Member Matters – March 2019

Volunteers are the Engine of your Club!

Next time you attend an FCO meeting (this month, we hope!), look around and listen to the buzz of enthusiastic anglers. Many of you have interesting, humorous, or even epic fly fishing stories to share. Our high-quality speakers may create the spark for you to try a different river or even explore fishing in distant waters and foreign countries. You may plan a ” bucket list” fishing trip with a fellow member while chatting at a monthly meeting or during one of our fishing outings. Perhaps you attended last year’s annual picnic and learned some tricks to improve the rhythm of your double haul. After reading a Conservation Corner article, you can develop a better understanding of the challenges our rivers face and articulate those challenges with fellow anglers. These are but a few benefits of being a member of the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon! And your Club can grow and improve its offerings to you when you engage and even volunteer! Your FCO Board is developing several initiatives and we are looking for a few members to help us move forward.

Here are some opportunities for you to make a difference

Membership Recruitment: New members are critical to the vitality of your Club. We are looking for volunteers with creative ideas to recruit new members. We are particularly interested in those with marketing and/or social media expertise. Contact Janet Arenz or Ken Betschart.

Annual Auction: Thanks to previous auction chairs, including Mike Collins, John Pyrch, and Teri Beatty, annual auction preparation is an organized affair. Yet there are many hands-on activities that must be done to make our auction run smoothly. Tasks are not onerous and the contacts can be fun! Contact Janet Arenz.

Conservation Chair: The FCO Board is recruiting for a new Conservation Chair. This person will have a passion for conservation issues that affect rivers and fish. Employment in a conservation-related field is not necessary but interest and understanding of the issues facing fish are important. The Conservation Chair will have connections with fish conservation and advocacy groups. This person will help develop or gather submissions to the Conservation Corner page of the Flyline and help keep the Club and its Board members informed of fish-related conservation issues and action alerts. Contact Jim Hillas or Lisa Hansen

Creel Committee and Planning for the 60th Anniversary of the FCO: A small group of members are putting together an issue of the Creel to coincide with our 60th Anniversary coming up in 2021. If you have an interest in fly fishing literature or the Club’s history, we would love to have you join us! Contact John Pyrch or Lisa Hansen

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Did you Forget to Pay Your Dues?

Here is your friendly reminder to pay your 2019 dues so you can stay engaged with your fly fishing friends and meet new ones! Your dues keep all of our member benefits coming to you! Click here to go to the shop and renew. Thank you for your support!