March 26 Outing & April 13 Meeting Cancelled

I’m sending this message to you on behalf of Club President Sam Sellard. Sam has been laid off by the Eastern Shore Post, and is temporarily unable to send a message to club members via our database file. For future reference, in the short term at least, Sam can be reached at this email address: mako221@verizon.net, not at his email address at the Post.
Immediate CancellationsDue to governmental requests and health advisories related to COVID-19, the officers have reluctantly decided to cancel the March 26 outing at Atlantic Dam and the April 13 members meeting at the Sage Diner in Onley.
Future EventsThe status of future events is up in the air, and we’ll be making decisions about those in the near future. That includes the April 19 flounder outing, Apr. 26 kids surf outing, and May 11 members meeting. 
Good NewsOn a happier note, we’re grateful to all of you who attended and contributed to the annual banquet earlier this month. With some 140 attendees and a great auction, we had a very successful event, and, of course, were very lucky that it was held before the current health crises spread. Thanks to all of you.
Also, membership renewals have been strong, and we thank you for that. Including family members, we now have over 250 people who are part of the club. If you are among the few who have not renewed yet, please do so. There’s a form on our website if you have lost the letter we sent earlier in the year – http://www.esanglersclub.org/join/. Dues are $10 for a single membership and $15 for family, and can be sent to: P. O. Box 415, Accomac, VA 23301. By the way, the Board of Directors last month changed the membership year so that effective immediately our membership year will run from March 1 through the end of February each year. You have to be a paid member in order to submit fish to the annual fish contest, which runs from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. 
Lastly, we advocated last year for transfer of menhaden management from the Virginia legislature to the VMRC, and that has happened. The governor recently signed legislation that has already taken effect, making the VMRC responsible for the management of this important species in Virginia, and this will be especially important for Chesapeake Bay.

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