Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 34 members and guests in attendance.
The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf
Welcome New Members & Guests:
Jim welcomed 5 new members & guests.
Bill Roehrich held the winning ticket and collected $36.
Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:
Jim reviewed the following Fall Boating Safety Tips:
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boater's odds of dying during a boating mishap go up in October and November. With the waterways much less crowded, why are these the deadliest months? Usually, it's because the boater is unprepared for the condition.
- Wear a life jacket. Cold water saps strength; a PFD can buy you a little more time
- Make sure a ladder or dockline will let you get back aboard without assistance
- Dress appropriately. Sunny does not necessarily equal warm. Dress in layers, starting with a thin base layer, and avoid things like jeans and cotton shirts, which do not dry as easily or retain heat as well as wool and synthetic materials.
- Tell a friend where you're going and when you plan to return. When someone knows you're overdue, he or she can alert authorities
- Always carry a means of communication: Cellphone, VHF radio for bigger bodies of water.
- Gear Up On Safety - Make sure everyone on board knows where to locate safety gear.
- Leave the Alcohol Ashore
President's report and announcements – Jim Bailey:
- The Volunteers Recognition Brunch is scheduled for October 1st, starting at 10:30 AM in the Cherokee Room.
- Jim introduced George Hewertson, who updated us on the progress of our Community Project for the Signage Board at Atagahi Park and follow-up plans for next year.
- The Connestee Photo calendars have sold out at the CF Admin office. But Jim Bailey still has a few available for sale.
Club Officer Elections – Hewertson, Revill, Henebry:
George reviewed the election process as stated in our Club Bylaws and announced the election results:
- President – Jim Bailey
- Vice President – Myron Pstrak
- Treasurer – Vernetta Milts
- Secretary – Al Byrne
Jim Bailey thanked Carol Marines and Jim Ungaro for their exceptional service to the Club and introduced new Club officers Myron and Vernetta.
Programs & Events – Carol Marines:
- Today’s Program – Fish Stories
- October – no formal program
Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:
Frank reported on the cards that were sent.
Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:
- We have sold a total of 12 boats this season, and we have several inexpensive canoes and a complete 13’ sailing dinghy remaining in our RV1 storage rack. There is also a recently donated, very nice 10’ aluminum jon boat.
- Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.
Treasurer's report – Jim Ungaro:
- Recent expenditures include $700 for the Community Project signage for Atagahi Park, with 3 more signage boards planned for next year.
- We expect to be on budget overall at year end.
Outreach – Nick Revill:
- Nick reviewed the highlights of the Special Olympics outing. The event went very well, with 40 attendees including the chaperones.
- Overall for the season, the Club sponsored 21 Outreach events with a total of 370 attendees. Congratulations to Nick and all the volunteers who support this program!
- The hats provided to participants have continued to be well received and easier to manage than previous choices. A new color is planned for next year.
- Nick reminded us that the Club maintains a free fishing equipment “lending closet”. We have a selection of rods, reels, and tackle. (Provide your own bait).
Fishery Management – Rick Hybil, Joe McMurray:
- The lakes are slowly cooling, with surface temperatures running around 75 deg. Joe reviewed his findings of thermocline locations and oxygen levels for each of the lakes.
- Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..14-16” trout in all 4 lakes and trout fingerlings in Wanteska and Tiaroga.
No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.
Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:
On 6/8 Tim Brown caught a 29”, 9 lb catfish near Atagahi Dam, and then late in the evening on 7/22 Tim caught a 19 ½” largemouth by Ticoa Dam in 1 ft of water.
Our next monthly meeting:
Thursday, October 17th, in the Blue Ridge Lounge.
Adjourn to the meeting program – Fish Tales