Fall President's Message - Posted November 20, 2022
With the year quickly coming to end I’m writing to you for the last time as club President. I’m pleased to report that the club is alive and doing well. Membership has grown along with a new wave of enthusiastic individuals ready to contribute to our club’s mission. As I turn the club over to our new President I feel good about the club’s future.
Here are the key updates on club business and activities.
December and January Meetings - There is no meeting planned for December. We’ll start back up in January with a Zoom meeting featuring Rick Passek. Rick is a still water specialist who has shared his fly fishing knowledge and experience on the BC Outdoors “Backroads Tour”, in classrooms and trade shows, and on television and radio appearances including on The National Weather Network, Breakfast TV, CBC Radio, and the award-winning Urban Rush.
Dues - As we approach year end we will soon be sending out a request for 2023 dues payments. Our annual dues will remain at $40. Your dues payments cover the operating costs of the club. Operating costs include operating the website, bookkeeping, member on-boarding, meeting space rent and support for outings.
Donations - Donations are a separate thing. Your club donations fund our non-profit “foundation”. These funds are used exclusively for member education and grants to conservation organizations like Student Saving Salmon, Western Rivers Conservation and others. This year we decided to move our donation drive from the yearend holiday season to early September as part of our Member Appreciation Party. That event will feature a pizza party, auctions and drawing for trips and gear and request for a generous donation for all of you!
Member Contact Information - A number of members have asked if we publish a member contact list so that members can connect with each other for trips and social reasons. Out of concerns for privacy we have not done so for several years. However, we are willing to provide such a list for those who wish to opt in. Those who opt out will not have their personal information included. By personal information we mean only name, e-mail address and phone number. Watch for a separate message for the opportunity to opt in or out.
Thank you to everyone for contributing to the club over the past many years. I know that under the leadership of Greg Sisson as President and Tim Bennett as Vice President the club will continue to flourish and grow. I have thoroughly enjoyed being the Vice President for two years in the past and President for the last three years. It’s been a bit of a challenge during this Covid pandemic but I think we did pretty well considering.
Hope to see you all at the meetings and our upcoming outings.
Ed Kellison, President
Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds