May 2022 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders Newsletter for May 2022

 

Mid-Valley Chapter Holds Fishing Gear Sale in Albany

With the North Santiam running at flood stage in Mehama on Saturday, May 7th, the usual Learn the River Trip sponsored by the North Santiam River Guides Association had been cancelled and Past Salem Chapter Secretary, Bob Johnston and I had plenty of free time to attend a fishing gear sale and swap meet held by the ANWS Mid-Valley Chapter. This event was open to the public and George Larson – Club Treasurer said they had been attempting to conduct the event despite the pandemic since last June. George explained that “members provided fishing gear and tackle equipment at individual tables and purchasers came from both within and outside the group.”

Also participating in the event were four University of Oregon master’s degree students and their teacher, Melissa Graciosa. These students are studying community and regional planning, public policy, and management. They were there to share information on their estuary management planning project in Yaquina Bay and talk with our members about fishing experiences on the Yaquina River Estuary.

Mid-Valley Chapter Fishing Gear Sale at Bryant Park in Albany Jim Salee – Mid-Valley Chapter President at their sale and fundraising event

In addition to scoring a couple bargains on two vintage fishing reels, Bob and I were able to observe firsthand what another club is doing to raise funds and promote their Chapter. In addition to scoring a couple bargains on two vintage fishing reels, Bob and I were able to observe firsthand what another club is doing to raise funds and promote their Chapter.

May 17th Program Speakers will be Wayne & Tyson Parker of Good Day Fishing, Inc.

Wayne Parker started Good Day Fishing, Inc. in 2006 after developing a line of anise scented hand wipes and rubber fish cleaning mats. In the sixteen years since then, he has added many more innovative products such as scent dispensing fishing lures, “blinkie lights,” flashers and customized spinners. More recently, Wayne’s Grandson, Tyson, has joined him in the operation of the business and their product line continues to grow. We look forward to their presentation on Tuesday to hear about their latest new products.

Good Day Fishing9007 River Rd NE

Salem, Oregon 97303

Phone: 503-428-8077

gooddayfishing.com

Next Board of Directors Meeting to be held on June 1st

As usual, our Board of Directors welcomes all Salem Chapter members to attend our Board Meetings held at Sportsman’s Warehouse on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Reminder Notice for 2022 Membership Dues

If you have not yet paid your annual membership dues for 2022, attached is a Membership Form for your convenience. Please return your completed form and dues payment to:

Linda Chezem – Treasurer

663 Rockwood St. SE

Salem, OR. 97306

Submitted by Mike Ferris – Club Secretary

 

April 2022 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders Newsletter for April 2022

 

Another Successful Learn the River Trip – Stayton to Green’s Bridge

On Saturday, April 2nd, a few of our Salem Chapter members participated in another successful Learn the River Trip organized by the North Santiam River Guides Association. The weather and river conditions were great for this month’s drift from Stayton to Green’s Bridge. Those participating gained valuable navigation knowledge about that stretch of the North Santiam River. A safe passage was enjoyed by all including the area of the much feared “braided channels” mid-way between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge. Many thanks to our past Club Secretary, Bob Johnston, for providing these great photos and much needed shuttle service for our long river drift.

 

 

Learn the River Trip participants gather for a quick safety meeting and prepare to shove off at the Stayton Boat Ramp

April 19th Meeting: Program Speaker is Bart DeBow – Fish Count Specialist with ODFW

Have you ever wondered how many salmon and steelhead are in the North Santiam? If so, you’ll want to attend our next membership meeting on April 19th . Plans for our meeting include a presentation by Bart DeBow of the ODFW. Bart is a Fish Count Specialist on the North Santiam River at Bennet Dam located just above Stayton. His primary duty is to provide fish video monitoring at both the upper and lower fish ladder facilities so that accurate fish counts can be recorded and tracked. Bart has been a valuable resource for me and my fishing buddies in the past when we’re trying to figure out if there are any salmon or steelhead running above Stayton and, if so, how many. Bart’s information will cover annual fish count statistics from 1997 through 2021. Please plan to attend and bring all your questions.

Board of Directors Meeting Held on April 6th

Our Board of Directors Meeting was held at Sportsman’s Warehouse at 6: 30 PM on April 6th. In addition to our usual business, we were pleased to have one of our newer members, Nigel Hearne, join us and discuss some possible strategies for improving our club’s membership numbers. Ever since the COVID pandemic began in 2019, our membership has dropped significantly and our regular meetings have either been cancelled or poorly attended. While the reasons for this trend are obvious and have been beyond our control, we did discuss a few ideas which may help to grow our chapter membership in the future.

Here are a few of the ideas we brainstormed at our meeting:

Re-activate the Northwest Steelheaders Association Raffle Drawing

Prior to the pandemic, our Salem Chapter participated in the ANWS annual raffle. Our members regularly volunteered to sell raffle tickets at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Salem and, in the process, we met many prospective new members who later attended our meetings and became members. This event proved to be an effective means of public outreach and membership growth until COVID restrictions made it impossible to continue. Perhaps we could start this effort back up again when public health conditions permit.

Re-initiate Fishing and Outdoor Skills Classes witAnother Successful Learn the River Trip – Stayton to Green’s Bridgeh ODFW

Here again, prior to the pandemic, our Salem Chapter was actively involved in organizing and teaching Outdoor Skills classes with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In the past, this popular class has attracted prospective new members to Salem all the way from Portland and Eugene.

Sponsor More Youth Fishing Events and Training Classes

Old age and COVID has taken a toll on the number ofAnother Successful Learn the River Trip – Stayton to Green’s Bridge our active members over the past year and it makes good sense to focus our volunteer efforts on young people. That being the case, it’s a good idea to help interest kids in fishing any way we can. Offering youth fishing classes and events like “Hooked on Family Fishing Day” would be a great way to accomplish that.

These were a few of the ideas we discussed at our Board Meeting and it would be great if more of our members could join us to share additional ideas in the future. Please remember… you are all invited and welcome to attend. Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for May 4th.

Submitted by Mike Ferris – Club Secretary

March 2022 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders Newsletter for March 2022

 

Memorial Service for Dave Hopfer

On Friday, February 25th, a memorial service was held for our longtime member Dave Hopfer at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem. Several Salem Chapter members were able to attend and pay their respects to our former Special Projects Coordinator.

After the service, we learned that Dave’s wife, Judy, and her family had generously donated some of Dave’s fishing gear to our club as well as a photo album and large collection of videos recorded and produced by Dave. The video collection contains over 134 DVDs and plans are in the works to catalog them for future use in our fundraising efforts and as historical reference information. During his many years with our Salem Chapter, Dave contributed countless hours of his time and videography skills to record our guest speaker programs and many club events and volunteer activities. It seems very appropriate now that his gift to our club will live on by providing a valuable source of information and visual history for our members. Below is a sampling of club photos from Dave’s old album which date from 1986.

Learn the River Trip” Attended by Salem Steelheaders

On Saturday, March 5th, four members of our Salem Chapter joined with the North Santiam River Guides Association for their first “Learn the River Trip” of the 2022 Season. The trip included a total of eight drift boats with sixteen participants drifting from Greens Bridge on the North Santiam to the Interstate 5 Rest Area Boat Ramp on the main stem of the Santiam River. Those in attendance from our club were Rod Ratzlaff, Arne Dahl, Bob Johnston, and Mike Ferris. We experienced good weather with pleasant water conditions and sharpened our navigation skills on the new river channel recently formed by the North Santiam between Greens Bridge and the confluence with the South Santiam River. We learned a lot about the new channel and were pleased to see that most of the large obstacles and hazards formerly present on that stretch had been cleared by high-water events which took place earlier this Winter. A good time was had by all, and a well-earned lunch break provided a unique opportunity to socialize and practice our “log sitting” skills.


 

 

 

 

Negotiating some shallow waters and practicing the art of “log sitting” during the lunch break

Membership Meeting on March 15th

Plans for our next membership meeting on March 15 will include Amanda Boyles and Karen Hans from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as our featured guest speakers. Amanda is an Angler Education Coordinator and Karen is a STEP (Salmon Trout Enhancement Program) Biologist for the ODFW.

Invitation from our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors regularly welcomes all Salem Chapter members to attend the Board of Directors meetings held on the first Wednesday of every month at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Salem at 6:30 PM. If you’re interested, please mark your calendar and plan to attend. The next meeting will be held on April 6th.

Reminder Notice for 2022 Membership Dues

If you have not yet paid your annual membership dues for 2022, attached is a Membership Form for your convenience. The completed form and your dues payment can be returned to: Linda Chezem – Treasurer, 663 Rockwood St. SE, Salem, OR. 97306

 

Submitted by

Mike Ferris
Salem Chapter Secretary

 

February 2022 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders Newsletter for February 2022

The news for our Salem Chapter began on a somber note this month and it is with great sadness that we report the death of Dave Hopfer, a dedicated and longtime member of the Salem Steelheaders. In his retirement years, Dave was a professional videographer and served as “Special Projects Coordinator” for our Salem Chapter. Dave regularly attended our meetings and, for many years, generously provided his videography services by recording the programs and presentations given by our guest speakers. He also recorded many of our club’s outings and special events and was often a participant on the North Santiam River Guides “Learn the River Trips.” Last month, we learned that Dave had tested positive for COVID-19 on January 8th and became a casualty of the pandemic on January 26th. Dave leaves behind a huge void in our membership and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

On a lighter note, we are looking forward to our monthly membership meeting on February 15th with a great program presented by Jeremy Jahn, the “Kokanee Kid.” Jeremy has been a guest speaker for us in the past and has a wealth of information including many valuable Kokanee fishing tips. Jeremy will also offer a wide selection of Kokanee fishing gear available for purchase at the meeting and, if you’re like most of us, you could greatly benefit from his advice and fishing tackle recommendations. I have personally used some of his Kokanee lures in the past and they greatly improved my success ratio in fishing for Kokanee Trout.

I hope you can attend the meeting and look forward to seeing you there.

Submitted by

Mike Ferris

Secretary

 

January 2022 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders

Newsletter for January 2022

The Salem Chapter wishes you a happy and prosperous New Year and has couple of big changes to share with you since our last meeting in December.

First off, our Board of Directors reluctantly accepted a letter of resignation from our longtime and loyal Club Secretary, Bob Johnston.  Bob has unselfishly served as our secretary for a total of eighteen years and has earned a well-deserved break from the years of hard work he has contributed in that role.  That being the case, the Board recently recruited and “voted in” a new Secretary at the January 5th Board meeting.  His name is Mike Ferris, a regular member of our Salem Chapter for the past five years and he’s the guy now writing this newsletter!

The second big change also came at the January Board meeting when Rod Ratzlaff shared his desire to resume his role as Vice President and recommended that the Club consider one of our newer members, Jay Wylie, as “Interim President” of the Salem Chapter.  After a motion was made, seconded and voted on, Jay became our new Interim President.  Please join your Salem Chapter Board of Directors in welcoming these two new officers into their positions.

Also, please plan on joining us at our next regular meeting on January 18th when Bernie Hoene, the owner and operator of Bait-N-Wait Fishing Charters will be our featured Guest Speaker.  Bernie is a member of our Salem Chapter and is also the coordinator of “Take a Veteran Fishing at Odell Lake.”  His charter service regularly offers fishing trips on Detroit Lake and Green Peter Reservoir and he plans to speak about fishing at Detroit Lake.

Bernie’s website address and phone number are: BAIT-N-WAIT FISHING CHARTERS
baitnwaitfishingcharters.com  /  503-509-3507   

The meeting will convene on January 18th at 7:00 PM at Keizer City Hall.

 

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Submitted

Mike Ferris

Secretary

December 2021 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders

Newsletter December 2021

On behalf of President Rod Ratzlaff and members of the Board of Directors, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; please be safe and stay well.

We hope you all are doing well; if you’ve got the COVID-19 Virus, hope you are getting better. If you are well enough, I hope you are getting some fishing and catching the big ones.

Christmas Dinner on 21 December meeting and dinner:  At the December meeting we will have our fabulous dinner and meeting. The chapter will provide the turkey cooked and donated by Jim K. and ham cooked and donated by Bob J., soft beverages, tableware.  We are asking members to bring a side dish. 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 drawings will be made for some very nice prizes.  Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. on 21 December 2021.
Members who did not get an opportunity to sign up, please do so ASAP with Bob J, 503-507-1424 [please leave a message, no text please] or at [email protected] and tell us who you are, how many will be attending and what you plan on bringing. You may sign up online at our Facebook and at our web page: https://salemnwsteelheaders.org There will be no charge to the members; if you are past due you may reinstate their membership at the current rate of $30.00 a year. “Past due” payments will not have to be made up.

We ask anyone attending who is not vaccinated to PLEASE wear a mask. From the Oregon Health Authority: On Aug. 24, Governor Kate Brown announced a new rule that will require people in Oregon to mask in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible.

Guest Speaker for the evening will be Mr. Michael Ferris: Mike F. is a chapter member and fishing guide in our area willing to be our after-dinner speaker at the dinner-meeting. He plans to give a brief talk about fishing in our area, “Learn the River Trips” and Alaska fishing trips.

Do not forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweater.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday Season.

Submitted:                                                                    Approved:
Bob Johnston                                                                Rod Ratzlaff
Secretary                                                                       President

 

Membership formMembership’s renewals, please send it to;
N. W. Steelheaders Salem
P. O. Box 3341
Salem, OR  97302

The NEW address for the Assn. is P.O. Box 55400 Portland OR 97238

November 2021 Newsletter

Salem Chapter NW Steelheaders—News Notice, 9 November 2021

We hope you are staying safe, well and catching fish.

The chapter.  The chapter board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at Sportsman’s Warehouse on south Lancaster. You are welcome to attend. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, please let us know.  This is your chapter and we need help and input from the members.

November General Meeting:  Our next general meeting will be on 16 November 2021 at the Keizer City Hall. Hopefully, we will not have more “COVID” restrictions from the State of Oregon.   

 Matt Halseth is the speaker for the evening and he will be talking about steelhead fishing in the coastal river systems and bays, peak run time, and productive water heights he has found in those rivers, and give you tips on gear to be used to catch steelhead.  As part of the door prizes, you will have the opportunity to win one of two seats in Matt’s boat to fish for Spring Chinook, Fall Chinook or Steelhead. See attached flyer.  
  1. We ask anyone attending who is not vaccinated to PLEASE wear a mask. From the Oregon Health Authority: On Aug. 24, Governor Kate Brown announced a new rule that will require people in Oregon to mask in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible.
  2.  We will provide several types of pizza, soft drinks, paper plates, and table settings.

4. For the pizza dinner we will need to ask for members to respond with an “RSVP” to get a count we can expect and have enough for everyone to eat, at [email protected], or 503-507-1424 please leave a message, or online at our web page: https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/ There will be no charge to the members; we are using this event to have folks reinstate their membership at the current rate of $30.00 a year. “Past due” payments will not have to be made up.
 5. Part of the program will be:
       a. Find a new President, and a new Secretary. The current office holders will not continue in office after December 2021.
      b. Continuing the chapter if new officers are not found.
      c.  Activities for the year 2022.

Chapter Membership: At one time our chapter had over 60 paid up memberships. The June-July 2021 report show that we have 23 paid members, 20 members are past due in 2021 and 17 past due in 2020. We thank the 8 members who renewed at the last meeting.
 The Chapter Board has decided “The future of this chapter is in question.
In support of the NWSH Association, and to continue the chapter and chapter activities, by the first of next year 2022, we need members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation.  We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you.  
Bring their dues of $30.00 a year up to date, Past due” payments will not have to be made up “.
 Step up and take the offices of the President, Vice-president, Secretary and board members, and bring in new members. If the goals are not met the Salem Chapter may dissolve in accordance with Chapter and Assn. By-Laws at the end of this year.  Your membership in the Association will be moved to “Member At Large” unless you specify otherwise and select a chapter.” 

The NWSH Assn. Is holding a “Virtual Auction on 8-12 November 2021. BIDDING IS OPEN! From today until Nov. 12 at 7:00pm, you can bid on items and trips in our virtual auction to support recreation opportunities. Our virtual auction gives you the chance to bid on cutting edge gear and once-in-a-lifetime trips donated by local small businesses and local craftsmen in our community dedicated to conservation! Right now, we’re living under extraordinary circumstances. Despite the challenges the past year and a half have brought us all, the sport fishing community is resilient. That is why we’re working tirelessly to increase fishing access and habitat restoration for our at-risk salmon and steelhead populations. With all of your help, Northwest runs will bounce back to numbers that foster flourishing populations and vibrant recreation opportunities.  The NWSH Assn. has additional information on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com › salemnwsteelheaders and web page:www.Northwesteelheaders.org.

Membership Reports:
   The Association has lost an employee who was processing membership tasks. To update and maintain an almost accurate listing of our chapter membership and send renewal notices, we are asking that you send your renewal to our chapter treasurer at: N.W. Steelheaders, Salem, P.O. Box 3314, Salem, OR 97302.
Make checks and money orders payable to: Association of Northwest Steelheaders. 
The chapter treasurer will record your payment and forward the check to the association as required by the Association Bylaws. If you pay by automated deduction from your bank account or wish to pay directly to the Association do not change it, we will find out you have paid, eventually.  Annual membership is $30.00. If you are past due you do not have to make up for past due. The Assn. does have several payment plans.    Do you have a better Idea? Please let us know. It is time for chapter members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation.  We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you.

Respectfully submitted, Bob Johnston Chapter Sec.

October 2021 Newsletter

Salem Chapter NW Steelheaders—News Notice 11 October 2021

We hope you are staying safe, well and catching fish.

The chapter. At the board meetings, we are planning to hold a general meeting on 19 October 2021. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, please let us know.  This is your chapter and we need help and input from the members.

October General Meeting:  Our next general meeting will be on 19 October 2021 at the Keizer City Hall. Hopefully, we will not have more “COVID” restrictions from the State of Oregon.
  1. We ask anyone attending who is not vaccinated to PLEASE wear a mask. From the Oregon Health Authority: On Aug. 24, Governor Kate Brown announced a new rule that will require people in Oregon to mask in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible. The rule will go into effect Friday, Aug. 27. Masks, face coverings or face shields are required in all indoor spaces.
  2.  We will provide several types of pizza, salad, soft drinks, paper plates, and table settings.
  3. Each attendee will receive a free ticket for one of the five [5] prizes that will be given away in a drawing.
  4. We will need to ask for members to respond with an “RSVP” to get a count we can expect and have enough for everyone to eat, at [email protected], or 503-507-1424 please leave a message, or online at our facebook and at our web page: https://salemnwsteelheaders.corg/ It is time for chapter members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation.  We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you.
         There will be no charge to the members, we are using this event to have folks reinstate their membership at the current rate of $30.00 a year. “Past due” payments will not have to be made up.
 5. We are scheduled to have two representatives from Berkley fishing gear. Part of their presentation is they will bring a machine that will test your knot tying capabilities while others watch to see how your knot did.
 6. Part of the program will be:
       a. Find a new President, and a new Secretary. The current office holders will not continue in office after December 2021.
      b. Continuing the chapter if new officers are not found.
      c.  Activities for the year 2022.

Chapter Membership: At one time our chapter had over 60 paid up memberships. The June-July 2021 report show that we have 19 paid members, 22 members are past due in 2021 and 19 past due in 2020.
 The Chapter Board has decided “The future of this chapter is in question.
In support of the NWSH Association, and to continue the chapter and chapter activities, by the first of next year 2022 we need members to:
Bring their dues of $30.00 a year up to date, Past due” payments will not have to be made up “]
 Step up and take the offices of the President, Vice-president, Secretary and board members, and bring in new members.
If the goals are not met the Salem Chapter may dissolve in accordance with Chapter and Assn. By-Laws at the end of this year.  Your membership in the Association will be moved to “Member At Large” unless you specify otherwise and select a chapter.” 

The NWSH Assn. Is organizing a “Save Salmon Derby” on August 27-28.  They are requesting the chapters to organize a three-person teams to fish and members who volunteers.  Please let the Assn. know if you can volunteer for our event.  The Dinner is Friday prior to the Derby on Saturday – fishing the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  More information to come. There will be some nice prizes awarded at the dinner. One trip for two persons, 1 day trip in Homer, AK., with DK charters. $500.00 value.  The NWSH Assn. has additional information on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com › salemnwsteelheaders and web page:www.Northwesteelheaders.org.

Membership Reports:
   The Association has lost an employee who was processing membership tasks. To update and maintain an almost accurate listing of our chapter membership and send renewal notices, we are asking that you send your renewal to our chapter treasurer at: N.W. Steelheaders, Salem, P.O. Box 3314, Salem, OR 97302.
Make checks and money orders payable to: Association of Northwest Steelheaders. 
The chapter treasurer will record your payment and forward the check to the association as required by the Association Bylaws. If you pay by automated deduction from your bank account or wish to pay directly to the Association do not change it, we will find out you have paid, eventually.  Annual membership is $30.00. If you are past due you do not have to make up for past due. The Assn. does have several payment plans.    Do you have a better Idea? Please let us know.

It is time for chapter members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation.  We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Johnston, Chapter Secretary

September 2021 News Notice

Salem Chapter NW Steelheaders—News Notice

My last “News Notice” to you was about our September 2021 meeting and plans for a “Pizza dinner” to restart the chapter activities.
The Salem Chapter Board of Directors has agreed that we should postpone that meeting. Our concern is:
The virility of the COVID 19 and what it has morphed into is of concern.
The limited number of hospital beds and staff to care for patients contracting the disease and the average age of our members.
The Oregon Health Authorities at the governor’s direction has reinstated the mask requirement.
The Keizer City Hall and Community Center is requesting that persons entering the building wear masks. 

We still plan to “Restart” our chapter at a later date. Please check your E-mail, and visit our chapter web page: https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/ .   

Chapter web page Fish Pictures? If you have any recent pictures of fish you have caught or places you have fished, send the pictures to our website at: [email protected]  with a short description of who is in the picture and what you have caught. Our chapter also has a Facebook page with lots of pictures and current info. Just search for “Salem NW Steelheaders” on Facebook and “like” our page. You can also see current info and pictures at our website: https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/

The Association has news, information and a list of activities for events you may want to participate in. You can visit them at: https://nwsteelheaders.org/blog/newsletter/  .

Salem Chapter leaders.  If our chapter is remaining active, we need some help from the membership. President Rod Ratzlaff will not continue as chapter president after the first of the year. 
Bob Johnston will not continue as chapter secretary after the first of the year.
The office of Vice President has been vacant and needs to be filled. 
Members of the board of Directors have done an excellent job and has been very generous with their time. Board members speak for themselves; we can always use new members, new ideas for the board.  It is time for chapter members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation. 
We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Johnston, Chapter Secretary

August 2021 Newsletter

Salem Chapter NW Steelheaders—News Notice

The First Annual Fishing Gear Swap Meet sponsored by the Albany Chapter of Northwest Steelheaders, that was to be held on 18 August 2021, 10 am to 6 pm at Bryant Park, in Albany, has been canceled. It may be rescheduled at a later date.

We hope you are staying safe, well and catching fish.

Note: From the board meeting we planned to resume our activities starting in September without restrictions. It should be noted that in the last day or two the Oregon government has put new restrictions on us, so things may change again, but I want to let you know what we are planning and hopefully you will be able to participate.

The chapter. At the board meeting in August, we planned to get things restarted. We will hopefully, hold a general meeting on 21 September 2021. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, please let us know.  This is your chapter and we need help and input from the members.

September General Meeting:  Our next general meeting will be on 21 September2021 at the Keizer City Hall. Hopefully, we will not have more “COVID” restrictions from the State of Oregon.
  1. We ask any one attending who is not vaccinated to PLEASE wear a mask.
  2.  We will provide several types of pizza, salad, soft drinks, paper plates, and table settings.
  3. Each attendee will receive a free ticket for one of the five [5] prizes that will be given away in a drawing.
  4. We will need to ask for members to respond with an “RSVP” to get a number we can expect and have enough for everyone to eat.
There will be no charge to the members, but hopefully, we can use this event to have folks reinstate their membership at the current rate of $30.00 a year. “Past due” payments will not have to be made up.
 5. We are scheduled to have two representatives from Berkley fishing gear. Part of their presentation is they will bring a machine that will test your knot tying capabilities while others watch to see how your knot did.
 6. Part of the program will be:
       a. Find a new President, and a new Secretary. The current office holders will not continue in office after December 2021.
      b. Continuing the chapter if new officers are not found.
      c.  Activities for the year 2022.

We will have a board meeting in September 1st to finalize this program, and lay out our plans for October, November and the December Christmas Pot Luck dinner.  

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Assn. is sponsoring “Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge” to be held on 20 August 2021 in Astoria Oregon. Web page: https://nsiafishing.org/buoy-10-salmon-challenge/  The NWSH Assn. has been asked to find volunteers to help for the entire event-set up, it will take most of the day Thursday then the event on Friday.  If you can only do one of those days that’s OK. They were able rent a house for Thursday night only if they need a place to stay. The fairgrounds does have a hook up if they have their own rig, bathrooms and showers. Contact Tanya at NSIA for further details.  The NWSH Assn. has additional information on the facebook page: facebook: @northweststeelheaders and web page: www.Northwesteelheaders.org.

The NWSH Assn. Is organizing a “Save Salmon Derby” on August 27-28.  They are requesting the chapters to organize a three-person teams to fish and members who volunteers.  Please let the Assn. know if you can volunteer for our event.  The Dinner is Friday prior to the Derby on Saturday – fishing the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  More information to come. There will be some nice prizes awarded at the dinner. One trip for two persons, 1 day trip in Homer, AK., with DK charters. $500.00 value.  The NWSH Assn. has additional information on the facebook page: facebook: @northweststeelheaders and web page: www.Northwesteelheaders.org.

Membership Reports:
  The Association has lost an employee who was processing membership tasks. To update and maintain an almost accurate listing of our chapter membership and send renewal notices, we are asking that you send your renewal to our chapter treasurer at: N.W. Steelheaders, Salem, P.O. Box 3314, Salem, OR 97302.
Make checks and money orders payable to: Association of Northwest Steelheaders. 
The chapter treasurer will record your payment and forward the check to the association as required by the Association Bylaws. If you pay by automated deduction from your bank account or wish to pay directly to the Association do not change it, we will find out you have paid, eventually.  Annual membership is $30.00. If you are past due you do not have to make up for past due. The Assn. does have several payment plans.    Do you have a better Idea? Please let us know.

Salem Chapter leaders.  If our chapter is remaining active, we need some help from the membership.
President Rod Ratzlaff will not continue as chapter president after the first of the year. 
Bob Johnston will not continue as chapter secretary after the first of the year.

The office of Vice President has been vacant and needs to be filled.  
Members of the board of Directors have done an excellent job and been very generous with their time. Board members speak for themselves; we can always use new members on the board.
 
It is time for chapter members to step up and give this chapter some new direction and motivation.  We are asking for some volunteers to step forward and fill the offices. Please contact President Rod Ratzlaff at [email protected] or myself at [email protected], thank you

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Johnston, Chapter Secretary