2014 ANNUAL MEETING
ENCHANTED CIRCLE CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED
September 11, 2014
CALL TO ORDER-Acting president Bill Adkison
Members present: Nick Streit, Chris Cantrell, Marc Harrell, Eric Patterson, Jim Herman, Paul White, Bill Owen, Steve Slick, David Gilroy, Doug Palmer, Lanny McDonald
Determination of quorum: 10% of 114 members required=11 members. 12 members present. Quorum requirement is met.
RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING OFFICERS and DIRECTORS, and certain members. Summary of Bill Adkison’s comments:
Nick Streit: Brought youthful enthusiasm and a special skill set to the chapter. Highlights would include the fishing tournament and the Red River project. Leaves very big shoes to fill….He will remain involved as an Ex Oficio member of the Board of Directors, and will mentor the new president.
Bill Owen: Bill was a founding father of the chapter and the original secretary. After almost 7 years of service as secretary, we allowed him to step down so that he could become New Mexico’s NLC representative to TU National.
Christoph Engle: Rose to the call to serve as secretary and helped move us from the analog to the digital realm for chapter minutes and notices via the website and Facebook. Although his appointment as secretary expires, we have plans to utilize his skills at the committee level.
Doug Palmer: Was a founding father of ECTU, the first president, and board member for the seven years of the chapter’s existence. He has been a one man membership committee and key player in the annual banquet. He has been a valuable mentor to all of the subsequent presidents that have served. He is our liaison to CFR and is active in PHW.
Jim Morgan: It’s hard to know where to start. Jim is a member that is always there, always has something positive to add to the conversation, and has been a vital player as our liaison to the Cimarron Watershed Alliance, as a key player in various water testing programs, and trout in the classroom. He has been the youth outreach coordinator on the east side of Palo Flechado for years.
Eric Patterson: Eric has been a long term board member, active on the banquet committee every year, our liaison to Water Sentinels, Sierra Club and other NGO’s. We have always been able to count on Eric, and will continue to utilize his talents at the committee level in the future.
Paul White: Paul has played a vital role in the annual banquet, is active in PHW, ALWAYS comes to activities and projects, and often ends up “saving the day” when someone drops the ball.
Marc Harrell: Was appointed to the board in February 2014. Marc has graciously started our website, connected us to Pay Pal for the banquet, and patiently assisted me and others in getting up to speed in the ways of social media. His continued help will be invaluable as we grow our chapter and reach out to a younger demographic.
Chris Cantrell: Chris stepped up to answer the call when we needed board members in February. His help in organizing the fishing tournament was vital. We have projects for him in the future!
Jason Sides: A former chapter president, Jason is another member that always shows up and helps out. He has an amazing way of “plugging holes in the dike” without making a big deal out of it.
Jim Wenger: I don’t want to miss an opportunity to thank Jim for his work as program director for PHW and ECTU’s liaison to this important outreach activity.
Steve Slick: In addition to allowing us to utilize this great conference room year after year, Steve always donates lodging to the guided fishing trip package that we auction off at the banquet.
ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS:
Nominating committee recommendations
Vice President-(no recommendations at this time)
Nominations from the floor requested- none offered. Doug Palmer moved to accept the committees recommendations by acclamation. Approved.
ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS: (3 year terms-at large)
Nominating committee recommendations
Nominations from the floor- Nick Streit nominated Chris Cantrell, pointing out his educational background, prior service to the organization, and interest in serving. After a discussion concerning bylaws Article lV, section 2, it was determined that, indeed, 6 members could be voted on at this time, with the past president being an ex oficio member of the board. Chris was voted in by unanimous approval to be our 6th at large board member.
BOARD RETREAT ANNOUNCEMENT (FOR INFORMATION ONLY):
On 9-20-14 Aurelio Corso and Mary Jane Reed, owners of the Costilla Creek Fishing Lodge, have graciously agreed to host our first annual ECTU Board retreat. Invitations are extended to the new officers and directors, and former board members. Our intent is to draw up committees, outline the schedule of meetings and begin plans for our conservation, outreach and educational activites. The recommendations of the board will be presented at the next meeting.
BYLAWS REVISION- All members had access to the new bylaws as required by TU National. The group was reminded that a 2/3 majority vote of the members in attendance would be required for passage (as per the old bylaws) There was no discussion. A motion was made for acceptance of the bylaws committee recommendations as posted. Seconded. Unanimous acceptance.
The business meeting was called to an end at 7:35 p.m.
The social hour began promptly. The new board members were warmly welcomed by the group.
ANNUAL MEETING OF ECTU WITH ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND SOCIAL HOUR
September 11, 2014
Hotel La Fonda de Taos Conference Room
Please join us in electing and welcoming in the new officers and directors and thanking our prior volunteers who have worked hard and served us well! LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED AFTER THE MEETING, WITH A NO HOST OPEN BAR! Please come get to know your fellow members and the new officials!
The new bylaws that must be voted on are posted on www.ec-tu.org. Click on events, then click on the main heading ECTU Bylaws, then click again on the blue link ECTU Bylaws
On May 14 the students from Cimarron High School wrapped up their Trout In the Classroom project by releasing their raised Rio Grande Cutthroat into the Cimarron river. The project began several months ago when the student received their trout eggs and successfully raised the trout through all the stages of growth with an 85% survival. Way To Go! Jim Morgan from ECTU was instumental to the project and we really appreciate the time and effort he put in. Also thanks to Leigh Hedderman, CHS Science Teacher, and CHS Environmental Science and Biology Classes for heading up the project.
The day was expanded to include more activities and renamed the Cimarron High School Fishing Clinic. Additional activities were: Fly fishing instruction by Taos Fly Shop Guides, Fish population survey using electroshocking technique by NMDGF, Macro-invertebrate collection and collation by River Source, Impromptu fish stocking by NM Red River Fish Hatchery, and a Prize drawing by NMDGF. Special thanks go to -ECTU members: Jim Morgan, Doug Palmer, Monte Randles, and Jason Sides.
-Taos Fly Shop Guides: Jason Sides and Ron Sedall
-NMDGF: Jason Blakney, Fisheries Biologist, and Clint Henson, Information Officer.
-River Source: Rich Schrader
-NM Red River Hatchery Guys
Join us Tuesday, December 3rd at the Taos Ale House for our 2013 Winter Event & Social. Our guest presenter will be Norman Maktima, member of Fly Fishing Team USA, creater of several fly patterns made famous by Umpqua Flies, and senior fishing guide at High Desert Angler in Santa Fe. Norman will be giving a slide presentation on competitive fly fishing with a focus on applying those techniques to New Mexico water. He will also be sharing his tips and tricks on fly tying at the vise.
The evening will also be an opportunity to meet your ECTU officers and other members as well as to learn about the Red River Improvment project and other fishing and conservation projects that your ECTU is currently working on. Come and see how you can help out and get involved!
There will be fabulous door prizes and food & drink will be available for purchase. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Doors open at 5pm and the presentation will begin at 6pm.
Hope to see you there!
Submitted by: David Gilroy, Teacher and Research Coordinator
Taos High School Science Department
Ecological Forestry Program
Restoration Project: Red River Fishery Improvement Project
Research Question: 1. ) How do the habitat improvement measures influence the benthic substrate and its aquatic macroinvertebrate community? 2.) How did trout population capacity change with enhancement of the Red River’s geomorphology?
Time Frame: Fall 2013- Fall 2015
Location: Red River, Questa, NM
Actions: Finalize Research Plan with input from ECTU, USFS Carson National Forest, and NM State Fish and Wildlife Regional Biologist.
Budget: We request $700 for two years of research with 2 students. New monitoring equipment will be purchased and made available on loan to David Gilroy at Taos High. The equipment will be owned by Trout Unlimited, managed by River Source and made available to the school as long as that equipment is being used according to the Memorandum of Understanding.
|Student Internship Stipends (on their 2nd season of research)||
$500 ($250 per student)
|Transportation or mileage||
|Supplies and Lab Analysis||
|Equipment (stream flow meter, inflatable kayak, benthic grab sampler)||
Taos High School Perkins Grant
Total Requested from ECTU
Outputs: student research experience, increased understanding of Red River ecosystem, public presentations, publications, and school outreach.
Benefits For Students: Deeper Ecological Understanding, Career-Preparatory Research Experience, UNM-Taos College Credit, Computer Modeling Experience, Publications and Presentation Experience.
Minutes of Board Meeting
Trout Unlimited “Enchanted Circle Chapter”
October 11, 2013
Meeting of the Enchanted Circle Chapter of Trout Unlimited was convened at The La Fonda Hotel, Taos, New Mexico, at 6:30PM, October 11, 2013.
- Proposal for 2-year Red River Habitat and Biological Research Study: Chapter member David Gilroy has presented a proposal for scientific study of the effects of the Red River habitat improvement measures that will be implemented by the Red River Angling Park project. David is the Taos High School science teacher. David’s proposal calls for a Chapter contribution of $800 to purchase monitoring equipment that will be owned by the Chapter and used by high school students under David’s supervision. The Chapter’s contribution would be combined with a $2,200 “Taos High School Perkins Grant” to fund the project. The study would examine the following questions: (1) How do the habitat improvement measures influence the benthic substrate and its aquatic macroinvertebrate community? and (2) How did trout population capacity change with enhancement of the Red River’s geomorphology? Due to a scheduling conflict, David could not stay to discuss his proposal. It was decided that Eric Patterson will meet with David to discuss details and the matter will be presented for decision at the November 7 Chapter meeting. Meeting attendees commented favorably on the general components of David’s proposal.
- TU Staffing Changes. Toner Mitchell attended the meeting. Toner is our new TU New Mexico staff, filling the “Public Lands Coordinator” position. Garret VeneKlasen, who formerly worked this role, has moved up to a multi-state role as TU’s southwest regional director of the “Sportsmen’s Alliance” program. Toner updated us on the wide variety of projects that are on his statewide agenda.
- Hondo Tributaries Project. Property owner Worth Gilcrease explained a “bank stabilization” grant that will fund work upstream of the Taos East Condos. Worth has owned a vacation home in a small subdivision accessed by the private bridge east of the Condos. Worth explained the hoops that he has gone through to proceed with the project. This led into the discussion of the status of the Chapter’s proposal to improve highway culvert fish barriers for three of the Rio Hondo tributaries. These barriers would (1) protect native cutthroat trout in the tributaries; and (2) clear the way for the Department of Game & Fish to plant hatchery raised cutthroats in the main stem of the Rio Hondo. Planting cutthroats in the main stem would dovetail with a proposal from the Village of Taos Ski Valley to improve the river habitat and angling access through the Village. Bill Adkison reported that governmental permitting required for our culvert improvement proposal continues to be stalled. Toner Mitchell commented that he may have some ideas to assist in getting things moving by coalition of property owners, the Village and Game & Fish.
- Chapter Meeting Format Discussion: Nick noted that although the Chapter has over 100 members, our meetings are sporadically attended. He suggests that we alter our routine by devoting 4 meetings a year to a more sociable format (locations with food and beverage service) with presentations oriented to fishing techniques and locations. He suggests that the first of these be a meeting in early December at the Taos Ale House (located across from the Taos Main Post Office). At this meeting guest speaker Justin Phillips will give a slide presentation. Justin is a summertime guide in West Yellowstone and in the winters he guides in Argentina. More details are to follow. Nick suggests that conservation oriented chapter “business” meetings be held separately from the social meetings. Nick’s suggestions were viewed favorably by those in attendance.
Bill Owen, Meeting Secretary