Hello friends of Great Lakes Council of FFI,
We need your help to raise funds for two major priorities in 2022.
Our first priority is the James D. Schramm Scholarship awarded to a fisheries student at one of our Council’s universities. Each year we give a $1,000 scholarship to a master’s or doctoral level student planning a career in fisheries. Recent awardees include Nicole Watson, MSU; So Jung Youn, MSU; and Kelly Hoyer, CMU.
The second priority is the Great Lakes Council’s Conservation Grant program which supports conservation projects across our region. If we can fund these grants, Fly Fishers International will provide matching funds.
The conservation project we continue to support this year with a $1,500 grant is the Pere Marquette River Railroad Stream Bank Restoration. The Council plans to provide a grant to the Conservation Resource Alliance & Pere Marquette Watershed Council to help stabilize the stream bank along the railroad that runs adjacent to the upper PM fly water. If the eroding bank in this section is not stabilized, a train could end up in the river and threaten the health of the entire watershed.
Photos courtesy Jim Bos
We’re hoping all of our members will support these projects by generously donating $25 (brown level), $50 (rainbow level), $100 (brook level), or $150 (steelhead level).
You can specify which project your donation goes toward, or allow the executive board to make that decision on your behalf. Either way, you’ll help the Council continue our commitment to our education and conservation goals in the Great Lakes region.
Along with your donation, many companies also match or exceed an employee’s donation to a 501 c(3) organization such as the GLC. Please check with your company to see if they offer such a program to increase your total amount.
Also, if you plan to withdraw 10% from your conventional IRA, an amount that’s sent directly to the GLC from that account is not counted as income for 2022 taxes. Talk to your broker or financial planner for details on how to donate directly from your account.
Here’s how to donate:
- Stay online and pay with any credit card at www.ffiglc.org/donations.
- Write out a check to FFI Great Lakes Council and send it to me: Terry Greiner, 1570 Applecroft, Holt, MI 48842.
Thank you very much for your support of the Great Lakes Council.