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Gerry Thompson and Caitlin Gifford, Co-chairs of 11th Annual FFC & Conservation Symposium, would like to share with you some exciting news about the upcoming National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium scheduled for Sept. 23-27, 2013 in Calgary Alberta. Competition, conservation, as well as Youth engagement are the three priorities for the week-long event. In addition, we want to showcase the Alberta Blue Ribbon Rivers and streams. A one-time only chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada has formed to facilitate the hosting of the event. We are working with a host committee of approximately 20 volunteers from across the community - the Calgary Hook and Hackle Club, Calgary Women Fly Fishers, Bow River Shuttles, the Bow River Chapter of TUC, Trout Unlimited Canada, Bird Marketing Group, Country Pleasures Fly Shop, Fish Tales Fly Shop, the Fishin Hole, and Fly Fishing Canada. The preliminary work has been done-secure the various provincial permits and licenses, secure a host hotel, assemble an organizing committee, sketch out a schedule of events and fund raising campaign.Now the next phase of, "spreading the word" and bringing on board more volunteers, donors and competitors is about to be launched - we need your help. Please spread the word and contact us if you can or want to be involved in support of the event. Gerry Thompson and Caitlin GiffordCo-chairs,11th Annual FFC & Conservation SymposiumHost Committee - NFFC 2013 (CFE License #0224)Email Contact: Gerry Thompson or Caitlin Gifford Host City Announced For the 2013 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships & Conservation SymposiumFly Fishing Canada and the NFFC Host Committee for 2013 are pleased to announce that Calgary, Alberta has been selected as the host city for the 11th Annual Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium, September 23rd to 27th, 2013The event involves bank-side fishing on the Bow River and loch-style boat fishing at still water location(s). This is a catch and release event that culminates in the awarding of team and individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and trophies.Participant RegistrationTo register as a team of five or as an individual, go to the Fly Fishing Canada website .Space is limited to the first 15 teams so register early. Ten teams have already registered. There are no women only or co-ed teams yet!Cost: $300 per person due at time of registration. Host Hotel & Special Room RatesCarriage House Inn9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary 1-800-661-9566 or 403-253-1101. The Carriage House Inn will be the headquarters of the event and all activities will be held here. Departures for the venues on competition day will originate from the parking lot. A block of rooms has been reserved (National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium) and will be held until Thursday August 8, 2013. Call 1-800-661-9566 or 403-253-1101 and mention our event to get the special room rate. Reservation requests received after the cutoff date will be quoted the rate of the day and the room types available. These rates are also available 3 days prior and post the event in case any competitors/guests want to arrive early or stay on after the event concludes. Deluxe Guestrooms $139.00 - oversize double or queen bed or two over-sized double or queen beds and feature flat-screen TVs, On-Demand movies, mini-fridge and large walk-in showers VIP Guestrooms $159.00 Executive Kings $189.00Suites $259.00Guestroom Rates include Hot Breakfast for 2 Subsidized Taxi Fair to and from the Airport is provided by the Carriage House Inn.Volunteers needed...We need volunteers to carry out the duties of: Sector Judges, controllers (you help measure and score a competitor's catch, using a fish trough to minimize handling of the fish), drivers to shuttle competitors to and from the fishing beats, canvassers to collect items for the silent auction, volunteers to assist with youth activities throughout the week and general help with setting up for the evening events and the pre and post competition preparations.You can volunteer one of two ways - go to the Fly Fishing Canada website http://www.flyfishingcanada.net or contact the local coordinator, Kyle Canning at 403-939-4104 or emailConservation Project and Event Operations - Donors/Supporters NeededThe host committee is in the early stages of implementing a fund raising campaign to solicit enough financial support (cash or in-kind) to cover the event operating costs plus make a substantial donation to the Mallard Point restoration project sponsored by the Bow River Chapter of TU. For details of the project, connect to this link.. Harry Harker, Chair of the Fundraising team can also be reached via email. Details of the Schedule of events for the week will be released in the next few weeks. For more information: Contact: Chris Bird, Communications ChairP: 888-435-9624Thank you for your support of Trout Unlimited Canada Trout Unilimited Canada Philip RowleyManager Marketing and Communications 780-464-5499 email@example.com