Captain Ray Alley
Our May Membership meeting speaker will be addressing ‘On the Water Safety’. Recently there have been club members that have expressed a concern regarding our safety while enjoying our favorite pastime – being on the water. Regardless if you are on a boat, navigating through Kayaks and canoes or peacefully enjoying your favorite stretch of river, we all need to think – safety first. Many club members do not know this, but Ray Alley, our past club President and resident Striper fisherman, is also a Licensed Captain and certified instructor and trainer for the United States Power Squadron on boating and safety.
He will be talking about boating safety for the fisherman. His certification with the United States Power Squadrons includes trainer for Inland Navigator, Coastal Navigator and practical on the water. He also has a 50- ton Master License with the United States Coast Guard.
The above certificates require specific classes to gain the knowledge and then on the water demonstration of skills to become certified. Ray has spent countless hours studying boating safety with the United States Power Squadrons to learn how to teach and instruct safe operation of power boats.
His experience and knowledge regarding safe boating skills also allows him to be an expert witness or consultant. He has also participated in and taught at IBWSS (International Boating and Water Safety Summit) which draws organizations worldwide to attend a week long conference once a year to learn and share about boating and water safety.
Ray constantly strives to educate and inform safety on the water. He is qualified to teach and certify the Boat Tennessee course that is required of anyone born after 1989 to operate a boat.
His favorite course is teaching new boaters how to handle and maneuver their own boats. This course is the favorite of spouses, no yelling, no cursing and most of all – no tears. His wife’s words, not his.
If you have any questions regarding any training or courses, just ask Ray. We know he likes to keep the meetings moving in a timely manner, but he will answer any and all questions or concerns you might have.
The Clean-Up will be on Saturday 2/25. We will meet at the parking area near the Tim’s Ford Dam after breakfast.
We are hoping the weather will be favorable this year.
The club’s second scheduled outing this year is, as always, to the Elk River for February 24th, 25th and 26th. The Elk River Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th. We will be meeting for breakfast prior to going to the dam at Woodard’s Market & Deli, 1415 Fayetteville Hwy, Lynchburg, TN, at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning.(Put that address into your GPS if you’re not sure about where it is). Woodard’s is a large grocery/deli/gas station (Shell) on the left as you are leaving Lynchburg at the junction of Highways 50 and 55. The telephone number there is 931-759-7227.
After breakfast, we will leave from there on the short drive to the dam to begin the cleanup. After the cleanup is completed, of course, we hope, and plan to get in some good fly fishing!
The club will provide all the “grabbers” to pick up the trash and the bags to hold it. If you have your own “grabber” and want to bring it, please do.
Also, that weekend, some club members may be camping at Tims Ford State Park starting on Wednesday at the campground.. If you are planning on camping there prior to the cleanup on Saturday, call Tim’s Ford State Park now to reserve a space. You can call them at 931-962-1183.
2017 Outing Schedule
Month Date – Location Outing Leader
January 1-1 – Freeze Out Ray Alley
February 24-26 – Elk River Cleanup Mickey Holton
March 10-12 – Elk/Duck River (Tim’s Ford)
TBD – Panama City, FL Pete Shack
April 15-16 – Chattahoochee (GA) Tony Evans
May 5-15-17 – Cherokee Tom Keeton
June 23-25 – Caney Fork Ray Alley
– Cast Iron Cooking Ray Alley
July 19-23 – SOHO Joel Dean
August 18-20 – Elk Rive/Duck River Randy McKernan
TBD Montana Outing
September 20-24 – Cumberland River Terry Gerdes
October 18-22 – White River Larry Rollins
November 3-5 – Elk River / Duck River
December 6 – Social Tom Keeton
We have made some changes to the by-laws here is a summary of the changes. You can click on the links below. The Current By-Laws are before the changes, the Proposed By-Laws show the changes and mark ups of the document. If you have any questions please contact one of the officers or board members. These changes will be up for discussion at our September (9/7/2016) meeting with a vote for the changes in the October (10/5/2016) general membership meeting.
Current By-Laws Link
Proposed By-Laws Link
5.2 Board of Directors – Removed the word Executive. It now reads The Officers, assisted by the Directors, …
5.2 Board of Directors – Moved the information about Executive Directors to 5.3 Executive Board of Directors. Detailed who are the Executive Board members.
5.3 Committee Directors – is now 5.4 Committee Directors we changed Under the guidance of the Board of Directors… to Committee Directors are appointed by the Executive Board…
6.2.4 Election and Appointments of Directors – we added or the President
6.2.8 Removal, Resignation, – We clarified the attendance rule by removing fails to attend three (3) consecutive meetings… by adding a subsection 126.96.36.199 and stating Should an Executive Board of Directors fail to attend three (3) consecutive regular meetings of the Board of Directors;
Elections were held during the October meeting for officers. Below are the Officers, Board members and Directors for MTFF.
President is Tom Keeton
Vice President Marcus Pipkin
Secretary Terry Gerdes
Treasurer Joel Dean
Web Director Ray Alley
Membership Director Randy Gerdes
Education Director Mike Kingston
Merchandise Director Larry Rollins