Member Matters – October 2021

Through the Looking Glass – Will Upcoming FCO Meetings be In Person or Virtual?

Thus far in 2021, the FCO had one meeting where members gathered together and shared stories in person. That was the August Picnic at Westmoreland Casting Ponds. A couple of informal surveys have shown that a significant majority of members remain uncomfortable meeting in person indoors at the University Club (2/3 of respondents in a September 2021 survey). As of the date of this post, Oregon has had 5 weeks of declining case numbers and hospital strain is starting to ease. It is not time to let our guard down, but with continuing precautions (non-pharmaceutical interventions such as masks, distancing, handwashing, staying home if sick) and rising vaccination rates, we could get to a point in the coming months where we could gather together again. To that end, you will be receiving periodic surveys asking if you would attend an upcoming meeting in person. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on Zoom!



Techy Fisherperson Wanted!

Your FCO Board is looking for a member who has the skills and just a little bit of time to manage some of our technical communications to members. Our beloved Ross Beatty has remained connected “long distance” from the Methow Valley since moving there earlier this year. He has continued to send out email blasts about meetings, Flyline posting, and other important communications that keep you connected with your Club and its members. We appreciate his years of dedication but we need to find another member to take on these tasks. The Club currently uses Mail Chimp to send these notifications. The time commitment is small but the importance is huge. If you are willing to help, please contact President Jim Hillas. Thank you!!


Paella Party Under the Arbor

Paella Party Treated Hungry FCO Auction Bidders

We are so grateful to the fabulous gang who ponied up for a Flyfisher Foundation auction paella dinner! Their purchases for the dinner produced the highest cash value auction item for the Foundation this year.

Twelve guests and three hosts celebrated well into the Fall evening under the grape arbor, surrounded by lights, wine and great company.

Janet Arenz and Curt Marr hosted, with appetizer platters, a brilliant seafood paella, a classic pomegranate molasses vinaigrette salad, a lemon sorbet with raspberries, and cookies of chocolate and ginger.


Jose Olavarrieta

By far, our chef Jose Olavarrieta from Madrid was the star. He is also a fifth grade Spanish teacher at Ainsworth Elementary School, and a frequent summer tour guide for Spain.


Authentic Mouth-Watering Paella

His fresh seafood, classic paella rice, and traditional cooking methods were fascinating to learn about. Perfect accompaniments included 7 reds, 2 roses, 5 whites; and the brilliant Canals & Nubiola Spanish Cava, which was the chief pairing with the paella.


It was a lovely evening, with an “after party” of a few hardy guests, including cigars and sipping through the left open bottles of wine. Sunday was a slow but steady parade of picking up and washing. Totally worth while!

Janet Arenz and Curt Marr