President's Letter - May

On April 23 UCCTU sponsored the Sam Rizzio Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Clinic at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  It was a major success, with a capacity of 36 participants between the ages of 10 and 15 learning the fundamentals of fly fishing and cold water conservation.  Generous donations from sponsors such as Alpharetta Outfitters, The Fish Hawk, Bass Pro Shop, and Atlanta Fly Fishing School enabled us to give every participant fishing equipment to help them get started, including nine rod/reel outfits donated by L L Bean.  We want to thank all of the sponsors that helped make this possible.


Special thanks to UCCTU and GWFF volunteers that donated generously of their time to plan and instruct at the clinic:  Tom Hayes, Bob Foster, Bill Malloy, Cullen McClure, Pete Dvornek, Jeff Hammen, Ken Mock, Eunice Lovell, Deb Bowen, Circe Tsui, and Ryan Hartley.


And speaking of Ryan Hartley, I am very pleased to announce that he has been accepted to TU's Teen Summit that will take place at Georgetown Lake, MT next month! The Summit is an opportunity for teens from across the country to meet to discuss how to better engage teen members, to learn how to become leaders, and to work on service projects.  There is an outside chance they may be able to work in some fly fishing as well... Congratulations to Ryan! We look forward to hearing about his experience there.


Jim Harvey