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    The Greater Upper Valley chapter (#226) is an educational, charitable organization covering a wide geographic area of Vermont and adjacent New Hampshire. Chapter members meet regularly throughout the year, mixing food, fun and fishing with educational programs and conservation projects.

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    Our mission is to protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain coldwater fisheries and their watersheds within our region for this and future generations.
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2015 Banquet Invitation

Sunday April 19 – 4 PM to 8 PM

The Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, VT

Live Auction items (fishing trips, overnight stays, golf outings, rod/reel outfits, flies and more).

Grand prize raffle item (Orvis glass fly rod, 8 ft. 5 wt. with Orvis reel and 5 wt. line) and lots of great raffle items and door prizes.

New this year — Buffet dinner with pot roast, chicken and vegy stir fry.

Tickets on sale NOW.  $35 per ticket.

Order yours today by contacting us.



–2009 Banquet–

2009 marks the 40th Anniversary of our Chapter and the 50th Anniversary of Trout Unlimited.  To celebrate this milestone, our Chapter held a fundraising banquet on Sunday, April 19th, from 4-9pm at the historic Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, Vermont. Originally anticipating 80 attendees, the event was filled to capacity and completely sold out at 120. The cozy ambience of the historic setting, hotelier David Briggs’ professional and courteous Coolidge staff, and delicious comfort food served home-style, were the perfect backdrop for our first large social gathering in a decade.  The night only improved under the spell of well known public media personality and raconteur, Willem Lange, who graciously donated his time to the cause and delivered a masterpiece of self-deprecation that had the crowd in stitches.


Prior to dinner, guests from around New England had a chance to mingle, enjoy a cocktail, and catch up–the smiles and laughter growing as fast as the size of the fish.  The Banquet Committee and some other dedicated Chapter members worked diligently to see that the banquet ran smoothly, and to provide attendees with a superb selection of door, raffle, and auction items for guests to ogle and take home after a little luck and friendly competition. Among the rods, reels, artwork, gift certificates, clothing, etc., there was an 8-foot table filled almost exclusively with donated fly boxes filled with flies tied (mostly) by chapter members! Grace Moore, daughter of Chapter Prez, Chris Moore, worked from 11am to 9pm to help set up and then draw the winning raffle tickets before handing over duties to our excellent and daring live auctioneer and former Chapter President, Brad Yoder, who awarded SEVEN guided fishing trips and TWO rod/reel/line combos to winning bidders.  The Special Raffle Northern Stage Season Pass and Grand Raffle Dave Kenney Bamboo Fly Rod (ticket #001 was the winner) were awarded following the live auction and signaled the end of a magnificent evening.


By all accounts, everyone in attendance had a splendid time–in addition to numerous comments received and overheard, Chapter Prez Chris Moore received not less than 6 phone calls from banquet goers who expressed their enjoyment and support for a repeat performance.  It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for members and their guests to make new connections and enhance existing ones, win some fabulous items, and show moral and financial support for the Chapter volunteers and their shared mission.  The results of the Banquet are astonishing: in addition to selling out, gross receipts totaled over $11,000 and after all the costs are calculated, the expected net for the Chapter will be approximately $8,500.  Given the current economy, these numbers are truly fantastic.


The Chapter wishes to express its deep and sincere thanks to Willem Lange, Brad Yoder, David Briggs and staff, Hanover Outdoors, the Banquet Committee and other Chapter Volunteers, and to the many, many donors without whom the banquet could not have been organized.  But it takes two to tango as the saying goes, so we we would also like to thank all of the attendees at this year’s Banquet for coming out and being the best partners the Chapter could hope for.  Thank you!

And, finally, as noted in the banquet program, we need to thank the hundreds of VOLUNTEER Chapter Members who, over the last 40 years, have recognized, and taken action to protect, the inherent value—recreational, educational, aesthetic, economic, and ecological—of clean running water and the cold water fisheries that depend on them. You have set the bar high, and inspired the current membership to carry the mission forward for the next 40 years!

See below a partial list of items and door prizes generously donated by members of YOUR community who support our cause.  We encourage you to support theirs.

Grand Prize Raffle:Dave Kenney Bamboo Fly Rod

Special Raffle: Northern Stage opening week Season Pass.

Blitz Raffle: TomTom 730 GPS unit from Tele Atlas.

Live Auction:

Orvis Superfine rod/reel/line combo
LL Bean rod/reel/line combo
Vtrout Outfitters: Guided Trip in the Northeast Kingdom
Meccawe Trout Club Guided Fishing for 3 at the Club
TNT Guides: Guided Trip on the Androscoggin
Doug Lyons: Guided Trip on the Battenkill
Blue Ridge Outfitter: Guided Trip in Central Vermont
Green Mountain Troutfitters: Guided Trip on the Lamoile and Winooski

FOR WOMEN ONLY: Otter Creek Anglers Guided Trip in Central Vermont. From the winning bid of $400 the Chapter will be donating a 50% match, or $200, to our partner, Casting For Recovery.

Door Prizes, Silent Auctions and Bucket Raffles:



AVA Gallery

Bagely’s Firewood

Billings Farm

Blue Ridge Outfitter

Boogle Bugs


Chris Moore & Anna Adachi-Mejia

CO-OP Food Store

Craig Westling

Curt Peterson

Curves of Lebanon

Dartmouth Hopkins Center

Darn Tough

Dave Kenney

Doug Lyons

Elements Salon


Green Mountain Troutfitters

Hanover Outdoors

Hartford Propane

Hartland Granola Company

Henderson’s Ski and Snowboard

Hotel Coolidge-David Briggs

Hubert’s Family Outfitters


Jeff Plant

Kedron Valley Inn

King Arthur Flour

LL Bean

Locust Creek Outfitters

Marty Banak

Matt Stedina

Meccawe Trout Club &   Loye Miller

Montshire Museum

Morell Fly Boxes

Meunier’s Towing Auto Sales & Service

Northern Stage

Norwich Inn

Opechee Trading Post

Otter Creek Anglers

Paradise Sport Shop

Parker House Inn


Pinnacle Engraving

Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms

Ray Obar


Rick Hamel

River Valley Club

River Excitement

Ron Rhodes


Seth Dunn

Simon Pearce

South Woodstock Country Store

Steve Cole

Stone River Outfitters

Suzie Zane

Systems Plus Computers

Tami’s Head Lines

Tate Daly

Tele Atlas

The Car Store

The Orvis Company

Thistle Hill Publications

Three Tomatoes

TNT Guides

Tom Ames

Trout Unlimited National

Umpleby’s Café

University Press of New England

Upper Valley Aquatic Center

Upper Valley Lanes & Games

Vail Haak

Vermont Fly Box Company


VTrout Outfitters

Windsor Wines & Spirits

Thank you to any contributors not named here!

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