A MESSAGE FROM GREG MALASKA, PATU PRESIDENT

Over the last few days, all of our lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19). We at PATU recognize the sacrifices and challenges faced by our organization and more importantly, by you, our volunteers and your families.

As you are aware, we have scheduled regional trainings in East Whiteland Township, Chester County on Saturday, April 25 and in Oil City, Venango County on Saturday, May 16.

The PATU Board has agreed to reschedule the 4/25 Eastern Training until August 1,8, or 15th. Same location.

We intend to make a final decision on the Western Training by April 10.

We are also considering holding our April 26, EXCOM meeting via teleconference.

We are committed to bringing our members valuable programing which can provide benefits at the local level. More importantly, though, we are focused on protecting the health and safety of our members.

I also encourage you to review the following link, which contains an update from Trout Unlimited’s National Office: https://www.tu.org/blog/fishing-tu-outbreak/. Also see the following email from TU CEO Chris Wood:

Dear Trout Unlimited leader:

We are all adapting to the new realities of the COVID-19 virus. Because of our concern for the health and well-being of our employees, we are closing all of TU’s offices and have requested all TU staff to work from home. We have also canceled all travel.

We are in a very fluid situation, and new information is rapidly emerging. Yesterday, the White House urged that we all avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.

Here is what the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control says:

“Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible.”

For that reason, all in-person and indoor Trout Unlimited events and gatherings, including chapter meetings, are cancelled for the next 30 days. We will assess where we stand in 30 days and have further guidance at that point. Small group outings may proceed with all of the proper precautions taken about social distancing.

COVID-19 has everyone on edge. Please be safe and be careful, but also enjoy the time with family and friends, and the people you love. Know that we will get through this together, and we will continue the good work of protecting and restoring the places we live, love, and fish.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I wish you and your families all the best.

Chris

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We wish you the best in these challenging times and will keep you posted on the status of our proposed trainings.
Be well, be safe, and thank you for all you do for PATU. GDM

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