What is the State Council?
The North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited (the state council, or NCTU) is a group of officers and representatives selected by and from individual Trout Unlimited chapters across North Carolina. A critical piece of the “OneTU” concept, NCTU’s purpose is to coordinate conservation efforts between our state’s TU chapters and partner organizations, provide resources and support to our chapters, and act as intermediary between the national organization and local chapters
Nearly 5,000 members and 14 chapters strong, The North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited’s primary mission is to provide support to all of our chapters and members, to build relationships with like-minded volunteer organizations across the state, to enhance TU’s relationships with the United States Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and other key government agency partners, and to be a facilitator and steward of our combined resources and capabilities.
The council meets 3 or 4 times each year, more if necessary, to conduct business.
(John Kies, Past-Chair with Sam Stitcher, Outgoing Treasurer)
In addition to the designated representatives, the core of the council is made up of its officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, the National Leadership Council (NLC) Representative and the Rivercourse Administrative Director. The officers are elected at a regular meeting of the council and all terms are for two years, with the exception of the NLC Representative term which is one year. The most recent election was held in October, 2018 at Bryson City, NC.
Most of the state council’s funding comes from the sale of our state’s TU “Back the Brookie” license plates and rebates from membership dues received by TU. The rebates are shared with chapters according to membership; the license plate revenue is used to fund council operations including support for Rivercourse, conservation projects and modest conservation program grants, grants to other organizations and other needs as financially feasible and deemed appropriate by the council.
North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited P.O. Box 2351 Brevard, NC 28712
Council Website: https://northcarolinatu.org
Rivercourse Website: https://rivercourse.org
- Trout in the Classroom: Matt O’Bryant
- Conservation: Brian Esque
- Chapter Development / Member Service: Sam Ogburn
- Special Projects: Rusty Berrier
- Legislative Affairs: John Rich / Ned Jones
- Diversity Coordinator: Jessica Whitmire
- News & Communications: Michelle O’Bryant
- Youth Coordinator: Greg Charles
- Rivercourse Administrative Director: Reba Brinkman
- Veterans Service Coordinator: Lynn Marilla
- Budget & Finance: John Miko
- Mike Mihalas, Chair
- Tim Schubmehl, Vice-Chair
- John Miko, Treasurer
- Michelle O’Bryant, Secretary
- Rusty Berrier, NLC Representative
- Reba Brinkman, Rivercourse Director
- John Kies, Past-Chair
In addition, each of our 14 chapters delegates (2) members to represent its membership. The only requirement is that the delegates be duly appointed by the chapter boards; the individuals do not have to be chapter officers or otherwise qualified. To ensure that each chapter has a voice at the table and in the direction of the council, all chapters are encouraged to send representation.