President’s Letter

March 2018

Hello fellow members:

We are preparing for another active spring and summer season featuring our Youth Education and Conservation Programs.  These include our “Trout in the Classroom,” Youth Fly Fishing Classes, Michigan’s Coldwater River macroinvertebrate study and stream restoration work in Wisconsin.  This newsletter features a detailed overview of our 2018 conservation plans.

I ask all members and friends of the chapter to access our website for ongoing activities and review our newsletters and emails to stay informed about opportunities to volunteer and get involved. You can also call me if you have questions or need clarification on something.

Please don’t be concerned about not having any specific experience or knowledge about any volunteer activity or program taking place. Individuals will be there to explain and guide you along. We ALL had a first experience and we view these as not only as an opportunity to provide interesting programs and activities to the participants, but to use them as an opportunity to train our volunteers.

Additionally, watch for information about our Spring Conservation Fundraising campaign and the specific, intended use of your donations in the next few weeks.

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the passing of one our members, Ron Kurasz. Ron was a friend and a mentor who was always willing to share his fishing knowledge and experiences. He additionally, was a very active and supportive member of our chapter who participated frequently in our programs. His knowledge and helping hands will be missed.

Dave Lunardini
President, Oak Brook Trout Unlimited

Ron Kurasz, long-time Oak Brook TU member and youth education volunteer, passed away last month.