September 24, 2010 was the 31st annual Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Banquet. Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU) is one of the most respected groups in the Bitterroot Valley. They are proud of their status and the accomplishments the chapter has made in collaboration with the private and public sector. BRTU is “working today for the trout of tomorrow.”
The banquet theme this year was “Working together for conservation” and the fundraising event was a smashing success. The delicious organic dinner was catered by Riversong Gourmet and the beverage service was provided by Silver Coin Casino. As usual, local brews were available featuring Bitter Root Brewing Company. One will want to put this event on the September 2011 calendar. Check www.brtu.org for the date. It will be posted early in 2011.
Proceeds of the banquet and the sponsor program support the BRTU Education and Stewardship efforts, and, unlike other sponsor programs, the money will stay local and is not used for salaries!
Two new projects are being launched this year. They are in addition to all the conservation and education projects they have done for many years.
New project #1: support of a fisheries intern to work on native trout projects with the U.S. Forest Service fisheries staff.
New project #2: the underwriting of a fish biology class at Corvallis High School. This class will include the acclaimed “Trout in the Classroom” program.
The continued success of BRTU depends on sponsors; so, please consider signing up as a sponsor for the banquet and conservation projects. Economic times are difficult right now but in tough times, the threats to trout, streams and conservation increase dramatically. The education and work that BRTU and like-minded groups accomplish become even more critical.
There are many benefits to becoming a sponsor, some intangible. For example, exposure in the community is far reaching with BRTU’s many members and promotion opportunities. Status as a contributing member promoting stewardship and secure clean water build a positive reputation. Helping ensure healthy streams and ecosystems that provide good fishing for future generations is priceless.
A tax-deductible sponsorship contribution of $300 cash or an unrestricted donation of at least $300 of retail goods or services will receive the following benefits:
· 2 tickets to the annual Trout Unlimited Banquetheld in September.
· 2 Trout Unlimited caps, visors, or aprons.
· Special recognition in the banquet program and thank you ads.
· A one-year Regular Membership to Trout Unlimited. The chapter will contact you to confirm details about a new membership or renewal.
For a contribution valued at least $500, you will also receive an unframed Publishers Proof of the acclaimed BRTU Monte Dolack fine art print entitled “Bitterroot River—Lost Horse Bend”.
For additional information, please contact:
Marshall Bloom, BRTU Banquet Director
PO Box 262
Hamilton, MT 59840
Sponsor forms and information are also available at www.brtu.org/blog.
The Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Chapter has a local kids group called the “Bitterroot Buggers.” They along with the sponsors listed below provide all kinds of activities for kids in Hamilton, Montana. For more information about the Buggers contact:
- Jeff Gray at Western Flies and Guides (406) 363-9099
- Ria of the Keystone Discovery Enrichment Program (406) 363-5996 or
- Greg Chester of BRTU (406) 363-0033
Bitterroot Trout Unlimited photos – banquets, Bitterroot Buggers, and projects
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