Southeastern Montgomery County Chapter 468
Monthly Meeting Minutes
September 13, 2016
Board members present:
7:30 meeting called to order
Rich Terry, President
Al Cahoun, Vice President
Dennis O’Gara, Secretary
Mike Wilson, Activities
Dennis Mora, Membership
Clem McLaughlin, Secretary
Minutes from previous meeting June 14, 2016, read and approved
Treasurer’s report read and approved
· The Chapter picnic will be held on 09/17/16 from 12 PM to 3 PM at Lorimer Park. The cost is $6.00 pp. Please consider bringing an appetizer or desert.
· Rich, Mike and Dick attended the PA TU annual meeting this past weekend held in Scranton, PA. Some good information was put out outlining local chapter’s participation in Project healing waters and various conservation projects. Of particular interest to all was a request for all TU members to register for a background check by the state of PA in order to comply with Act 153. This is a federal requirement for any adult working with youth. You are encouraged to log on to: keepkidssafe.pa.gov to complete the procedure.
· The goal of TU is to encourage their members to devote 3-7 hours of their time per year to conservation related projects. Our Chapter hopes to meet that challenge by conducting two projects. A work day is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8 AM to 1 PM along the headwaters of the Pennypack Creek maintaining the trees we have planted in the past as well as planting up to 30 new trees. And a spring stream enhancement project in the Pennypack Creek within the Trust. More info to follow at forthcoming chapter meetings. Please consider participating in these projects.
· The state is scheduled to stock the Pennypack Creek on October 12, 2016. Trout are stocked from Lorimer Park to Frankford Ave. Assistance with stocking is always appreciated. Meeting locations and times can be found on the PA Fish and Boat web site.
· Annual donations of $20.00 per member are requested to help off-set the cost of the fall trout stocking of the Pennypack Creek. Dennis Mora is taking the collection.
· The Gander Mountain store located at 611 and County Line Rd. is now open. They have some fly fishing supplies and equipment.
· The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) program for Project Healing Waters is in need of people to help transport disabled veterans to various appointments and activities. If interested contact Rich for more information.
· The PA Fish and Boat Commission has a program to get certified to conduct family fishing events. More information can be found on their web site.
· TU is currently conducting a membership drive. The cost of an annual membership has been reduced to $17.50. If a current member refers a new member our chapter will receive a $15.00 fee for every new member who joins. Information on the incentive can be found at: tu.org/intro. They need not be fly fisherman to join TU. All chapters are encouraged to reach out more to fisherman and conservationists of all kinds to inform them of the work that TU is doing to help enhance all fishing habitats.
· The annual chapter fishing trip this year was to Montana. A good time was had by all.
· Over the summer break some of our members fished locally and around the world. Areas visited included, NY harbor, Montana, Devon, England and Manitoba, Canada where Joe caught the fish of a lifetime, 43” northern pike!
Upcoming chapter activities:
Next meeting 10/11
Work day 10/15
Steelhead trip early November
Annual chapter fishing trip to Wyoming August 2017
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