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Dec 2020 FlyCaster

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Alberta Fish and Game Affiliation 2021 Update
As 2021 approaches it will be time for you, our valued members to renew your membership with the Edmonton Trout Club.
As you know we are an affiliated club with our parent organization; The Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA).
You will probably see that an increase has been added to your affiliation dues. The nominal increase of $17.00 to now a total affiliation cost of $45.00 per member. (Last year it was $28.00). Your club fees are $45.00 and lake gate key fee of $10.00 now bring the total membership cost to $100.00 annually per member.

There are a few factors that affected this increase and we want to ensure that you are informed on why this had to happen.
Please review the message below “The Perfect Storm, and how it affects the AFGA”, and “AFGA Letter to Clubs and Zones”.    Through that presentation and letter you will see and read that many factors played into the AFGA looking at how they could ensure to move forward during this year of upheaval in 2020. It explains it in point form and why a “Special Resolution” was forwarded for an important vote on October 23rd in which the majority of AFGA clubs voted 87% in favor to support the affiliation increase.
So how does the AFGA affect us here at the Trout Club?
And why do we want to continue being affiliated?
Firstly, we at the Edmonton Trout Club take advantage of the group insurance coverage offered to the club and you the member. This group coverage allows us a substantial cost savings in getting insurance (which we need for our property, executive and individual members).
Secondly, being a part of the largest and oldest conservation organization in the province gives us a voice in our fisheries future and a myriad of issues that affect us as users of the resource. AFGA speaks on our behalf and has for over one hundred years on matters that ensure that we can enjoy all that our great outdoors has to offer. Please see below the “AFGA Recent Accomplishments” to see how hard the organization works on our behalf.
There are also many other benefits such as a magazine subscription, discounts at retailers and other perks that come with belonging to the AFGA. Please see below the “AFGA Benefits” portion of this message.
Lastly our club Edmonton Trout) just received last year a grant of $1000 from the AFGA to help with the infrastructure needs at our lake property and the AFGA Head office has been more than willing to help and set up a library in the office to house our valuable library that we had stored in the basement of the Queen Mary Hall. This alone will be a great cost saving to the club.
To sum up the message, no one like’s an increase, but this one as your executive stated in a recent meeting was a “no brainer’. What we offer through our club facilities and our lake property, plus our involvement with AFGA and its partnership with a group of over 70 clubs throughout Alberta, ensures that we at the Edmonton Trout Club are doing the best for you the member and our club.

We hope you choose to continue being a member, and enjoying all that the Edmonton Trout Club and the AFGA has to offer.