As I write this in mid-December, it's finally started to rain here in Sacramento. The cloudy, rainy days make me think about steelhead fishing and the plans that have already been made to chase these magnificent fish with Dan, my regular fishing partner.
I'm someone that needs a plan and a goal that I am actively working on in my life. Goals give focus to my energies and thoughts and give me something to work toward and dream about as I go about my daily life. I also believe it is important for organizations to have a plan and that it is effectively communicated to all members of the group. Trout Unlimited is all about coldwater fisheries conservation. The challenge for us is to translate that into concrete actions that we take in our region to protect and improve our local fisheries.
My first goal as President is to work with the other board members to develop and communicate an action plan for 2009 in the February newsletter. The plan will be simple with a few concrete goals where we can focus our thoughts, our energies and our efforts as a group. A primary focus of the plan will be to increase the number of hands-on conservation projects that the chapter is involved with. This will mean more opportunities for all of us to make a difference in our local watersheds. Look for more detailed information in next month's newsletter!!