Start a new chapter

It is the passion and raw power of the extraordinary fighting fish known as the steelhead that is a symbol and inspiration to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders.  The optimism and strength of this iconic fish emboldens our organization to labor passionately for the conservation and protection of the Northwest’s sports fisheries and their habitats. Just as the steelhead recognizes the waters of the river they were born and runs a gauntlet of gillnets, sea lions and dams, our Association has overcome numerous challenges to emerge stronger and more vigilant in the pursuit of our mission: “Anglers dedicated to enhancing and protecting fisheries and their habitats for today and tomorrow.”

While there exists numerous groups in the Pacific Northwest advocating for fish and wildlife conservation, none have the history and the broad appeal to as many outdoor constituencies as the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. In 2010, we celebrated our 50th year of successful work on behalf of Northwest fish and fisheries, and we hope you will join us as we start our next 50 years!

Chapters are the heart and soul of our organization, and they are as varied as the people that are members of them. Steelheaders chapters participate in family-friendly fishing events, organize habitat improvement projects and river cleanups, conduct kids fishing events, and/or improve public access to our local waterways. The chapter will be what you make it, and the Association will be behind you every step of the way to help ensure its success.

Based on Steelheaders policy, a chapter most have a president, treasurer and at least 10 members to start.  Fundraising done by the chapter stays with the chapter so that it can spent locally how the chapter wants. Here are some of the benefits to chapters offered by Association.

•Umbrella 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation
• Secretary of State and Department of Justice permits and fees
• Grant writing and solicitation of individual donors
• Policy and advocacy
• Insurance
• Raffle ticket sales
• Communication materials
• Staff support
• Profit sharing with chapters
• Marketing for chapter events
• Merchandise sales at cost to chapters
• Copyright and trademark protection
For more information on starting a chapter in your area, please view the New Chapter Guide HERE.

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