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.