1/21/21: Headwaters TU 2020 Election Results

Headwaters TU 2020 Chapter Election Results

We’re excited to announce that the 2020 Headwaters TU chapter elections took place last Saturday, 01/11/20.  It was that day the local weatherman was predicting a massive snowstorm, and as typically happens when they call for #snowmageddon…nothing really happened.  So we converged at Big Buck Brewery and Steakhouse, ate good food, drank good beer, and decided the fate of the Headwaters TU universe.

There are some familiar names on the roster, as well as some new ones.

Our new President, David Bowman, lives in Gaylord and brings with him some solid experience gained with other non-profits, a long military career and his nine to five.  See his message to the chapter, below.  2017-2018 Headwaters TU President, Alex Cerveniak, returned from a 6-month break recharging his batteries and is the new Vice President.  He will also be taking care of Communications duties which include sending out this newsletter and a fresh new chapter website at headwaterstu.org.  Rounding out the officers are incumbents, Bryan Newell (Secretary) and Lloyd Sparks (Treasurer), who both signed up for another term.  Bryan is also heading up 2020 Spring Banquet planning, and as usual, Lloyd will be helping out wherever he can, calling it like it is.

Keeping the officers in line are a stellar group of Directors:  Jim Kurbel, Gary Isaman, Travis Bandt and Carl Saunders.  They are joined by two new Directors, Scott Whitcomb, who is only new in title, and joins the Board as Past President.  Last, but not least, is Bekki Heckman.

Bekki is new to the Board but definitely not new to Headwaters TU.  Remember the 2017 banquet when we had a special call to action to raise enough money to buy fishing poles for the 6th grade class at Inland Lakes Public Schools.  Remember the Inland Lakes school teacher who spoke, pulling everyone’s heart strings before we let the bidding begin?  That was Bekki.  Bekki is still a teacher at Inland Lakes, is also the Chair of our Education Committee, and we are really excited to have her on board.

Lastly, a big thanks to Ethan Winchester who was the 2018-2019 Vice President.  While he will no longer be serving as an officer, we have no doubt we will still see him around serving and enjoying our local trout streams.

Message from the New President

Happy New Year fellow Anglers and Conservationists!   A huge thank you to Scott [Whitcomb] for his service and leadership to the board.  He is going to be missed, but not so far away that we aren’t able to call on him for advice or help when needed.

A little bit about me: I am originally from Northern Michigan and finally made it back home a few years ago.  I am retired from the US Army with 22 years of active service and thankfully have been afforded an opportunity to return to the north country to work a few more years until I retire here for good.  Until recently I served as a board member on the Michigan Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, but resigned to give my focus and effort to Headwaters. I am a better conservationist than angler, but hope to increase my angling skills!

In the coming year the Chapter has many great plans for conservation projects that we hope to see everyone of you at!  We are looking forward to sending more of our angling youth to TU summer camp, we are holding fly tying and social events to share stories and help to build our chapter team.

Please feel free to reach out to me, coldwaterconservationhwtu@gmail.com to let me know what you want the chapter to focus on, share your TU story, or just ask questions.  I would love to hear from you so please reach out.  Until then I hope to see you around the camp fire or on the streams!

David Bowman
1SG USA, (Retired)

Looking Ahead

Get ready for another fun year of coldwater conservation!  We are ramping up for four weeks of Tie One On in March, followed by the Spring Banquet in April, the 4th Annual Trout Opener Breakfast, Macroinvertebrate Sampling on the Black, Problem Beaver Dam Removals, River Cleanups, Deward Tract Cedar Tree Maintenance, and more.  And of course, the first Thursday of each month is our regular Board of Directors Meeting which all Headwaters TU members are welcome to join.

To volunteer or for general chapter inquiries, please email headwaterstroutunlimited@gmail.com.

Tight lines,
Alex Cerveniak
Vice President
Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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