CCA News – Oregon South Coast Chapter.

South Coast Chapter Members,

I hope this notice finds you well. I’m fine, Springer fishing has been good (attached picture of friend and fish caught, yesterday). This is just a reminder of our upcoming meeting at the Winchester Bay Marina Activity Center on May 5th at 6:30 PM. We will have Pizza and refreshments. This meeting will determine the fate of the South Coast Chapter of CCA, Oregon. No matter the results, I am confident that we can find a common ground that we can support. At the conclusion of the South Coast Chapter meeting, I will describe at a draft level the framework for the new organization and with your input we will define and formalize it. I am excited at the potential that we have for improving the South Coast Fishery and I hope you will be to! The underlying theme of the new organization will be catching more fish, having fun and making a difference.

Thanks for your support,
Steve

From: Steve Godin
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 8:28 AM
To: Steve Godin
Subject: Fw: So. Coast Chapter Info

South Coast Chapter Members,

Most of you should have received Chris Cone’s message, attached. Most of the message is canned CCA propaganda. The bulleted text is Chris responding to some of the dialog from the meeting. He didn’t bother to address the discussion about the Columbia River centric focus of CCA, Oregon. The first bullet, What is going to happen now? Options, if you elect a new president, the South Coast Chapter can continue. If the members don’t elect a new president, the South Coast Chapter will cease and the members will be rolled into the Eugene Chapter. That kind of sums it up!

I’m not sure what becomes of the South Coast Chapter, but I have started to define the framework of a new organization focused on supporting the South Coast Fishery. Everything is in a draft format and I will be seeking input to formalize the new organization. At the conclusion of the next South Coast Chapter meeting, you will all be invited to participate in the first meeting of the new organization. At that meeting, those of you who wish to participate, will define and name the new organization. I am confident that we can make a difference supporting our South Coast Fishery, have fun and be proud of our accomplishments.

Thanks for your support,
Steve

From: CCA Oregon
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 10:30 AM
To: Stephen Godin
Subject: So. Coast Chapter Info

Stephen,

Please mark your calendars! We will be having a CCA South Coast Chapter meeting May 5th at the Marina Activity Center in Winchester Bay 6:30pm. As you are aware we are without chapter leadership as of last meeting. A lot of questions were asked…
“What is going to happen now?” — We have options that we will decide at the next meeting. Do we want to continue as our own chapter or do we get absorbed by the Eugene Chapter?
“Can you communicate better with us?” — Yes! We are in process of starting the State Communications Committee. CCA Oregon also started a So. Coast Chapter Facebook group.
“Can you find issues for us to address here locally, before they become issues?” No, that’s not how CCA works, local chapters and their members are tasked with their own community outreach duties and finding their own local fisheries issues that they would like to see addressed through the CCA Model and CCA Oregon procedures and committees that can utilize our CCA Oregon and National resources. Each Chapter President knows how the process works and would be the chapters best tool to ensure the issue gets the attention it needs.
“Coastal Conservation Association is a non-profit, marine conservation organization. It is comprised of state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic seaboards. CCA’s strength is drawn from the tens of thousands of recreational saltwater anglers who make up its membership. CCA’s grassroots influence is felt through state capitols, U.S. Congress and most importantly, in the conservation and restoration of our coastal marine resources”.

“CCA has been active in virtually every national fisheries debate since 1984 and has participated productively in state, federal and international fisheries management issues for longer than two decades. CCA continues to operate as a multi-tiered organization, affecting issues on a local, state, regional and national level. CCA’s unmatched breadth and depth of volunteer involvement has made it the largest marine conservation group of its kind. Beyond the tangible accomplishments seen in state and federal legislatures and fisheries management councils, commissions and panels, CCA’s proactive presence defeats many ill-conceived proposals before they bloom. CCA’s grassroots network and unique combination of membership, fundraising, advocacy and communication have enacted positive change on all levels of coastal marine conservation and management.
When called into action, the impact of CCA’s grassroots machine is unparalleled. CCA’s presence in the federal court system has been critical in conserving America’s fisheries. CCA has anadvocacy fund that has been used to defend net bans and bycatch reduction devices, support pro-fisheries legislation and battle arbitrary, federal no-fishing zones.”

“Through broad-based recreational angler and membership support, a strong legal and legislative presence, more than 30 years of experience, and vision for the future of U.S. and global marine resources, CCA will continue to battle for the health and longevity of our coastal fisheries.”

Please attend the next meeting if you want your voice to be heard. If you have any questions comments or concerns call Chris Cone at 541-213-1464

A beautiful Umpqua River springer - photo courtesy Steve Godin.

A beautiful Umpqua River springer – photo courtesy Steve Godin.

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