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I am writing this message with great optimism for 2018 while reflecting on an educational 2017. This year brought some teachable moments from an organizational standpoint and I believe we will be stronger moving forward.
I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported the MSSA through its tournaments, chapter meetings, volunteering, membership, and those who supported our giving campaign just recently. As described in the letter, this was something the MSSA has never done, so thank you for making it a great success and allowing us to continue our mission.
25th Fall Classic Rockfish Tournament
As we move closer to the 25th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic I would encourage everyone to find a crew and fish this amazing tournament and take advantage of Maryland’s Fall Trophy striped bass fishery. This time of year, is considered by some better than the spring fishery. I can say that with last year’s winning fish coming in at 55 pounds, they might be on to something.
The Fall Classic is a three-day tournament, allowing anglers to fish only two of those three days. This allows a more even playing field for all our tournament anglers. The tournament will take place November 17-19 (Friday-Sunday). There are 8 weigh stations conveniently positioned throughout the Maryland Chesapeake Bay, from Sandy Point State Park to Point Lookout State Park on the Potomac River. Captain/Registration meetings will begin November 13 at Island Tackle Outfitters on Kent Island, with special guest BOE Marine. BOE Marine has generously donated a $3,000 Simrad Electronics package to be given away to a captain who registered before November.
Join thousands of anglers as they compete for some big fish and even bigger payouts! You can register online at www.mssa.net/fallclassic or call the MSSA Headquarters at 410-255-5535
Membership: We Need Your Voice
I would like to encourage everyone to begin renewing your memberships as soon as possible so we can ensure cards and all member issues can be addressed before the beginning of the year. Your membership allows the MSSA to be the voice of Maryland and there is no doubt your voices will be needed during the legislative session in 2018.
Keep on Fishing! And BE SAFE
Dear MSSA Members,
I want to sincerely thank the thousands of anglers and members who participated in the 34th annual Championship on the Chesapeake. As you know this tournament is one of MSSA’s largest fundraisers throughout the year and this year was troubling to say the least. Without going in too much detail, we fell 150 boats and nearly $150,000 gross. That being said we hope you will increase your support any way you can whether through donations or participating in our other fundraising tournaments. We do not rely on tax payer dollars, only individuals and private donations who support our mission.
I also want to thank the many volunteers who made this tournament possible. It is the efforts of many that allow us to have 10 weigh stations, 5 captain’s meetings, the tournament party, and the many committee meetings that ensure a fair and enjoyable tournament. Thank you again for your time and commitment to the MSSA and our mission.
It is also important to thank the sponsors who not only support the MSSA but invest in this tournament through sponsorship dollars. We have a growing list of loyal sponsors who have time and time again shown their support for the MSSA and The Championship.
For the past 35 years the MSSA has been the leader in fighting for recreational and Sportfishing enthusiasts, the sportfishig industry, and the resources that we so dearly love. It is important to note that there is an inherent determination within sportfishermen to conserve our resources and ensure we are managing for sustainability while using the resources in the most economic beneficial way.
While that is our mission, we also have a parallel mission to ensure a prosperous future for recreational fishing. Simply put, we must get our youth out on the water.
Throughout the next few months we will be reinventing the MSSA Youth Angler Club. This program is part of a larger role the Business Development Committee (BDC) sees as critical to the future of the MSSA and recreational fishing. We would like to reach out to all our members and ask for your help. We want to know your thoughts on how we can get our younger generations involved in fishing. How do we get the parents to find time and how do we keep the kids interested or introduced to fishing? If you are interested in helping please shoot me an email email@example.com or call 410-255-5535.
We would also like to solicit help from our business savvy and strategic thinking members. As we move through the year the BDC will be meeting routinely to discuss new and innovative ways the MSSA can diversify its revenue sources while increasing our advocacy footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you are interested in making the MSSA even greater, please contact me and we can get you involved.
Let’s make 2017 the year the MSSA enhanced and improved its operations. I am asking for your help, for you to be more than just a paying member, but to get involved.
Thank you again for your membership and keep on fishing!
An Open Invitation
Dear MSSA Members,
I would first like to start by thanking our amazing volunteers who have made this past year a success. From chapter meetings and events, fisheries management meetings, MSSA Tournament Series events, and countless meetings to ensure the MSSA is moving forward; our member volunteers are the heart and soul of the MSSA. For that, I am extremely thankful.
As we move into 2017 I would like to invite any of you reading this message to engage and make MSSA a better organization. Any amount of time and effort will benefit the MSSA.
We have numerous committees within the MSSA that would require very little time. These committees include: Government Affairs (Legislative), Membership, Tournament, Finance, and Public Relations. Not to mention you are always welcome to attend your chapter meetings, I am positive the local chapter leaders would love to have you.
The bottom line is that the MSSA is an organization of its members, we take pride in that fact that we are run by the individuals that we represent in Annapolis. We do not take any federal or state money, we apply for zero grants. The money we raise is the money we use to protect the rights of recreational anglers and enhance our fisheries resources.
I would like to once again thank all of those who have given their time to the MSSA. I would like to invite all of our members, and those who are not members (join of course), to attend a chapter meeting and get involved.
Contact me if you are interested in any of the committees listed below, or you work in areas that may help us increase our membership and effectiveness as Maryland’s Sportfishing Advocates.
Government Affairs Committee
Public Relations Committee
Youth Angler Club
Contact me at the main office 410-255-5535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Sad Day on the Water
I would like to share in Frank Holden’s thoughts regarding the loss of our friends on November 19th. Over the past 10 years as Executive Director I have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people and enjoy their passion for fishing. I will continue to keep them in my prayers and no doubt will think of them when fishing. I hope we all keep them in hearts and use this tragedy to ensure that we all come home after a day of fishing.