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Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/13/2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
Bellingham Golf & Country Club

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Annual Christmas Party, December 13, 2018 

Happy December and Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s time to sign-up for our annual Christmas Party, December 13th for a holiday feast and fun opportunities of a gift exchange and two raffles. Bring a special friend, and your wallet for food and fun. 

As usual, this Annual Christmas Party takes place at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Thursday, December 13, where we gather to celebrate the holiday season with fishing buddies and guests.  The evening begins at 6:00 P.M with A Baited Wet Fly (appetizers served), a social time/open no-host bar. Dinner follows at 6:45. The evening’s program begins at 7:30 P.M. 

Dinner is $35 per plate, payable upon arrival when you check in. Sign up on the Eventbrite Invitation you will receive by email to order your entree choice for you and your guest. Your choices are: 

1. Mushroom Wellington, Spinach, Herbed Garlic Emulsion; 

2. Butter Poached Salmon, Zucchini, Candy Cane Beets, Rainbow Chard;

3. Pork Tenderloin, Shallot Jam, Grilled Onion, Yukon Gold Potato. 

Each entree with come with a Roasted Endive Salad, Spinach, Bacon, Feta, Pine Nuts. Desserts are a lava cake and a tiramisu.

Program: Besides a wonderful holiday meal and fellowship, the program for the evening includes an awards ceremony, a gift exchange, and two raffles.  

Awards Ceremony: We are fortunate to be able to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions, work, and efforts of certain club members during our Annual 2018 Awards Ceremony, and honor those who will receive a Lifetime Member. 

Gift Exchange. As in years past, bring a wrapped gift; get a wrapped gift. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange this year, bring a pre-wrapped gift (valued at $30 or less) to place on the table. It need not be a fisher persons gift. Later in the evening dinner tables will be called randomly to choose a gift.  You may participate in the gift exchange only if you bring a gift.

Christmas Raffle:  This year’s Christmas raffle will function similar to previous years. Round up all your 4CFF raffle tickets purchased throughout the past year and trade them in for extra Christmas raffle tickets.  The trade in value will be one Christmas raffle ticket for every five regular raffle tickets turned in (1 for 5).  Tickets must be pre-counted by each member submitting them.  Because we’ve changed colors a few times over the course of the year, turned in tickets may be red, pink or white.  In addition to the regular ticket exchange, each member will receive 10 new Christmas raffle tickets upon arrival, courtesy of the club based on the club’s generous donations to the raffle this year.  As with previous years, if your ticket number is called, you will draw a number that corresponds to a numbered gift on the table.  There’s a ton of great fly fishing stuff to be won this year, so look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas Rod and Reel Raffle:  Rod and Reel Raffle tickets are $5 each. You may purchase as many of these tickets as you like, and you’ll want to have a bunch as this year’s rod and reel are awesome!  This year’s rod is a 9′ 5 wt. Sage Method 4 piece rod pair with a Ross Cimarron II large arbor reel.  Sure, you probably have a 5 wt. or two already, but this fast action, Konnetic Technology dream machine has the power and the distance to knock it out of the park on your next presentation. Made by hand right down on Bainbridge Island.  The Cimarron II 4/5 reel is machined in Montrose, CO and features a buttery smooth disc drag and modern design.  The combined value of the rod/reel combo is $1,070, so somebody’s definitely going to cash in.

RSVP Required: Bob Cooper manages the Eventbrite invitations and RSVPs.  He asks you to make your reservation and food selections with an RSVP on Eventbrite invite at http://4cff.eventbrite.com, by email at bxxcoper2010@gmail or by phone at 360-961-4398. Remember a dinner reservation made is a binding commitment to pay.

Future Programs: 

January.  You are invited to join Kurt Beardslee (the Co-founder and Executive Director of Wild Fish Conservancy) who was unable to present in September promises to explain what recent science reveals about the virus and how exposure to PRV-infected farmed fish places our native salmonids at risk, as well as the implications for the Northwest’s endangered Southern Resident Killer whales. He’ll review the results of recent PRV-testing in Puget Sound farmed Atlantic salmon and what these results suggest about the potential scale of infection in the remaining net pens. Kurt will also discuss Our Sound, Our Salmon’s efforts to stand in solidarity with B.C. First Nations as they petition the Canadian government to remove PRV-infected fish farms from their ancestral waters. Finally, learn all about Our Sound, Our Salmon’s new campaign to ensure PRV-infected farmed Atlantic salmon are removed from Puget Sound and how you can support these efforts. 

February.  During a segment of the evening, the board will present the results of the recent club survey and their thoughtful outcomes that effect our membership process and ideas generated as a result.