2013 Bucket Brigade
by Jeff Nelson
Many thanks to all that attended which totaled 121 folks. Dan White recruited 30
Walmart associates with 41 of their family and friends from several stores including Summersville and Kimball. TU had 45 members with family and friends and DNR had 3 employees led by John Rebinski with his wife, Christine and daughter Erica too.
The Bucket Brigade got underway about 9:45 with John leading us in a moment
of silence in honor of Ernie and then Susan filled the first bucket to go down the line. Avery Orr handed it off with help from her granddad.
The lunch was donated from the Summersville Walmart store led by Dave & Cindy Herndon. Snacks and mid morning drinks were provided by Susan Nester and her sister Marci Brady.
Morning started a bit wet but never rained while on site. We moved
660 buckets which equated to 10 tons of limestone fines moved by everyone along the 1/4 mile trail to the dump site. The last bucket was carried down the entire line to the dump site by a young lad named Andrew with the Walmart contingent around 1:30pm.
Dan White reported the Walmart Foundation will donate $3000 to the next years limestone fines for the Middle Fork of the Williams River. Ken Eigenbrod our official photographer had 82 pictures uploaded to www.wvkvctu.org Facebook site so go and check them out.
Again thanks to everyone for their time and commitment. This event gives us all a chance to enjoy friends and family while doing something for our beautiful state fish.
A Special Thanks to Susan Nester & her sister Marci for contributing so much to this and being with us to continue Ernie's legacy.
Ernest E. (Ernie) Nester
December 25, 1937 - March 25, 2013
By Dennis Cottrill
It is with great sadness I must report the passing of Ernie Nester. On behalf of the KVCTU, I offer our sincerest condolences to Susan, Nancy, Jane, and all of Ernie’s extended family. Ernie served as the foundation upon which the original twelve members formed KVCTU and shepherded it’s growth throughout the years. Ernie was and is the epitome of TU’s motto of conserving, protecting and restoring West Virginia’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. WV’s trout fishermen off all ages and types owe a sincere debt to Ernie and his dogmatic efforts to grow and expand the fishery in the state.
Ernie’s down home appeal and demeanor no doubt helped him to
accomplish his goals, to borrow a quote from the Gazette’s John McCoy “He had an easy smile and an affable manner that put folks instantly at ease, and a manner of speaking that sounded very much as if someone had taken famed actor Jimmy Stewarts’s voice and transplanted it into a lanky civil engineers body”
We have all lost a friend and mentor, rest in peace Ernie, and “tight
The First WV Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Retreat
There were ten veterans and ten guides who attended the first PHWFF WV veterans
fly fishing retreat. The event was held March 19th, 20th and 21st at the Harman’s trophy fly fishing resort at Cabins, West Virginia. The weather
preceding the event was pretty wintery with 2-4 inches of snow on the 18th. By Tuesday the 19th the weather cleared and the temperatures began to rise. The wind was brisk ad the water was running high but clear. The ten warriors/veterans and their guides took to the water early Wednesday morning to sunny skies and 50 degree temps. The fishing was intense and very challenging but most of the warrior/veterans were able to have some success and by evening
several large rainbows were in the net.
The food was provided by the ladies of the North Fork Ruritan club just a
short ¼ mile from the entrance to the resort. Harman’s Cabins lies on
about one mile of private waters of the North Fork River, a branch of the South Branch of the Potomac River. The area is just a few miles from the Seneca Rocks National Recreation area. The North Fork (of the South Branch) as it is known is a great year round trout fishery with Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. There were two special guest guides who accompanied us on the trip. They were Jacob Ott, Manager of the Greenbrier Resort Sporting and fishing department, and Demian Wiles, professional guide with the Greenbrier Resort. Both guides do trips on many of the local streams and rivers in eastern West Virginia. The remainder of the guides were from Trout Unlimited and PHWFF.
Overall this early spring outing was a success and was enjoyed by all. My thanks to Kanawha Valley Chapter TU, Jacob Ott, Damian Wiles, Paul Wilson, Ken Hansford, Randall Augustine, Dennis Cottrill, Dewey Taylor, Paul Moore, and Mike Wells for the efforts to make this a successful fly fishing retreat.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
The Guilford Foundation for providing funds
to equip the warriors with complete fly rod setups, and rain jackets
The following sponsors provided funds for lodging, meals and
Mountain State Prosthetics, LLC
College Park Industries
Ossur North America, Inc.
Otto Bock US, Inc.
February Chapter Meeting - February 11, 2014
West Virginia has thousands of acres of natural landscape, including farms and forest that vanish each year in our state, never to be replaced. At this
Tuesday's chapter meeting, Terrell Ellis, Senior Program Manager and Brent Bailey, Executive Director of the West Virginia Land Trust will share how their organization is protecting West Virginia's special places, permanently!
South Charleston Public Library this Tuesday, February 11th, at 7PM.
ENCTU Annual Banquet - March 11, 2014
The Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Annual Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, at the Elks Club in Charleston, WV. The evening begins with a social hour starting at 5:45 P.M. Joe Zando will again be catering our dinner. There will be a cash bar with wine and beer during the evening.
Please help us extend our reach. Invite family, friends, and business
acquaintances to the Banquet.
Our Master of Ceremonies will be Steve Young, Chapter President. Steve will guide us through the evening events. Awards will be presented to
individuals and groups in recognition for their service to this past year.
Reservations are required, so please fill out and return the reservation form below. Along with bucket raffles and auctions we will have a Special Raffle Drawing with Premium Prizes. Raffle tickets are being sold by chapter members prior to and during the banquet for $2 each. “You are not required to be present to win the special raffle.”
“Friends of ENCTU” sponsorships are available at $200.00. Included in the sponsorship will be (2) food tickets, 20 bucket raffle tickets and a special drawing just for our sponsors.
There will be a variety of trips, equipment, and miscellaneous items to
raffle off. See attached list. Please contact Jeff Nelsen at (304) 768-3933 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with interest in selling the special raffle tickets, being a sponsor, helping with banquet or any other questions.
Please notice the reservation form will not be mailed but will be available in the February newsletter “Trout Lines” and at the links below. Please print and send in the reservation form to Tom Moody at the address on the form. (Make checks payable to ENCTU)
2014 Reservation Form
2014 Special Raffle Prizes and Auction Items
2014 Banquet Sponsors Letter and Form