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Kokanee Power is a non-profit organization of friends, families, individuals and volunteers dedicated to the enhancement of Oregon inland kokanee, trout and salmon fisheries. Kokanee Power, in part, provides assistance to the Oregon Department of Fish and Game and other Fisheries Enhancement Organizations in our ongoing efforts to keep these fish in public waters. We also promote inland fisheries enhancement through education, scholarships, grants, as well as sportsmanship through our fishing derbies and tournaments.
Our membership is made up of men, women, and families who volunteer their time, money and enthusiasm to accomplish our fisheries enhancement goals. Most of all, we as a group,are striving to insure that tomorrows generations will be able to experience the quality fishing experience that we have enjoyed on into the distant future. By developing and enhancing trophy fisheries, we insure that our children and our children's children will have the oportunity to catch that fish of a lifetime.
Not all of our membership started out as experienced fishermen; in other words the phrase; "No Experience Required" is the rule, not the exception! Come join us at one of our derbies or work days and help us as a group guarantee the preservation of one of the true treasures of Oregon.
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The latest from the board!
2014 Derby Dates:
- Wickiup June 14
- Green Peter July 12
- Odell August 16
The Green Peter derby this year falls on the same weekend as Sweet Home’s Sportsman’s Holiday celebration. This makes it very important that you get your camping reservations in as early as possible. We will be working with Linn County Parks and Recreation to try and hold as many campsites as possible for our groups and that information will be sent out as early as possible in the spring.
We also decided to hold a social hour at the Wickiup & Green Peter derby on the Friday night before the derby. KPO will provide some type of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Hopefully this will enable everyone to get to know each other better and give attendees an opportunity to meet board members if they haven’t already. This will most likely occur at the same place as the derby registrations. More info to follow.
Derby Entry Form Revision:
The derby entry form has been modified so that the same entry form can be used for any or all three of the derbies. There will be boxes to check at the top of the page where you can check Wickiup, Green Peter or Odell.
There has been a good deal of confusion in the past about the entry fee for the blind bogey and the largest fish side pots. The confusion was rather the $5.00 fee was per person or for the team? We have simplified this by making both side pot fees a straight $10.00 for the entire team, per side pot.
Revision of our By-Laws
Our current by laws started out years ago as the same by-laws that California KPO was using. Over the years they have been changed here and there to better reflect how we wanted to operate as an organization.
Our attorney has agreed to review our current by-laws and revise them as needed to make sure they comply with federal and state regulations and are easy to understand.
Non-Profit and IRS Filing Status:
One of the primary efforts of the board this year is to make sure we have filed all the required paperwork as a non-profit organization with the State of Oregon and the Internal Revenue Service. Since the inception of KPO there have been many different board members and presidents. All these people being well intentioned volunteer officers did their best to work their way through the maze of government regulations and forms. None of these people have been professional accountants, tax consultants or attorneys. Coupled with the government’s slow or non response to our letters or inquiries, we were never sure if we had done everything right or not. Several times the board thought that everything was done, that we had filed all the paperwork that was needed only to find out that we were wrong.
To get this straightened out once and for all we have retained an attorney who specializes in non-profit organizations, both on the state and federal level. Here is what our attorney has told us at this point.
All Oregon paperwork is in complete order and nothing further needs to be done.
The IRS is the agency that grants non-profit status at the federal level. The IRS does not have us listed as a non-profit organization, so we (our attorney) will need to send in the proper application for that status. Once that is done we can then file our yearly reports for the years since we formed. We could send in those yearly reports now, but our attorney says they will just be returned because we currently do not have a non-profit status. The attorney says we should achieve the non-profit status first, and then file the yearly reports. This will take time but it will be nice to get this issue resolved once and for all.
The good news is that we do not owe any back or current taxes. Since we gross under $50,000.00 annually the yearly report we have to file is simple a 7 question questionnaire. There are no taxes for non-profit who gross under that amount and we don’t even come close to grossing over $50,000.00. In some prior years that amount would have been $25,000.00 and we did not meet that threshold either.
Portland and Central Oregon Sportsman’s Shows:
The space rental costs for these events is not cheap, and after reviewing how many memberships were generated at these events it was determined that it was not cost effective to continue participation. We will be working with our major sponsors that will be attending the shows to see if it is possible to have something that promotes KPO in their booth. We are also working on having some type of presence at the Sportsman’s Show in Eugene.
KPO Projects Committee:
In 2013 we did not have our non-profit status updated so we were not comfortable spending money on projects. Since then our attorney has stated that we can commit to funding projects. Chris Bass has agreed to chair and organize our first project committee. We have lots of ideas for projects but we need to prioritize our ideas and create a plan to get these projects rolling. Chris will be doing this in addition to managing the projects and volunteers. The board meeting minutes attached list some projects that are being considered.
This is going to take a great deal of member involvement. If you want to help with projects or have an idea for a project, please contact Chris Bass or any of the board members.
Revision of Derby Rules
The derby rules have been formulated from the experiences of KPO of California who has been running derbies for years, and experiences of KPO Oregon. There were several rules that for one reason or another needed to be rewritten for clarification or simply removed. Bottom line is we were able to pare down the rules from 22 to 16. The revised rules should be much easier to understand.
One rule that has sparked some controversy on some online fishing forums is our rule against anchoring. It should be clear that the rule does not forbid jigging, just anchoring. This rule has been in place since KPO Oregon was first organized and has also been part of the rules for KPO California long before that.
In 2011 we were challenged to put this rule out to the membership for a vote and we did. There were 80 people that responded. 76.9% were in favor of the rule banning anchoring. 11.5% indicated that they thought anchoring should be allowed. Another 11.5% replied that they did not have an opinion one way or another.
There are two very clear positions as to why anchoring should or should not be allowed.
Should be allowed:
- Any type of fishing that is legal in the state of Oregon should be allowed during the derby.
- The prohibition against anchoring is prejudicial and discriminates against people who want to anchor and fish.
Should not be allowed:
- Boats anchored over schools of fish prevent boats that want to troll from fishing those schools.
- Boats anchored in narrow channels or specific portions of a lake block those areas of the lake from those that are trolling.
The board could not find any reason to change this long standing rule. In fact, due to modern technology, we have expanded the definition of “anchoring”. The revised rule reads as follows:
All participants must use a watercraft that is not anchored, shored, tethered or electronically/mechanically (i.e.; I-pilot or TR-1) held stationary. Bank Fishing is not allowed.
Allowing the use of I-pilot or TR-1 would in fact amount to the same as allowing anchoring and that is why the definition was expanded.
A full set of the revised derby rules are attached.
Annual Membership Meeting/Banquet
Our by-laws call for an annual membership meeting. We believe that this is part of the by-laws that came from California as they have been having this type meeting for many years.
The board has decided to hold our first annual membership meeting in April of 2014. The date of April 12 was discussed but no date has been decided on yet. We are exploring possible locations to hold this event and more information will be coming soon. We would have like have the meeting this fall but with the holidays looming there was just no way.
If anyone has experience organizing this type of even and would like to lend a hand in the planning process please let any board member know.
Thank you for your continued support!
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2014 Kokanee Power of Oregon Derby Schedule
June 14, 2014 - Wickiup Reservoir*
July 14, 2014 - Green Peter Reservoir
August 16, 2014 - Odell Lake*
* Use permitted by the Deschutes National Forest