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Our chapter develops an annual plan. Ideally, it is tied to a five-year strategic plan. The plan is as specific as possible, with target dates and responsible people assigned to each task. The annual plan helps to deal with the sometimes overwhelming range of projects that the chapter undertakes each year. Here are six steps the chapter takes to create our annual plan:


·          Identify the people who will help develop the plan

·          Take stock of the current situation

·          Define desired outcomes

·          Identify the action items

·          Draft a simple plan in outline format

·          Implement the plan and evaluate progress


The purpose of the plan is to guide the ESCTU program for the year. We will refer to the plan often over the course of a year; the communal thinking required to draft the plan will increase feelings of ownership, deepen the commitment of the chapter members, and provide a shared sense of direction and purpose.


Bill Hannisch
(215) 860-5130


The Chapter President is the chief executive officer of the chapter. This volunteer is responsible for the general and active management of the business and affairs of the chapter. The President serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and presides at all membership meetings. The President should supervise the operations of the chapter, making sure that the various officers and directors are performing their jobs properly, and offering them assistance whenever necessary.

The Chapter President is a good administrator, because many of his or her responsibilities will be overseeing the work of chapter committees, coordinating their activities and assisting them with various special projects from time to time.

The President is responsible (with the Chapter Treasurer) for the chapter filing its financial report with National on time, in addition to ensuring that chapter contact information is kept current with The President also must assume the responsibility for leadership development, to insure the chapter’s continued success when the current leadership moves on.

While keeping in mind the larger context of TU’s state, regional and national goals, the President must coordinate the four core functions of the chapter:


1.      Conservation

2.      Education

3.      State-wide coordination

4.      Cooperative fundraising


The President serves as spokesperson for the chapter at public gatherings and hearings, and should maintain good relations with local press, conservation commissions, environmental organizations and government officials.

The President is a key connection between the chapter and state council. In addition, the President represents ESCTU and the chapter to the general public. One of the President’s most important duties is identifying and grooming his or her replacement. 


Vice President : 


The Vice President of a ESCTU chapter is second in command. The position of Vice President is often used as training for a leader to step into the President position.


The Vice President is responsible for the following:


·         Maintaining a high profile in the chapter.

·         Presiding over meetings from which the President is absent.

·         Providing support and assistance to the President in order to achieve the core functions of the chapter.

·         Performing duties as assigned by the President or the board directors.


Treasurer/ Membership:

Bill Todd
(908) 874-3382


      The Treasurer is responsible for the following:


·         Collecting and handling all moneys for the chapter including making disbursements as needed.

·         Timely filing of financial reports with the national office.

·         Keeping accurate financial records including all banking transactions.

·         Maintaining the ledger of the chapter.

·         Making a report of the chapter’s financial status and activity at each Board of Directors meeting.

·         Maintaining tax IDs and, if applicable, file taxes for the chapter.
Serving as a liaison to the state council and the national office to comply with TU’s financial policies.



Steve Maurer
(609) 984-3851


      The Secretary is responsible for the following:


·          Keeping the minutes of all Board of Directors and membership meetings.

·          Coordinating with the Newsletter Editor or President to write and send all meeting notices of the chapter.

·          Other duties as assigned such as important correspondence with outside organizations, individuals and partners.


Membership Chair:


Many chapters appoint a Membership Chair whose duties include tracking the membership of the chapter. The Membership Chair plays the key role of helping current members resolve membership issues in conjunction with TU National staff.

The Membership Chair also tracks membership numbers within the chapter, noting new members that are added and existing members who expire. Beyond tracking these statistics, the Membership Chair takes the lead on programs to recruit new members, welcome members that do join the chapter and encouraging members to renew.


Conservation Committee :

Pat Key



The Conservation Chair is the central point of contact for the chapter’s conservation activities. This officer coordinates conservation projects and campaigns and stays abreast of conservation issues in the chapter’s area. This person should be the person to answer questions regarding conservation from members, local media or the general public.

The Conservation Chair should be well aware of TU’s National Conservation Agenda and the conservation priorities of the state council because a chapter’s conservation activities must be consistent.


Banquet Committee :

Jim Ahlbach



The Banquet program is the primary resource ESCTU has established to help the chapter raise money. The program is designed to generate financial support for local and national conservation work. The chapter raises approximately ~$2,000 through the Banquet. Holding a banquet or special event is one way our chapter can recruit new members, receive recognition for its work, and raise money for its operations.

Trout Release Newsletter:

David H. Miller
(609) 924-6579

Communicating effectively and in a timely manner with ESCTU members is crucial to the success of our mission.

The chapter Trout Release newsletter is the most important vehicle used to disseminate information to ESCTU members. The newsletter, as a monthly publication, keeps chapter members informed about chapter meetings, events, and issues that are important to TU.



Edward Rogers

(609) 945-0422


Communicating effectively and in a timely manner with ESCTU members is crucial to the success of our mission.

ESCTU website is becoming more and more popular as a means to communicate with chapter members and the general public. This is also another venue to get the newsletter out to membership.

Guest Speaker Committee:

Bill Hannisch
(215) 860-5130


ESCTU provides education to it members through interesting Topics related to fly fishing  presented by experienced Guest Speakers in the sport of fly fishing. . The Responsibility of this committee member is to locate and schedule Guest Speakers for upcoming meeting.


See our Calendar for list of upcoming guest speakers.


Featured Fly Tyer Program:

Jeff Conover
(732) 754-1047


ESCTU also provides education to it members through Fly tying Presentations presented by very talented members and Guest Tyers.

The Responsibility of this committee member is to locate and schedule Featured Fly Tyers for upcoming meeting.

See our Calendar for list of upcoming guest tyers.

Book / Video Loaner Library:

Jeff Conover
(732) 754-1047


ESCTU also provides education to it members through an fairly good collection of books, videos and dvd's.  See our library list.

Other Committee Chairs :


Open Positions

Because the officers listed above are often busy keeping the chapter running, it is usually necessary to appoint other standing committees and committee chairs. The duties of these committees will vary with the activities or priorities of the chapter.