“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” – Doug Larson
There were no new members joining at this month’s meeting.
The Bursar, George reported the Club finances and the Wounded Active Veteran
Service Personnel fund finances. Wayne reported supplies reminding the
meeting the Club logo can be embroidered or printed on a garment or hat of your
choice - Bender Apparel on Old Airport Road does the work.
Jim reported there are now 97 paid members. Jim reminded the meeting: 2023
dues, payable starting in January, will be $20.00 for the year.
Art reminded the meeting, his mentoring seminar starts 14 December at 6pm in
the Activity center - it will run for several classes, pausing over the
Christmas/New Year holidays. Contact Art for space available.
The speaker was Ms. Samantha Krop - the Neuse Riverkeeper from
SoundRivers.org - Samantha gave an informative and interesting overview of all
the functions of Sound Rivers whose staff monitor our local waters, inspecting
spills of waste from agriculture and farming as well as water conditions and
effects on the quality and fish health.
There are various aspects of the Sound Rivers function our Club would like to
support, more information will be collected to determine the best and most
effective way we can contribute and help their efforts.
Club members together with other fishing club members and the CCA, will attend
the MFC meeting on Wednesday 16 November (starting at 6pm) and Thursday
17 November starting at 9am) at the Islander Motel in Emerald Isle. Those
willing, can speak or comment to the MFC about our opposition to reinstall gill
fishing nets upstream of the Minnesott Ferry line on the Neuse River and
upstream of the Aurora ferry line on the Pamlico River.
The Club will participate in the POA annual Christmas Parade on Sunday 4
December at 3pm. Meeting at Pelican Park from 2.30pm.
A kayak fishing trip is planned for the new Boathouse Creek launch ramp/park,
located off Masonic Road, Swansboro - behind the Neuse Sport Shop on hwy 24/
Cedar Point Blvd. The trip date/details are posted on the website and sent out
on the FHFC Groups mail.
The audit of finances voted in the October meeting will be conducted by year end
2022, by Ms. Chris Skrotsky. Chris has done small club audits and has an
extensive financial accounting, reporting background - Chis offered to do the
audit ‘pro bono’. We will report the audit results once complete. Our thanks to
It was agreed the December meeting would include a member gift
giving/exchange - the idea was presented by Jim and Steve who will jointly
organize it for the meeting - it sounds like fun - also, some light bite table snacks
will be included. I'll post more details in the December meeting agenda.
As you know, I volunteered for the leadership role of the Club after Bob
announced his retirement in October 2021. I agreed to do so for a year - my year
ends December 2022.
I am very pleased to confirm Steve Mink has volunteered to assume the leadership role starting January 2023.
Steve has shown by his attendance and participation his strong interest and
commitment to the Club - Steve is a fine person for this role. I will support Steve
as I know will all the others in the leadership group in the Club. Thank you Steve
Thanks to Gayle Albertini, a Club member and director of the FH POA board, for
arranging THE BEACON to publish the story of the FHFC and its founder Bob
Bruggeworth - I am working with Pam Gaskill on the story details - I expect it will
be published in The Beacon by year end.
As you know, earlier this year we established a task force to restart/explore
worthwhile ways the Club can support the Wounded Active/Veteran Service
personnel - Don Yuska will lead the group to look at best choices to do this.
Support and care for wounded personnel are now active on the bases, Camp
LeJeune and Cherry Point. Though our contacts at the bases changed, we are
now in communication again so that successful outing we did in the past, may be
revived for 2023.
There were 2 motions made by members from the floor, both were voted and
passed with majority in favor:
1. For the December meeting, we will have a gift exchange - members will
bring a wrapped gift (fishing related up to a $15.00 value) and the Club will
“donate” various mystery gifts paid by Club funds to $100.00. Ayes voted
2. In future, the Club can agree to “pay” a speaker attending our monthly
meeting, a “fee” up to $100.00 - any amount exceeding that $100.00
requires a Club vote. This “fee” is not automatically paid to every speaker -
only as discussed and agreed in advance with the speaker. Ayes voted in
favor with one nay vote.
Some local fish catches reported around the entrance of Broad Creek and
Northwest Creeks, some in the inner Harbour but slow at the coast inshore, piers
and surf. The fall bite should start up as soon as temperatures fall and activate
A special thanks to the stewards for this quarter: Tim Welch and John Roy and to
those members who signed up for next year 2023:
First Quarter: January 4, February 1, March 1
Don Yuska, Geoff Gable, Dan Beaucaire
Second Quarter: April 5, May 3, June 7
Steve Zdanowitz, Alan Harrop, Dan Dudley
Third Quarter: July 5, August 2, September 6
Eric Thinguldstad, John McClain, Harvey Pye
Fourth Quarter: October 4, November 1, December 6
Dan Furimsky, Bill Zimmerman, Mike McHale
Doug Benz, Guy Pascarella, John Roy
The 50/50 winner was Bill Zimmerman
Next meeting Wednesday December 07 at the CC at 7pm
Harvey Pye. Coordinator FHFC