Chapter Committee Resources
While chapter officers and the board often drive the vision for the chapter and set the strategy and goals, the committees of the chapter are where the work of turning these goals into actions, and of identifying the tasks to implement the work needed takes place.
As a committee member, you have stepped up to drive the work forward towards making your local streams healthier, connecting kids to the outdoors, growing and engaging members, raising funds, and much more.
This Tacklebox has a wealth of resources to help your committee drive your work forward, and your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help with ideas, best practices and examples from other chapters to get you started.
Common chapter-level committees include but are not limited to the following:
Leadership Recruitment – Nominating Committee
The people who comprise your leadership team are the biggest factors in your success. Actively investing into a thoughtful and strategic recruitment process is the best way to carry on the legacy of current and past leaders.
Good conservation advocacy starts at home and a chapter’s Advocacy Committee can be the front line of defense against practices that threaten local coldwater resources. From opposing developments in fragile areas, to promoting better local regulations on stormwater management, these activities can help ensure streams remain cold, clear, and undamaged.
The Conservation Committee takes the overall goals of the chapter related to improving local streams and develops the projects, partnerships and plans to get the work done.
Founded more than 60 years ago, TU is based on the belief that local people can make a difference for their local streams. The Diversity Committee helps drive this belief forward by focusing on bringing all voices to the table so that our community reflects the demographics of the general public.
From planning fun, family-friendly activities, to monthly meetings, fishing trips, community engagement programs and more, the Events Committee is typically one of the most active groups in any chapter.
All the great work your local chapter accomplishes requires resources to be successful. The Fundraising Committee is typically tasked with planning the major money-raising events, ranging from the traditional banquet and grant applications, to newer types of fundraisers, such as online auctions, crowd-funding, major donor friendraisers and more.
At the heart of any strong and growing chapter, the Membership Committee not only tracks membership and welcomes new members, but also develops activities designed to meet membership growth goals such as staffing recruitment tables, encouraging existing members to “bring a friend” and more.
Veterans Services Committee
More than half of our chapters engage with our nation’s military veterans through TU’s Veterans Service Partnership program. As a member of this committee, you will welcome veterans, active duty members and their families into the TU community by connecting them with the healing experience of angling and conservation.
Youth Education Committee
The work your chapter does to restore rivers can only be sustained if the next generation of anglers and conservationists care for the rivers in their own back yard. The Youth Education Committee helps promote TU’s “Stream of Engagement” locally, ensuring that youth of all ages can be connected to meaningful, hands-on, environmental education and fishing opportunities.