The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited is gearing up for a great big celebration its 30th annual Rabun Rendezvous. The guest speaker at the event -- held in Dillard, Georgia -- will be Beverly Smith, vice president for Volunteer Operations, TU National. Beverly is responsible for the Volunteer Operations Department, which supports 36 state councils and 380 local chapters across the country by delivering a suite of applications, training, and resources aimed at helping volunteers more easily and effectively accomplish TU’s mission in their local communities. Her responsibilities also include managing TU’s youth education programs, veterans’ services partnership, and women/ diversity initiative.
Beverly joined TU as the Volunteer Operations Coordinator in 2007, was promoted in 2009 to the director and vice president in 2014. Prior to joining TU, Beverly worked for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. Beverly grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, daughter, and springer spaniel, where she enjoys volunteering locally, fly fishing and bird hunting.
The fundraising event returns to its usual location at the Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia. The social mixer starts 5 pm when folks begin gathering to “pick the pig” and enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch of the Conference Center. There will be snack trays of cheeses, crackers, veggies with dips and fruits. Soft drinks and ice will be available. If you want something stronger, better bring it yourself (BYOB). Inside the center, you can enjoy a fire to warm your buns and enjoy the bluegrass music of The Foxfire Boys.
Dinner is served about 6:30 pm. The layout includes fish, chicken, and pork -- with all the side dishes and desserts -- that have made the Dillard House famous. It is a serve yourself buffet, so you will not leave hungry. Cost is $33 for adults. $25 for those under the age of 15. All tickets are bought at the door. Cash, checks, VISA or MasterCard.
The Dillard House has set special rates for guests of the Rendezvous. Rooms start at $69 (plus tax) for those that call and tell them you’re attending the Trout Unlimited Rabun Rendezvous. Call 706-746-5348 or (toll-free) 1-800-541-0671. Also, Mountain Aire Cottages on North Main Street in Clayton is a good source for lodging. Call them at 706-782-9568.