President's Message - April 2017

Newsline – April 2017

President’s Message


Volunteerism is alive and well at the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Why do I say this? I’ve seen participation in all of our activities grow with new and renewed enthusiasm along with increased numbers of chapter members making each and every chapter-sponsored event a success.


Take our Trout in the Classroom program for example. Jim Byrd, TIC Chair has taken this very special conservation program under his wing and is making fantastic improvements to it each and every day. He’s grown this youth classroom program of raising trout to four schools and a fifth may be joining the fold next fall. To celebrate the success of our TIC program, you are invited to our May meeting to learn more…and meet some of the teachers and others who are making our local community greater every day.


Also, a big ‘thank you’ to all of you who participated in this year’s Sweep the Hooch earlier this month. We had members at several locations along the river and our team leaders took responsibility for signing folks in and out. Best of all, tons of trash were once again removed from the Hooch. Thanks to Bill Lott, our Conservation & Advocacy Chair who was our liaison with the Riverkeeper and organized those who were leaders from UCCTU.


Another example of leadership at its finest goes to all of our TUers who gave their time and energy to ensure another successful Rizzio Clinic for our area young people. A special ‘thanks’ goes to our Executive VP and Education Chairman Tom Hayes who once again filled all 36 openings with eager learners and future fly fishers.


Maybe next month your name will appear here. There is a lot left to do this year. Can you help Denny Desmond our Fundraising Chair with the annual fall fundraiser? Would you have some time to help Denny and Cullen McClure take vets out for a day of local fishing? How about donating some new gear or flies to our monthly chapter raffle?


As you can see our chapter is driven by many great people. You are invited to join them.


Mark down April 25 to attend our April chapter meeting. Jeff Durniak, Fisheries Supervisor of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be our guest speaker.




Ken Mock