TUers from all over America are descending on Madison and Middleton, Wisc., this week for Trout Unlimited's annual meeting.
Everything kicks off Wednesday with hosted fishing trips throughout the region--visiting anglers are shown to local trout honey-holes where they'll spend the day chasing trout. Thursday, visitors to Wisconsin will get to see some the outstanding conservation projects in the region that serve to make fishing better in Wisconsin--it's an opportunity to share great stories of conservation success, best practices and techniques and a chance to show off the great work volunteers in Wisconsin have done to ensure the next generation has trout fishing opportunities that might not have existed otherwise.
Friday, the "meeting" portion of the event starts in earnest--Chris Wood, TU's president and CEO will deliver his inspiring State of TU speech (see the 2012 version) bright and early, and then attendees will break out into a number of sessions designed to make chapter and councils stronger, work on the ground more effective and the TU community more robust.
Friday is TU's chance to honor the best volunteers in the country with a host of awards over dinner and cocktails, and Saturday offers more meetings and workshops for attendees. It all wraps Saturday evening with TU's annual banquet.
All the while, TU's second annual Women in TU retreat is taking place concurrently, with women leaders attending portions of the annual meeting and investing some time working to bring more women into the TU community and bring them along as mentors and volunteer leaders.
If you weren't able to attend the meeting this year, stay tuned for frequent updates here on the TU blog, and we'll post Chris Wood's State of TU presentation as soon as possible.