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« on: February 02, 2018, 01:30:40 PM »

Saw this and thought some may be interested.

Maryland saltwater sportfishing director out as board examines financial irregularities

Maryland saltwater sportfishing executive director resigns as board examines financial irregularities.
Chase Cook   Chase CookContact Reporter
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The executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association has resigned after officials say they found financial irregularities within the organization’s bank statements.

Association President Frank Holden wrote in a letter to board members Thursday that Executive Drector Dave Smith was no longer working for the organization after Holden and other members discovered issues within MSSA’s finances. Smith’s time as executive director could be traced back to a March and April 2011 report he gave on the MSSA’s website.

The Pasadena-based association hosts tournaments and advocates for legislation supporting fisheries and protecting recreational fishing.

Holden said the investigation into MSSA’s finances was ongoing, and that Anne Arundel County police had been notified. The board was considering firing Smith when he resigned via email, Holden said.

Ed Kucharski has been named interim executive director, according to Holden’s letter.

“We are planning on proceeding with business as usual,” Holden said. “We are a couple of days into this now, and we don’t know all the facts just yet.”

Smith, who was contacted through his Facebook page, did not return a request for comment.

In his executive director’s report on MSSA’s website, Smith referenced 2017 as “educational” and thanked members for supporting MSSA. He also referenced a “giving campaign” that MSSA recently held.

MSSA accepts gifts and donations. It does not list itself as nonprofit, although the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association’s scholarship foundation is listed as a public charity by the IRS.

“I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported the MSSA through its tournaments, chapter meetings, volunteering, membership, and those who supported our giving campaign just recently,” Smith said in his fall 2017 report. “As described in the letter, this was something the MSSA has never done, so thank you for making it a great success and allowing us to continue our mission.”

Holden’s letter details a series of financial irregularities that led to Smith’s resignation. The Capital could not confirm the details.

In his letter, Holden stated he had to pay $4,500 of back rent to prevent MSSA from being evicted from its offices on Fort Smallwood Road.

Speculation about troubles at MSSA had been brewing on message boards such as TidalFish.com, in which forum posters asked why MSSA’s 2017 tournament winners had not been paid.

In Holden’s letter to the board, he addresses speculation surrounding MSSA’s fall tournament. The MSSA website lists a Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic that took place in 2017. The top prize of that event was $6,300. It is not immediately apparent if this is the tournament in which winnings have not been paid out.

When asked about the fall tournament, Holden declined to comment. He did say MSSA plans to continue its operations.

“When the time comes, we will issue an official statement about what is happening,” he said.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 01:46:55 PM »

Latest article on MSSA


MSSA quiet three weeks after director is out, no word on tournament money

Reporter Chase Cook talks outside of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association headquarters in Pasadena on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.  The organization found financial irregularities, leaving some to speculate how the association will respond.
The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association has not made public comments in three week after learning of financial irregularities that led to the organization removing its executive director and facing eviction from its Pasadena office.

In a Feb. 12 letter to MSSA chapter members, MSSA President Frank Holden broke down the current state of the organization. The group is still reviewing the impact of the financial irregularities, which includes an investigation by Anne Arundel County police and an auditor.

It was discovered this week the organization’s website is down and the phone at the Pasadena office has been disconnected.

“As of this Memorandum, it is my hope that everyone is aware that the Board of Directors are actively pursuing all avenues to insure that the MSSA continues in its core mission to represent the interests of Maryland’s Salt Water Recreational Anglers,” Holden wrote in the emai
“We are working with Counsel and our Auditors to minimize any adverse effects from recent events. We are also working to meet all of the MSSA’s obligations.”

The association found itself in financial distress after financial irregularities were discovered. This included $4,500 in back rent that was paid to prevent the association’s eviction from its home on Fort Smallwood Road.

The Capital visited their offices Thursday, which were closed as the organization prepared for a board meeting that evening. A neighboring business employee said the association was still using the offices.

Holden declined to comment on the association and its efforts since the financial issues were discovered. He also declined to comment on why the organization’s website was down and the phone disconnected.

The website whois.net lists the MSSA.net website as still having an active registration until October of this year. The former executive director of the association, Dave Smith, has his name listed on the domain.

Smith lost his position as executive director due to the financial issues. Initially Holden said Smith had resigned from his position before the board of directors could fire him. Smith never responded to The Capital’s request for comment. His Facebook page — which previously had several photos of himself — is now empty and his name is listed as “Smith David.”

But in the email to MSSA chapter leaders on Feb. 12, Holden used the word “terminated” in reference to Smith. Board Vice President Ed Kucharski stepped in to serve as acting executive director, but since then has asked to continue his role as vice president, Holden wrote in the email.

Holden also reassured the chapter members that the troubles at the main organization shouldn’t affect their work.

“Because Chapter finances are independent from those of MSSA’s main office, it is anticipated that the problems being experienced at the main office will have little effect upon Chapter operations,” Holden wrote in the email.

“Our present primary goal is to insure that all Chapters are able to continue without any interruption whatsoever. Secondarily, our goal is to insure that MSSA’s mission will continue unabated.”

Another issue not yet publicly tackled is the payout from the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, a tournament sponsored by MSSA with thousands of dollars in prizes. The top winner of the event was to receive $6,300, but complaints surfaced on the message boards of TidalFish.com about tournament winners not receiving their money.

Holden has declined to discuss the fall tournament and whether MSSA has paid out the tournament.

In his Feb. 12 email, Holden said leadership is “working to meet all of the MSSA’s obligations.”

The association has another fishing tournament coming in May, the 35th Championship on the Chesapeake. Information about the event was posted on the MSSA website previously, but is unavailable now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 07:07:39 PM »

Wow, happens more then many think. Talbot Waterman's  group had the same thing happen to them.

Former treasurer pleads guilty to embezzling from Talbot watermen's group
By KATIE WILLIS [email protected]  Jan 15, 2016  0
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EASTON — A Neavitt woman pleaded guilty Thursday, Jan. 14, to embezzling money from the Talbot County Watermen’s Association and will be required to make restitution payments to the organization.

During a plea and restitution hearing, Lisa Nichole Gowe, 41, of Neavitt was convicted of theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000, after Assistant State’s Attorney Henry Dove amended the original charge of theft scheme of more than $100,000.

The amended charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of up to $15,000.

During the hearing, Gowe told the judge she was pleading guilty because she is guilty and because it is in her best interest to plead guilty.

Gowe was the treasurer of the Talbot County Watermen’s Association between February 2010 and January 2015, Dove said. During that time, Gowe had complete access to the organization’s bank accounts, he said.

The organization began to suspect Gowe was using watermen’s association funds for her personal use, and in January 2015, the organization requested the Maryland State Police investigate discrepancies between information Gowe provided and information provided by PNC Bank.

During the hearing, Dove presented evidence found during the investigation, including 27 checks written by Gowe, using watermen’s association funds, totaling $40,277.43; and 250 cash and bank card withdrawals that were not of benefit to the organization, totaling $80,979.66.

Dove said Talbot County Watermen’s Association President Bunky Chance was not aware of the existence of a bank card having been issued in the organization’s name.

Gowe also set up a PayPal account in the watermen’s association’s name, in which funds totaling $2,600 were directed into Gowe’s personal bank account, Dove said.

Additionally, Dove said Gowe was responsible for organizing events and fundraisers to benefit the watermen’s association, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day, which is held annually at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

Dove said cash obtained from those fundraising events was supposed to be deposited into the organization’s bank account. However, he said the organization has no way of knowing how much cash was generated by the events and how much actually was deposited.

During Gowe’s time as treasurer, Dove said the watermen’s association also suspects she withdrew petty cash for events that was above the amount required.

After the hearing, Chance said most of the transactions that take place within the organization are cash transactions and not easily documentable. He said the watermen’s association is a presence at numerous events, where it sells anything from raffle tickets to watermen’s association sweatshirts.

In a Jan. 15 phone conversation, Dove said Gowe used watermen’s association funds to pay veterinary bills related to horses she owned, as well as other bills related to those horses; bought a truck, as well as a horse trailer; paid bills related to a car loan; paid bills related to Internet use; and used watermen’s association funds for groceries at Walmart and purchases at Target.

The watermen’s association suspects Gowe of embezzling more than $122,000, Dove said.

Gowe’s attorney, Rue Stewart of the Stewart Law Office in Towson, contested that amount, and said he and his client believe the amount to be under $100,000.

The judge said there was substantial evidence to render a guilty verdict on the charge of theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000 and accepted Gowe’s plea.

During a short recess, Dove and Gowe’s attorney discussed about 100 items the defense still was contesting as not being funds secured by the watermen’s association. The two parties eventually reached a compromise on the amount, Dove said.

“We have come to a compromise that no one is really happy with,” Dove said.

Gowe will be responsible for making restitution payments to the watermen’s association for $100,000, the terms of which will be decided by her parole and probation officer, Dove said.

Stewart requested a pre-sentence investigation before Gowe is sentenced, and sentencing was set for Friday, March 25. Dove said he suspects the defense made the request because Gowe has no prior criminal history.

Dove said he will suggest Gowe serve five years in jail with all but six months suspended. During the hearing, Dove said she will be eligible to serve part of that six months on home detention. Dove has not made a recommendation regarding Gowe’s probation requirements, though he said the maximum is five years.


“This is just a recommendation, and there is nothing binding on judge, and the defense can request less,” Dove said.

Dove said if at the end of Gowe’s probation, she has not paid the restitution amount in full, the judge has the ability to extend her probation for up to five years. If at the end of that time, she still has not paid off the amount, the judge will make the decision on whether to send her to jail or to send the remaining balance to collections.

Chance said the watermen’s association community still feels the betrayal, though it is moving forward.

“I’m not happy with any of this. This is just such an unfortunate incident for our entire community and our organization,” Chance said. “Nothing has changed as far as our goals — the challenges we face both economically and environmentally — so let’s move forward.”

Chance said when he brought Gowe’s embezzlement to the attention of the watermen’s association, the organization “was $7,000 in the red.” He said the organization thought there was more than $100,000 in the bank at that time.

In the past year, Chance said, membership in the Talbot County Watermen’s Association has almost doubled and the organization now has about $50,000 in the bank.

“It’s been, by far, (the Talbot County Watermen’s Association’s) most successful 12 months, but it’s been a challenge because of the reputation damage. We’ve really tried hard to make amends to the things we weren’t aware of that were happening,” Chance said. “We, as a community, stand for the principles of our word, of our integrity, and that’s where this has hurt us internally.”

Chance said the incident has caused the organization “to put a lot of layers of accountability in place.”

“From a business point of view, that was necessary and it’s a good thing,” Chance said. “It’s kind of like when you lock your doors at night — it’s the right thing to do to protect your family, but there’s a certain sense of sadness that you have to lock your door to protect yourself from your own community.”

“That’s kind of where it’s hard on the heart; with a group that, we build our relationships on trust,” Chance said.

During the hearing, the judge agreed to allow Gowe to remain free on her own personal recognizance until the March sentencing date.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2018, 10:23:17 PM »

Saw this in FishTalk

GETTING THE MSSA BACK TO SHIP-SHAPE
A flurry of publicity ranging from Facebook and internet chat room posts to a front-page article in the Capital Gazette exposed financial irregularities within the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association’s financial books, and culminated in the resignation (via email) of Executive Director Dave Smith. The Capital also reported that the investigation into MSSA finances was ongoing, police had been notified, and that the board was considering firing Smith prior to receiving his resignation. Ed Kucharski has been named interim director. According to a letter penned by Association President Frank Holden, multiple tournament winners, back rent, and multiple bills have in fact have not been paid. FishTalk’s requests for comment have not gotten a response, possibly because the board hasn’t yet decided exactly how to chart a path forward. We will update you as it becomes possible.

The MSSA was founded on the notion of bringing back the striped bass population - and played a significant role in doing so.
In the meantime, it’s important to remember that the MSSA has a fantastic history beginning with its push for the striped bass moratorium in 1985. Since then the MSSA and its individual chapters have advocated for recreational fishermen in a myriad of ways, and assisted in the creation and/or support of a number of extremely important and respectable non-profits including the MSSA Scholarship Foundation, Rock On Warriors, and the EVAN Foundation. Individual MSSA chapters are responsible for dozens of children’s fishing derbies, fishing tackle shows, educational seminars, and other events that serve the angling community.

As this plays out, we must not lose sight of all the great things this organization has done and continues to do for fishermen in the state of Maryland and beyond. We at FishTalk feel the sting as deeply as anyone, but we continue to believe in the organization as a whole and feel that this recent exposure is an opportunity to cut away the rot and get back to ship-shape once again. Are the recent occurrences a severe blow? Of course. Can the Association recover? Absolutely. We believe that there are simply too many dedicated, caring people who are involved with the individual MSSA chapters for it to fail. And we hope that with a cleaned house, restored trust, and new leadership, the MSSA will continue to benefit the fishing community for many years to come.


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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2018, 10:27:53 PM »

Looks like the Annapolis chapter and other chapters are still on.

Annapolis Chapter Events

Probably the biggest event we have annually is the Saltwater Fishing Expo!
    Held in February every year, the Chapter puts on one heck of a show. Top notch vendors and speakers come together at a great facility and provide one of the best, if not the best, Fishing Extravaganza !! The 2018 SALTWATER FISHING EXPO will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018. Mark this date in your Personal Calendar for one of the most popular Winter Fishing Shows in the Area. We have finalized another great line up of Seminars presented by local fishing experts. We expect most of our quality Tackle Vendors and Charter Captains/Guides to join us once again at the Annapolis Elks Lodge.

Mark your calendars and don't miss this great event.  Read More

The Annapolis Chapter gives back to our defenders of freedom with our annual Rock On Warriors event.
    Each year we put together an event to honor our military members by taking them out on the Bay and sharing our passion for fishing. After a day of chasing Stripers around the Bay, we hold a banquet to celebrate and thank our Veterans. Read More


Ocean City Sea Bass Trip
    Sponsored by the chapter, this trip is one of the best bangs for the buck you could participate in. Held each year in mid-May to coincide with the Sea Bass opening, the chapter books a trip with Captain Monty of the Morningstar and leaves out of the O.C. Marina. Don't miss this one! More info available as we get closer to the 2018 trip.

Evan Foundation Annapolis Chapter Spring Rockfish Tournament
   2018 EVAN Foundation Spring Rockfish Tournament – Once again the Annapolis Chapter of the MSSA will team up with the EVAN Foundation to host the 7th annual spring rockfish tournament benefitting the EVAN Foundation. The tournament will be open to any MSSA member and will run from opening day through May 6th. The entry fee is $100 and all proceeds will go to the EVAN Foundation. Tournament participants will be eligible for trophies and great prizes offered by our tournament sponsors. The Annapolis Chapter will host the awards cookout on May 12th at Chesapeake Harbour Marina in Annapolis. The Maryland-based EVAN Foundation is dedicated to ending neuroblastoma-a rare and deadly pediatric cancer www.theevanfoundation.org. Sign up at Annapolis Chapter meetings or at the location of any of the tournament sponsors.   Read More

Monthly Event Calendar
MARCH 2018
 
1     Miles River Yacht Club Speaker Series, Chesapeake Country by Steamboat by Jack Shaum. 24750 Yacht Club Road, St. Michaels Road, St, Michaels, MD at 6:00p.m. Dinner costs: $30.  410-745-9511 www.milesriveryc.org
 
1     Winter Lecture Series, Family Sails Around the World by Pam Wall, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

1     Civil War Trust by O.J. Lighthizer, Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St, Annapolis, MD at 7:00-8:30p.m. Costs $10. 410-295-0104  www.amaritime.org

1     MSSA Carroll County #8 Chapter Meeting, VFW #467, 519 Poole Rd, Westminister, MD at 7:30p.m. Doug Bauerlein 'E'mail:[email protected]

3     MSSA Susquehanna Chapter #23, Hanover Fishing and Hunting Outdoor Show, Irishtown Fire Company, 934 Irishtown Road, New Oxford, PA at 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Costs $5, kids under 12 are free.

3     The Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St, Lancaster, PA. at 9:00a.m.-5:30p.m. Costs $15 Adults, $5 under 12, free under 5. Movie at 6:00p.m. Costs $15. www.flyfishingshow.com/lancaster.pa

3     Fishing Seminar, Tri-State Marine, 5861 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD at 9:00a.m-4:00p.m. Costs $30, includes breakfast and lunch. Pre-register at 410-867-2398. [email protected]

3     Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic Kid's Fishing, 7900 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD at 12:00-5:00p.m.

4     MSSA Susquehanna Chapter #23, Hanover Fishing and Hunting Outdoor Show, Irishtown Fire Company, 934 Irishtown Road, New Oxford, PA at 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Costs $5, kids under 12 are free.

4     The Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St, Lancaster, PA. at 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Costs $15 Adults, $5 under 12, free under 5. www.flyfishingshow.com/lancaster.pa

4     Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic Kid's Fishing, 7900 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD at 12:00-5:00p.m.

5     How to Buy a Boat, Walter Johnson High School, Room 115, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD at 7:00-9:00p.m. presented by Rockville US Power Squadron. www.uspsd5.org/php/ge

5     Boating Skills & Seamanship Course, Joppatown Public Library, 655 Town Center Drive, Joppatown, MD at 7:00-9:00p.m. for 8 weeks. Costs $30. Pre-Register at 443-798-5598. www.uscgaux.info

6     Winter Lecture Series, Sailing Adventures by Russ & Allison Nichols, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com
 
7     VHF/DSC Marine Radio Seminar, Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD at 6:45p.m. presented by ASPS. Costs $20. Register at [email protected]

7     Free State Fly Fishers Monthly Meeting, Davidsonville Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville, MD at 7:30p.m. www.fs-ff.com

7     MSSA DC Metro #24 Chapter Meeting, Steamers Seafood House, 4820 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD at 7:30p.m. Sam Klausner 215-206-1732 'E' mail:[email protected]  www.dcmssa.org

7     MSSA Kent Island #7 Chapter Meeting, American Legion Hall #278, 800 Romancoke Rd, Stevensville, MD at 7:30p.m. Bert Olmstead 302-399-5408 'E'mail:[email protected]  www.kifishermen.org

7     Critters and Cocktails, Sharks of the Bay by Dr. John Morrissey, Chesapeake Bay Enviromental Center, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD at 6:30p.m. Costs $15 non-members, $10 members. 410-827-6694 Register online at www.bayrestoration.org

8     America's Boating Course III, Walter Johnson High School, Room TBA, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD at 7:00-9:00p.m. presented by Rockville US Power Squadron. Contact: Dennis Krizek www.uspsd5.org/php/ge

8     Winter Lecture Series, Microfiber Pollution of the Seas by Rachael Miller, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

9     23rd Annual National Capital Boat Show, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA at 12:00-8:00p.m. Costs $10.

10    Insurance Repairs Seminar at 9:00-11:30a.m., Scandia Marine Center, Whitehall Marina, 1656 Homewood Landing Road, Annapolis, MD. Free. Pre-registation Required at 410-643-0037

10    23rd Annual National Capital Boat Show, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA at 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m. Costs $10.
 
10    Maryland Safe Boating Class, Tri-State Marine, 5861 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD presented by USCG Aux 23-07 at 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. Costs $25, children $10, veterans, police and firefighters are free. Pre-register at 315-560-4147, Contact Sherry Marnell, 'E'mail:[email protected]

10    Marine Electronics Seminar by Lenny Rudow, PYY Marine, 1132 Pasadena Yacht Yard Road, Pasadena, MD at 5:00-7:00p.m. www.pyymarine.biz

10-11 About Boating Safty Class, Harve De Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St, Harve De Grace, MD at 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Costs $35. Pre-register at 443-504-3880.

11    23rd Annual National Capital Boat Show, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA at 11a.m.-5p.m. Costs $10.

12    Pasadena Sportfishing Group Meeting, Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD at 7:30p.m. www.pasadenasportfishing.com

13    MSSA Northwest #4 Chapter Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD at 7:30p.m. Mark Kurth 410-536-0450 'E'mail:[email protected]

13    Winter Lecture Series, Making water at sea by Nate Horton, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

14    Trailering Your Boat Seminar, Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD at 6:45p.m. presented by ASPS. Costs $20. Register at [email protected]

14    MSSA Frederick #22 Chapter Meeting, Frederick Moose Lodge, 828 East Patrick St, Frederick, MD at 7:00p.m. Ed Susa 301-252-0233 'E'mail:[email protected] www.mssafrederick.com

15    Winter Lecture Series, Communication Alternatives for Cruisers by Dave Skolnick, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

15    MSSA Southern Maryland #19 Chapter Meeting, Solomons Fire Hall, 13150 H.G.Truman Rd, Solomons, MD at 7:30p.m. Jerry Gaff 410-326-2622 'E'mail:[email protected]  www.mssasmc.com

15    MSSA Dorchester County #11 Chapter Meeting, Elks Lodge #1272, 5464 Elks Lodge Road, Cambridge, MD at 7:30p.m. Bob Geisler 'E'mail:[email protected]  www.mssadorchester.com

17    2nd Annual Maryland Fly Fishing Show, Towson University's Potomac Lounge in the Univeristy Union, 9000 York Road, Towson, MD at 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Costs $7, Children under 16 are free. www.marylandflyfishingshow.com

17    MSSA Essex/Middle River #3 Fishing Expo, Commodore Hall, 1909 Old Eastern Ave, Essex, MD at 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Costs $3.

19    CCA Baltimore Chapter Meeting, Little Havana Restaurante, 1325 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD at 6:30-9:00p.m. Kayak Fishing by Joe Bruce. Contact John Bonanno 410-241-3529 www.ccamd.com

19    MSSA Essex/Middle River #3 Fishing Expo, Commodore Hall, 1909 Old Eastern Ave, Essex, MD at 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Costs $3.

19    MSSA Broadneck/Magothy #10 Chapter Meeting, American Legion Post #175, 832 Manhattan Beach Rd, Severna Park, MD at 7:30p.m. Skip Zinck 'E'mail:[email protected]

20    MSSA Essex/Middle River #3 Chapter Meeting, Commodore Hall, 1909 Old Eastern Ave, Essex, MD at 7:30p.m. Frank Holden 410-686-2348 'E'mail:[email protected]

20    MSSA Susquehanna #23 Chapter Meeting, O'Briens Paradise Cove, 7415 Lincoln Hwy, Abbottstown, PA, at 7:00p.m. Gary Drake 'E'mail:[email protected]
 
20    Winter Lecture Series, Sailing for Dummies by Peter Isler, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

21    MSSA Annapolis #1 Chapter Meeting, American Legion Post #7, 1905 Crownsville Road, Crownsville, MD at 7:00p.m. Bob Sheehan 410-507-8991 'E'mail:[email protected] www.mssaannapolis.com
 
22    Winter Lecture Series, Sailing Transalantic & Crusing French Canals by Chuck Hawly, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

24    Maryland Safe Boating Class, Tri-State Marine, 5861 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD presented by USCG Aux 23-07 at 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. Costs $25, children $10, veterans, police and firefighters are free. Pre-register at 315-560-4147, Contact Sherry Marnell, 'E'mail:[email protected]

24    CAPPA Medical Emergencies at Sea, Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, 2517 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD at 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Costs $45 members, $60 non-members. Limit to 20 students. www.capca.net

24    Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning, Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St, Annapolis, MD at 12:00-4:00p.m. Costs $25. Music by Eastport Oyster Boys. 410-295-0104  www.amaritime.org

24    14th Annual South River on the Half Shell, Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Byzantium Event Center, Annapolis, MD presented by the South River Federation at 6:00-10:00p.m. Costs $85 per ticket, $150 per couple. 410-224-3802 www.southriverfederation.net/
 
27    Spring Commissioning Seminar, Walter Johnson High School, Room TBD, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD at 7:00-9:00p.m. presented by Rockville US Power Squadron. Contact: Brian Reed www.uspsd5.org/php/ge
 
26    MSSA Perry Hall #6 Chapter Meeting, Gunpowder VFW Post #10067, 6309 Ebenezer Rd, Perry Hall, MD at 7:30p.m. Joe Zinner 410-256-5641 'E'mail:[email protected]

26    CAPCA Meeting, Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, 2517 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. General meeting starts at 7:15p.m. Open to the public. www.capca.net

26-31 Build your own boat, Tenderly Dinghy, CLC Boats, 1805 George Ave, Annapolis, MD. Costs: $850 Tuition, Plus $1729-$2928 Materials. 410-267-0137 www.clcboats.com

27    Boatyard Bar & Grill Angler's Night Out, 400-4th St, Eastport, MD. at 5:00-9:00p.m. Permit Fly Fishing. 410-216-6206 www.ccamd.com

27    MSSA Atlantic Coast #21 Chapter Meeting, Lions Club, Airport Rd, West Ocean City, MD at 7:30p.m. Ron Smith 732-779-2441 'E'mail:[email protected] www.mssa.atlanticanglers.com

27    Winter Lecture Series, Beer & Wine Tasting, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

28    MSSA Northern Bay #12 Chapter Meeting. VFW Post #6027, 815 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD at 7:00p.m. John Wallach 'E'mail:[email protected]  www.mssanorthernbay.com

30    Winter Lecture Series, Care of your Outboard Motor by Scott Noyes, Fawcett Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD at 7:00p.m.  410-267-8681  www.fawcettboat.com

31     Free State Fly Fishers Flea Market & Equipment Swap, Davidsonville Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville, MD at 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Free www.fs-ff.com
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