A few weeks after TU’s first annual women’s retreat in September, the energy and enthusiasm of all who participated is still palpable.Women from around the country are still sending me their photos of the fish they caught, or of the laughs they captured while standing streamside.
TU’s first annual women’s retreat took place at the end of September in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The aspens were turning a bright gold, temperatures were sloping downward and fall was beginning its descent on the mountain town. TU members came from all over the U.S. for the retreat–from Connecticut, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and of course, Colorado.
This photo makes me smile. Wendy drove all the way from Mexico to the retreat. Her reasons for coming to the retreat were simple–she wanted to be with other TU women and she wanted to fish. This picture captures the sheer pleasure any of us feel of being out on a new piece of water, in a new place and of tempting a healthy local trout to take a fly.
The women who came want to help TU in its efforts to conduct outreach to more women. In several sessions during the retreat, we strategized how best to do that in both the short- and long-term. TU’s ranks are comprised of about 6 percent women and we’re committed as an organization to making that number grow over time. With the 17 women who participated in this year’s retreat, we now have a dedicated group of people to help us achieve our goals.
We are already planning a 2013 retreat and look forward to making it bigger, with more events and even better fishing. If you are interested in helping plan a retreat or want to be a part of TU’s efforts to bring more women into the organization, email me. We would love to have you on board.