President's Message -- September 2018

Times Up

 

It’s been great serving as your chapter President these past two years, but all good things do come to an end. Well maybe.

 

Yes, my term as President has been very active and it seems as though not an hour passes when some UCCTU issue doesn’t cross my path. But that’s all part of the job—facing issues and solving problems.

 

We’ve come a long way these past two years implementing new programs and beefing up others. I hope they will all be continued well into the future.

 

Three programs to mind. First is our national effort to get out the message for everyone to help clean up our nation’s rivers and adjoining trails. CleanMyWater is catching on all over the country and our #cleanmywater Instagram page is filling up with dozens and dozens of photos taken by individuals out fishing or hiking. Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors.

 

A second program that I hope will live on is our Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic. Started in 2017, we’ll be conducting another session this October for women and teenage girls with an interest in learning our great sport. If you’d like to help, just let us know.

 

A third program - our 12-school Trout in the Classroom initiative – is now nationally-recognized by Trout Unlimited as one of the largest and best run programs in the US. To everyone associated with TIC – congratulations for a job well done!

 

Thanks too to my Board and all chapter members who pitched in during these past two years to lend a hand whether for helping young people at the Rizzio Clinic or assisting veterans through our Project Healing Waters efforts. You’ve all done a fantastic job!

 

Now it’s time to pass the torch to a new President and Board.

 

Please join us at our September 25th Annual Chapter Meeting to vote on those who wish to serve UCCTU next year. Also, come hear from Chris Scalley and some of his crew on the best ways to fish the Hooch this Fall.

 

See you at the meeting and on the river.

 

Ken Mock

Chapter President