Changes and Additions to the Schedule 3/27/2013

Philpott Environmental Expo
We’ll have a table at the 5th Philpott Environmental Expo on April 13th, 1-4pm. Philpott Lake Park, Philpott Dam Rd. Bassett, VA. Fly tying, TU info, maybe some casting instruction if space allows. Want to help man the display? See the website calendar for more info. You might get to fish with Al afterwards!

Gateway Steetscapes River Clean Up
On April 20th, Gateway Streetscapes Foundation will conduct a river cleanup from Trenthill bridge to midtown Bassett. We will partner with Gateway and encourage our members and the community to come out and lend a hand. Assemble at the old Bassett HS for a quick breakfast and then the cleanup kicks off at 9AM. We should finish by 1PM. Fish afterwards!

June Meeting Program
For our June 6 Meeting, we are pleased to announce that Mark Taylor, outdoor columnist and blogger for the Roanoke Times, will present a talk and slide show on his Alaska travels. He’ll tell us about salmon, trout, grayling, bears and dynamic scenery. Our own Al Kittridge has been to Alaska about 10 times himself and can help answer questions about planning your own trip. Should be fun.

SRTU River Clean Up
Because the April 20 cleanup will cover much of our later cleanup area, we have chosen to head upstream. The July 20th cleanup will now cover the section of the river from Philpott Dam to Trenthill bridge. Gateway will partner with us on this cleanup also.
See the webpage calendar for details and contact info.

March Meeting Minutes

Smith River Trout Unlimited, Chapter #264

Basset/Martinsville, VA

Minutes of meeting held at Ranias’ restaurant in Martinsville, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 6:30 pm

Meeting was called to order by SRTU President Shane Pinkston.

Approximately 22 members and guests present.

Previous meeting’s minutes were not read. They had been emailed to those on the secretary’s distribution list.

Treasurer Scott Griffin was absent due to work matters. We also paid $17.81 for our tier’s dinner. We took in $212 for the raffle of a loaded Smith river Fly Box and a Griffin Vise. After the raffle and expenses, the checkbook balance was $1582.65.

fly box
Betty Kirkpatrick scored the fly box with all of the member tied Smith River Specials.

Old Business:

We had no old business to discuss.

New Business:

We had sent out the Bylaws to everyone on the email list after the Board of Directors approved them. Shane called for a motion to approve them, we got a second, and a show of hands approved the Bylaws. They will be submitted to national TU.

Shane read through the calendar of events that is currently proposed:

• The next meeting will be held on June 6. We announced we would be having a quest tier featuring soft body poppers, but that did not work out. More on the program later.
• We’ll have a club Fishing and Camping trip on the 14-16th of June. We’ll be going to Grayson Co. and camping at Grindstone Campground in the NF (tentative). You can team up with other members and fish a multitude of streams in the Grayson Highlands SP, Whitetop Laurel, Wilson, Fox, upper S. Branch of the Holston, and more. You have the opportunity to catch the brook/brown/bow slam here. We’ll catch up at the fireside later for all the stories/lies. Menus and cooking will generally be on your own, but we may want to collaborate on a meal or two. Contact Doug Jessie for more info. or 540-874-6560. We want to get adjacent camp sites so let’s get on board by April 15th, please.

• The annual 2013 River Cleanup will be held on July 20th. We will meet at the Basset canoe ramp. More details to follow.
• The Smith River Fest will be on Aug. 10. We’ll have tent, do some tying, do show casting instruction and talk to the public. We’ll also have a LL Bean fly fishing outfit to raffle off. Volunteers needed, please. Contact Al, aakitt@
• Our September meeting is on the 5th. Program to be announced.
• We’ll have Fish With A Friend on Sept. 14th. We will invite club members and the public to come out and fish or scout the river with a more experienced club member in the morning, then meet back for a cookout and more club fishing after. An overnight campout might develop for that night. Plans still in progress. Contact Scott Griffin,
• Our December meeting will be on the 5th.
Shane opened the meeting up any fishing stories, trip report, gear review that anyone wanted to share. Darrin shared his recent Muskie experience and a pic of his first Muskie on the fly. Pretty awesome experience. He said it ruined him and they might be his new obsession. He bought a 10wt. within a week.

We moved right into our feature for the meeting after that.

Feature Presentation:

Paul Gruver and Ralph Muller showed off their tying skills, and showed us techniques and tips that will make all of us better tiers. They both used basic materials in innovative ways to produce very beautiful and “fishy” ties. Watching a video or reading and viewing a recipe is one thing. To see these skilled tiers in action was very educational and entertaining. Thanks to both of them for their time and generosity.


We did have a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin at the meeting who filed a story based on the fly tying.
Wish we could have proofread the article first.

Next Meeting will be Thursday, June 6, 2013 – We will announce a program as soon as it is decided and arranged.

If any errors and omissions are noticed, please bring them to my attention so they can be corrected.

Doug Jessie
Secretary, SRTU

SRTU Bylaws to be voted on at March 7 meeting – please review!

Our bylaws were out of date and needed some work. To retain our charter and tax exempt status, we must approve these bylaws and then submit to national TU by the end of March. Please review and we’ll see you March 7.


Article I. Organization and Purposes
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be Smith River, Trout Unlimited.
Section 2. The purpose of the Chapter shall be to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. The Chapter shall operate as a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organization. The Chapter shall function exclusively for charitable, educational, advocacy, scientific, conservation, and fishing related fellowship purposes.
Section 3. The Chapter is a subsidiary organization of Trout Unlimited, Inc., a Michigan non-profit corporation and is under its authority. The Chapter shall carry out the aims and purposes of Trout Unlimited and all policies, objectives and activities pursued by the Chapter and its members shall be in conformity with the Bylaws and policies of Trout Unlimited. The Chapter’s use of the TU name, logo and Chapter affiliation with other organizations and businesses shall conform to TU policies.
Section 4. The Chapter and all members acting on its behalf shall not finance, promote or oppose the candidacy of any person seeking election to public office and shall not participate or intervene in any campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Section 5. The Chapter shall not conduct or carry on any activities, including the expenditure of funds, not permitted to be conducted or carried on by a tax exempt organization under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.

Article II. Membership
Section 1. Payment of annual dues to Trout Unlimited is the only requirement for membership in Trout Unlimited and the Chapter. The Chapter shall not assess any additional dues or fees and shall not establish classes of membership.
Section 2. Payment of annual dues to Trout Unlimited shall automatically make one a member of the Chapter, if the member resides in the Chapter’s geographical area. Any Trout Unlimited member in good standing from a different chapter’s geographic area may elect to become a member of the Chapter.

Section 3. The By-laws of Trout Unlimited shall govern the suspension or expulsion of chapter members.

Section 4. No Chapter or chapter officer, director or member may transfer, sell, barter, or lease to any person or entity the membership list or the names, addresses, contact information or other personal information of the members.

Article III. Membership Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the Chapter shall be held on a date set by the Board of Directors, to elect officers and Directors and conduct other business of the Chapter. The President and the Treasurer shall present annual reports to the members.
Section 2. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall be sent to each member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. The meeting notice shall include the date, time, place and agenda of the annual Meeting and the slate of candidates nominated for election by the Nominating Committee.
Section 3. The Chapter shall hold regular meetings at a date, time and place chosen by the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Special meetings may be called by the President or Board of Directors or upon the written request of the lesser of ten percent (10%) of the members or twenty (20) members. Notice of all special meetings must be given to members at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting and shall include the date, time, place and agenda for the special meeting.
Section 5. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the meetings on all matters relating to order and procedure, including nominations and elections. Only current members of Trout Unlimited shall be permitted to vote at any meeting of the members and no proxy voting shall be allowed.

Article IV. Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors is responsible for the general supervision of the Chapter’s affairs and finances.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than three (3) non-officer members and the officers pursuant to Article V, section 1 and no more than seven (7) total members. Each non-officer Director shall serve a three-year term, with Directors’ terms staggered to provide for continuity. The immediate past President shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the term of his or her successor. All Directors shall be current members of Trout Unlimited.

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall meet regularly, but no less than 6 times per year. Upon notice, the meetings of the Board of Directors may be conducted by telephone. The Board of Directors may also act by email vote, provided all members of the Board of Directors are permitted the opportunity to participate and all votes are shown to all Directors and reported in the minutes of the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Board Member Attendance. If a member of the Board of Directors is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings, unless excused, that member will be deemed to have resigned from his or her position and his or her position shall become vacant for the remainder of his or her term or until vacancy is filled pursuant to Section 7 of this Article. The minutes should note any excused absences. At the discretion of the Board Chair, imposition of this rule may be waived and absences excused due to extenuating circumstances.

Section 5. A simple majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum and a simple majority vote of those present is required to approve any official action.

Section 6. Special meetings may be called by the President or any two (2) members of the Board of Directors. Unless notice is waived by all members of the Board of Directors, notice of any special meeting, including date, time, place and agenda, must be given at least seven (7) days in advance. Notice may be in writing or by electronic communication, including fax or electronic mail.

Section 7. If a director is unable to serve for any reason or if a director is appointed to fill a vacant officer position, the vacant director position shall be filled by appointment of the board until the next regularly scheduled election.

Article V. Officers and Duties
Section 1. The officers of the Chapter shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom shall be voting members of the Chapter’s Board of Directors. All officers must be members in good standing of Trout Unlimited. No person shall hold more than one (1) office at any time. The officers shall be chosen and elected by the membership at the annual membership meeting.
Section 2. The President shall serve as general executive officer and shall appoint the chairs of all Chapter committees. The President shall oversee all activities of the chapter and preside at all membership and board meetings.
Section 3. The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President if the President is absent or unable to perform the President’s duties. The Vice President shall perform the duties assigned by the Board of Directors and the President.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and property of the Chapter. With the President, the Treasurer may sign and execute, in the name of the Chapter, all contracts, agreements and other obligations of the Chapter. When necessary or proper, the Treasurer shall endorse for collection on behalf of the Chapter, all checks, notes, drafts and electronic credits and transfers and shall deposit same and all other revenues to the credit of the Chapter in such bank or banks as the Board of Directors designates.
All checks for the disbursement of funds of the Chapter above $200 shall be approved by the President and another officer(or Treasurer) before disbursement is made. The Board of Directors may impose such alternate authority or limitations of authority to execute contracts, sign checks or use such other forms of payment as the Board of Directors deems appropriate and may require that the Treasurer be bonded.

The Treasurer shall also:
A. Keep full and accurate accounts of monies received and paid on account of the Chapter, give a financial report at each meeting of the Board of Directors, and whenever required by the Board of Directors, render a statement of the Chapter’s accounts and report to the membership.
B. Submit a complete Annual Financial Report (AFR) for the chapter to Trout Unlimited prior to the deadline set by Trout Unlimited. The AFR will be in compliance with the policies and requirements of Trout Unlimited and will contain a complete and accurate accounting of all revenues, expenses, volunteer hours by members of the Chapter and any additional items prescribed within the AFR form.
C. The Treasurer will also make all necessary filings with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local authorities.
D. Upon request, permit access to the Chapter’s books, records and accounts by any Chapter Officer, Director or designated representative of the State Council and/or Trout Unlimited.
Section 5. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership and keep an accurate and current record of all Chapter memberships. The Secretary shall assist the Treasurer in preparing the AFR form. The Secretary shall send all required notices to members of the Chapter, as required by these bylaws or otherwise. Notice may be in writing or by electronic communication, including fax, electronic mail or by posting on the Chapter’s web-site. The Secretary shall also maintain the correspondence of the Chapter.

Article VI. Election, Term, Vacancy
Section 1. The Chapter officers shall be elected for one-year terms. No officer shall serve more than three (3) consecutive one-year terms in the same office, but an officer may hold the same office after a one-year period out of office.
Section 2. In the event of a vacancy in any office or on the board, the Board of Directors shall appoint an individual to serve until the next regularly scheduled election.
Section 3. A majority vote of those Chapter members in good standing present at the annual business meeting will be sufficient to elect all officers and directors.
Section 4. The Nominating Committee shall nominate members for each elected office and each director. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

Article VII. Committees

Section 1. The Chapter may establish standing committees, whose members shall be appointed by the chair of each committee:
A. Communications: This committee is responsible for the chapter web-site and newsletter.
B. Membership: This committee is responsible for membership services, membership lists and efforts to recruit and retain members.
C. Education: This committee is responsible for education programs and youth activities.
D. Conservation: This committee is responsible for activities and projects that directly support Trout Unlimited’s conservation agenda.
E. Financial Development: This committee is responsible for chapter fundraising.
F. Nominating: This committee shall assist the Board of Directors and officers with leadership development and submit a slate of candidates for elections.
Section 2. Additional standing or ad hoc committees may be established from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors.

Article VIII. Fiscal Year

Section 1. The Chapter’s fiscal year shall be the same as that of Trout Unlimited.

Article IX. Amendment of By-Laws
Section 1. These Chapter bylaws may be amended at any Annual Meeting or Special Meeting if at least the lesser of 30 chapter members or 10% of the Chapter’s members are present. Amendment of the bylaws shall require a two-thirds vote of those present and voting. Only current members of Trout Unlimited shall be permitted to vote. Any amendment to these bylaws shall be consistent with the bylaws of Trout Unlimited. All proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall require at least 30 days notice to the members, with the notice specifying the proposed amendment.

Section 2. If any amendment of these bylaws is required in order to make them consistent with the bylaws of Trout Unlimited, a vote of a majority of those present and permitted to vote shall be sufficient to pass the amendment.

Article X. Assets and Dissolution
Section 1. No part of the income, earnings or assets of the Chapter shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, any member, director or officer of the Chapter or any private individual, except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Chapter in effecting one or more of its purposes. Chapter members, officers and directors may be reimbursed for expenses incurred for or on behalf of the Chapter.
Section 2. All Chapter expenditures shall be broadly consistent with the mission of Trout Unlimited.

Section 3. The Chapter may not acquire or hold any new interest in real property, including easements, except with prior written approval from Trout Unlimited.

Section 4. Upon dissolution of the Chapter, all assets of the Chapter shall revert to the State Council. These assets will be held and/or redistributed in consultation with Trout Unlimited.

Adopted this ______ day of ____________, 20___

Secretary Doug Jessie
Smith River Chapter Trout Unlimited
Chapter 264

President Shane Pinkston
Smith River Chapter Trout Unlimited
Chapter 264

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