It is with a note of sadness that I start this message. During the last month we have lost one of our own. Jack Nelson, our Vice President, passed away while attending a TU training conference in Gatlinburg. Jack was one of our newer members, and he always wanted to serve. When the Chapter was looking for a Vice President last year, he stepped forward and volunteered. Over the last six months I had the opportunity to work closely with Jack as he got ready to become Chapter president. I found him to be concerned, able, and hard working. He also had a wry sense of humor that would catch you off guard, and leave you laughing. I feel he would have made an excellent President. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his wife Charlotte as she goes through these difficult times.
Our Chapter meeting this month will be presented by Sam Johnson. Sam will be speaking on more of his exploits in search of native trout somewhere in the mountains of the southeast. Please note that the meeting will NOT BE AT IVIE LODGE!
We have been moved to the Cagle Center.
As you all know, we had our annual Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 22nd. Thanks to the hard work of the organizing committee, we enjoyed a fun day. The financials are in, and I’m proud to report that the Chapter realized a net profit of over $2700. I appreciate all those who attended and made this day a success.
On May 20th, the Council will hold the quarterly meeting in Greensborough, Georgia. I will be attending, and if anybody would like to join me, please let me know.
I would like to say thank you to Deb Scott, Fred Ruppel, and Greg Grover. One of our goals this year has been to take the newbies out fishing to get them started. Over the last couple of months, these folks have donated a lot of time and energy in introducing newcomers to streams in Georgia and North Carolina. As a result, many of our newer members have gotten their lines wet had a chance to experience what its like to be streamside.
The last item I have concerns Council stream workdays. The first of these will be held on Saturday, June 10th, from 9am – 12 noon. The location is Jones Creek, and Gold Rush will be the lead chapter. As the lead, we will be responsible for providing snacks and a lunch. Jones Creek is the stream we adopted three years ago as a renovation project. Most of the improvements have been finished, and with a good turnout, we can hopefully wrap this project up. Please mark your calendars now. We need a good participation. Ralph Ripley, our Conservation Chair, will have more at our May meeting, and I will be communicating with you as May progresses.
That’s all I have for now. Call a friend and come join us this month at Glisson. I hope to see you at the meeting.