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March 2007 Minutes

Minutes of March 9, 2007 Federation meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 8:14 p.m. by President Tony Going. The following chapters were not in attendance: Clearwater; Cumberland County; Hawg Heaven; Hawg Stickers; North Jersey Bass Anglers; Tri-State.

The Minutes from the February 9, 2007 Federation meeting were read by Recording Secretary Nick Angiulo. The minutes were accepted via motion/second.

The Treasury Report was read by Treasurer John Carlone. The report was accepted via motion/second. John also indicated that club’s could advertise on the Federation website for a $20 per year fee.

The Tournament Report was given by Tournament Director Al Purdy. Al stated that he was collecting the Team Tournament final rosters. Additionally, he indicated that he would accept boater insurance information by mail for those who did not have it with their Team Tournament rosters. He asked that any such submissions include the angler’s club written on the document. Al also stated that the size limit for the Team Tournament would be 14 inches. He indicated that individuals could drive their boat to the tournament check-in on the tournament mornings and were not required to launch at North Bend Marina. However, he emphasized that for those who arrived earlier than the official practice days, it was not permitted to do any scouting, fishing, etc., prior to the official practice dates. In this regard, he noted that the Reservoir was off limits from the Monday through the Sunday before the first practice day. Al also stated that the “extra” boat drawing would occur at the April Federation meeting. In response to a question/request from the floor, Al indicated that the second day of the Team Tournament (Friday) would be a full fishing day rather than an abbreviated day as in the past.

Next, Executive Officer Honeywell stated that he could use further volunteers to help hold a “TBF’s Reel Kids” casting competition at the Pequest Hatchery on March 31 and April 1. He also asked for members to contribute any extra soft plastics they could for these events. Finally, he stated that he received a $500 donation for the Youth Fund from the North Jersey Guide Service (owned by Joe Poms).

President Going thanked both Forest and Dorothy Honeywell for running the casting event at the Edison Outdoor Show. He also thanked Show Director Joe Poms for manning the Federation booth at the outdoor shows. Tony stated that at the recent Suffern Show, Hank Parker was there and spent a great deal of time with the kids. He noted that Hank stated that going with the TBF was the right move for the federations.

Tony announced that the TBF had recently sent the Federation a check for $1070, representing the monies the Federation was entitled to for its youth and environmental funds based on its overall membership ($1 per member per fund). In this regard, Recording Secretary Angiulo read a letter from the TBF to all Federation members.

Vice President Mike Hart announced that Ranger Boats was sponsoring the Ranger Cup once again in conjucntion with the Federation point events. For each event, the top-placing Ranger owner would receive $500; the second placing owner would receive $300 and the third placing owner would receive $100. He emphasized that Ranger owners would have to enroll in the Ranger Cup to be eligible. He also noted that North Jersey Marine is offering money in each point event to the top-placing Ranger owner who purchased their boat from North Jersey Marine.

Secretary Stovall stated that the trophies/plaques and checks that were not distributed at the banquet would be sent to the recipients in the near future. He also thanked Dave Frost for coordinating the event. He and Tony noted that more participation would be desirable for future banquets.

Tony indicated that Lowrance was recently purchased by another company and fired its former President. However, Tony stated that the Federation’s contract with Lowrance for 2007 was still in effect.

The room raffle was held for the Team Tournament. The winning club, the Bass Assassin 6, will receive three free rooms at the Crossroads Inn, which is the tournament headquarters.

Tournament Committee Director Marty Klapa stated that he is still looking for locations for the 2008 schedule and welcomes any suggestions within a 200 mile radius of Trenton. Suggestions can be e-mailed to him at <>.

A raffle for a large tackle box was won by Dan McGarry. The $86 received from the raffle will go to the General Fund.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m.
Submitted by Nick Angiulo, Recording Secretary