Our monthly club meeting was held on September 9th. This was the first meeting since our Annual Salmon Derby. There were a lot of people to thank, especially our esteemed Derby Chairman, who has agreed to run the derby for 2015. Thank you Michael Brazeau and derby team! We had 362 adults and kids fish the derby and we gave out about $23,000 in prizes. Wow! Ready or not, it’s time to start the derby planning process again. This is the time of year that we start our nominations and election process for 2015 club officers. If you are a member in good standing, we encourage you to get involved. Final nominations and voting will be at the next general club meeting on October 14th. We had a couple more new members join. We want to welcome Frank Baker and Mark Rawlings! Our club continues to grow. We had our monthly membership drawing, which is sponsored by Southworth Marine, and David Borden was the winner. That means we start the pot at $150 for our October meeting. Our speaker for September was Just Wolff of Anglers West TV. He gave a very interesting talk on fishing in Panama. There are so many beautiful places to pursue the hobby we love… Thanks Justin for sharing your experiences. If you want to find out more about Angler’s West TV, checkout his website at http://www.anglerwesttv.com/. We concluded our meeting with our regular raffle drawing.
We held our annual club picnic on September 13th. The faithful 40 were there and we all had a great time. The weather was perfect, the food was good, and we had a good time relaxing and hanging out. This is the time that we also hold our best of the west chowder contest. Voting was very close… and the winner was…. Bob Botnen. Leroy Bell took a close second. Both chowders tasted great. I think the secret ingredient in Bob’s chowder was the hand-picked razor clams. You know what they say… cows that have less stress give better milk, so I’m sure that a razor clam that is hand-picked and carefully transported must taste better.
Our club is now officially a 501c3! It took a lot of paperwork and we had to survive the government shutdown of 2013… but after 14 months and dozens of trips to our PO Box to find out the status, we are official! Thank you to Venice Roof, Robert Christian and Thom Names for getting the ball rolling. So, feel free to donate to our club! It’s now tax deductible.
Our October meeting will feature Andy Anderson from King Trailers, Inc. Don’t miss out! We will hold our last “members only” garage sale starting at 5:30 PM. Sellers, just bring in all that stuff that has been collecting dust. Buyers bring in cash and be prepared to find that bargain you just can’t pass up. I am still finalizing our November speaker, so checkout our website or Facebook page for the latest updates regarding meetings and our club activities. We meet the second Tuesday of every month (except in August) at the Tacoma Outboard Association (646 N Wilton Road, Tacoma, WA). We have one of the best fishing clubs around! Stop waiting and come check us out. Guests are always welcome. Wear your lifejacket, be safe on the water, and good luck fishing!