By Captain Jim Fenner
By the time you read this the new MCBA “Catch & Cook” program should be rolled out, publicized, and be up and running.
Capt. Denny Grinold has been the principal MCBA contributor to this effort. He has been working on it for most of a year, in cooperation with MSU Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development, the MSU Product Development Center and the Michigan Dept. of Economic Development. We couldn’t have created the program without the positive contributions from each of these organizations. The program has it own website: www.micatchandcook.com, its own logo and even a blog.
If you haven’t looked at it yet, do it now. You will likely want to get on board if you haven’t done it already.
The MCBA has taken steps to obtain the exclusive legal right to the phrase “Catch & Cook” and also to the catchy logo we will be using with the program.
Instructions on how to participate in the program are being rolled out even as I write this article. Next year, everyone who participates will be able to have a “Catch & Cook ” indicator on your MCBA website listing.
As you might expect, since fish is a perishable product, proper cleaning and handling are essential. Members who wish to participate in this program will have to agree to maintain strict standards for food storage and preparation. More information on that and other vital information is on the website.
We are excited to bring this new program to the membership. We know that it will be a positive recruiting tool for many Captains.
As I write this, I am aware of the hard work being done by UP board member Jim Shutt to develop and schedule an informative, entertaining, high quality MCBA Fall Conference again this year.
We are returning to Lansing for the Annual Fall Conference this year. Lansing is a central location for Captains from all over the state. The conference will be held at the Lansing Lexington Hotel on October 19, 20 & 21, with, of course, the main program on Saturday, October 20. The Lansing Lexington Hotel is at 925 Creyts Rd. Lansing, MI 48917. Please call (877) 322-5544 to make a room reservation. Be sure to identify yourself as an MCBA member to get our special room rate. The Lexington is a very nice hotel, on the western edge of Lansing, just off I-96, and not far from I-69. It’s close to good shopping too, so bring your significant other, and enjoy the weekend. Friday night social hour, Saturday the daytime program and the evening dinner program and charity raffle, followed by more time in the hospitality suite, and finally the complimentary breakfast preceding the business meeting Sunday morning. Come early, stay long, enjoy the whole weekend. The business meeting usually adjourns by about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, leaving the rest of the day to get home and on to your other activities. Hope to see you there.
Finally, I’d like to mention our Annual Scholarship program, funded in part by our annual fabulous tackle raffle at the annual meeting and the receipts of our fishing simulator operated by MCBA volunteers at the several boat and fishing shows held every winter. The funds have accumulated to the point where is now possible to fund at least two $1,000 Scholarships annually. The scholarship winners are selected by the MSU Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. Recently the Association voted to name the Annual Scholarship Program ” The MCBA Denny Grinold Scholarship Fund in honor of Capt. Denny Grinold, for all he has done for the Association over the past many years. Denny was President of the MCBA in 1988-89, and continues to be active as the MCBA Legislative Liaison even to this day. Congratulations to the scholarship winners (there is an article about this year’s winners elsewhere in Cannonball) and Capt. Grinold for his continuing devotion to the Association.