Beginning at the September meeting, our chapter is relocating the general membership meeting venue from the Brentwood VFW to Grazie! Event Center in Wexford. Some of you will remember that this is the venue where we held our 50th Anniversary Banquet last fall.
After a detailed membership study, we discovered that 2/3 of our membership live north of the Parkway. While the Brentwood VFW has served us well, it was a difficult location to get to, and not an optimal location for the majority of our members. We formed a Search Committee which carefully evaluated several venues against more than a dozen criteria. We found that Grazie! is within a 15 minute drive for one out of three members, and within a 30 minute drive for three out of four members.
Other factors than drive time that went into the decision were:
*Grazie is close to Cabin Fever, and our Project Waters –
Pine Creek and Little Pine Creek, two of our major program events.
*One our stated strategies is to attract more youth and female anglers into the chapter. We have sent four youths from the Wexford/Gibsonia area to River’s Fly Fishing Camp the past two years, which is a good nucleus. Also, the venue is more suited for youth and
Grazie’s Chef, Ryan, has also agreed to offer exclusive Trout Unlimited food and beverage specials on the night of the meetings. So for those of us who come straight from work, we can enjoy a bite to eat before the activities begin. There is also a patio out back that we can use to smoke cigars and tell fish tales after the speaker finishes up.
Come join us at Grazie!, starting in September of 2014. More details to follow.