President’s Letter

Greetings Oak Brook TU members and friends:

OBTU has an exciting Fall lineup with numerous opportunities for members.   I encourage you to get out your calendar and enter some dates!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or other OBTU board members if you want more information on how to get involved (refer to website Leadership page for board member contact info.)

Here’s a preview of upcoming events. Our September 18 and November 20 meetings will at the Oak Brook Recreation Center Central Park West Building.  The October 16 meeting will be at the Oak Brook Recreation Center Main Building in the Canterberry Room.  Guests are welcome.

September 18 Chapter Meeting at 7 p.m. featuring Robert Thompson, fly fishing film producer, on his most recent fly fishing films: “Spey Daze” (Great Lakes steelhead) and “Summer Haze” (on Midwest warm water species).

September 27-29 OBTU Wisconsin Driftless Area Fishing Weekend. Visit the website “Fishing Trips” page for more information and how to sign up.

October 8 Fly Tying Workshop at Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook.  This 7-9 p.m. introductory class is hosted by OBTU members.  Participants will be provided with fly tying equipment and materials.  There is no cost.

October 12 Coldwater River Entomology Survey Work Day in Alto, Michigan.  See the Conservation Projects web page for more information.  Plan on including some local fishing in the Grand Rapids area.

October 16 Chapter Meeting featuring Jake Lemon, TU Eastern Angler Science Coordinator on “Stream Monitoring Technology and Angler Science” and Aaron Snell, Co-founder of Streamside Ecological Service, on “Coldwater Watershed Habitat Strategy”. In addition, OBTU’s recent investment in stream monitoring technology on the Coldwater River will be highlighted.  (OBTU has been assisting with the Coldwater River Watershed in the Grand Rapids area for many years.)

October 18-20 OBTU Chapter Iowa Driftless Area Fishing Weekend

October 26 DuPage River Cleanup work day at Pioneer Park in Naperville.  This local cleanup day is being held twice a year as part of the “Adopt-a-Stream” program.

November kickoff of the OBTU 2019-2020 Trout-in-the-Classroom program with the fall delivery of fertilized brown trout eggs to participating schools.

November 12 Fly Tying Workshop at Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook.  This 7-9 p.m. introductory class is hosted by OBTU members.  Participants will be provided with fly tying equipment and materials.  There is no cost.

November 20 Chapter Meeting featuring Nicole Watson, Michigan State University PhD Student, on the reintroduction of Graying into Michigan.

December 11 Annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser at Arrowhead Park in Wheaton.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to OBTU’s spring fundraising drive. We are wrapping up a successful campaign with results to date that are similar to recent years. (See related story below).   OBTU could not continue making contributions to coldwater conservation and education programs in our region without your generous on-going support.

Hope to see you soon.

Willie Beshire
President, Oak Brook Trout Unlimited Chapter
M: 630-200-2532  E: wbeshire@aol.com