Northwest Fly Anglers   

A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

Alan Pilkington's Remarks at 2016 Banquet

December 22, 2016 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

GREETINGS!

WELCOME TO YOU ONE AND ALL, FROM NEAR AND FAR. IT’S GREAT YOU ARE ALL HERE TONIGHT! 

TONIGHT WE’RE HERE TO DO AT LEAST THREE THINGS –

FIRST, TO HAVE SOME FUN AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS, OTHER MEMBERS AND OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, WHO INCLUDE GREG SCHIMEK AND HIS WIFE MARILYN FROM THE COASTAL CUTTHROAT COALITION, JIMMY LE MERT FROM PATRICK’S FLY SHOP AND TINA MILLER FROM KING COUNTY PARKS.

SECOND, WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO FLY FISHING AND TO OUR CLUB WITH AWARDS TO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND,

THIRD WE WANT TO RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS WE CAN AT THE AUCTION AND RAFFLE. AS YOU’VE SEEN, WE HAVE AN AMAZING SELECTION OF FLY FISHING RELATED ITEMS, FLY

FISHING TACKLE, A BAKE SALE, HOSTED DINNERS, AND TRAVEL AND GUIDED TRIPS. I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE GENEROUS DONORS WHO HAVE MADE THIS POSSIBLE, AND WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK JIMMY LE MERT FOR HIS DONATIONS TONIGHT AND FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR OUR RAFFLES THIROUGH THE YEAR. THANK YOU JIMMY.

THE RAFFLES CLOSE AT 7.00 PM AND THE AUCTION AND BAKE SALE CLOSE AT 8.00 PM; SO TONIGHT, INSTEAD OF CASTING YOUR FLY ON THE WATER, CAST YOUR BREAD ON THE TABLES AND BID UP!

IN THE SHORT TIME I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CLUB I’VE BECOME ACUTELY AWARE OF TWO THINGS, THE FIRST BEING HOW MUCH WE DEPEND ON A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS TO KEEP THE CLUB ALIVE AND FUNCTIONING WELL, AND IN A FEW MOMENTS WE’LL RECOGNIZE MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE.

THE SECOND IS HOW MUCH CLUB MEMBERS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. LOOKING BACK ON THE YEAR’S ACTIVITIES A LOT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED - INCLUDING 13 FISHING OUTINGS TO WATERS IN OREGON, BRITISH COLOMBIA AND WASHINGTON STATE, WITH OVER 200 MEMBERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATING. THERE HAVE BEEN 6 FLY TYING CLASSES, 6 FLY CASTING CLASSES, PARTICIPATION IN 9 CONSERVATION EVENTS, 10 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS, EACH WITH OUTSIDE GUEST SPEAKERS AND FLY TYING DEMONSTRATIONS, 11 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS, A WONDERFUL SUMMER PICNIC, A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF OUR WEBSITE, $500 RAISED BY RAFFLES AT MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS, AND WE PROVIDED FINANCIAL AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR VARIOUS FLY FISHING AND CONSERVATION GROUPS.

IN ADDITION, WE WERE JOINED BY 15 NEW MEMBERS AND 5 NEW MEMBERSHIP FAMILIES. I THINK THAT IS A GREAT EFFORT FROM A CLUB WITH LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED MEMBERS AND YOU SHOULD ALL GIVE YOURSELVES A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE.    

BEFORE I PASS OVER TO MIKE OLSEN, CHAIR OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE, I’D LIKE TO MENTION SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS POSSIBLE. JIM MORRISON DID A GREAT JOB SERVING UP A VARIED MEMU OF SPEAKERS; PETER RUBENSTEIN, WHO TOOK OVER AS CHAIR OF THE EVENTS PROGRAM EARLY IN THE YEAR AFTER MARK CONNER STEPPED ASIDE DUE TO ILLNESS; TOM BEAULAURIER OUR CONSERVATION CHAIR,  JOE SOUTHER, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR ASSISTED BY HIS WIFE REBECCA; JIM HIGGINS, EDUCATION CHAIR AND LEADER OF THE FLY TYING CLASSES; MAURA JOHNSON,  CHAIR OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE; JIMMY KAMADA AND MATT MOORE, LIRARIANS; BRETT SHORMANN, WEBSITE MANAGER; DANA BOTTCHER, FLYPAPER EDITOR AND EVENT HOST EXTRAORDINAIRE; SUSANNE STAATS AND MIKE OLSEN FOR THEIR ENDLESS SEARCH FOR STUFF FOR THE MONTHLY MEETING RAFFLES; HELSA AND MIKE PETERSEN FOR RUNNING THE FLY SHOP AT MONTHLY MEETINGS; AND LAST, BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST, MIKE GALLAVAN FOR LEADING THE SIX FLY CASTING SESSIONS.

THANKS ARE ALSO DUE TO MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, JIM MORRISON, VICE PRESIDENT, PETER MAUNSELL, TREASUER AND DAVID ARMS SECRETARY.

IN ADDITION THERE WERE OUTING LEADERS. WOULD ALL THOSE WHO LED OUTINGS PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO HELPED WITH THE LESS VISIBLE TASKS OF SETTING UP AND CLEANING UP THE METING ROOMS AND PROVIDING SUPPERS IN WHICH MANY PEOPLE PARTICIPATED.  THERE ARE DOUBTLESS OTHERS WHOSE NAMES I’VE NOT CALLED OUT AND I APOLOGISE TO YOU.

FINALLY, I’D LIKE TO THANK, IN ADVANCE, MATT MOORE FOR OFFERING HIS CANDIDACY AS CLUB PRESIDENT FOR 2017, AND WE’D ALL LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL THE BEST MATT.

LET’S GIVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE A BIG HAND.

I’D NOW LIKE TO PASS OVER TO MIKE OLSON, CHAIR OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE. COME ON UP MIKE!

(AWARDS FOLLOW, THEN YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO)

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO JIMMY AND SHIRLEY AND TO GREG SHIMEK FROM THE COASTAL CUTTHROAT COALITION, AND THANKS AGAIN TO BRETT SCHORMANN, THAT VIDEO WAS JUST GREAT! LET’S SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE BRILLIANT WORK BRETT SO ABLY PUT INTO CREATING THAT YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS I’D LIKE TO MAKE.

THE FIRST IS A SPECIAL GIFT TO ONE OF THE MANY FOLKS WHO SENT IN PHOTOS FOR THE MEMBERS GALLERY IN THE VIDEO WE’VE JUST SEEN. AS YOU SAW, THERE WERE DOZENS OF GREAT IMAGES OF A LOT OF HAPPY ANGLERS AND GOOD TIMES ON AND OFF THE WATER AND WE’VE RANDOMLY SELECTED ONE CONTRIBUTOR FOR THIS AWARD. AND THE WINNER IS…. TAMAE BAILEY…. COME ON UP TAMAE.

NOW I COME TO THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD. THIS IS A NEW AWARD, GIVEN AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRESIDENT AND IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE MADE IN YEARS TO COME, THAT’S UP TO FUTURE PRESIDENTS. I THOUGHT IT WAS FITTING TO ACKNOWLEDGE, AS THE VIDEO HAS ALREADY INDICATED, ONE MEMBER FOR HIS LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLUB. DANA BOETTCHER HAS MADE CONTRIBUTIONS IN SO MANY WAYS: CLUB HISTORIAN, PHOTOGRAPHER, EVENT HOST, GUIDE, TEACHER, MENTOR, COMIC, AND FLY PAPER EDITOR. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I MAKE THIS AWARD TO DANA; YOUR WORK IS RECOGNIZED AND APPRECIATED. THE AWARD IS A #5/6 WT. CUSTOM REEL FROM THE FINE ENGLISH TACKLE MAKER JUSTIN FORBES, AND WE ALL HOPE YOU WILL PUT IT TO GOOD USE. COME ON UP DANA.

FINALLY, TO WRAP UP MY REMARKS, WE SHOULD ALL GIVE OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO THE COMMITTEE WHO PUT THIS EVENT TOGETHER, MICHAEL OLSEN, AWARDS CHAIRMAN, HELSA PETERSEN, PARTY FACILITY AND CATERING, WAYNE BALSIGER, RAFFLE AND AUCTION, HELPED BY SUSAN STAATS AND MAURA JOHNSON, OUR YEAR IN REVIEW PRODUCER, BRETT SCHORMANN, RAFFLE TICKETS AND PACKAGES, MAURA JOHNSON AND NAME TAGS AND PROGRAM, CARL JOHNSON AND THE TEAM THAT HELPED WITH SET AND MANAGING THE RAFFLES AND AUCTIONS. LET’S GIVE THEM ALL A BIG HAND.

THE AUCTION AND BAKE SALE RESULTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE; CHECK OUT THE BID SHEETS, COLLECT YOUR ITEMS AND PAY PETER MAUNSELL OUTSIDE THIS ROOM.

THANKS AGAIN, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND TRAVEL HOME SAFELY.

ALAN PILKINGTON


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