August 6, 2013
Good day to each of you. As the President of the Texas Association of Bass Clubs, I get all of the unpleasant tasks that no one else wants or will take. But occasionally something really good happens and I am thrilled that I am the President and I had the opportunity to be involved.
This past Friday, August 2nd two things happened. One I turned 67 years young and two, I had the opportunity to drive about 250 or so miles round trip to cook hot dogs for about 30 or so “very special” special needs children and their care givers. The Texas Game Wardens headed up by our own Randi Wayland sponsored some 30 special needs children to a day of fishing and fun. Several of the local “die hard fishermen” Dave Cole, Dave Glenny, Stan Foltz and Robert Rose just to name a few gave up the day to give back. If I could possibly bottle their smiles at the end of the day, I would be a millionaire. As I sat and watched these children with much simpler minds than ours, I was reminded how great it was just to be fishing. Catching wasn’t nearly as important as being on the water, breathing without worry for just a few minutes of their lives. Laughing and yes even crying at the sight of a child having the time of his/her life. This gang is what we the “quote grass roots fishermen” of this state started TABC some 42 years ago. I look around me and still see a few of us from that first class. There are those of us who can remember when it took a regional tournament just to qualify for the State Championship Tournament and what a honor it was to represent your club. Great clubs like San Antonio, Lufkin, Cowtown 100, Victoria, Austin Bass Club and many many more worked hard each year to make that trip to the State Tournament. It’s sad to see how we have slipped backwards. Our loyalty and transparencies that were so necessary to continued growth seemed to have disappeared over the years and as things would be, we have taken more backward steps than forward.
I inherited an organization that was on the verge of bankruptcy and insolvency. Over the past seven years we have hoped that of all the things we wanted to achieve, loyalty and transparency would be at the top of our list. I sure hope you think we have achieved this. We hold 5 or 6 meetings over the course of the year and NONE of these are closed to any of you. All meetings are open and believe me we would love to see some of you, any of you at them. We have had maybe three or four visitors and almost immediately they have asked to become involved in the leadership process. Of course, we have accepted. Just so you know, it is extremely hard to have a meeting and not have representation from each division or clubs. How can we possibly guess what you guys are thinking and even more what you want us to do? As we make our rounds of the clubs, we get the same question “what do I get for my 20 dollars”? We’re not sure how to answer that but would love to discuss this over dinner at the State Tournament.
In just about six or seven weeks we will be hosting the State Championship Tournament on the mighty Sam Rayburn Reservoir. I have made several trips to the Sam Rayburn area trying to secure a tournament for the East Texas contingency. Director Bill Ramsey had made trips and spoken to many people trying to secure this tournament and is as frustrated as I am overall. My Vice President, Ed Parten has made trips trying to talk to people and even with this and us being involved with the new pavilion at Castle Boykins park we were still unsuccessful in securing the necessary financing and help we needed to have a tournament. With all that said, the folks on the Jasper end of the lake stepped up and gave us some help. We believe that when this tournament is over and they realize the economic impact we will make, they will be happy to have us back real soon.
Right now looks like about 26 or 27 teams for the Rayburn. Maybe one or two more before tournament day. With that said, we really look forward to this tournament. Please support our local hotel and motels on the lake and leave the ones in town to someone else or as a last resort. I look forward to seeing each of you at the lake and am anxious to report our successes and yes our failures to you
God Bless each of you and please say a prayer for our Country and our troups
As I said last year, I will close with this. I would love to be fishing with my club team but do not feel it is right for me to do so. If any of you would like to be president, please, please, please place your name up for nomination. I promise you, you will win. If you would like to be part of my staff, please let us know. There is more work that volunteers to complete that work. Otherwise, play nice.
As always, my thanks to
Debbie Black who is my best arm
Glenda Summers who keeps impeccable books
And of course all of the Directors and Directors at
Large who actually run this train. Me, I am so blesses to know these
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