The Drift – May 2024

The Drift:

By Suzanne Constantini

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the movie “Miracle on Ice” that depicted the victory of the United States’ Olympic men’s hockey team over the Soviet Union in the 1980 winter Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York. There is a scene in the movie in which Coach Herb Brooks addresses his team before the game with the Soviets. In his speech, Herb told his players that “Great moments are born from great opportunity.”

A great moment and opportunity for me arrived when the Kiap-TU-Wish board elected me to be your president for the next three years. During my six-year term as the chapter treasurer, my knowledge of trout, and the preservation of our cold-water streams has increased exponentially through the many board meeting discussions I’ve participated in, my association with the Kinni Corridor Collaborative (KCC), and in my numerous interactions with members and friends of the chapter.

I am looking forward to leading our chapter and continuing the great work of my predecessors. Having Greg Olson as our “Ex Officio” president and my wingman is comforting. I know that whenever difficult decisions need to be made, his mentorship will be much appreciated as will the wise counsel I hope to receive from the rest of our board members.

So, with that, I would like to take this opportunity and make my first official act as one to say, THANK YOU, to all of you, for your continued support of Kiap-TU-Wish and the many projects we have completed and for those being planned for the upcoming seasons. During the past year volunteer hours continued to grow and donations and contributions have reached an all-time high of $38,264.

With your on-going support, Kiap-TU-Wish will continue to fulfill our mission to Conserve, Protect, and Restore the cold-water streams that flow through our local and nearby watersheds, while maintaining a strong community presence that benefits both young and old and our surrounding environment.