For the first time in 25 years, TU’s National Annual Meeting is coming to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 16 through Sunday, September 20, and will be held at the Center City Hilton Hotel and Convention Center in Scranton. While National TU will be doing most of the work to set up these meetings, PATU and its chapters will play a key role in ensuring the success of the 5 days of planned activities.
On Wednesday, anglers from all over the country will arrive to fish with local volunteer guides who will each accompany one or two fishermen on our local waters. A conservation bus tour is scheduled on Thursday to visit conservation projects and highlight environmental issues being faced by Trout Unlimited in northeastern Pennsylvania. Friday is the first full day of meetings and breakout training sessions, and the Friday evening Awards Dinner. Saturday’s schedule will begin with President and CEO Chris Wood’s “State of TU” address followed by reports from the Board of Trustees, National Leadership Council, and the chief financial officer’s budget report. Saturday night is the Banquet and Fundraising Auction.
There will also be tours and special programs available at a reduced rate for all spouses who register for the meeting. The NEPA Fly Girls will host a special welcome reception for wives, and a hospitality suite will be available at the hotel each night for attendees to unwind, relax, and socialize.
To assist PATU in recouping some of the meeting costs, we are requesting that each and every PA chapter donate an auction item of $100 or greater retail value. We are also asking each and every chapter to send at least one chapter officer to these meetings…and it is our hope that many more members will plan to attend on their own. We can promise you that the information you take away from these meetings will go a long way in helping you develop both a better chapter and better leaders.
Chair, 2015 National TU Annual Meeting