|Volume 31, Issue 5 May, 2007 � Spring Creek Trout Unlimited|
|John Shaffer Newsletter Editor|
JUNE COOKOUT AT POE PADDY STATE PARK.
There will be no official membership meeting in June.
Instead, Mark your calendars for Saturday, June
16, 2007 for the TU cookout at Poe Paddy State
Park. Fish Poe Creek and/or Penns Creek. Then enjoy quality cuisine
from TU’s own Chef John Poisson de Morte. Come for the day or stay over
night. We will have a group campsite reserved. The cost will be
approximately $10-15 per person. The chapter will provide steaks
grilled to order, baked potatoes and non-alcoholic drinks. Children eat
hot dogs for free! Bring a dish to share. Bring a friend and enjoy
the social event of the season. You got trout, you got beautiful scenery,
you got camaraderie, you got good food, what more do you want? For reservations
call Bill Palmer (364-9101) or John Shaffer (359-3054).
Volunteers Needed to Serve as Controllers or Judges for the World Youth Fly Fishing Competition in August
Members of TU or others interested in youth activities are needed to help with the World Youth Fly Fishing Competition that will be held in the State College area this August. The Federation Internationale de Pesch Sportive (FIPS) Mouche, the international fly fishing organization, has arranged to use sections of four of the local streams – Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, Little Juniata River, and Lake Perez, as fishing sites on the dates of August 6 –8. The competition will feature teams from over 15 countries, with 2 teams from the USA, including one of only PA anglers. The participants are between the ages of 14 and 18, and there are 5 anglers per team. All have been selected by their country’s (or team’s) coach based on their skill level.
The young fishermen will have several practice days prior to the competition (but not on the competition sites), and then the “main event” will begin on Monday, Aug. 6. Each team will start on one of the five assigned areas (there are two sections of Spring Creek), and then over the next few days will have the opportunity to fish all sections, including 3 hours of fishing from a boat at Lake Perez. The organizers need help from all interested persons, and particularly from fishermen, to serve as controllers for any of the different venues. The schedule of fishing activities is as follows:
Monday, Aug. 6 First session from 9 AM until noon
Second session from 5 PM until 8 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 7 Third session from 9 AM until noon
Afternoon is free
Wednesday, Aug. 8 Fourth session from 9 AM until noon
Fifth session from 5 PM until 8 PM
Controllers will receive a shirt and an invitation to dinner with the competitors on Wednesday following the end of the competition. Lunch is also provided after the morning sessions.
Those interested in helping with the competition as controllers, judges, or any of several other positions are requested to sign up at the following web site:
<http://www.centralpacvb.org> (click on ”FlyFishing Volunteer Application”) or call John Ford at (814) 571-5593 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Additional information will be provided on the Spring Creek TU Chapter’s web site, http://www.springcreektu.org/ as it becomes available. Current estimates are that as many as 75 persons will be needed to measure fish and keep score during each session (15 at each venue). Please sign up for any or all sessions, as many as you can arrange to attend. The Chapter’s web site also has the full schedule listed, along with rules that apply to the fishing competition. This is a great opportunity to see some highly skilled young flyfishers in action, and also to help foster a good impression of the USA and our environment on these international sportsmen.
Banquet Is Best Yet!
The 2007 banquet netted over $13.5 thousand for the chapter. This is a record amount and eclipses last year's total of $12.4 thousand by over 9%. Since 2003, when the net to the chapter was $6,472 the growth has been spectacular....about 109%. Many thanks to Dick Stevenson and his banquet staff, and the many members and friends that supported this tremendous effort. The board will do its best to apply these funds in the most effective manner to support, maintain and enhance our Spring
Banquet Critique. Dick Stevenson would appreciate constructive critiques of
this year's banquet.
Trout in the Classroom
The Chapter and PA Trout funded TITC at the Park Forest Middle School. TITC puts a large tank, a cooler, and trout eggs or fry in the classroom, and, as supervised by the classroom science teacher, the class grows the trout to a size where they can be released into the wild. The program teaches the students about trout, ecology, streams, and the habitat quality necessary for trout to survive.
Request for Volunteer
A volunteer is needed for the Chairperson of a Media Relations
Committee. The Chapter is involved in a number a education programs
and habitat improvement programs and we are looking for someone who would be
willing to put out press releases and notify the media about events and
The Chapter will provide $250 scholarships towards the PSU Conservation
Leadership School. Sessions are offered on June 24 to 30, 2007 and July
8-14, 2007. Information can be obtained at 814-234-8301 or
Board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 132 Village Drive, State College at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday following the scheduled Membership Meeting. The Board members welcome and would appreciate greater participation from Chapter members. As many of you know, our membership and board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel. Comfort Suites provides the rooms to us at no charge. We want to thank Karen Mansfield and her staff for their support.
VISIT THE SCTU WEB SITE: springcreektu.org
The Web Site lists membership and board meeting dates;
contains the past 5 months of Tertiary Treatment; and provides links to Spring
Creek USGS stream flow conditions, weather, and a number of other good
Please consider joining the SCTU List-Serve. The Chapter maintains a List-Serve, an e-mail contact list that includes approximately 65 of the 350 SCTU members. The List-Serve is used to provide e-mail notices of upcoming events and activities. You will not be flooded with a lot of unwanted e-mails. The List-Serve will only be used for important communication from the chapter. If you would like to be included in the List-Serve please send your e-mail address to Bill Brusse at firstname.lastname@example.org </ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com> or to Vince Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP ALWAYS NEEDED
SCTU needs volunteers. Many of the issues that affect the
Watershed will be decided based on the “science” of the issue. We need
knowledgeable individuals to help out with land use, water quality, and legal
issues. We also need volunteers to attend Township and Borough meetings to help
track development plans and proposed ordinances that could impact the Creek so
that SCTU has the opportunity to comment on those issues before they are
approved. We also need volunteers to organize creek improvement and cleanup
Start or Renew Your TU Membership through SCTU
When your membership is about to expire, or join for the first time, fill out the form below and forward it with a check
(payable to Trout Unlimited) to the address indicated below.
Name ________________________________ Check Membership Category *
Address ______________________________ Regular Membership ($35)
Family Membership ($50)
State _____________ Zip ________________ Business Member ($200) Conservator Member ($350)
CHAPTER: Spring Creek TU #185 * US Dollars Only ** No further dues
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PO Box 1335
Merrifield, VA 22116-1335
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