Tuesday, 29 July 2008 16:29

President's Message August 2008

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In about 6 weeks the Chapter will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary, and I will be stepping down as president. Much of the hard and sometimes tedious administrative groundwork has been done and we're ready to expand our scope of activities to tasks that are much more fun – such as planning and conducting hands-on restoration activities, or just getting together at some fishin' hole and sharing ideas. I know it's stated above but now may be the time to repeat "We need your input and participation to help protect the fisheries". If you think the Chapter is moving too slow, or moving too fast, or headed in the wrong direction, or ?????, please volunteer to actively assist by making a commitment to serve on the Board or a committee for just 1 year (October 2008 – September 2009). On Page 2 are the current nominees for the election next month. Three of the highest priorities we have identified for committee activity are publicity, speaker's bureau, and conservation.

Because the Chapter territory is so large (approximately 8,200 square miles), and many people are now on-line, we are planning to conduct quite a few Board meetings in the comfort of our own homes via teleconferencing – all you need is a computer with internet connection and a head set (and yes, you can participate in your pj's since we will only be able to see documents being discussed, not each other). This will save time and money on travel for everyone, and is a way for the chapter to be a bit more "green". We also hope this will encourage active participation of members in outlying areas to help identify regional issues and to serve as liaison with their local organizations.

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