President's Report

by Mark Taylor
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 2019 Newsletter)

At the January 29th meeting the newly elected officers were voted in to lead this great Association for the next year. I was elected to be President and I will continue to do my best to lead with the newly elected officers. Congratulations to the other newly elected officers John Toth (1st VP), Bill Browne (2nd VP), Doug Tegeder (Treasurer), Paul Turi (Corresponding Secretary), Paul Haertel (Membership Secretary). No member volunteered to be Recording Secretary this year. If you are interested in that position please contact me.

As you should have read in past newsletters, we are holding a different kind of monthly meeting this February. JCAA is usually a closed meeting for member clubs to conduct business. On February 26th for the first time we will be holding an open meeting to invite any associate member or non-member club that is interested in seeing how JCAA holds its meeting. I hope to see some new faces at that meeting.

It is time for the flea markets and outdoor shows. JCAA had a table at the 2019 Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series on February 9th. We would like to thank George Poveromo and the Salt Water Magazine for the opportunity to be present during the seminar to promote JCAA. We will also have a booth at the Atlantic City Boat Show (February 27th to March 3rd) which is coming fast and Salt Water Fishing Expo (March 15th to 17th). As always, we are looking for volunteers to work the booth on those dates. If you or a member of your club can volunteer some hours to promote JCAA, please contact me ASAP. I am putting a volunteer list together now. My contact information is mtsport64@aol (subject: Show Volunteer) and 732-245-9445.

Past President Paul Haertel and his wife Linda outdid themselves coordinating the 2nd Annual JCAA Beefsteak Dinner on February 16th. I would like to give a big thanks to the Forked River Tuna Club for the use of their facility. Everybody that attended enjoyed the presentation by Paul Haertel on JCAA. We also had another great presentation on trolling with wire and braid for Striped Bass by Anthony Maja of Tony Maja Products. Anthony, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do your presentation. If you missed it this time don’t miss next time.

JCAA is looking at ways to cut expenses. As you know, a dollar is not going as far as it used to. One of the areas that we are looking at is the newsletter. The cost of print has gone up and a lot of other organizations are going to an electronic Newsletter. We are looking to go more electronic on the newsletter and only print the necessary copies. If you are currently getting a hard copy and would like to help by getting an electronic copy, email us at jcaa@jcaa.org or calling the office at 732-506-6565.

The Fluke Tournament Committee is already working on this year’s Annual Fluke Tournament. The fluke tournament this year will be held on June 15th and the awards presentations on June 20th.

I have been at some of the member clubs to speak. If you would like me or an officer to speak at your club, please send an email to mtsport64@aol.com and in the subject put “Speak at Club.”

The next JCAA General Meeting is February 26th at 385 Herbertsville Road, Brick NJ, 08724. Mark your calendar for the meeting in March which is on the 26th. Remember, JCAA is always here for you, but we need more people to get involved to help protect the future of our fisheries.

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