January 24, 2003

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By Coco Davenport

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Wow, was it cold! We did a lot of huddling around the fire in the lodge at Homer Martin Ranch.

Friday evening we stoked up the fire, had a great pot luck dinner, played some games and visited. Saturday morning after breakfast, Diane Blair taught about 10 of us how to tie a wooly bugger. Diane is a great teacher, and we made several to bring home. Diane even gave each of us a nice box to house our new flies. Then the tiers left to join Ronnie Ray and the wade fishers. Many brave souls went wade fishing, and a few more made it as far as the riverbank to huddle around another fire. The fish were less than cooperative, but a good time was had by all.

Saturday evening our dear friends, Abby Golman and Annie White, offered casting classes before our Pot Luck dinner. After dinner, Frances Hamm announced the winning bids from our silent auction. Frances and Lavene Jones did a magnificent job soliciting donations and arranging them for bidding. The auction was great fun and very profitable for the club. Items up for bid included a Clearwater rod and reel, donated by Orvis of Austin, a four-piece travel rod donated by Austin Angler, a fly rod and reel donated by Dallas Fly Fishers, several chest packs donated by Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance, Columbia waders donated by Too Chickie, as well as an assortment of flies, books, and other gear donated by TWFF members and others.  The high bidders went home with some great new gear obtained at bargain-basement prices, and the TWFF coffers were increased by about $700. A huge thanks are due to Frances for her efforts in putting together another great silent auction!

Another great aspect of this outing was the presence of lots of guys! Having Steve (Debi’s husband), Jim (Kerri’s husband), Robert (Sheila Anderson’s husband), Ronnie (Sherri’s husband) and Richard (Diane’s husband) along made it even more fun. Some of them spent a good bit of time in the kitchen, and the results were much appreciated.

Sunday morning, we held a brief business meeting and election of officers. We had seven e-mailed votes from members who could not come—a special thanks to those who e-mailed in their votes. The proposed changes to the bylaws all passed.

Our new President is Sherri Ray; our new 2nd Vice President is Becky Hand. Our new trustees are Sheila Anderson and Audrey Ambrose. Kerri Stephenson and Sheila Anderson are our new historians. TWFF officers presented a plaque to outgoing president Constance Whiston, which was inscribed, “In appreciation to Constance Whiston, Founding President, TWFF 2001–2003: Thank you for your innovative spirit, your time, your dedication and your hard work for the Texas Women Fly Fishers.”

A great time was had by one and all. It is always a pleasure to meet at Homer Martin’s Ranch…no matter the weather.


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