1997-98 Meeting Home Page

Texas Chapter Annual Meeting
January 24-27, 1998
Cain Center, Athens, Texas

 by John Prentice

The 1998 Texas Chapter AFS meeting will be held
in Athens, Texas, January 24 – 27. Meeting and tradeshow activities will occur at the Cain Center, 915 South Palestine St. (Phone 903-677-2000). Sunday and Monday evening social activities will occur at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), 5550 Flat Creek
Road (FM2495; Phone 903-676-2277). Along with the meeting facility, the Cain Center also offers free use of many varied sport facilities from walking/jogging trails, tennis and racquetball to indoor swimming, spa and weight room. Sunday and Monday evenings, TFFC will
provide an opportunity to enjoy a tour of the wonderful aquarium and hatchery complex along with our social gatherings. Make plans to be there!


Not only will you have the option to pre-register, I hope everyone will pre-register and there is incentive to do so. The deadline for the pre-registration fee of $15.00 is January 12. After the deadline, the
registration fee is $25.00. Either registration fee includes attendance to all technical sessions, Sunday PM mixer and Monday PM social/meal/fundraiser and tours at TFFC, the continuing education workshops and tradeshow exhibitions. Those that pre-register will also receive a ticket for an early-bird prize drawing. There will be plenty to do at this meeting starting with golf, Athens visiting/shopping and/or a trip to Shreveport, LA
riverboats on Saturday. Sunday will begin at 1:00PM with youth fishing at TFFC and continuing education topics to choose from beginning at 4:00PM. Technical presentations, tradeshow exhibitions and business meeting will fill Monday. Tuesday morning will finish
technical presentations. Review the attached registration form and meeting information, and then REGISTER. Indicate your desire to participate in various events by
checking off various items on the registration form. This will help better organize these events. The registration desk will be in the lobby of the Spanish Trace Days Inn Noon – 3:00 PM Saturday and 10:00AM – 5:00PM Sunday and at the Cain Center on Monday for information.

Rooms have been blocked at Best Western
and Spanish Trace Days Inn (903-675-5173 or 800-488-5173). Room rates at Best Western are $36.00 (single) and $39.00 (double/king) plus tax with reservation deadline for special rates January 15, 1998. Room rates at Spanish
Trace Days Inn are $37.00 (single) and $42.00 (double/king) plus tax with reservation deadline
for special rates January 4, 1998
. Be sure to identify your reservation is for the TX Chapter AFS meeting to secure the special rates.

Further details will be printed in the next
newsletter sometime in December, but if you have questions, call John Prentice
or jprentic@ktc.com.


Saturday January 24, 1998
Noon – 3:00PM Registration at Days Inn lobby area
During day Golf tournament
Afternoon (3:00PM) through evening Trip to Shreveport riverboat and back
Sunday January 25, 1998
10:00AM – 5:00PM Registration at Days Inn lobby area
1:00PM – 5:00PM Tradeshow setup in main foyer of Cain
1:00PM – 3:00PM Youth / member-student mentor team fish
tournament at Freshwater Fisheries Center
4:00 – 6:00PM Continuing Education presentations at Cain Center meeting rooms and Trinity Valley Community College. Three 1-hour presentations to be offered concurrently and repeated at Cain Center so everyone can have the opportunity
to attend any two they choose. Also one 2-hour presentation on computer use will be offered at the same time at the community college for everyone to choose
6:30PM – ? Social/mixer and tour of Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Monday January 26, 1998
6:30AM – 7:30AM Past Presidents’ Breakfast at Day’s Inn
Spanish Trace restaurant
7:00AM – 5:00PM Registration at Cain Center
8:00AM – 5:00PM Tradeshow in main foyer of Cain Center
8:00AM – 10:00AM Start of meeting and Invited Presentations
Panel Discussion (Ecosystem Management), Room B (Henderson Room) at Cain Center
10:00AM Coffee break
10:30AM – Noon Technical presentations,  Room B
Noon – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM – 3:00PM Technical presentations,  Room B
3:00PM Coffee break
3:30PM – 5:00PM TX Chapter Business Meeting, Room B
6:30PM – ? Banquet, Social/Raffle/Auction at Angler’s
Pavilion Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Tuesday, January 27, 1998
8:00AM – Noon Tradeshow
8:00AM – 10:00AM Technical Presentations,  Room B
10:00AM Coffee break
10:30AM – Noon Technical Presentations, Room B

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