The Austin Chapter is composed of the greater Austin area.
AUSTIN CHAPTER ANNUAL BANQUET RAFFLE WINNERS
Thank you Austin Chapter members and banquet attendees. The event was a tremendous success. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, attendees, buyers and our local chapter board. This success would not be possible without each and every one of you.
The banquet had lots of great raffles, and silent and live auction items. The winners for our marque raffles are:
2013 Boat Raffle Winner
Thank you Shallow Sport, Burt Watts and Denbow Construction for your support!
Polaris Ranger Crew Winner
David B. Weaver
Thank you Kent Powersports in Kyle, Texas
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Sportman’s 4-WD won by Rene Blaine
This year’s boat was made possible by our very generous boat sponsors-Burt Watts and Denbow Construction. Thank you!
Mike Woodward won the Early Bird Drawing (for tickets purchased by March 31) and is now the proud owner of a Laguna Custom Rod paired with a Shimano Curado. Thanks Mike and congratulations!
The Austin Chapter’s 2013 Annual Banquet was held Thursday, May 9th at the Palmer Events Center and was a tremendous success. Over 1,300 people were in attendance and records were set on all fronts. Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, supporters, attendees and most especially our local chapter board for putting on a fabulous and hugely successful event.
2013 AUSTIN BANQUET SETS A RECORD FOR CCA!
May 9th, 2013 was a historic day for CCA. Over 1500 fellow fishermen/women gathered at the Palmer Events Center for the Austin banquet and enjoyed a spectacular evening. And with the incredible support of all in attendance, and our sponsors, donors, members and patrons, the Austin Chapter set an all time fundraising record for CCA. Of all the events, over 36 years, across 17 states, and all the chapters within them, Austin stands alone at #1 in gross AND net revenue for a banquet. And along the way, Austin also became the first chapter to surpass $1mm in revenue at a banquet, logging an astonishing $1,047,000 for 2013. After expenses, that means well over $500,000 goes back to CCA Texas, for use in Texas, to conserve and sustain the coastal resources that are so near and dear to all of us.
And what fun it was along the way. Live auction buyers are preparing for trips of a lifetime to destinations from Hawaii to New Zealand, and many spots in between. Tiffany Miller won a new Shallow Sport, David Weaver is cruising the outdoors in his new Polaris Ranger Crew, and Renee Blaine made off with the always popular Custom 4WD. In all, nearly $500,000 in prizes and trips were awarded during an absolutely phenomenal night. Thank you, and know that your Austin board is already hard at work to bring you another unparalleled event in 2014. Make plans now to join us next year on May 8th as we work to ensure the generations that follow us can enjoy our great Texas coast just as we do.
It is such an exciting time to be part of CCA. The reopening of Cedar Bayou, after years of legal and regulatory wrangling, is near. In 2012 CCA funded a record $1.7mm in projects and is certain to surpass that milestone in 2013. That’s more hatcheries, research, offshore reefs, fresh water inflow, and the list goes on. You make a difference and the Austin board sincerely thanks you for your generous and unwavering support.
Chapter Board Meetings
The Austin Chapter Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Workplace Resources, located at 1717 W 6th St, Suite 190, Austin, TX 78703. Meetings start at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in participating on the Austin Chapter Board, please contact President, Scott Sanderson.
Currents - Dec/Jan 2014
Greetings from Austin! One of the best parts of my role with CCA is the interaction I have with our chapter members. This is the time of year that trips purchased at the banquet are being booked and taken. I get to talk to people that shot thousands of dove in Argentina, presented flies to monster bonefish in the Bahamas and are planning a two-week big game safari in Africa.
It’s very rewarding to get reports of successful trips and experiences of a lifetime. It energizes me, and our board, to keep working hard to bring you the best banquet in the land and opportunities to experience things you might not otherwise. On the banquet topic, by the time you read this, tickets will be available for our 2014 Banquet boat, a tricked out 21 Shallow Sport, our 4×4, a UTV and more, all to be given away at the 2014 banquet. Just check www.ccaaustin.org to get your winning ticket. You can rest assured, as the Austin board is hard at work on the 2014 banquet, that there will be many new and exciting opportunities and experiences awaiting you May 8, so mark your calendar now and we’ll see you there.
Austin’s Anglers’ Night Out wrapped up another amazing year. We had a star-studded speaker lineup featuring Greg Stunz, Jerry Patterson, Capt. Billy Trimble, CCA Executive Director Robby Byers and Capt. Jay Watkins. We gave away awesome trips, custom rods, countless Yetis, and fine gear from Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Finest. Smokey Denmark fed us great food, FREE, every time and a great time was had by all. Make a note now to join us bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at Abel’s on the Lake. You are missing out if you don’t experience these great events first hand!
The Austin Board and Officer elections were held in September. Congratulations and thanks are in order to new board members Beau Baker, Troy Erb, Jeff Kyrish, Clifford Mankin, John Torrance, Shane Townsend and Jeff Walton. We also congratulate our newest officers, Jeff Beck (Treasurer), Steven Benton (Table Sales Chairman) and Tim Laine (Sponsorship Chairman). And a big thanks to Neal Meinzer for accepting the role of Banquet Chairman for 2014. And finally congratulations and thanks go to Charlie Morgan and Jake Neubauer for volunteering to serve on the Action Committee. See the Austin website for a complete list of our officers for 2013-14. We have an unbelievable group of men and women in Austin dedicated to the CCA mission. We welcome you to join us, just give me a call to talk about how you can get involved.
Be sure to Like us on Facebook by searching CCA Austin Chapter. It’s a great way to keep up with everything going on and make sure you don’t miss a thing. Best wishes for the happiest of holidays from the CCA Austin Chapter! —Scott Sanderson email@example.com
Chapter Officers President: Scott Sanderson Vice President: Ryan Joyce Treasurer: Neal Kieschnik Secretary/Communications Chairman: Dennis Blaine Membership/Jr. Board Chairman: Dan Appling Assistant Communications Chairman: Marvin Dworaczyk Banquet Chairman: Josh Cook Assistant Banquet Chairman: Neal Meinzer Sponsorship Chairman: Ryan Kasten Community Events Chairman: PJ Todd Junior Board President: Sam Appling Junior Board Vice President: Nick Appling Junior Board Membership Chairman: Knox Kronenberg
The Austin Chapter started with Ed Fleming and Bill Stringer organizing a meeting at the Convict Hill Restaurant (now Serrano’s Cafe and Cantina) in Oak Hill in late 1979. Subsequent to an article in the Austin American Statesman about G.C.C.A.’s efforts to make redfish and trout gamefish, thus eliminating commercial netting of the species and taking the fish off of the commercial market. Bill Stringer called the Houston G.C.C.A. office to inquire about their interest in an Austin chapter. What was obviously, a good decision for the saltwater sportsman, was controversial and concerning to those not directly aligned with the sport. Soon after September, 1979 the first meeting was held and the attendees were: Bill Archer, John Avent, Russ Butler, Ed Fleming, Jr., Jim Fredrick, Ragan Gennusa, Robert Hearn, Bob Jenkins,D.D.S., Terry Kahn, Phd., Charles Morrison,Al H. Robinson, III, Tom Searcy, Michael W. Simpson, Ed Small, Bill Stringer, and Ben Vaughn. Ed Fleming was elected President, Bill Stringer, Sec. Treas. and Michael W. Simpson, Membership Chairman and everyone in attendance served on the Executive Committee.
The first banquet was held at Skateland in north Austin on McCann Street immediately off Research Boulevard. The total attendance is not of record, but it was all male by design. The net proceeds were approximately $25,000.00. The auction was organized and directed by Dickie Ingram, Executive Director for G.C.C.A. and the ticket sellers were hand picked from a local modeling agency! The second banquet was held at the La Mansion Hotel, now the Doubletree Austin on La Posada and IH 35. The net proceeds were improved, but the numbers are not available. Throughout the first several years of the chapters existence, the membership was called on to attend TPWD and legislative hearings and bill signings! One special night can be recalled when a large number of Austin’s Executive Committee chartered a plane and attended a Houston Chapter banquet. Ed Fleming and Bill Stringer served on the State Board Of Trustees until 1988, when they were elected to Trustee Emeritus status.
The 2014 Austin Chapter Annual Banquet will be held on May 8 at the Palmer Event Center.