Okay folks, we are at a crossroads. We either need to put some organization and structure into our little club...and get more active...or it will self destruct. LeeC has been busy with putting some things on paper to consider for implementing the organizational things we need. Attached is a PDF file of the club By Laws he has put together. We all need to read this and decide whether or not it is good enough as is...needs fine-tuning...or is not something we want for the club. That will be a part of the meeting on Wednesday August 29th. We also want to discuss and implement a regular format for ongoing meetings. In addition to necessary club business we will have 1. Fishing Reports 2. Water of the month 3. Fishing technique of the month. It is also suggested that we bring in guest speakers from the Utah Angling community...such as DWR biologists, recognized angling specialists, members of other angling groups, etc. In addition to semi-annual tackle swaps we can also have meetings devoted to fish handling and cooking, tacklecraft, tube and toon mods, etc. We also plan to have more frequent "floatillas" with on the water socializing and maybe shore lunch afterwards. Our first planned event was scheduled for September 7 (Friday) at Starvation. But that turned out to be a bad idea since there will be heavy prefishing boat traffic for the big walleye tournament the next day. So we need to either change the venue or the date. It has been suggested that we simply move it to Deer Creek. DC has been fishing well for most species and is closer to the Wasatch Front. We can talk about that at the meeting. Bottom line: Anybody who wants to remain a member of the club and see it grow and improve needs to attend our next meeting...and the one following in September when we will be voting in officers and approving by laws. There will be no absentee ballots. We have a total of 24 membership applications for the club. A few are non BFT members and some of the applicants have not attended our last couple of meetings. In short, we have been going backwards and not forward. Please use this thread to voice your personal opinions and suggestions.
I think it all sounds great. I think this will definitely make the club better in a way that will help it grow and improve. Its fun to just come and bs about fishing and floating but, having a more organized club will benefit itself and the members. Thanks LeeC for putting it together and i will be at the meeting.
I would attend but my work schedule conflicts at this time.
The document looks good to me. The only thing that I would suggest adding, unless the lines "Support Ethical Fishing" or "Be a responsible organization in the support of fishing in Utah" cover it sufficiently, is something about preserving our resources. Then angle I'm focused on here is around things like invasive species and being that we are taking craft into waters we ought to educate and encourage responsibility and awareness. I will be there for the meeting.
Fellow T-n-T junkies. It's important we have a good turn-out for our August 29 meeting. The whole direction of the club and focus of each person's ideas is important. It takes a little effort, but the rewards for participation are with out measure. Together, we can learn so much and we can contribute to each others fishing knowledge and experences. The main thing we can do together is have FUN. Sea Ya on the 29th
Thanks for the nudge in the right direction. I think some leadership and organization will go a long ways in organizing events and meetings. Just read through the document and it looked good to me. I like the idea of gathering as a group of anglers to fish and discuss fishing and techniques but I also think it is important that we don't forget to share our passion with others, I was glad to see mention of involving kids. I would say that it is just as important to get involved in the community, especially areas that we as fisherman frequent. I would suggest a regular effort to be involved in some kind of service project 2-4 times a year. There is a wide range of things that we can do from holding clinics for kids, to cleaning up our favorite fishing spots. Just a thought. CREED
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