Winchester Chapter wins “Best Newsletter” award from TU National

The Winchester Chapter snagged the Bollinger Award for Best Newsletter from Trout Unlimited at its recent national annual meeting in Wisconsin.

The monthly newsletter, titled Lateral Lines, is produced by chapter member and treasurer Bill Prokopchak, a retired science teacher and school principal. “It is through his efforts that our once mundane newsletter has grown from a lack luster one page boring letter into a colorful and informative multiple page monthly document,” said past president Carl Rettenberger in the nomination for the award.

Bill is not just an editor; he’s also an artist. He used his skills to sketch brook trout and then used his personal funds to get the sketch printed on quality note card stock, which, along with an envelope, he has made available to the membership for a modest donation to the chapter’s treasury. In addition, he presents his note cards to all of the chapter’s guest speakers as a symbol of appreciation.

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The Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited is made up of representatives of the state’s 16 TU chapters.