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PLEASE READ: Letter then January Speaker Information Below
December 20, 2019
To All Members:
Your Board over the past year has struggled with what direction we want to head in. Do we want to stay with Fly Fishers International (FFI) or just become our own entity? We receive no financial support from FFI or our regional Council. Many of our guests do not maintain their membership with FFI. We wish to continue with our programs but need a way to insure we can financially satisfy our goals and obligations. We propose a solution that hopefully satisfies your needs as well as BCflyfishers.
BCFlyfishers will remain a chapter of FFI. It will be your choice to maintain membership with FFI (and we hope you do). Those BCflyfishers members that do not maintain FFI membership are ASKED to support our organization with $15 annual contribution so we can financially fulfill our goals. Those who are members we would love it if you too helped us out. By no means will you be emailed or asked more than one time to contribute. We would prefer a onetime annual collection at the January or February meeting each year. One exception is, to be on our Board, you must join FFI. This is a requirement of National.
The contribution will be collected starting with January meeting and if you cannot attend the meeting, you can pay your non-FFI member contribution on our website PayPal page, or provide a check made payable to BCflyfishers, for an address just email me.
We have several reasons for contributions; our operating budget is around $1,500.00 a year. It is difficult to depend on donations every month and hope we get good returns from revenue generating activities like Rod Building, Fly Tying, Fishing Trips, and Raffles. With our new yearly scholarship it is imperative that we have monies in reserve for deserving students.
Please feel free to contact one of the board Members if you have any questions or suggestions. As always contributions or donations we can raffle are always welcome.
Thanks for your time
Crafting Bamboo Fly Rods and Repairing Rod Damage
Thursday January 17, Endicott Public Library, 7:00 PM
Joe Swam has been building fly rods since 1991. He has built over 200 bamboo fly rods and has donated many to encourage youth interest in fly fishing. Joe will share with us his rod building history and experience. Joe will take us step by step through every detail of building a fine quality bamboo rod. Currently, Joe builds about 12 to 20 rods per year. Joe will show us in detail how you choose the materials, prepare them, join them, and ultimately finish the rod.
Joe will also include demonstrations of how to repair fly rods regardless of the construction material. This will cover installation of guide and tip tops as well as a discussion on how to re-secure loose reel seats.
This will be an excellent presentation to attend since Joe is currently heading up BC Flyfishers January fly rod building course.
Joe Swam began fly fishing at age 11. Joe, an IFFF member since 1996, recently relocated to our area from Maryland. He was an active member in the then Mid Atlantic Council where he founded an annual Youth Fly Fishing Camp. While living in Maryland, he was a member of the Maryland Fly Anglers, Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, and Creekside Anglers of West Virginia. Joe has graciously donated many of his rods to organizations supporting youth education programs and conservation projects.
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