Emmett Brown From the Director’s Desk

By Emmett Brown

April 6, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 17th the Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers ordered all non-essential operations in the State of Wisconsin to close until further notice. We have complied and only a skeletal staff remain in order to keep a minimal operation going. Furthermore, he ordered all non-essential workers to stay at home, except for necesssary errands – groceries, prescriptions, doctor visits, etc.

Obviously, the Fishing Hall of Fame does not fit into the essential category. As of this date, I have no idea when our offices and grounds will be able to open to the public. My guess, and it is just a guess, is that the earliest we can open will be in June. I also see a scenario that delays our opening until July or August. Obviously, we are all hoping for a June opening. Paramount to our decision of when we open will be the safety of our employees and visitors.

A large portion of our operating income is derived from our museum operations (museum admission fees and gift shop). Obviously, this revenue stream is going to take a big hit this year. With this in mind, we are going to have to “tighten our belts” a bit this year. This edition of The Splash and our World Record Book slated for this spring will not be printed. Both items will be electronically available on our website www.freshwater-fishing.org. They will go live sometime around May 1st. Our hope will be to start printing The Splash again in August. During this time of financial austerity I respectfully request that you keep your membership current with the Hall. Your support dollars are needed more than ever right now. Thank you.

Since the large portion of our annual Mega Raffle tickets are sold through our gift shop, we cannot offer a boat this year. Instead we will be having a 50/50 Cash Raffle. The winner will receive exactly one half of all proceeds received. Raffle tickets can be purchased on our website. Also, a flyer outlining this raffle will be sent to all members around May 15th. The drawing as customary will be held on November 1st. Your participation in this raffle is greatly appreciated. You may even win a few bucks!

Please visit our website from time to time as we will post our opening date as soon as we find out.

Until then, stay safe, keep your social distancing and wash your hands to excess!

Best regards,
Emmett A. Brown, Jr. | Executive Director