Fellow UCCTU Members:
Upper Chattahoochee is just one of the twelve TU Chapters in Georgia. Together they are represented by the Georgia Council, currently chaired by our own Mack Martin. Quarterly, Council officers and representatives from the twelve Chapters meet to conduct their business. Among other activities, the Council carries out education and conservation activities, as well as supports the activities of the Chapters with matching funds. The Council also conducts the annual Trout Camp. This quarter’s meeting was held May 10th, in Dahlonega; hosted by the Gold Rush Chapter. Bob and Pat Foster, and Jim Harvey joined me in attendance. Activities reported at this meeting include:
- Donations to both Smithgall Woods and the Nation Park Service for youth education
- Further development of plans for two TU interactive kiosks to be placed at Cabela’s and Bass Pro
- Continuation of research into modifying top discharge dams so as to maintain trout water below the impoundment
The meetings also give Chapter leaders a chance to meet and share ideas. The current level of youth participation in UCCTU events should be a disappointment to us all. At least one Chapter subsidizes the cost of Trout Camp, and another Chapter pays for the Trout in the Classroom equipment for participating schools. We need to discuss these financially more aggressive approaches to youth education along with other ideas to improve participation.