As I prepare to hand over the reins of the presidency to someone else, I wish to say "Thank You" to everyone who has been so supportive of the Chapter and its programs since our first meeting 2 years ago. Many of us joined TU to work in the sun (and rain if necessary) to protect and restore habitat for fish, but building an organization from the ground up requires a lot of time be devoted to administrative duties. Based on how much we've accomplished, the Board members either worked when they should have been sleeping, or they worked on administrative stuff when they would have rather been outdoors. Whichever, they deserve a zillion "thank you's".
However, the Board members are not the only ones who deserve credit for our progress -- we need to acknowledge the speakers who have donated their time while we get on our feet financially, and the individuals and organizations which have donated in some way to help cover costs for projects and our newsletter.
Yes, as past president I will still be helping with administrative functions but I am looking forward to more time in the sun (and rain if necessary!) protecting the fisheries in this area of California – they are among the best in the nation and with your help we can keep them that way. s/Barbara Bania