Around the Next Bend

by Michael Brown

Now that we've finally arrived in the new millennium, it's time to personally reflect on the past year. Don't think that I'll wax poetically about it either. The passage of time weathers us much like the stones in the river some of us are just gather more moss and are rough around our edges, still others become smoother.

One of last year's slicker days prevented us from having a full meeting last month. I felt it was better to error on the side of caution than to have people venture out in dangerous weather. I'd like to thank Billy Wofford and Matt Jennings for informing members about the cancellation. Ronnie Ray of Tejas Outfitters will be giving his presentation at this month's meeting, he's very knowledgeable and personable.

With the new year comes new club officers, Terry Blackwell, President, Joel Chavez as Vice President, Kim Heaston now as official Secretary, Billy Wofford continues his duties as Education, Conservation, and Community Affairs Officer; Kevin Duren and Johnny Quiroz, are the new Outings Directors, and through the graciousness of his heart, Bob Blagg continues as Treasurer. I have great confidence in the new team as they continue to guide the club around the next bend.

The food drive was a great success for the Southside Community Center. Our club indirectly benefited with a front page picture on the San Marcos Daily Record. I hope our generosity encouraged others to give of themselves.

Our annual banquet is set for Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the Southside Community Center. The club will again provide BBQ'd Brisket and Sausage. As in past years, members and their guests are asked to bring covered side dishes, breads, desserts or beverages. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting, we will need to know how many people will be attending, in order to plan effectively. This year, we will have several silent auction items, in addition to door prizes, as well as some surprises.

It's time for membership dues to be collected, the rates remain $15 a year for individuals, $20 for Family Membership and $7 for Student Memberships. We use the revenue to subsidize club endeavors, such as the newsletter, river access at Rio Raft, and Federation of Fly Fishers Club fees.

One of the brighter sides of regaining my status of "ubiquitous member" (after the banquet) is that I'll be able to write this column without having to figure out how to work in the club administrative material. It will be an interesting transition for me, and hopefully an enjoyable one for you.

I've enjoyed serving as CTFF President and seeing what's around the next bend with you in that capacity. Then again life is an adventure -- let's venture on!

Note: This column originally appeared in our January 2001 newsletter.

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