Both presentations were well received.
Lee Evans opened the meeting with announcements, then gave his president’s speech, which is below. The speech noted the accomplishments of our chapter during the last two years, and gave special thanks to board members who have made the job of president easier.
We then opened the floor for nominations for officers and board members. The nominating committee had nominated Paul Wehr for Treasurer, Melinda MacPherson for Secretary, Stephanie Mullinsand Charles Plunkett for the two at-large positions. Phil Wright was nominated for President, but had not accepted the nomination for the nominating committee, so was not added to the ballot.
After a mandatory quiet time, Dennis Cook moved to direct the Board to change the bylaws to allow a third year term by the president, and to establish a nominating committee to aggressively seek out candidates for vice president and president. The motion was seconded. After some discussion and a commitment by Lee Evans to run another year if a vice president who is willing to be president can be found, the motion passed.
A motion was made and seconded to close nominations and accept the ballot for board members as printed. This motion passed. We welcome newly elected members of the board Paul Wehr, Melinda MacPherson, Stephanie Mullins, and Charles Plunkett.
Volunteers for coordinating trail maintenance at Gateway Park, for the river clean-up, and for help with a fishing afternoon with the Boys and Girls Club were signed up with gratitude.
The meeting adjourned after the raffle, which included one of Steve's books that he donated. Steve also sold 10 books and graciously donated $50 to our chapter. Other corporate donations were received.
Lee Evans, Immediate Past President
“State of Rocky Mountain Flycasters Address”
This is the time of the year when the president gives his state of the chapter speech. I am happy to report that our chapter is healthy and strong and has really made great strides the last two years.
We continue to make a difference in the projects that protect, sustain and restore our local watersheds. Our partnership with the Nature Conservancy at Phantom Canyon is on-going and growing to meet the needs of Phantom Canyon. We continue to be actively involved with Larimer County at Eagle’s Nest and have greatly improved the area over the past 5 years. We have adopted Narrows Park on the Big Thompson River and will again go there to clean and maintain the area on June 18. Your Board recently agreed to help the City of Fort Collins maintain some of their natural areas, and chose Gateway Park to receive most of our efforts.
Our Fly Tying Expo was larger and, along with the silent auction, more successful than ever. We have had great guest speakers, and tonight is proof again of that. Attendance at our meetings has grown to the point where we regularly have to set up more chairs. Membership is growing faster than ever and we’re on track to add 35 new members this year.
Your chapter is also involved with the State organization to get the Long Draw Cutthroat Restoration project started. There is much legal haggling going on, and we have attended many meetings to offer our support to this fantastic project. While waiting, we continue to work in Rocky Mountain National Park with their greenback Cutthroat restoration. We will hear more about that opportunity later in this meeting.
We have a youth program for the first time ever and have successfully completed one summer camp and are gearing up for another. We have sponsored Trout in the Classroom and hopefully will have two sites in the next school year. Rocky Mountain Flycasters was recognized by CTU for our exemplary youth programs. This is an award I am most proud of.
We have started a newsletter and most of you are now getting more up to date information about our chapter than ever before. We have had successful river clean-ups, helped CDOW with a major experiment to bring rainbows back to the Poudre, and participated in booths at public gatherings. Our chapter is being recognized in our communities as a major player in all aspects of cold water fisheries.
All of this doesn’t happen without major help from our members. I would like to draw your attention to some members who have made my job much easier.
I will begin with Greg Evans. As you know he was president a few years back and recruited me to be his secretary. When I became president, I returned the favor. Greg has served as treasurer, secretary and has done a fantastic job lining up speakers for our meetings. His business, Big Grins Pediatric Dentistry, made significant contributions for Trout in the Classroom, and in support of the Rocky Mountain Flycasters-Robert Behnke Scholarship. Greg feels deeply for this organization, and shares his ideas with me and the board. Besides being a great angler and a great fishing partner, Greg has really contributed to our chapter. Thanks, Greg.
Paul Wehr has been our webmaster for many years, and did it from Germany for many of those years. We have come to rely on the website for all kinds of information, and Paul has really spent many volunteer hours keeping it current and viable. He willingly took on the job of treasurer and this chapter has a workable budget for the first time ever. He has been involved with many aspects of our chapter, and I’ve come to rely on him for many things, not the least of which is wise counsel. Thanks, Paul.
Ken Eis is our immediate past president…a position I’m about to get. Ken has maintained his involvement with the board after serving as president for two years. He has been our contact with the senior center, and we realized his changing our meeting place has actually been a money maker for our chapter. Ken then morphed into our event photographer, and we have appreciated his documentation of our events. Thanks, Ken.
Guy Turenne has been an at-large member of the board for a number of years. He comes from many years of TU involvement in Maryland, and has brought those years of expertise to our discussions. He has been the go-to person for trail maintenance at Eagle’s Nest and Phantom Canyon, and many other projects. Thanks, Guy.
Phil Wright has been the other at-large member of the Board and took it upon himself to prepare the slide show for every meeting. This has added so much to our social time before the meetings, and we appreciate his work. He also regularly goes to Rocky Mountain National Park for the work on the Greenbacks. Thanks, Phil.
Dennis Cook is our Youth Outreach Director and has contributed above and beyond the call of duty to get our youth program operating. He has accomplished a major feat. He worked hard to get financing from various sources and put together a superb youth camp for future fly fishers. He has worked tirelessly to get Trout in the Classroom functioning and is close to getting people trained to help scouts with their fly fishing merit badge. His work has not gone unnoticed. He was honored by the Colorado TU for volunteer of the year. Dennis gets it done and I’m honored to be president during his time starting a youth outreach. Thanks, Dennis.
Bryon Fessler came on board and agreed to be the membership chairman. We can literally count his success by the number of new members he’s helped recruit. He then agreed to take on the Newsletter and has done a fantastic job. He got us hooked up to Constant Contact, worked hard to get a viable email list, and now can tell us how many readers we actually have. This number has been growing steadily under Bryon’s direction. We really have benefitted from his expertise. Thanks, Bryon.
Dave Piske is our resident intellectual and takes the jobs no one else wants. He re-wrote our bylaws a couple of years ago. He is very involved in the Long Draw issue, has written comments to various EIS issues, reads and studies issues and then presents them to the Board in concise form that we can understand. I cannot count the number of meetings he attends on our behalf, and we really appreciate that. He also is a great proof reader, and gently corrects us when we need to be. Thanks, Dave.
Cullen Emsing is our youngest member and has been a great help in many projects. He has contacts in the paper and printing industry, and has saved the chapter many dollars in printing costs. When we needed a new raffle director, Cullen volunteered, took the state sponsored classes, and now keeps us in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office. Thanks, Cullen.
Paul Fromme, a former president, has volunteered to be responsible for getting notices in the newspapers about our meetings. This has greatly increased our turnout at meetings. You may also recognize him as the guy who wins rods, then donates them back to the chapter. Thanks, Paul.
We have many others that contribute and should be recognized. All of you who have answered the call for volunteers have added to our chapter’s effectiveness. Thanks to all of you.
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