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Rich Erickson was the recipient of the 2014 Gold Net Award at the State Council Banquet
Rich is approaching his 15th year of being a FVTU member.
Rich is a role model for all TU members, our children and grandchildren. He is a retired teacher and a very active volunteer in his community and church, yet he finds the time to be a real asset to Fox Valley Trout Unlimited and is a champion of our mission statement.
Rich has served as a Member of the Board of Directors or officer for most of his membership years. For years Rich has been the pace setter on our Habitat days working most of our younger members into the steam bed.
Rich has been the key player in the planning and management of the FVTU Fishing Day for People with Disabilities many years. For the past 12 Rich has been procuring bucket raffle and silent auction items for our yearly fund raiser Cabin Fever Days and has obtained many very valuable items to auction and raffle.
Give Rich something to build and he is right on it as soon as he designs it. There are Memorial Leapold benches for passed TU members and kiosk that bear his trademarks along some of Wisconsin’s most popular steams.
As with most people Rich has a flaw, he does not tie flies. However, he does a great job assisting fly tying demonstrators and representing FVTU at our chapter fly tying demonstrations.
Rich has also volunteered his services and has worked at many the State Council Banquets.......
On Behalf of Fox Valley Trout Unlimited, I would like to thank Rich Erickson for all that he has done to make our world a better place to live............ and fish.
Fox Valley Trout Unlimited
The first Saturday of Autumn 2013 was a fine day for doing stream restoration work on the White River. Students from Fox Valley Technical College, The Fox Valley TU, Central Wisconsin TU and the Elliot Donnelly Chapters under the direction of the 5 WDNR employees combined energy to utilize 100+ Christmas trees provided by the Boys from Rawhide. The trees were placed in braids of canary grass. After the trees were in place, they were silted-in using the WDNR’s new “Piranha”. This pumping device was used to remove silt from the stream bottom and fill voids in the dead Christmas trees and the braids. The purpose of this days effort was to redirect and maintain the streams direction and remove silt from the streams bottom to enhance fish habitat.
Per Shawn Sullivan, Habitat Supervisor from the Wild Rose Habitat station, “These Trout Unlimited Volunteers did the work in a ½ day that it would take a habitat crew a week to do. This is what Trout Unlimited is all about” …..”Preservation and Restoration of our Fresh Water Fisheries”