Dear Friends of the Cowlitz members and interested parties,
If you’ve not heard, Don Glaser the President of Friends of the Cowlitz has had some recent health challenges and is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. We hope at some time in the near future Don will be able to return to FOC in any capacity he wishes to. As you know Don has been the president of FOC for many years, His passion for the Cowlitz river fisheries is and has been a lifelong venture. Don has been an outspoken advocate on many varied issues for you, FOC, the fishery and the community over the years; He has initiated and forwarded many substantial fisheries enhancement programs on the Cowlitz that are Vanguard and is working to help increase adult returns to the Cowlitz River, His Net pen rearing of Salmon, sea run Cutthroat trout and steelhead, tributary stream egg and fry supplementation have shown good success and returns, FOC youth fishing ponds and events have helped many a kid catch their first fish were put together and led by him. The boat raffles and many others are just a few of the many projects Don has had a dedication to, as well as the river and you the members.
As we all know Don has a reputation and obstinacy that he proudly wore – which was mostly led by his passion for the Cowlitz river fishery and you the members of FOC. Don can have a good smile and laugh too. Karen, his wife of over 50 years has steadfastly assisted Don, FOC and their programs, I often ask her “where’s her trophy that she deserves” for putting up with him. I have been a member of FOC for years now, Don and the board asked and put me on as Vise President early in 2017 (where I worked on various advocacy, legislative testimony, Cowlitz Adhoc and other issues for FOC) and asked if I would be interested in advancing FOC. I have built positive relations with Tacoma Power administration and hatchery managers. I know many fisherman, guides and business owners in the area.
I am also the Chairman of Northwest Fisheries Enhancement- NWFE, you can see my bio on www. nwfe.org and some of the resources that FOC now has. NWFE is a support nonprofit organization for Community Fisheries Organizations /CFOs like FOC and we’ll bring that support to carry on, strengthen and advance FOC directions. NWFE has been working with Don/FOC to move the organization forward.
Now the mission short term is to see that FOC, the programs and operations in place continue and in good order, that the day to day functions are moving along smoothly, address current and upcoming advocacy issues and look to advance FOC, the fishery and community following Don’s vision. I assure you that FOC will maintain in good shape and your membership is appreciated.
I do not expect to do any major changes for the near future to FOC, but keep it moving and in good order. Leah, the FOC office manager is continuing that important role with her assistance and guidance. In the fashion of the Non Profit structure of FOC, The board of directors will meet soon for further direction. We’ll see how Don does (and hope he get back to FOC soon) before any long term changes. At this time I am happy to be your point of contact for FOC until Don gets back on his feet. Many have helped Don and FOC now and in the past, doing membership drives and FOC displays, The Net Pens, fish rearing and feedings, the Yakima Sportsman show for boat raffle. I’m sure Don will tell them all “Thanks a bunch” when he returns as we all do!
Please Support Karen, their family and assist to take the burden off as her main focus is to help Don in his rehabilitation.
Kindly send a Get Well and best wishes note to Don and support Karen and their family at: FOC PO Box 248, Salkum WA 98582 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org please avoid calling. We’ll see that your messages get to Don and I’m sure they will cheer him and help in his recovery.
Good luck, best wishes, prayers and a speedy recovery to good health for Don and his family.
Thank you for your membership and support of FOC!