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HikingThe 066 - Guadalupe River Chapter (GRTU) has a hunch. They're thinking that chapters and councils across the country care about engaging the next generation of river stewards as much as they do in Texas. So when they heard TU's Headwaters Youth Program could use a hand, they decided to do something about it. And they think you will too.

You see, TU's Headwaters Youth Program operates much the same as our conservation work. Staff members write grants and leverage funds, we create partnerships and garner industry support to sustain and expand TU's youth work across the country. Programs such as STREAM Girls and the TU Costa 5 Rivers college network would still be a dream without these funds. But these funds are variable and cannot be guaranteed year after year.

GRTU's Tomorrow Fund aims to ensure that there is indeed a bright and sunny tomorrow for TU's youth engagement efforts. An annual $10,000 donation from GRTU will serve as the spring board to inspire chapters, councils, industry partners, and individuals to give any donation, small or large, to reach our annual fundraising goal. These funds will sustain and strengthen TU's grassroots and national connection with young people from kindergarten through college.

GRTU's Council Chair, Phil Dopson, emphasized there is a critical need for the TU Tomorrow Fund, adding, "There is no more important business of TU than educating our youth."

We want to turn $10K into $40K, and we are well on our way, folks! When the 522 – Rabun Chapter of Georgia contributed their annual $1,000 to the Headwaters program earlier this year, GRTU's TU Tomorrow Fund matched it. Two additional chapters have stepped up for the cause: 258 – Mianus Chapter of Connecticut and 185 – Spring Creek Chapter of Pennsylvania have contributed $250 and $100 respectively.

Feeling inspired? You, or your chapter, can donate right now to help foster the next generation of river stewards. Your money will go directly toward TU's Headwaters Youth Program, matching the contribution offered by the GRTU Tomorrow Fund. Click here to donate. To find out more about how your chapter or council contribution to the Headwaters Youth Program can be doubled, contact Headwaters Director Franklin Tate

Check Lines to Leaders each month for an update on the funds you've helped to raise! Don't have the funds to donate? No problem. You can still help by spreading the word. Stay tuned for newsletter templates and social media posts you can share in your communities.

Trout Unlimited - The GRTU Tomorrow FundFranklin Tate
Director, Headwaters Youth Program


Help TU Win $20,000 for Embrace A Stream, Vote for a Limited Edition Brew & Get Free Beer for Your Chapter Events

Save Our WaterSweetwater Brewery has always been a partner of conservation, and they're taking it to the next level again this summer, partnering with TU and four other conservation organizations with their Save Our Water campaign. Running from June 1 through August 31, the campaign offers great benefits to TU, and we need your help!

  1. Sweetwater will donate up to $20,000 to Trout Unlimited's Embrace A Stream grant program if we can raise an equal matching amount! Last year, generous donations helped us meet the match goal. Please help us earn the full match again by spreading the word and encouraging your chapter members to make an online donation to the Save Our Water Embrace A Stream campaign.
  2. Sweetwater is challenging Save Our Water partner organizations with a special Instagram contest and will make a special, limited edition brew in collaboration with the winner. To help TU win the contest, vote by slapping photos with "#saveourwaterTU @SweetWaterBrew" in your post and tell your fishing friends to do the same! A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the special brew will benefit the winning organization, so please post and share – and ping all your friends to do the same – so we can all enjoy sipping a special Sweetwater brew and saving rivers!
  3. Sweetwater is offering to connect with chapters to support local events within Sweetwater's distribution geography. Your chapter may have the opportunity to partner with a local Sweetwater representative to co-host an event with beverages, Sweetwater swag and good times with fellow members, conservationists and beer enthusiasts – all in support of conservation.
  4. Sweetwater will again offer for sale online and in their brick and mortar locations special co-branded merchandise, such as a high-performance fishing shirt, a custom fly box and a stainless steel beer pint cup, touting the Save Our Water campaign. Twenty percent of the sales proceeds will benefit TU.

So help us make this Save Our Water summer a big win for TU by supporting Embrace A Stream, voting for a special TU brew, sporting a TU/Sweetwater fishing shirt and reaching out to see if Sweetwater can spice up your next streamside barbecue with a dash of hops!

For support, questions or help planning a co-event with Sweetwater, email Kyle Smith, TU's Membership Engagement Manager.


Place an Order in the TU Event Printshop or Create an Event On the TU Events Center for Your Chance at One of Two Fall Weeks in Montana

MontanaGetting the word out about your chapter's fundraisers, events and activities is one of the best ways to grow your membership, engage volunteers and increase the impact of your conservation, education and fundraising efforts.

The TU Event Printshop and special TU Events Center – in partnership with – provides your chapter with:

  • Easy-to-use, extremely affordable, high-quality, customizable TU-branded print products for event marketing and event operations, including: posters, flyers, postcards, raffle and event tickets
  • Custom, online event registration forms and ticketing that will take your event to the next level

TicketPrinting is a strong supporter of conservation, a TU Business member and donates 20 percent of all TU business back to TU. To sweeten the pot, TicketPrinting's CEO, Lance Trebesch, is giving away two one-week stays at his amazing Big Sky Montana Chalet in a special drawing for chapters that place an order on the TU Event Printshop or create an event on the TU Events Center between June 1 and July 31! If your chapter does both, you'll get two entries into the drawing!

Trip Details: Big Sky Montana - Four Fall Nights for up to Six People & Two Float Trips for Two Anglers
Fall is the time when the big, hungry brown trout of Western Montana go on the prowl to gorge before winter sets in with a fury. Your chapter can win this incredible week of fishing, sight-seeing and more to either raffle or auction off locally and raise funds for your important conservation and education programs. We'll even help you set up a special RaffleRiver sweepstakes if you'd like so you can sell tickets to win this trip online among your chapter members, fishing friends and beyond! The chalet has room for up to six people with four bedrooms and six beds and Lance is also throwing in two days of guided float fishing on some of the Big Sky region's best trout water for two anglers each day! Valued at over $4,200, the trips must be taken in September or October of 2017 based on availability.

Training Videos: Using the TU Event Printshop and the TU TicketRiver platform
Both the TU Event Printshop and the TU Events Center are fast and easy to learn and simple to use for you and your members. If you want to see what it's all about, you can view some special training materials we've created just for you, our TU volunteers.

TU Event Printshop Training Video – A quick walk through of the online tool giving some great ideas on effective products to promote your chapter or events. Then go online and place an order.

TU Events Center Training Video – An overview video demonstrating how this special TU-branded online registration tool works on the front and back ends for event creators and event participants. Then go online and create an event registration page.

JOIN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: How does your chapter use print materials and online registration form to reach a broader audience and attract new members?


Join Us in Roanoke this Fall! Early Bird Registration & Volunteer Awards Deadlines are July 15

Annual MeetingAn exciting and modern city, nestled within striking distance of some of the prettiest national forests and parks around, Roanoke, Va. Will be the host of the 2017 TU Annual Meeting. Join us from Sept. 27 – Oct. 1., for a fun, festive event where you can enjoy the fall foliage and weather, strike out for trout in nearby scenic streams, and spend a week meeting and sharing ideas and inspiration with TU volunteers and staff.

The deadline for early bird registration rates is July 15, so don't wait: Register now!

We have a lot to celebrate this year as Trout Unlimited's volunteers broke all records by contributing more than 725,000 hours to our conservation and education work!

Honoring that commitment, and recognizing the outstanding achievements of members, chapters, councils, professionals and partners that embody the values and mission of TU is an important part of our Annual Meeting.

TU is actively seeking nominations for the following awards by July 15:

  • State Council Award for Excellence
  • Gold and Silver Trout Chapter Awards
  • Mortensen Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership
  • Trout Conservation Award: Professional, Partner Organization/Business, Communications
  • Distinguished Service Awards in: Conservation, Leadership, Communications, Youth Education, and Veteran's Services

Each of these awards is described in greater detail and the nomination form is available online at

JOIN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: Recognizing volunteers - and saying 'thank you' – is often the only currency we have to show our gratitude to people who give so much to your work. How does your chapter or council recognize, honor thank your volunteers?


Diversity Initiative June Newsletter Offers Tips on Growing & Diversifying Your Chapter

TU's Women's Initiative was launched in 2011 to address the concern that only six percent of all TU members were women, while at the same time women made up 36 percent of all anglers in the U.S.

In 2016, the initiative was renamed the Diversity Initiative in recognition that the successes of the past five years in recruiting and engaging female members and leaders could translate to similar growth in other demographic areas of our membership.

The June edition of the Diversity Initiative Newsletter "On the Rise" is designed to share the best practices and lessons learned by your fellow volunteers in recruiting, retaining and engaging a diverse range of members in TU and in leadership roles.

Read "On the Rise" and view a range of great resources for your local Diversity's Initiative work in the online Tacklebox at

JOIN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: What are things your chapter can do today to inspire and attract diverse members, volunteers and leaders?


Online Form to Give New Veterans a Free Membership Available to Chapters

VSPThe TU Veterans Service Partnership (VSP) is an initiative to serve our nation's military family, all veterans, able and disabled, active military, spouses, and their families. Our goal is to involve them in TU chapter activities and ultimately in a meaningful, life-long, and sustaining way with the TU community locally and in TU conservation programs and initiatives.

In order to sustain that involvement with TU, we offer a free, one-year trial membership for veterans that have participated with a TU chapter or council. It is only for a new TU member not for a renewal, and we ask the sponsoring TU chapter to use its own good judgment when offering the membership. The veteran will receive all the benefits of a paid membership for a year and the satisfaction of knowing they're a part of a growing community of individuals who enjoy angling and want to keep America's rivers cold, clean and fishable now and in the future.

To get access to the online form where you can sign up veterans that participate with your chapter, please email TU Veterans Services Partnership Coordinator Dave Kumlien. Dave can work with you to ensure that your veteran is signed up to the correct chapter based on their ZIP code assignment, and he’s always excited to talk with TU volunteers about starting or growing a VSP program locally.


Call for Nominations for the International Wild Trout Symposium Awards

Wild Trout SymposiumThe Wild Trout Symposium set for Sept. 26-29 in West Yellowstone, Mont., brings together a diverse audience of nonprofit conservation groups, media representatives, educators, anglers, and government entities associated with wild trout resources to exchange technical information and viewpoints related to the management and preservation of wild trout fisheries. Held every three years, these symposia have led to innovative approaches to wild trout management. In 1984 the organizing committee presented the first Wild Trout Awards to professional and non-professionals who had made outstanding contributions to the protection and preservation of wild trout resources. The number of awards has expanded over the years but the tradition of recognizing these outstanding individuals continues.

The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the following awards:

  • Aldo Starker Leopold Wild Trout Award – Professional
  • Aldo Starker Leopold Wild Trout Award – Non-Professional
  • Trout Unlimited – Federation of Fly Fishers Stewardship Award

Criteria for each award can be found on the Wild Trout Symposium website. The application deadline is July 15.


TU's Commitment to Ethical Principles and Sound Financial Controls

Trout Unlimited relies on the public's trust to do our work. That is why it is so important that TU and its chapters and councils continuously earn this trust through our commitment to ethical principles and sound financial controls. TU has many helpful resources that chapters and councils can use to demonstrate our core values of accountability and transparency in the online Tacklebox at, such as:

All TU chapters and councils are required to comply with TU's Policy on Financial and Property Controls, and please be reminded that your chapter or council must have an independent financial reviewer in place by Sept. 30, 2017.

The IRS Form 990 includes several questions focusing attention and governance practices on accountability and transparency. These questions are specifically designed to elicit whether your chapter or council has a written conflict of interest policy, an approved whistleblower protection policy, a document retention policy and a procedure for reviewing the IRS Form 990 prior to filing. All TU chapters and councils large enough to file the Form 990 (those with gross receipts normally larger than $50,000/ year) should have these policies in place. It is advised that regardless of your chapter or council's size, you consider adopting these policies and procedures so as well.


All web conference trainings are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted. Contact Jeff Yates to register.
Nov. 6-12:
Embrace A Stream Challenge Online Competition
Nov. 15:
Deadline for All Chapters / Councils to File Annual Financial Reports
Feb. 15:
Deadline for All Chapters / Councils to File IRS Form 990, Form 990EZ or Form 990N



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:


We want our volunteer leaders to know what their members are receiving from TU in the mail and will begin sharing this through "In the Mail" each month in Lines to Leaders. This month, the featured mail campaign is our Sweepstakes Mailing which includes a donation request for a chance at one of 100 different prizes!
We welcome your feedback and want to remind you that we are grateful for the gift of your time as a volunteer leader and your membership support. While we welcome and appreciate your occasional non-dues gifts, please feel free to consider our appeal mailings nothing more than an FYI to keep you connected to the inner-workings of our development efforts.
Together, through on-the-ground, local efforts and nationwide focus, we are making our rivers and streams healthier homes for trout. Thank you!


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


Join other volunteer leaders discussing a variety of topics in the Open Forum at The first time you log in, use your membership email address and then your membership number as the password. Your settings on have not changed.


Support local stream and river restoration today by making a tax-deductible gift to Embrace A Stream, TU's oldest member-led conservation program. Since, 1975, Embrace A Stream donations have helped raise more than $4.4 million for local conservation projects led by TU chapters and volunteers.


Learn more about TU's efforts to involve more women in TU's mission, engage more women in volunteer leadership and increase the number of female TU members.


If so, please reach out to Doug Agee, TU's Online Community Manager at for more information on TU's new chapter/council website tools.


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