President’s Update

2021: A New Year on the River

 

January 2021 is here and with it brings a cautious optimism for better times ahead. For the Angler optimism is innate. Optimism is what drives the desire to return after a bad day of fishing, causes late nights and early mornings on the water in hope of catching the right moment for a hatch. Optimism, that in cold of January reminds us we are nearly half to trout opener. It is optimism that brings forth the idea that as COVID retuned many folks to outdoor recreation, a raised awareness of cold-water resources and the needs for management and conservation and will follow. Many times over the past year, we have found ourselves sharing the waters with folks unfamiliar with our watershed. While it can be frustrating to seeing them bump about in watercraft or trespassing on private property, I challenge ACTU members to be river ambassadors. A kind word of information or a helping hand will allow these river guests to understand that our waters are cared for, these waters are our back yards, a place of memories, a sacred place, and hope for the future.

 

As we continue into 2021 looking toward a COVID vaccine, it is the hope of ACTU Leadership that we will be able to return with in person events. However, as we proceed with plans and events the health and safety of our members will always take priority. Going forward into 2021, events such as the banquet or other chapter activates may be happening at different times of the year rather than their traditional time frames or have a different format. The Board of directors in making decisions will remain complaint with public health orders and policy guidance from Trout Unlimited National.  If you have ideas in alternative activities for conservation or chapter engagement, please reach out to the board.

Finally, March of 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Adams Chapter Trout Unlimited. The March newsletter will have a special feature, if you have any stories or photos of the chapter’s history that you would like to contribute please let me know (cm.golden6@gmail.com).

Cheers in hopes that 2021 find us all well!

Cory Golden
President

Welcome New Board Members!

Congratulations to the newly elected board members for ACTU 2021:

Liz Petrellar-McKellar & Brian Pitser

          
As an organization, we are thrilled to have such talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals serving on our board, and guiding our efforts as our officers. Thank you for your service! Our organization looks forward to all you will accomplish for conservation.

Congratulations to the new ACTU Board!

Congratulations to the newly elected officers and board members for Adams Chapter Trout Unlimited 2021!
While 2020 stifled larger plans, we are proud of our accomplishments this year, and we look forward to 2021 – and all that it will offer conservation! As an organization, we are thrilled to have such talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals serving on our board, and guiding our efforts as our officers. The newly elected members are as follows:
2021 Officers:
President: Cory Golden
Vice President: Marc McKellar II
Treasurer: Bob Garvey
Secretary: Andrew Adams
Board of Directors:
Liz Petrella McKellar
Steve Largent
Brian Pitser
Lee Schwocho
John Wyrwas
Thank you for your service! Our organization looks forward to all you will accomplish for conservation.

 

Annual Meeting & Elections

The annual ACTU Elections and Year-End Meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom. The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM, with virtual voting, year-end review, and conservation presentation.

You can register for the Annual Meeting at the following link:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: December 17, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://hagerty.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpcOqppzorH9PWbaDkXxwH0963f9TF1ZUU

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tree Planting Event (October 17)

A HUGE thank you to our volunteers who made quick work at the #ACTU Tree Planting Event this past Saturday. Together, the team planted 60 trees, installed coir logs to prevent erosion along the riverbank, and performed live willow staking for stream restoration.

#ACTU would also like to thank

Conservation Resource Alliance – CRA, the

Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network , and
Grand Traverse Conservation District

for providing trees and materials for a healthy river habitat.