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Our people make us strong. We are real rock-rolling, youth-engaging community members who get things done and have fun doing it. We are friends banded together by our commitment to leave the rivers and the communities that we love a little healthier and a little better than we found them.

Trout Unlimited creates community around our mission, and, as with any community, a culture follows. Each TU chapter is a bit different in look, feel and attitude based on its history, personalities, and the needs/resources of the local community. Each chapter's culture reflects the realities on the ground where they operate, making TU authentic and effective.

All that said, there are also a few cultural, and sometimes legal, expectations for all TU chapters in every corner of the country, and they are detailed in our volunteer code of ethics. Chief among them is our commitment to building communities free from harassment of any type. Inappropriate behavior and unlawful harassment are the antithesis of what TU is all about. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is not tolerated by TU.

Sixty-two percent of TU chapters reported in the last fiscal year that they had a woman or minority in an elected officer or director position. This percentage is growing every year, and tells me that we are on the right track in becoming even more inclusive.

Reported incidents of sexual harassment are exceedingly rare at TU, but that does not mean they do not happen. TU strongly encourages the prompt reporting of all incidents of discriminatory harassment. If you believe you are being harassed or have observed harassment, please promptly notify me or the volunteer operations staff.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not a nod to political correctness. It is a matter of survival for us as an organization. America's demographics are changing, and we are changing with them, and we are stronger for it.

As always, thanks for all you do, and please stay in touch.

Chris Wood
President & CEO


Join Fellow TU Volunteer Leaders and Staff for a Weekend of Conservation and Camaraderie

Regional Rendezvous

Join fellow conservationists, anglers and volunteers from across the country at one of four great regional rendezvous this spring.

Spend a weekend learning from and talking with some of TU's most dedicated volunteers, members and supporters as well as staff and scientists. Share ideas and tips on protecting your local waters. Enjoy hands-on trainings and presentations on important conservation topics such as climate change and native trout as well as workshops designed to help you bring TU's mission to your favorite, local stream.

TU's regional rendezvous are occasions to be inspired, to celebrate all we are accomplishing together and to commit ourselves to the important work ahead. They also offer opportunities for fun and camaraderie with excellent fishing opportunities, evening social activities and networking throughout.

Open to all volunteer leaders, members and supporters, details on the regional rendezvous near you will be posted online at in the days and weeks ahead.

Join hundreds of TU members like you at one of these great gatherings:

  • January 26-27: Mid-South Regional Rendezvous (New Braunfels, Texas)
  • April 27-28: Western Regional Rendezvous (Keystone, Colorado)
  • May 18-20: Southeast Regional Rendezvous (Davis, West Virginia)
  • June 8-10: Northeast Regional Rendezvous (Lake Placid, New York)


Thank you! GRTU Tomorrow Fund reaches $40,000 Fundraising Goal!

Youth EngagementA happy New Year indeed from Headwaters Youth Program!

Thanks to all of you, we reached our $40,000 goal during the 2017 GRTU Tomorrow Fund campaign! Each dollar given by chapters, councils, and individuals was matched by the Guadalupe River Chapter in Texas.

The GRTU Tomorrow Fund campaign is an annual fundraiser to support TU's Headwaters Youth Program, so starting today, the campaign starts again!

To all our chapter and council leaders, thank you for driving our youth programs forward on the local level! We are amazed at the range, diversity and impact of the more than 1,600 youth programs you run locally each year. Please also consider helping grow the program nationwide with a donation from your chapter or council.

All gifts to the GRTU Tomorrow Fund directly support training sessions for volunteers, events engaging young Girl Scouts in conservation and fly fishing, the National Leadership TU Teen Summit for rising leaders in high school, and much more.

Trout / Salmon in the Classroom Quilt Project Open

Be sure to let all your TIC / SIC teachers know that they can participate in a fun, nationwide project connecting their students to other students across the country in our annual Trout and Salmon Quilt Project!

Each class has a simple and fun task: decorate around 25 quilt squares – 8" x 8" pieces of fabric – and send them to other participating schools! In return, your classes will receive squares from students around the country who are also raising trout or salmon. The quilt patches can be sewn together to make fun and fascinating quilts!

Please share with your teachers and TIC Coordinators and encourage them to sign up your classes here.

TU Teen National Leadership Summit Applications open Feb. 1

Do you know a teen involved with TU that has been to a trout camp or involved in chapter projects and wants to do more? If so, they may be eligible to attend TU's national Teen Summit, a leadership conference for young anglers and conservationists.

The 7th annual TU Teen Summit will be held this summer in Syria, Va. near the Shenandoah National Park. Plans are underway for this great opportunity for youth who are passionate about TU, conservation and fishing in coordination with local grassroots leaders to plan the five-day educational retreat for teen leaders.

Applications will be available February 1, 2018. Find out more at or contact Tara Granke or Franklin Tate to recommend a teen.


New Presentation Highlights the Threats to Trout and How You Can Help

TU's Climate Change Workgroup of the National Leadership Council has recently put together a comprehensive presentation on the science behind climate change, the threats posed to our trout streams and ways you and your chapters and councils can become informed, take action and make a difference locally, in your state and across your region.

The goals of the presentation are threefold:

  1. To define climate change and its effect on trout
  2. To present relevant graphs and data which illustrate the indicators of climate change
  3. To encourage members and chapters towards efforts to increase stream resiliency to climate change

To view the presentation – which includes an audio narrative presentation embedded with the PowerPoint:

  • Click this link to view the presentation
  • Select the "download" option to download the presentation to your computer
  • Once downloaded, open the file and click the "Slide Show" tab at the top of the window
  • Select "Play from Beginning" to begin the presentation and audio walk-through

Information on the Climate Change Workgroup, how to participate, and other resources related to climate change can be found – along with other NLC workgroup resources – online at


Don't Forget! Your Chapter and Council IRS Form 990's are Due by February 15!

TU is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organized under a group exemption and because of this the IRS requires that each chapter and council have their own employer identification number (EIN) and file their own tax forms with the IRS. If you can't find your chapter/ council EIN, see your recently submitted Annual Financial Report, or contact volunteer operations staff.

If your chapter or council has gross receipts over $50,000 on average over three years, you will need to file the Form 990 or 990EZ. If your chapter or council has gross receipts under $50,000 on average over three years, you will need to file the Form 990N, the short and simple online form. Click here for forms and filing instructions from the IRS.

If you have questions about the correct Form 990 to file, please your Volunteer Operations Staff for more information.

New Forum For TU Members, Leaders Forum Continued

We are excited to announce the newest benefit for all members of Trout Unlimited. The TU online community – The Open Forum - will be opening this January.

The Open Forum is an online social platform for members, volunteer leaders, and staff of Trout Unlimited. A place to learn and connect with fellow anglers, leaders, and conservationist throughout the organization – plus you will find resources and knowledge to help while you serve as a volunteer.

We will continue to offer the leaders-only conversations you've been enjoying too. You will now see the Open Forum for general discussions and Leaders Forum for all TU volunteer leaders. Be sure to update your leadership roster so all board members can participate in both forums.

Be sure to watch your inbox in the coming weeks for a notice about the TU online community. We can't wait to meet you in the Open Forum.


Help TU Improve Our New Member Recruitment
Trout Unlimited offers a special incentive to our chapters to recruit new members locally by providing you the opportunity to recruit new TU members at half-price ($17.50) and receive a rebate ($15) for every person you bring into our organization. Unfortunately, fewer than 2,000 new members are recruited to TU in this way each year, and we want to grow that figure - and our TU community.
Please answer the following brief survey to help us improve this important New Member Recruitment program.
Click Here to Take the Survey
If you would like to start recruiting new members today for your chapter, simply use this special link to ensure your chapter receives the $15 rebate for every new person you bring into our organization.


All web conference trainings are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted. Contact Jeff Yates to register.
March 15:
Embrace A Stream Application Training
April 15:
Embrace A Stream: Deadline to Contact Your Regional Representative
May 15:
Embrace A Stream - Deadline to Submit a Draft Grant Application
July 15:
Embrace A Stream - Deadline to Submit Final Grant Application


The online leader Tacklebox – – offers a wide range of resources and guides for chapter and council leaders. Some of the most often used resources include:


The online leader Training Video Library – – has recordings of past online trainings, as well as a some simple "how to" videos designed to help volunteers access the online tools available to them. The training videos include:

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