Rabun Rendezvous 2022 Online Auction

February 4, 2022

We will be hosting an online auction in early 2022 to provide fundraising for the RABUN Chapter. To make the auction successful, we need your support in providing donations. We’ll not focus as much on Bucket Raffle items this year. We still welcome all donations and items not used in the online auction will be retained and used during future events. We want to focus our online auction activities on, e.g., trips, lodging accommodations, fishing gear, and artwork.

More details will follow as to the actual date and times of the auction, site access infor- mation and “How to Bid” directions.

A virtual event will never be a replacement for the fellowship and fundraising we enjoy dur- ing the RABUN RENDEZVOUS, but it will allow us to continue to support the key pillars of Trout Unlimited! Thank you for your support.

Feb 12: Chapter Meeting

February 4, 2022

February, 2022 Rabun Chapter Meeting

Saturday, February 12
“Tour of Burton Fish Hatchery” — Hosted by John Lee Thompson,
GA DNR Hatchery Manager

Gather at 2:30, tour starts at 3:00 pm.

The February, 2022 Rabun Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, Feb 12. Please note that this is different from the normal date for the monthly meetings. The meeting topic will be a guided tour of the newly-renovated Burton Fish Hatchery, located at 3695 GA Hwy 197. John Lee Thompson, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Burton Hatchery Manager and Trout Stocking Coordinator, will host the tour. The DNR has no COVID-19 requirements for visitors at the hatchery, for more COVID safety information see the page 2. Plan to meet at the Hatchery parking lot at 2:30 pm, the tour will start at 3:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothes; the Hatchery does require the soles of shoes be dipped into a disinfectant solution prior to entering the hatchery so wear appropriate footwear. John Lee is excited to provide the tour as a way to show appreciation for all the support the Rabun Chapter has provided to the Burton Fish hatchery! This will be a fun and informative meeting.

Important COVID Safety Information

This month the Rabun Chapter will have our first in-person Chapter meeting in two years! After careful deliberation, the Board of Directors has decided to resume Chap- ter meetings provided we follow facility, National TU and State guidelines for the pre- vention of COVID-19 spread. The current guideline from National TU is to follow State guidelines. The Georgia State guidelines for indoor meetings recommends people be fully vaccinated, that we consider using outdoor rather than indoor meetings, encour- age social distancing of 6 feet between people, and provide face masks and hand sani- tizer for use.

Most importantly, it is up to the individual to determine their own comfort level as to whether or not to attend in-person meetings and what, if any, safety precautions to take. The Rabun Chapter will not “police” your personal health decisions, the above guidelines are recommendations. The Rabun Chapter does not take responsibility for the results of your decisions; accordingly you will be asked to sign a liability release form prior to in-person meetings.

Rabun Rendezvous Returns!

Saturday. February 18, 2023

Dillard House Conference Center. Pig Pickin’ starts at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm. Read more.



Rabun TU Supports Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center

Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center offers programs for students of all ages in cooperation with the Georgia DNR& Wildlife Resources Division, State Parks and Historic Sites Division, and Pioneer RESA. Teacher workshops are held to help teachers learn more about North Georgia’s ecosystems and the unique opportunities available at Smithgall Woods. Learn More


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Call to Action! Attention All Rabunites!

If you are out fishing and see a stream conservation need (erosion control, bank restoration, trout structure maintenance, etc), contact the Georgia Council. Details here.


Rabun TU Supports Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature.

For more information check out their website: www.castingforrecovery.org