Federation Minutes for May 2001
May 17, 2001 MEETING MINUTES
The regular membership of the Idaho State B.A.S.S. Federation was called to order by President Allan Chandler at 7:30 P.M. at the Tri State Marine. There were 12 officers, representatives and guests present.
The minutes of April 2001 were approved as written.
TREASURY REPORT: The Treasurer reported a balance of $4448.24 of which $0 is Conservation ; $2811.40 in the Lake Lowell fund, $105.64 Youth; $20 State Team and $2576.14 in General Operating Funds. Treasury report was approved.
INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Guests introduced were:
YOUTH: Youth Director LARRY RAGANIT was not present and did not report
- We got a thank you card from Cole Rivera, one of the Kids Casting representatives from Idaho. He included a picture of himself with Woo Davies.
CONSERVATION: Conservation Officer STEVE SPICKELMIER reported:
- We now have more of the bass signs in stock; anyone wanting to buy some needs to contact Steve or Allan. Someone mentioned that some of the signs at Lake Lowell are missing already.
- Steve has an e-mail from B.A.S.S. on submitting articles for the B.A.S.S. Times magazine. If anyone is interested, contact Steve.
- There still doe not seem to be any change in the USFW proposal to ban tournament fishing on wildlife refuges. Allan says that we will have to wait and see…
- Clubs can buy bass or crappies to stock local waters from Sweetwater Aquaculture in Northern Idaho. Web site is: http://www.sweetwateraquaculture.com
- The Lake Owyhee Clean-up was a success, but we only had 8 or 9 Federation members show up. Oregon Parks & Rec had 5 or 6 people helping and they talked an LDS youth group called the Pathfinders that was camping there into helping out. We ended up with two full truck loads of trash. We will tentatively did another clean-up in the fall. Oregon Parks in putting up a sign showing that the Idaho State B.A.S.S. Fed is keeping that stretch of river/reservoir clean.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Tournament director J.C. WORTHEN reported:
- The first qualifiers are for all three regions are completed and the results are on the web site. The North had 22 anglers, the East had 30 and the South had 46 anglers. It looks like the race for positions on the State Team might be a lot closer this year….
- We seem to have a problem with people paying their Federation dues by the deadline 30 days prior to the first qualifier. All clubs should remind their members to pay their dues before the end of the year; but after that it is everyone's responsibility to remember to pay their own dues. Anyone signing up after April 12 (April 6 in the North) can fish the qualifiers, but will not be eligible for the State Team. This is the way that the rules are written and goes throw-out or no throw-out.
- Most of the State Team is already in Wyoming or on their way. Our alternate and one of the State Team members dropped out, so Jimmy Desaro is fishing on the Team as first alternate and our President is the designated second (emergency) alternate (as per B.A.S.S. rules…).
- Since Allan is our second alternate and Wyoming doesn't have a release boat, Allan is towing our release boat to Wyoming for use at the Divisional.
- Next year's Divisional will be on the California Delta.
- Next Qualifiers: North Region: June 24 at CDS Lakes, East Point North; East Region: June 16, American Falls; South Region: June 16, Brownlee, Woodhead ramp.
COMMUNICATION: Communication Officer JAMES RAITTER reported:
- The newsletters are out; if anyone needs extra newsletters, contact James Raitter or Allan.
- James is needing articles for the next newsletter; every club should try to come up with some for each newsletter.
- The website is still running; anyone with any ideas, pictures or articles for the web site should submit them to Steve Day. (firstname.lastname@example.org). The web site will be updated with better visibility of the Federation sponsors.
- James Raitter went to the Nationals in place of Allan and he gave a quick report:
- The path to next year's Classic has changed again: now the previous National Champ gets to fish the Shoot-out (at his own cost) for a spot in the Classic and 5 people from the National will get to fish the Classic.
- They talked a lot about youth and conservation activities in the Federation so that ESPN knows where we stand and what we do.
- State Federations cannot received National Youth Awards for their activities unless they have a State Youth B.A.S.S. Chapter set up. Allan would like all of the club reps to ask their clubs about interest in starting a youth chapter in Idaho.
- The National Federation wants us to try and ally ourselves with other local fishing organizations to strengthen our visibility in the media and community.
- Our State Rep to the Nationals, Marco Rodriguez did well the first day, ending up in 2nd overall and 1st in the West. The second day he dropped to 4th overall, 1st in the West; on the third day his fish moved out and he dropped to 9th overall and 3rd in the West. Overall, a good performance!
- New Federation sponsors: Ranger Boats out, Skeeter, Nitro, Triton in as Tier 1 sponsors.
- Magic Valley Bassmaters have an Open May 19 at Milner; everyone is invited to attend and the Hawg Feed is back on! They are raffling off a 1994 Saturn car!
- Mountain Home Hawg Hunters have an Open June 2 at C.J. Strike.
- The Snake River Bassmasters Classic is June 30 and July 1 on Brownlee out of Huntington, Oregon.
There being no more new business, President Chandler reminded all that the next meeting would be on June 21. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
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