River Falls Fly Fishing Clinic

The date for this season’s Fly Fishing for Trout Clinic is Saturday, June 2nd. The goal of this clinic is and always has been to help connect the citizens of River Falls with the trout stream that runs through the city. We’ve always been lucky to have outstanding volunteers to help in this effort as well as a superb resource like the Kinnickinnic River as a classroom and playground. Let me know if you want to be a part of it; it’s a load of fun.

Last year I promised to do a better job of naming all of our wonderful volunteers. I am embarrassed to note that in September’s article thanking all of the volunteers, I once again forgot a couple of people. First of all, our chapter president, Tom Schnadt, who along with all of the other details of his office (it’s a lot of work to be president here) regularly assists with this clinic by being a superb volunteer. Second of all, Brian Smolinski deserves a huge shout out for all the work he does behind the scenes. Brian orders all the food for the clinic supper, gets it all organized so all we have to do is set it on tables in the park shelter for our students.
Mea Culpa, —Mike Alwin

Upcoming Board Member Election

Kiap-TU-Wish elects board members at its March chapter meeting. This year two board members, Loren Hass and Allison Jacobs, are running for re-election. Suzanne Constantini has been nominated to run in the open board position created by the retirement of the current president, Tom Schnadt. Based on Kiap’s bylaws the immediate past president shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the term of his or her successor.

Suzanne grew up in a family that enjoyed trout fishing. Her dad and husband were faithful trout fishermen and always looked forward to opening weekend. Suzanne now joins her husband Ed fly fishing on local streams. Suzanne enjoyed a long career in the nursing profession and held a number of managerial positions during her career. Her skill and talent will be a great asset for the chapter.

Background Information: Positions on the board are three-year terms elected by the general membership at the March chapter meeting. Officer positions are one-year terms elected by the new board at the first March board meeting. The only limit on officer re-election is a maximum term of three years for the treasurer and president.

Kent Johnson Appointed to WDNR Trout Stakeholder Group

Long time Kiap-TU-Wish chapter member Kent Johnson, was recently selected to be on a newly formed WDNR Trout Stakeholder Group representing the Western portion of the state for Trout Unlimited. This team will help the state Department of Natural Resources develop a plan to guide trout management over the next decade. Issues addressed will be trout habitat, stocking and
other management issues in Wisconsin.

The advisory team will meet on three Saturdays this winter beginning January 27th at the Dreyfus Center at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The WDNR is hoping to brainstorm issues, set broad goals, and define needs, according to Joanna Griffin, the agency’s trout coordinator. Other TU representatives are Tim Fraley, Tom Lager and Laura McFarland from the South, East and North portions of the State respectively. If you would like to provide input to Kent he can be reached at: d.kent.johnson@gmail.com

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