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President’s Beat

Messages from the President of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.

State of the chapter – May 15, 2013

When you leave here tonight do so knowing this chapter is in good shape. While it may be lean financially, it is healthy. It is growing in members and projects. Most importantly it is growing in identity and recognition. A key measure of that growth in identity and recognition is the fact that we are now contacted on a regular basis and invited to provide our input regarding many local issues. Whether it’s a public agency considering new river projects, combined resource projects or other non-profit groups that have an interest in conservation and ecological programs, ideas or even their own specific project – Rocky Mountain Flycasters has become a go-to resource and our opinions and input matter. We should all be very proud of what we have accomplished in this regard over the last few years. We should also use that pride in accomplishment to fuel our desire to do more. We should challenge ourselves to improve what we already do and we should reach out farther into the Community and share what it is we do.

To that end, we will take Rocky Mountain Flycasters out on the road over the next year. We have a story that needs to be told. It is the story of how we Protect, Reconnect, Restore and Sustain our local waters so that future generations can enjoy fish in clean and healthy water. That is a story that should be told, it is a story that needs to be told. We hold on to the simple adage that “If it is good for the fish, it is good for people”. If we truly believe that then our story is more than a story of the TU mission it really is a story of life, it is a story of Community. You all know of groups, clubs and other organizations that should hear this story. Let me know who those groups are and we will get in touch with them. We will make sure they know who we are, what we do and how we do it.

Maybe you wonder – do we really do that much? I was looking at the calendar and determined by my count, that even with a little thing called the High Park Fire messing up the schedule, from last year at this time there were 168 days an individual could be involved in chapter related activities and meetings. That is over 3 days a week that someone is involved with chapter activities. Whether it is conservation work on the North Fork of the Poudre; fire restoration work and supervision in the High Park and Hewlett Gulch burn areas; ongoing discussions about the future of the Poudre River; meetings with City, County, State and Federal officials; Development of a fire restoration coalition and from that a watershed resource organization; fishing trips to destination areas both local and intrastate; helping a youngster catch their very first fish, providing a week long conservation experience for teenagers – we are not at a loss for ways that anyone who so chooses, can be involved in this chapter and more importantly, be involved in this community. We talk about our conservation mission and the value that it brings to our environment, but we often forget that we are really providing value to our community. In no small way, that is at the core of what we do as a TU chapter. We provide a value to our community that is tangible, it is credible and most important it is worthwhile and needed.

In recognition of the past years accomplishments, would all of the current Board of Trustee members and Advisory Council Chairs please stand. Thank you all so very much. I am just a part of what it is that you all do and I am very proud and honored to be a part of that process. [Ed. See the Current Board]

Now, will anyone in the audience who volunteered at any meeting, activity or program since last May please stand. Thank you so much. It is your efforts that make this chapter successful and we count on your continued support and help.

While we are offering our thanks you may be aware we started a chapter awards program. The program is chapter based and recipients for awards can be and are nominated by anyone of you here tonight. Remember that next year in January as we start the awards process for another season. Tonight we recognize three very special award recipients. See the 2013 Award Recipients.

Presented by Dick Jefferies, President of Rocky Mountain Flycasters chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Annual RMF Meeting.

Previous Messages

May 20, 2015 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies, President
Fifty six years ago on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan, sixteen anglers united by their love of trout fishing gathered at a private home.…(read more)

May 21, 2014 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies, President
So far Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been a journey, and story, of success that spans three decades.…(read more)

January 7, 2014 - Dick Jefferies, President
Ice off! It’s the call of the fly fisher….(read more)

May 15, 2013 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies
When you leave here tonight do so knowing this chapter is in good shape….(read more)

January 11, 2013 - Dick Jefferies
It is most definitely that time of year!! It’s that time when…(read more)

November 12, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
Even though Mother Nature is reminding us what is just around the corner…(read more)

June 27, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
…conversations centered around the High Park fire…(read more)

November 17, 2011 - Lee Evans
I need to tell you we had a great meeting last night.…(read more)

September 14, 2011 - Lee Evans
Greeley’s Milton Seaman Reservoir Gates…(read more)

May 18, 2011 - State of the Chapter - Lee Evans
We had nearly 60 people at our meeting Wednesday to hear Steve Schweitzer…(read more)

Mar. 27, 2011 - Lee Evans
Are you looking for more fun…(read more)

Jan. 31, 2011 - Lee Evans
The new expanded Fly Tying Expo is happening February 16 and I believe it is the best ever.…(read more)

Jan. 5, 2011 - Lee Evans
Wow! 2011 already! I hope you’re beginning to plan your fishing trips before the calendar gets too full.…(read more)

Nov. 10, 2010 - Lee Evans
After having what I consider to be a very successful year,…(read more)

Oct. 22, 2010 - Lee Evans
Apples and knees! These have been occupying a lot of my time recently, and have kept me from fishing as much as I would have liked.…(read more)

Aug. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
I know the summer is ending, the kids are back in school, and the best fishing of the year is beginning.…(read more)

Mar. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
These words are coming to you from a very excited president.…(read more)

January 21, 2010 - Lee Evans
We had our annual Fly Tying Expo last night and it was a great success.…(read more)

November 20, 2009 - Lee Evans
At our annual meeting on Nov. 18, you elected me…(read more)

Mar. 23, 2009 - Ken Eis
Well, the Poudre and Big T are fishing well. Clear low water is already stimulating dry fly action…(read more)

Nov. 28, 2007 - Ken Eis
We had an election at the November meeting…(read more)

Oct. 4, 2007 - Greg Evans
Happy! Wait a minute! What happened to September? Oh yea… Alaska, the brew fest… Well Happy October.…(read more)

Aug. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters Report…(read more)

Jul. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey Summer Anglers! Wish I had a great fish story to report for the Summer.…(read more)

Mar. 07, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey there Weary Winter Warriors! Spring is in the air…(read more)

Jan. 18, 2007 - Greg Evans
BRRR! This weather and snow is killing everyone who loves to fish! …all joking aside, the year started off great…(read more)

Dec. 10, 2006 - Greg Evans
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! We just had our annual Christmas Party at the Sports Station…(read more)

Nov. 8, 2006 - Greg Evans
Thanks to all to attended the General Meeting tonight, November 8th. The meeting had a different flavor with a presentation by member John Fraser on Didymosphenia Geminata aka Rock Snot…(read more)

Oct. 17, 2006 - Greg Evans
October arrived out of nowhere for me, but I did manage a little fishing while romancing my wife…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2006 - Greg Evans
With a great lineup of speakers for the year, ongoing conservation projects, and an enthusiastic board of directors I couldn't be more excited for the year…(read more)

Dec. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
With our annual Christmas Party at the Depot in Loveland this past Saturday, I am feeling very festive.…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
Paul Fromme has been our president for the last two years.…(read more)

Jul. 21, 2005 - Paul Fromme
We have all heard the news that Larimer County is preparing to sell off the properties…(read more)

Last updated on 23 May, 2019