Outer Banks Anglers Club gears up for a busy year – The Coastland Times

The Outer Banks Anglers Club held its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 31, 2022. President Jeff Frye opened the meeting by welcoming all existing members and guests. He expressed his enthusiasm for the coming year and the events planned to increase the number of members and involve all members in the activities.

Jeff then introduced our keynote speaker, Mr. Jack Horst, a United States Navy veteran and now Vice Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary serving the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Mr. Horst told us that one of the missions of the Auxiliary is to promote boating safety and education. This is provided by courses taught at various schools and online. In addition, the Auxiliary supports search and rescue training at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and Boat Station Oregon Inlet. Interesting videos and photos were provided.

The business portion of the meeting focused on several topics, including club promotion, member recognition and benefits, education through targeted programs and hands-on clinics, and creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and part of something special. These ideals along with our past guiding principles will help promote our mission of fellowship and good fellowship.

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This is followed by a discussion of the upcoming tournament and various internal events. These are key to fulfilling our mission to use the lessons learned from our meetings, apply those skills, and then add some competition.

The first event is the annual Catfish Tournament and is scheduled for early April. This tournament is open to all members and fish can be caught by land or boat in North Carolina waters. There is a weigh-in and a cook in the afternoon after a day of fishing. Prizes and awards are given to the biggest fish.

The annual banquet is held in April at Captain George’s Restaurant. Members always appreciate this wonderful feature. It’s angler’s awards and recognition night, so it brings its own excitement and anticipation. Tickets on sale now.

The final item in the reunion are the drawings for the 50/50 winner and TW’s Bait and Tackle gift cards.

President Frye closed the meeting and challenged members to help grow the club and continue to promote fellowship and good fellowship through the implementation of the ideas discussed tonight. He wants to receive additional comments and ideas.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2022 at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church in Kitty Hawk. I hope to see everyone there. New members and guests are welcome.

– Submitted by Tony Lombardi


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