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Call for Assistance to Fill Vacant Council Positions

Below you will find some of the responsibilities of each positions with more specifics being found online in the Volunteer Leadership Manual and the By-Laws.

Council Treasurer

The role of the Treasurer is one of the most important and essential in the Council. "The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate account of monies received and paid on account of the Council, give a financial report at each meeting of the Council and Executive Committee, and whenever required by the Executive Committee the Treasurer shall render a statement of the Council's accounts and report to the Council".

"The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and property of the Council. With the Chair, the Treasurer may sign and execute, in the name of the Council, all contracts, agreements and other obligations of the Council".

"The Treasurer shall submit a complete Annual Financial Report for the Council to Trout Unlimited prior to the deadline set by Trout Unlimited". Along with the Executive Committee the Treasurer should "develop, approve and track a budget of Council expenses and revenues each fiscal year". And, the Treasurer should ensure that donations to the Council are properly acknowledged. The Treasurer shall be the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, prepare and recommend a budget to the Council.

Membership Committee Chair

Shall chair the Membership Committee, which is responsible for maintaining current membership lists, recruiting new members and helping to develop the strategies that go along with these activities.

Veterans Services Partnership VSP) Coordinator

The VSP Coordinator shall help to coordinate all veteran related activities within the state. The VSP Coordinator will help to coordinate between Chapters, share stated-based resources and identify areas where support might geta local VSP program off the ground. He or she will communicate regularly with TU VSP staff to understand what resources re available to help at the state level. Promote and encourage Chapter leaders to initiate VSP programs locally. Develop and/or support training sessions for TU VSP Chapter Coordinators. The VSP Council Coordinator will promote VSP activities and opportunities throughout media, the community organizations, Council and Chapter newsletters and social media.

Council Youth Education Coordinator

The Council Youth Coordinator shall lead the Youth Education Committee which shall be responsible for the development of youth programs. This person should be interested in developing the next generation of TU members and conservation leaders. He or she should have an affinity for working with kids, families and young people. The Youth Education Coordinator should communicate with state Chapters and TU staff to share and get information about youth and family activities. And, this individual should help the Council and Chapters develop Headwaters Youth Education Initiative. Also the Youth Education Coordinator should promote current and statewide youth and family outreach efforts through press releases, newsletter articles, social media and community organizations. Should also be helpful in locating sources of financial support for Chapter youth events.

While all of these positions are important to the Council and our work, our most urgent and pressing need is to find a Council Treasurer! It is essential, necessary, to have a Council Treasurer. If any of you have someone in your Chapter who has previously served as a Treasurer, who would be interested in serving at the Council level please reach out to me or any of the Council Executive Committee members. If you have a member with experience with finances and accounting please suggest that they considering taking on the role of Council Treasurer.

"Thank you" for your attention to these Council needs. We appreciate your assistance on behalf of the Council and look forward to your participation!

Marsha Benovengo,

Chair, New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited

The New Jersey State Council Trout Unlimited

The Council is made up of leadership from 10 individual TU Chapters that are situated throughout the Garden State. In order for TU to speak as 'One Voice' in New Jersey, leaders from each Chapter meet quarterly and discuss how to best achieve Trout Unlimited's National, State, and Local mission and vision. The majority of the activity and impact on conservation efforts are made at the Chapter level. Council encourages and promotes Inter-Chapter Collaboration and Support.

State TU Councils are the key link between the National TU staff and State TU Chapters and play a critical role in advocating Trout Unlimited's mission and vision at the state level.

TU Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

TU Vision

By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

New Jersey State TU Council is not simply another chapter and should be regarded as a coalition, the vital thread that binds all the chapters together for mutual support and assistance. The State Council, therefore, deserves the active participation of every chapter in New Jersey. Our State TU Council is committed to bringing chapters closer together, and experience has proven that a strong council usually results in strong, effective chapters, and vice versa.

New Jersey State TU Council has a National Leadership Council Representative (NLC), a volunteer elected to be a conduit between the Council and the TU National Board and Staff. The NLC Representative brings issues and concerns from the state level to the national level and then bring decisions and initiatives from the national level back to their state council.

New Jersey State Council Trout Unlimited Meetings:


10 am - 2 pm

Check The Council Calendar for upcoming meetings.


Rutgers Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building

14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick NJ

Territories of the 10 New Jersey Chapters in New Jersey State Council Trout Unlimited

New Jersey State Council Executive Board

Council Chair

Marsha Benovengo

Council Vice Chair

Christopher Henrickson


Bruce Seiden



Conservation Chair

John J Montefusco Jr

NJ Upper Delaware

Home Rivers Initiative

Keith Fritschie

Veterans Services


Youth Initiative


NLC & Diversity

Kelly Elizabeth Buchta

Membership Chair


Central Regional VP

Bart Lombardo

State Federation Representative

Dave McCready


Jessica Griglak

Technology & Media


Chapter Presidents who are Council Members

Links to Chapter Website / Facebook / Map / Meeting Location Address


NJ TU Chapter 59


Greg Luty

Meeting Location:

Sparta VFW,

66 Main Street,

Sparta, NJ 07871


NJ TU Chapter 91


Christopher Henrickson

Meeting Location:

American Legion Hall

33 West Passaic Street

Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Interim President

NJ TU Chapter 123


Marsha Benovengo

Meeting Location:

American Legion Hall

137 New Market Road

Dunellen, NJ 07076


NJ TU Chapter 132


Jim Langell

Meeting Location:

Whippany American Legion Hall

13-23 Legion Place

Whippany, NJ 07981


NJ TU Chapter 155


Dennis Connelly

Meeting Location:

Cranford Community Center

220 Walnut Ave.

Cranford, NJ 07016


NJ TU Chapter 156


James Kinney

Meeting Location:

Pequest Trout Hatchery

Oxford, NJ 07882


NJ TU Chapter 227


Stewart von Oehsen

Meeting Location:

D&R Land Trust

One Preservation Place,

Princeton, NJ 08540


NJ TU Chapter 244


Richard Balak

Meeting Location:

American Legion Hall

1 Ridge Rd,

Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889


NJ TU Chapter 411


Ron Vaccaro

Meeting Location:

Cherry Hill Library,

1100 Kings Highway N,

Cherry Hill, NJ


Double Nickel Microbrewery,

1585 NJ 73 N,

Pennsauken Twp, NJ



NJ TU Chapter 439


Kevin Lovely

Meeting Location:

Fireman's Field Memorial Pkwy Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Trout Unlimited National