September 29, 2017
TU National Meeting 2017 - Diversity
As I write this, we’re in the TU National Meeting in Roanoke, in the Diversity session. Kelly Buchta, our own National Leadership Council Rep and Diversity Initiative Coordinator is speaking.
TU needs to be able to represent anglers, since that’s where most of our members start. And diversity is part of our need to grow membership.
For example: The number of women in TU is up by 43% which is great, but that’s still only 6% of our membership when 34% of all anglers are women. Most members start as anglers so we need to improve this.
Our membership is aging, which limits the future of our mission if we don’t grow and attract the up and coming.
And, if we expect Americans to engage in the TU mission, we need our fellow citizens to believe TU is open and welcoming and devoted to everyone’s interest in the future of Conservation, Protection, Reconnection, and Education.
That’s the solemn side. But TU is making progress. A broad spectrum of new members is contributing to our mission, helping existing chapters, creating new chapters. So TU National, the NJ State Council, and our chapters have an amazing breadth of opportunities.