This is a lengthy update, so please bear with me. :)
Our apologies for having to reschedule the Big Stony workday again, but the holes for the trees weren’t done and it looks like a washout anyway. So, we hope you’ll join us next weekend for that! We also have our regular monthly meeting this coming Wednesday, April 2nd which will include a free meal at Due South provided by NWF. If you’re trying to decide between one or the other, pick the workday, but we hope to see you at both!
Our chapter is considering signing on to a policy letter regarding climate change, that letter can be found at this link: Policy Letter The letter has already been signed on by TU National. Please let me know if you have comments on this or feel strongly one way or the other.
Also, TU is actively working on a women’s initiative to increase and retain new women members. We know women fish and care about conservation, but our membership doesn’t currently reflect that balance. That said TU is currently offering free membership to new women members for the first year and a discounted rate for the second year of membership. The link to this free membership offer is: https://gifts.tumembership.org/women Not be left out, new male members can join for a discounted rate at: https://www.tumembership.org/member/intro Please share these links to help grow our membership! We are chapter #207.
April 2 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center in Christiansburg, meeting at 7:00, meal at 6:00 at Due South. This month’s meal will be free thanks to Jay Chancellor and the National Wildlife Federation, members of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter will also be invited to this dinner for a continued discussion on climate change.
April 5 – The Big Stony Creek Workday has been rescheduled. We need 20+ folks, so don’t be bashful!
Please bring gloves. Other tools that would be helpful to bring if you have them: fence post driver, sledge hammer, fence pliers/wire cutters, and round nose shovel. We will plant 75 trees and fence them for protection from beavers and other wildlife. We will meet at 9am at the main parking lot at Glen Alton. Click here for directions from Blacksburg. The plan will be to work until about 1:00, have a bbq lunch, then fish the rest of the afternoon. You are welcome to invite friends or other groups to join us for this workday!
Please RSVP by responding to this poll (http://doodle.com/6rumtddicpue43qf) so we can get a headcount for lunch.
April 12 – Elkhorn Creek Cleanup (with WVTU) Click here for more information.
We will carpool up from Blacksburg. The general plan will be to work for 1/2 day, lunch provided, then fish for 1/2 day. We have about 5 folks signed up for this already.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining us for this.
April 12 – Virginia Council TU Meeting
This is being held in conjunction with the VA fly fishing and wine festival in Waynesboro.
Please let us know if you are interested in representing NRVTU at this meeting.
April 26 – Traliblazer Event at Camp Powhatan, Hiwassee, VA
Need 2+ volunteers to work with Boy Scouts on fly fishing, fly tying, stream ecology, etc. We have displays and equipment to use if we can find volunteers for this opportunity.
Email Keilee Guthrie for more information, email@example.com
April 26 – DAV/Project Healing Waters Event, Martinsville, VA put on by Smith River TU, Arrive at 11, lunch at 12, followed by fishing with Vets
Please contact Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for this and he will coordinate.
May 7 - NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South.
May 30-June 1 – Mid-Atlantic Regional TU Meeting in State College, PA
June 4 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South.
June 13-15 – Tentative dates for Shenandoah National Park Trip to the Rapidan River.
Email Arnold at email@example.com to reserve a spot.
August 17 – Tentative date for the 3rd Annual NRVTU Banquet
Hope you can join us for some of these events, the more the merrier!