2016 Winter Secretary Report

By Captain John Giszczak

Captains / Mates! The 2017 fishing season is just around the corner. If you have not yet sent in your membership application, time is not on your side. December 31 is the deadline! Don’t delay join today. Please make a copy of your application in the event your application gets lost in the mail, plus it’s good proof for tax purposes.

If you have your wife or children fill out your membership application for you, please double check the information or lack there of. I can only assume from the missing information on your application , you no longer own a boat, dumped your cell phone carrier, sold your business, don’t accept email, or moved off the grid. Unfortunately I can’t call every member who neglects to fill out the application completely. Please take your time and print legibly. If you don’t have a regular #10 envelope to mail your application in with, borrow one from the neighbor. It’s tough to read an application that’s been folded up as small as a business card.

Scheduled Board Meetings for 2017
January 29, 2017 – Clare, MI
Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
April 23, 2017 – Clare, MI
Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
October 1, 2017 – Clare, MI
Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
October 22, 2017 – Holland, MI
Double Tree Hotel – 10:30 am.

All board meetings are open to all MCBA members who would like to attend. Please let us know in advance if you plan on attending so we have enough materials on hand to pass out. Contact any board member or call: 800-MCBA-971


Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971

Due to an issue with AV equipment, the passenger vessel workshop will be held at Wayne County Community College - Downtown Campus. The address is listed below. All of the emails I received from RSVP have been notified. Please spread the word widely. We will have a member from CG Sector Detroit at the previous location for those that don't get the word, but don't want anyone to miss out on any of the info being passed. Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is hosting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Workshop at the Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus to provide information to charter vessel owners/operators. Attendees will become familiar with federal and state charter vessel regulations, federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, what to expect when boarded by law enforcement on the water, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentialing processes, legal liability considerations when operating a vessel commercially, how to schedule a Coast Guard Auxiliary voluntary safety exam and how and who to report illegal charter vessel operations. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with federal and state maritime law enforcement, as well as other operators. Our hope is this workshop will reduce the number of illegal charter vessel operations, which place the public at risk, especially when these vessels are operated by untrained/inexperienced mariners or without proper safety equipment.

Download an agenda (click here)

Location: Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus, 801 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Frank Hayden Community Room, Room 236
Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM
Parking: Free in Lot #3