CONSERVATION CORNER BY:
Mike Berube, Conservation Chairman
CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION RAFFLE REPORT
The raffle at last month’s meeting was a very successful event again this year. No doubt it was successful because of the volunteers who made the event run smoothly.
Thanks to the conservation committee and all of the volunteers who helped us out. There are too many names to mention, but I do have to say a special thanks to Linda Howe for keeping me focused.
The raffle grossed over $3500.
Another thanks to all who participated with ticket purchases and donations.
The eggs placed in tanks at the schools have hatched fish and are doing well. The club will be participating in the fish release dates in May. When the fish are released, the students receive a day of out- door education. Part of that education is a mini “hands-on” fly casting lesson.
I’ll be looking for volunteers at the April meeting to help with casting sessions at those events. We need volunteers for the fly casting clinics for students who are mostly in the 5th grade. The students and teachers will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to get an introduction to fly casting.
There will be a sign up sheet at the April meeting. You may also contact Mike Berube at 999-8235 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conservation Committee is excited to announce that the club will be sponsoring a child to attend the 2015 Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy. Please see the below notification we received about the school.
The SFF will pay the tuition to the academy for one child, the parents will be responsible for the transportation to and from. This is not limited to family members of the club, although we would rather send a child affiliated to the club.
Please direct any questions to Mike Berube at email@example.com.
2015 NORTHWEST YOUTH CONSERVATION AND FLY FISHING ACADEMY
Once again we are preparing for another Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy to be held June 21-27, 2015 at Gwinwood Community Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA. The Staff will be contacting over 50 dedicated volunteers to contribute their time for the success of the Academy – for the kids. This Academy is all about the girls and boys, 12-16 years old, to teach them the basics of fly fishing and conservation. The event is one full week with the staff and youth living at the Gwinwood Center and boarding in cabins. All meals are provided. Students need to bring their personal belongings, i.e., sleeping bags, pillows, rubber boots, etc. All fishing gear and fly tying equipment is provided, however, students may bring their own fishing gear.
The event is supported by WCTU and WSCIFFF, and members of South Sound FF, Olympia Chapter TU, WFFC, and Puget Sound Fly Fishers of Tacoma.
The cost to each student is still $275, but sponsorships are available through TU Chapters, FFF fly clubs and private donations. No applicant will be turned away because of lack of money.
Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2015 until April 15, 2015. Applications may be downloaded from our website – www.nwycffa.org, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-753-1259. Each applicant must submit an essay explaining why THEY want to attend The Academy. A letter of recommendation is required from a school teacher or counselor. We have a Facebook page listed under our name for viewing pictures from previous events.
We are very proud of The Academy; this has been a life changing experience for many of our youth.
THE YOUTH OF TODAY ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THE FUTURE FOR OUR SPORT OF FLYFISHING
The conservation committee met for the first time this year prior to the September board meeting. The major item of discussion was to get projects scheduled and on the calendar so people can plan to attend ahead of time. We also brainstormed for new projects. Some projects we will be working on are “Fish in The Classroom” and “Fin Clipping at the Spokane Hatchery.”