December 2017 Newsletter

Salem Chapter, Salem, Oregon, 11 December 2017

Ladies, gentlemen, and fishermen of all ages, this is your chapter update-newsletter for December 2017. On behalf of our Vice President, Rod Ratzlaff, and the members of the board of directors, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December meeting and dinner is being planned by the Board. We will have the Association Executive Director Bob Rees as our guest speaker. Bob is a guide and a very successful fisherman. The chapter will provide the ham and members will bring the side dishes. We had a signup sheet at the last meeting. If you did not get a chance to sign up and want to attend, please send me an e-mail: joh[email protected] or 503-507-1424 and tell me how many will be attending and what you are bringing, Please leave a message. Suggestions are welcome. Past dinners have been outstanding and lots of fun. The drawing will be different: all attending will be given a ticket at no cost and a drawing will be made for some very nice prizes. We will provide soft beverages and tableware. Start 7:00 p.m.

We have the association raffle tickets for a three day Alaskan fishing trip, $1.00 each or 25 for $20.00 and ClackaCraft 16’ Old School High Side Drift Boat, $6.00 each or 2 for $10.00 ready to sell. This program is a fund raiser for our chapter and the association. We will be selling tickets at the general meetings, and hopefully, if we can get some volunteers, at the Sportsman’s Warehouse on south Lancaster in Salem. I have reserved the following Saturdays: 16 December, 6 January and 20 January. I have blocks of tickets if you would like to check them out and sell them at work, school, church, health club, Tupperware parties and such. Sure would help. Please contact me at e-mail [email protected], PH; 503-507-1424 if you can help, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE if I do not answer or at the meetings.) Dates for selling tickets at Sportsman’s Warehouse on Lancaster Salem:Two shifts 1000-12:00 am, 12:00-3:00 pm. Hope to have three person teams. Our chapter receives money from the ticket sales. The association today just announced: Persons selling tickets will be entered in a drawing for one person. 

ANWS will purchase one 3-day, 4-night fishing package at Kenai Riverside Lodge as a raffle sales incentive prize to be redeemed in August 2018. Prize includes ground transportation to and from Anchorage and the lodge, lodging, meals, and three days guided fishing. This package is valued at $2,780. All the winner needs is to get to Anchorage.

Have you checked our chapter web page lately? Dave S. has put a lot of work to make it informative, links to fishing guides, fishing news, activities, photos, and more. We hope to have “open seat” availability on the board soon. If there is something you want to see on the board or have something to contribute, i.e. a story or photos, please let us know.

NOTE: At our meetings we have an open seat board with a listing of people who want to go fishing and people who have an open seat in the boat to hook up. Check it out, you may meet a new fishing buddy.

Our Past President, Brian Winn, is improving but he is still experiencing medical problems that have left him with limited mobility and ability to carry out the duties of his office. He is in the Vancouver VA Hospital so if you are in the area and have some free time, he would enjoy a visit. We understand he has improved so much that he may get a pass to come home for part of the holidays.

November Meeting: Our guest speaker was local guide and fisherman, Matt Halseth. Matt gave us lots of information about the North Santiam River, local area, and coast fisheries. If you have suggestions of speakers or programs you would like to hear, please tell us.

Are you getting your Association magazine, The Northwest Steelheader, information from the association, and chapter e-mails? If you are not, please contact me. I think there are two listings at HQ. that may not be accurate. If you are getting this letter in the mail and have an e-mail address PLEASE let us use it to save us money on paper, ink, stamps, and my time and provide us with that information. Some e-mail I do send bounces back because of errors, or your box is full. I need a little help here.

We are still looking for someone to step up and take the office of Chapter President. Rod is doing an outstanding job as Vice President, but his day job limits the time he can give to us. A Salem resident would be most helpful.

Hope to see you at the December meeting, be hungry we will start at 7:00 p.m.

Bob Johnston, Chapter Sec.