Sportsperson of the Year Dinner November 11th

by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2018 Newsletter)

On Sunday, November 11th, 2018 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. Tickets this year are $80.00 per person and $650 for a table of 10. There will be a cocktail hour with a cash bar and a full course meal. To reserve your tickets, call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at blueangray@comcast.net.

This year’s sportsperson-of-the-year is Arnie Ulrich, a member of the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association.

Here is Arnie Ulrich’s bio as presented to the JCAA membership and nominated by the HFRA:

“There is no other more deserving person than Arnie Ulrich for the JCAA Sportsperson-of-the-year award. This HRFA member has been a super-active participant from the year he joined in 1979. Arnie has held every office except treasurer including the maximum three years as our leader and president. Probably most importantly, he has served as our membership secretary for many years and has literally enrolled thousands of members over the years not to mention keeping accurate tabs on those late with dues and getting timely renewal notices out every year. Arnie also is a major organizer of fishing trips for both association members and their friends. He is responsible for annual trips to fish for cod, pollack, and haddock in Maine and has yearly local trips which usually run out of Belmar for fluke, blackfish and flounder in their appropriate seasons. The man is an expert angler for all of these species with stripers and bluefish also in his bag of tricks. Arnie has frequently been a guest speaker for our group and others where he gives great advice to new anglers seeking to up their scores. His selfless and generous donation of time to the HRFA and NJ fishing in general probably exceeds any other person qualified for this superb honor.

Arnie Ulrich has represented the HRFA at the regular and special meetings of the JCAA. He has attended countless meetings all over the state that are in the best interests of salt water anglers from both New York and New Jersey. His love for the Hudson River is doubtless as sincere as his commitment to the HRFA and all the other fishing groups he supports. He has received HOFNOD training and is always helping kids such as our Hooked on the Hudson spring function where he cuts bait and helps the kids rig up.

Arnie is the most likeable man in the HRFA. He always has a smile and easy-going attitude that makes him a go-to guy whenever a project or campaign needs leadership. He has been in charge of our awards dinners on many occasions and also has been a key computer expert for our annual December HRFA auction. He’s served on nominating committees, bylaws committees, and many groups and functions. If there is a contest or function run by the club or JCAA, you can count on Arnie to participate. He just served as the Jersey City port weigh master for the 2017 fluke tournament where one of our members caught the biggest fluke of all. If his help or participation was needed for our Hudson River Striper/Bluefish Derby, Lake Ontario Catfish Chaos contest, or ASAC tournaments, Arnie will be involved every time!

His value to the club has always been recognized as proven by our most cherished internal award, the Pete Barrett plaque, which was earned soon after the award originated. If the HRFA had a Hall of Fame like pro baseball, Arnie would be one of the original six inducted for at least six admirable traits that make him so deserving; loyalty, dedication, angling skills, longevity, organization, and pure hard work.

Arnie also serves as NJOA membership secretary. The result is a more efficient system, current membership listings, timely renewal notices, timely responses to new members. (Same as he has done for the HRFA)

Arnie has consistently volunteered at NJOA events such as the wild-game dinner and sportsman's shows.

He has and continues to work in the background providing the support needed to successfully complete projects such as "Pots off the Reefs," HODNOD and the Sparta Mountain issue.

Regarding the JCAA Fluke Tournament in Jersey City, Arnie volunteers. However, he is also the driver that makes it happen. Again, he is always working in the background.

With respect to being the JCAA rep. for the HRFA; few people appreciate the effort involved. For the JCAA, Arnie drives 2 to 3 hours for a 1-1 1/2 hour meeting.

Meeting attendance is important. Not only does it keep the HRFA involved in current issues, it also supports the JCAA so that it can continue to fight for NJ Anglers. Recently, Arnie volunteered to be the HRFA representative to the NJ Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. He is one of the original contributors to HOH and is still involved.”

On a personal note, as Fluke Tournament Director for JCAA for the last five years, whenever I asked Arnie to be a weighmaster for Jersey City, he never wavered. This year he called me the night before the tournament to tell me he injured his back and could not be the weighmaster. He assured me not to worry, he would get someone to fill in. While on his back lying on the floor in pain he made phone calls to make sure the port was covered for our tournament.

And, as always, I am in need of door prizes and Chinese Auction and Silent Auction prizes. If you have something to donate, please contact me at (609) 709-9215 or email me at pturi72@gmail.com. It would help if each of our member clubs donated a prize or solicited bait and tackle shops that its members support. As it looks right now we are going to have to purchase a lot of prizes for the dinner.

Remember, bring your significant other. I always have prizes for the ladies too!

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