2023 Spring Opener Cancellation and Alternative Fundraiser

After much discussion and contemplation the Badger Fly Fishers’ Board of Directors has concluded that it is best to cancel its annual fundraiser, the Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener.  This annual fundraiser supports local conservation projects and was scheduled for February 11, 2023.  A couple of factors that came in to play for the Board’s decision were the inability to predict what new COVID-19 variant may or may not be present at the time of the February fundraiser and if it is prudent to promote bringing 250-300 people together if a new variant is impacting the United States.  Secondly, because of serious supply chain issues throughout the country, many raffle and auction donors such as equipment manufactures that have historically contributed items will very likely not have items available to donate to our 2023 Spring Opener.  While we are certain this action will disappoint many people, we feel it is the safest approach for the Badger Fly Fishers organization, our club members and the Spring Opener attendees.  Our future plans are to have the Spring Opener fundraiser on February 10, 2024 and we hope to see you there.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

On a positive note, the Badger Fly Fishers’ Board of Directors has begun to plan for an alternative fundraiser such as a trash and treasure event.  The fundraiser is tentatively planned for our last meeting on May 3, 2023 so begin to consider what fishing equipment “trash” you may have to donate that will become someone else’s “treasure” and therefore raise money for the club and its conservation efforts.  Additional details will be announced in the near future.  Thank you.

See you at the next meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd.


Buzz McFly