Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Trout Unlimited (TU) accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. TU’s national office, based just outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s 127,000 volunteers in 500 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.
Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited (# 217) is based in Fairfield and comprised of the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford and Shelton.
Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock and Farmill.
TU members and volunteers abide by the motto: “If you take care of the fish, the fishing will take care of itself.”
It was the first Trout Unlimited chapter formed in Connecticut.
Chapter membership meetings are designed to be fun and informative events which are presented as a service to Chapter members and friends. They include ample opportunity to meet and chat with other Chapter members and friends. Chapter meetings are open to the general public, and there is no charge to participants.
The Chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Port 5 Naval Veterans at 69 Brewster Street in the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport, near the Fairfield/Bridgeport line just minutes off I-95. Hot pizza and refreshments are served (see map.)
After a brief update on significant Chapter issues, events and concerns, the meetings feature a guest speaker who presents a show (most often, an audio/visual presentation) on conservation, fishing, travel, or other topics of interest. Following the guest speaker, a raffle, including a number of interesting prizes, is held to partially defray the costs of the meeting, the speakers, the food, and the mailing of our monthly newsletter, Nutmeg Notes.
Meetings of our Chapter Officers and Board of Directors are held on the second Thursday of the month (a week before the general membership meeting) at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, starting at 7:00 p.m.: chapter members are welcome.
At these meetings, chapter business, conservation issues, and chapter activities, events and outings are planned, coordinated and discussed. For more information, please read the Chapter Bylaws or contact a volunteer (see below.)
Chapter Board of Directors & Officers
- Co-Presidents: Rich Rosen , Jerry Goldstein
- Vice Presidents: Chuck Petruccelli
- Secretary: Rich Rosen
- Treasurer: Phil Jacques
Other Board Members
- Immediate Past President: Chuck Petrucelli
- Membership: Ed Grzeda
- Program: John Kovach, 203-7673557
- Communications: Cheryl Groesbeck, Jerry Goldstein
- Banquet Chairman: Chuck MacMath, 203-260-1829
- Banquet Prizes:
- Holiday Raffle: David Ader
- Trout in the Classroom (TIC): Dave Edgeworth
- Newsletter: Cheryl Groesbeck