- Check into Valley View Lodge www.valleyviewlodge.com 1 (800) 292-4844
- 5:00pm -- Red Beans and Rice, Slaw, and Cornbread courtesy of Tennessee Council
- Local fishing suggestion - local TU members
- BYOB Traditional Bourbon tasting
- 7:00 - 7:45am -- Breakfast
- 8:00 - 8:15 -- Introductions, Opening remarks: George Lane
- 8:15 - 9:00 -- Opening Session: Chris Wood, New President and CEO - "The State of TU: New TU National Leadership"
- 9:00 - 9:15 -- What's new with Volunteer Operations - Rob Keith, Vol. Ops
- 9:15 -- 9:30 -- Break
- 9:30 - 10:30 -- Keynote Theme: "The Clean Water Restoration Act - How do we choose a campaign and work collectively to enhance our advocacy impact?" - Scott Leaser, TU Climate Change Fellow and Damon Hearne, SE Land Coordinator
- 10:30 - 11:30 -- Breakout Sessions
- 11:30 -- Leave in caravan for Brook Trout Restoration tour in Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
- 11:45 -- Box lunches at trailhead parking lot, followed by 10 minute hike to tour site.
- 12:30pm -- Talk by Steve Moore, Fisheries Biologist for the GSMNP, with a tour of some of the work he has done with Embrace-a-Stream grants and help from Little River Chapter.
- 1:00 -- Return to trailhead, caravan back to motel for afternoon meetings.
- 1:30 - 2:30 -- Franklin Tate, Director of Youth Ed. Programs: TIC, Camps, Boy Scouts, First Cast
- 2:40 - 3:45 -- Breakout sessions II.
- 4:00 - 6:00 -- Informal Discussion Groups; State Councils may schedule meetings; etc.
- Chapters without Home Waters
- Embrace a Stream
- Casting For Recovery
- Project Healing Waters
- Planning chapter projects
Friday night, 6pm:
We are invited to the "Troutfest Banquet," a fundraiser for Little River Chapter and part of Troutfest. Tickets are $50, and 400 are available in advance from Little River Outfitters in Townsend or from Troutfest.org . As a result of Troutfest, last year Little River Chapter donated about $40,000 to brook trout projects in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Joe Humphreys, Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser plan to attend. LRC is reserving 50 tickets for the SE Rally, but we hope we have several more. Please let them know when you make reservations that you are with the SE Rally. (Attendees not attending the banquet are on their own for dinner.)
- 7:00 - 7:45 -- Breakfast
- 8:00 - 8:15 -- Steve Brown: Revisions to National By-Laws and Chapter and Council By-laws Models
- 8:15 - 8:45 -- Rick Murphee: CAST (Campaign for America's Trout)
- 8:45 - 9:45 -- Damon Hearne: Land Trusts
- 9:45 - 10:00 -- Break
- 10:00 - 11:00 -- Keynote Revisited - How do we put it all in practice?
- 11:00 - 11:30 -- John Ross - Review of last year's closing session - What effect did the 2009 Rally have?
- 11:30 - 12:00 -- Closing Session - Review of Rally, brainstorming, looking forward.
- 12:00 -- State Councils may schedule meetings
Please note: Fishing in the park requires either a TN or NC license. You can get a three day TN permit online (no trout stamp needed in the park) - NC licenses may be less expensive. There is great fishing within 5 miles either on the Middle Fork at Tremont or on the main stream of "Little River." Byron Begley, former Council Chair and Chairman of "Troutfest," owns Little River Outfitters (www.littleriveroutfitters.com ) and you can get great advice there. Local members will be available to help you find where the fish are supposed to be. By finishing our conference at noon Saturday you will have time to either attend Troutfest or fish, or both.
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