Rapidan Chapter’s Vision and Strategy Vision - In accord with TU National’s vision, by the next generation, Rapidan Chapter will do it’s part in ensuring that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. Strategies – Grassroots engagement – Invest in our youth & build/improve our communications systems Education and outreach – Improve public awareness and support, provide hands-on field based opportunities, and foster awareness for a connection between trout, water resources, the environment, and people Leverage resources – articulate compelling needs and goals for funding, donations and volunteer efforts Advocacy at the national, state, and local levels
Chapter Leadership Officers President: Rob Paul (540) Vice President: Chuck Hoysa (540) Secretary: Fred Kallmeyer (703) Treasurer: Doug Farmer (571) (C) Board of Directors Kevin Daniels (Past President) VCTU Delegate (703) (C) Membership Director: Jose Varela (540) Education Director : Chuck Hoysa (540) Conservation Director: Amy N. Orr (703) Fundraising Director: Larry Willoughby (540) Rapidan Chapter Project Coordinators Fishing Show, Fishing with a Friend, & Programs Fred Kallmeyer Kids Day, VCTU Board Member at Large Marcia Woolman (540) Special Love Camps Bill Hobson (703) Rapidan Chapter Website Judson Walls (540) ) Newsletter (Hatches), Project Healing Waters Kevin Daniels Trout in the Classroom Chuck Hoysa Tri-State Trout Unlimited Camp Mike McCaffery (540)
Since 1959, TU has worked to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. During this time, TU’s efforts has resulted in protecting more than 10,000 river miles, as well as pioneering new scientific, legal, and legislative tools to make America’s rivers cleaner and healthier. Nationally, we have more than 147,000 members, 377 chapters and 36 councils In fiscal year 2011, TU's members contributed more than 650,000 volunteer hours, converting to in-kind contribution of $13.9 million Approximately $8.9 million in revenue More than $1.5 million in leveraged or matched funds National Trout Unlimited
Rapidan Chapter General Statistics Originally chartered in 1976, re- chartered in 2009 One of 17 other Chapters statewide in Virginia under the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited Fifth largest Chapter Statewide per membership In 2011, Rapidan Chapter donated a total of volunteer hours which are valued at over $32, ($21.36/hour) No current Chapter Conservation Project, although research is on-going Demographic Notes *334 members *approx. 13% are somewhat active * 96% are male * 79% are married * 78% hold college degrees * 40% hold a master's or doctoral degree * 59% work in professional or managerial positions * 49% have a household income of over $100,000 * Median age is 51 years old * Median of 28 years angling
Chapter Programs / Communication Programs- Fred Kallmeyer & Larry Willoughby Website- Judson Walls Newsletter/Flyer- Kevin Daniels
Programs Secretary: Fred Kallmeyer, Director: Larry Willoughby A variety of topics including: Fly Casting and tying Fisheries Science with local experts Destinations Local/ Regional Conservation Concerns
Chapter Website Webmaster: Judson Walls
Chapter Newsletter Director - Editor 2011: Kevin Daniels Quarterly issues of Hatches Monthly Flyer
Chapter Conservation Program Director: Amy N. Orr Project Research Underway
Chapter Membership Director: Jose Varela Current membership numbers – 334; 9 memberships expire in Dec, another 14 in Jan. Membership Types Below is a listing of current membership types offered by Trout Unlimited: Abbr Description TR Trial membership (free) RE Regular ($17.50, $35, or other promotion) SE Stream Explorer (children aged 1-18) ($12 or $24) SR Senior ($20) FA Family/Contributor ($55) SP Sponsor ($100) CN Conservator ($250) BU Outfitter, Guide & Business ($295) STEW Stewardship Council ($500) CCF Coldwater Conservation Fund ($1,000+) LI Life ($1,200) FL Family Life ($1,300)
Chapter Education Director: Chuck Hoysa TU National Headwaters Youth Education Initiative - Projects and Programs One-TU Youth Education Report A comprehensive description of all the types of youth education and outreach activities done by TU chapters, councils, and staff across the country.One-TU Youth Education Report Trout in the Classroom Teach school children about water quality, aquatic life, and other environmental issuesTrout in the Classroom Youth Conservation Camps & Academies Learn the model for the growing number of camps being held across the countryYouth Conservation Camps & Academies Stream Explorers Youth Membership Offers kids a chance to learn about wild fish and the natural worldStream Explorers Youth Membership Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program Work with Scouts to help influence the ethics and practices of young fly fishermenBoy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program First Cast Program Introduce youth to coldwater conservation through anglingFirst Cast Program Potomac Headwaters Youth Education Initiative Educate students about the importance of headwater streams to brook trout and to the entire watershedPotomac Headwaters Youth Education Initiative
Chapter Fund Raising - Events Treasurer - Fred Kalmeyer & Director - Larry Willoughby Annual Chapter’s Fly Fishing Show --- Note: Trout Unlimited has a Fundraising Program product catalog on their web page. They advertise that auctions and raffles are a popular way for chapters to raise funds – request is to go through TU National to order from a vendor. Available Vendors: Abel, All Terrain, Big Sky Carvers, Costa, Creative Castings, DeWitt Plastics, Great Bay Rod Co, Orvis, The Painted Trout, Scientific Anglers, Spirit River, Thomas Bates, Waterwisp, Waterworks – Lamson, Wild Water Fly Fishing, Wild Wings Raffle, Wild Wings Packages, Windsor Vineyards, and Winston Additionally, any donations/contibutions
Trout Unlimited Initiatives Trout in the Classroom Tri-State Youth Camp Trout Unlimited program funding Joint-Venture ‘Back the Brookie’ Embrace a Stream Coldwater Conservation Fund
Trout in the Classroom Vice President: Chuck Hoysa Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems. Rapidan Chapter is currently supporting or co-supporting 8 area schools : TIC release May ‘09 P.B. Smith Elementary School - Warrenton (Fauquier) 4th year Ritchie Elementary School - Warrenton (Fauquier) 1st year Greenville Elementary School - Warrenton (Fauquier) 2nd year Brumfield Elementary School - Warrenton (Fauquier) 1st year Highland School - Warrenton (Fauquier) 3rd year Wakefield Country Day School - Flint Hill (Rappahannock) 2nd year Emerald Hill Elementary School - Culpeper (Culpeper) 4th year Cedar Lee Middle School- Bealeton (Fauquier) 3rd year
Tri – State Youth Camp Coordinator: Mike McCaffery 2012 dates: TBD Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria VA Campers spend most of six days outdoors experiencing mountain streams and their environments to learn about successful and responsible fishing, conservation, stream life and restoration, wildlife, outdoor skills, team challenges, leadership, and lots more.
Trout Unlimited Program Funding
Chapter Activities Chapter Fund Raiser - Fishing Show Kid’s Day/Heritage Day Rapidan Stream Clean-Up Fish with a Friend Special Love Camps Project Healing Waters
Fundraiser - Fishing Show Coordinators: Fred Kallmeyer & Larry Willoughby 2012 date: (Sat) February 25th The annual fishing show is our main fund raising event. It allows us to fund chapter activities and support TU initiatives.
Kid’s Day / Heritage Day Coordinator: Marcia Woolman 2012 date: April 7 th Location & Co- Sponsor: Graves Mtn Lodge Our Kid’s Day event is the longest running children's fishing event in the Commonwealth!
Rapidan Stream Clean - Up Coordinator: Kevin Daniels 2012 date: April 14th Annual clean - up along the Rapidan Stream from the fire road at the Junction Pool up to the Park Gate. Then its picnic and fishing time!
Fish with a Friend 2012 DRAFT FISH With a FRIEND (FWF) Schedule Mar 3 (Sat) - Rapidan River//Danny Delongis/Kallmeyer Mar 14 (Wed) - Robinson River//Doug Farmer Apr 14 (Sat) - Rapidan River Cleanup/Picnic/Tuneup//Kevin Daniels Apr 18 (Wed) - Conway River//Andy Holmaas May 2 (Wed) - Rapidan River//Marcia Woolman May 19 (Sat) – Passage Creek//Jim Hart Jun 2 (Sat) - Jeremy’s Run//Kevin Daniels Jun 23 (Sat) - NF/SF Shenandoah//Bill Hobson Jul 7 (Sat) - Rapidan River//Judd Walls Jul 25 (Wed) - Rapidan River/Germanna College///Danny/Fred Aug 2 (Thur) - Mossy Creek//Andy Holmaas Aug 15(Wed)-Rappahannock River//Chuck Hoysa Aug 25 (Sat) -Rappahannock River - Danny/Fred Sep 8 (Sat) -Conway River//????????? Sep 19(Wed)-Rapidan River//Mike McCaffery Oct 6 (Sat) -Rapidan River//Kevin Daniels--Picnic/Fishing Tune-up Coordinator: Fred Kallmeyer
Coordinator: Bill Hobson 2012 dates TBD Our Chapter’s volunteers, combined with that of the Northern Virginia Chapter volunteers to the Special Love Camp in Front Royal, gives children and young adults with cancer and their families a chance to enjoy normal childhood activities that healthy kids often take for granted.
2 Fly Tournament Coordinator: Kevin Daniels Rapidan Chapter supports the efforts of Project Healing Waters, dedicated to helping the recovery of our wounded veterans. We routinely provide volunteers as stream monitors for the annual 2 Fly tournament on Rose River Farm & when we can fund it – donate funds for a Chapter Team to enter the competition Date: May 7th
2012 Dates to Remember 2012 DRAFT FISH With a FRIEND (FWF) Schedule Mar 3 (Sat) - Rapidan River//Danny Delongis/Kallmeyer Mar 14 (Wed) - Robinson River//Doug Farmer Apr 14 (Sat) - Rapidan River Cleanup/Picnic/Tuneup//Chris Murphy Apr 18 (Wed) - Conway River//Andy Holmaas May 2 (Wed) - Rapidan River//Marcia Woolman May 19 (Sat) – Passage Creek//Jim Hart-8am Jun 2 (Sat) - Jeremy’s Run//Kevin Daniels Jun 23 (Sat) - NF/SF Shenandoah//Bill Hobson Jul 7 (Sat) - Rapidan River//Judd Walls Jul 25 (Wed) - Rapidan River/Germanna College///Danny/Fred Aug 2 (Thur) - Mossy Creek//Andy Holmaas Aug 15(Wed)-Rappahannock River//Chuck Hoysa Aug 25 (Sat) -Rappahannock River - Danny/Fred Sep 8 (Sat) -Conway River//????????? Sep 19(Wed)-Rapidan River//Mike McCaffery Oct 6 (Sat) -Rapidan River//Kevin Daniels--Picnic/Fishing Tune-up 2012 Chapter Events Feb 4 – Annual & Fly Tying meeting Feb 25 – Fishing Show April 7 – Kids Day April 14 – Rapidan Clean Up May 7 – PHW 2 Fly TBD – Youth Camp TBD – Special Love Camps