This is the largest annual meeting held in Colorado for TU members, chapters, leaders and supporters. This 3-day weekend is packed with workshops, presentations on important conservation issues and current projects, the annual business meeting for Colorado TU where new officers will be elected, plenty of time for networking, sharing ideas and socializing, and a Saturday evening banquet featuring delicious food and presentation of CTU's annual awards plus a keynote address from National TU CEO/President Chris Wood. This weekend is great for all members (new and old), chapter leaders and anyone interested in what Trout Unlimited in Colorado needs to accomplish this year to protect our cold water resources.
The theme for Rendezvous 2017 is Homewaters. Colorado contains 24 local chapters with their own homewater rivers and streams that all face unique challenges and issues. This year's Rendezvous will help chapter leaders and TU members tackle the issues happening in their own backyard with help from National and Colorado TU staff, industry experts and organizational partners! From agriculture partnerships to mine drainage to urban rivers, we'll have sessions covering all different types of challenges facing our rivers so those in attendance can take back to their chapter useful information on protecting and restoring their local homewaters and fisheries.
We have lined up speakers this year that will help us explore solutions, inspire new ideas, and develop projects on your chapter's local waterways. We also want each chapter to share their homewater projects and success stories with us! New this year, we will be featuring a Poster Session that will be set up all weekend including for the Saturday night cocktail hour. These posters will help share each chapter's stories on the projects and issues facing their homewater streams. We hope that all 24 chapters are represented in this poster board session (even if no one from the chapter can make Rendezvous, we hope you can send a poster board to share your local work with other TU members!). Please contact Shannon Kindle for details on the poster session!
Friday afternoon will consist of a Chapter Leaders Summit that will address the challenges facing all chapters from retaining members, to developing projects, to diversifying your membership. Friday evening we will hold a social event complete with beer, heavy hors d'eouvres, and casting! There will be a silent auction plus fly casting demos, instruction, and contests for a chance to win some awesome prizes and connect with other TU members and professionals. On Saturday, we will hold the CTU board meeting and begin our Homewaters workshops. The Saturday night banquet will feature a delicious meal and presentation of CTU's annual awards to chapters and volunteers for their distinguished work. We will also be hosting Trout Unlimited CEO and President, Chris Wood, as the keynote speaker.
Sunday morning will contain more Homewaters workshops and a chance to network with other chapter and state leaders. This is a weekend you don't want to miss!
For more information, please contact Shannon Kindle SKindle@tu.org.