In This Issue
Steelheader Meetings

Association ExCom Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Association Office, 6641 Se Lake Road, Milwaukie
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President Bill Kremers

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver
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Acting President Gregg Robinson
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, Pappy's Pizzeria 4261 Barger Drive next to Winco, Eugene
Special Christmas theme.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, United Church of Christ, 15303 SE Webster Road, Oak Grove
Christmas Party with extra door prizes and a special drawing.  Everyone is welcome.
For More Info:
President  Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: ODFW's South Santiam Hatchery Manager, Brett Boyd will discuss 2015 spawn operations.
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President George Larson

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S Highway 213, Molalla
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7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg
Guest Speaker: Jack Glass. A guided trip for two with Jack will be raffled off during the meeting.
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey, 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 Third Street, Tillamook
Guest Speaker: Terry Mulkey with a great guide's tune up presentation for the upcoming steelhead season, followed by a Gift Exchange of new or used items worth $20 or more. There will be a bonus $100 gift!
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, City of Keizer Community Center (at City Hall), 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
Guest Speakers: Bill Taylor, pro fishing guide on the Siletz and Alsea rivers, and Dave from Dave's Tangle-Free Leads. 
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Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
Annual holiday lunch with guest speaker Deschutes River guide Brad Staples. 
President John Laing
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 10, Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha
For More Info:
President Tom VanderPlaat
(503) 783-6228
Hall of Fame: 
Celebration of Partnerships
Top insert, Collin O'Mara, Keynote Speaker. Center awards: Doug Briggs, Foot Soldier; Larry Palmer, President's; Joe Rohleder, Celebrity. Bottom awards: Northwest Guides and Anglers, Affiliate; Tim Wilson, Member of the Year; Tualatin Valley, Chapter of the Year.

The November 14 Hall of Fame was an opportunity to celebrate the partnerships that enable Steelheaders to leverage their funds several times over.
 Bob Oleson and Joe Rohleder were inducted as this year's celebrities due to the great work they do together in the legislature to benefit fish and anglers. The companies that support our mission were recognized. The keynote address was given by Collin O'Mara, President of our affiliate, the National Wildlife Federation. Doug Briggs was inducted into the Hall of Fame as the hard-working foot soldier that he is. Tualatin Valley earned Chapter of the Year, while Tim Wilson was honored as Member of the Year. Larry Palmer received a President's Award, not only for the decades of work that he's done for Steelheaders, but for his leadership of the clinics the Sandy River Chapter has done with ODFW. 

Those in attendance enjoyed playing games and bidding on silent auction items in the spacious area outside the banquet room. There were lots of activities, many friendships renewed, and an enjoyable program while everyone ate dinner. Steelheaders had the best-ever financial bottom line. All in all, a very successful evening. Please patronize our sponsors:

Register Now for
Family Fish Camp

Family Fish Camp is approaching rapidly, and our first annual event has something for EVERY angler! Whether you're a beginning angler (or know of one), or an experienced angler who simply wants to learn from the pros, you'll want to register RIGHT AWAY for the January 15th - 17th event.

Those participants new to sportfishing will learn:
* How to rig for trout, salmon and steelhead
* How to read water to fish most effectively
* How to safely fish our most productive waters
* How to read regulations
* How to prepare your catch for consumption
* And much, much more!

Experienced anglers will learn from experts such as pro guides Chris Vertopoulos, Grant Putnam and Bob Rees:
* Winter steelhead tactics
Spring Chinook fishing Tillamook Bay
Crossing the Tillamook Bay Bar
Which Tillamook County systems fish best for each specific species
Bobber and jig fishing for steelhead
Sidedrifting techniques for steelhead
And much, much more!

The event will be held at Camp McGruder near Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast. Participant cost includes two nights of overnight accommodations and five meals over the two-day/two-night event. Call the Association office (503) 653-4176 or e-mail to register. You can also learn more and register from our website. We look forward to having you there and invite all those who may be interested in this action-packed event!
Vancouver Oil Terminal
Hearing Scheduled 
We all deal with a little bit of risk every day. When will the big earthquake hit? Will a drunk driver swerve our way? Will the river temps be so hot we can't fish? There's only so much we can do about most of the big risks in life.
But salmon face a huge, new, and needless risk from the oil companies that want to export America's volatile shale oil reserves down the Columbia River to compete with OPEC on the global energy market.
The proposed Vancouver Energy oil export terminal would be the largest oil terminal in the nation - capable on initial build to export 400% of the oil that the entire state of Oregon consumes every day.
The risk of a Valdez-style oil tanker disaster is only one of the risks our salmon face. The unconventional shale oil that's fracked out using solvents is much more volatile than the conventional crude we normally consume from Alaska. The risk of train derailments caused by failed brakes, landsides, or vandalism takes on a whole new level of concern when the blast zone is thousands of feet on either side of the rail line.
With the oil tankers on the river, the Coast Guard warns that "Security Zones" stretching form bank to bank, escorted by armed USCG patrol, will "identify friend or foe" from every boater on the water. On a hog-line, trolling, trying to get home, or trying to land a fish, there will be some version of a "showing your license and proof of registration" every time one of the tankers goes by.
Not your cup of tea to invite all this risk for oil they're not even going to sell to us? Well join the Steelheaders on January 5th at the Clark County Fairgrounds for the only public hearing on this proposal west of Spokane. Or comment onlineWant to know more and get even more involved? Contact our office, 503-653-4176, and we'll loop you in. 
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