President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2021 Newsletter)

I think that I can say for all of us that we are HAPPY to see the end of 2020! We have been prisoners in our own homes and curtailed in doing the many activities and events that we are used to having. I have been involved for many years with the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County by joining it in the 1970ís and now as the clubís president. As president, I have had to cancel several of our clubís meetings during 2020 and even the January and February meetings in 2021. We always have a very good time enjoying the clubís Christmas/Hanukkah party with Santa Claus distributing gifts and members bringing in trays of food for a delicious banquet and I hated to also cancel this 2020 December meeting.

The JCAA had its share of cancellations with our annual Fluke Tournament and our annual Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Member, Paul Haertel, tried to start a new JCAA Blackfish Tournament, but COVID-19 curtailed participation and Paul had to pull the plug on it. With the cancellation of these fundraising events for the JCAA, our treasury has taken a major hit. Consequently, your financial support of the JCAA during this difficult time is helpful to keep it going in its mission to represent the fishing rights of all anglers who fish in our state. Please send a contribution to the JCAA office located at 1594 Lakewood Road, Toms River, NJ 08755 to help the JCAA stay in action to represent you in all the fishing battles we continue to fight for you! Any amount, large or small, would be most appreciated!

With the rollout of the new vaccines, there is light at the end of the tunnel for 2021! The distribution of it is in progress, but it may take time to reach most of us. When we can begin to reach some level of normalcy still remains to be seen. Hopefully, we can resume our JCAA annual Fluke Tournament sometime in June or August of 2021 and our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner in November.

What we all have to do is to remain optimistic during this troubled time not only for ourselves and our families, but for all of the fishing organizations we represent. This COVID-19 will pass in time and our nation will survive it! Always look forward to tomorrow!

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