Welcome to the Drift | A message from our Chapter President
Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.
A family situation pulled Maria away from composing our traditional RipRap newsletter. We’ve relied too often and too heavily on Maria’s good nature and strong work ethic for publishing this well-received newsletter. A lot of us are going to have to develop some new skills and muscles in getting the March issue out. If you have thoughts or comments on the new format, please share them at Kiaptuwish@hotmail.com.
Wilson Creek Brushing:
Thanks to all of the folks that helped out on Wilson Creek. Conditions were downright nasty with some work day temperatures in the low single digits. With Randy’s leadership, we got the job done and prepared the site for Nate Anderson and the DNR crew. Jim Erickson, Clearwater’s Vice President, went out of his way to thank me at the recent WI Council meeting for helping the Clearwater Chapter on this project. Hopefully, Kiap chapter members will get out there this summer and do some hopper fishing on Wilson Creek.
Two Kiap-TU-Wish chapter members, Jon Jacobs and Judy Lutter, received Certificates of Appreciation awards at February’s banquet. Jon is a long-time chapter member and past president and has remained active writing for RipRap and doing the chapter meeting introductions. Judy Lutter is active with the chapter newsletter and coordinates Kiap’s successful Spring Appeal, continuing the work started by her late husband, Hap Lutter. Judy was not able to attend, but this past year’s youth camper, Anna Kuehn is pictured accepting Judy’s award.
Great Waters Expo 3/16-3/18:
Please consider signing up to staff Kiap’s booth at the Expo. It is a good time and a great way to meet fellow trout anglers. Time slots are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I can be reached via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 651-245-5163.
My role as chapter president will end at our upcoming March board meeting. I’ve enjoyed serving on the Kiap board and my tenure as chapter president. The best part has been working with so many wonderful people and learning more about stream conservation. I look forward to a new role as an ex-officio board member. Tom Schnadt