Transitions at the WestSlope Chapter

By Mark Kuipers

After six years as your Chapter President, I’ve decided it’s time for me to step down and give others the opportunity to fulfill leadership roles and take the chapter to the next stage. I’m doing so with mixed emotions as being chapter president was a deeply satisfying experience and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it. I’ve made dozens of new friends in Missoula and around the state while doing my best to build and strengthen the chapter. It has truly been a labor of love.

We are so lucky to live in Missoula, a great community filled with people who really care about our rivers and streams and are willing to step up and make a difference. Everything that has been accomplished during my tenure is because of our strong board, the support of our members and the generosity of our sponsors and donors from the local business community. My sincere thanks goes to everyone.

Please join me in enthusiastically welcoming Brandon Dwyer as our new Chapter President. We are lucky to have Brandon step into this leadership role and continue making the WestSlope Chapter a strong and vibrant voice for conservation and fly fishing in Missoula. I can’t wait to see what new things are to come and what else our chapter will accomplish.

But I’m not going away. I plan to remain on the board and serve as the Program Chair and continue to work to make our chapter even more successful. I hope to see you at our chapter meetings, streamside conservation projects and on the water.

Mark Kuipers
Past-President and Program Chair

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