Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited

About US

Where we came from
Where we're going

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead



Lee Hartman, Rick Ottinger, Don Hillegas and Bob Repholtz founded Perkiomen Valley
Trout Unlimited, Chapter No. 332, in 1979. The chapter by-laws were approved at a
meeting of the members on October 14, 1979, in East Greenville, PA, and formally
approved by Trout Unlimited’s parent organization on December 1, 1979.

Rich Ottinger was elected as the first President of PVTU, and Robert Repholz as the
Secretary. Since Lee Hartman, who was living in Pennsburg at the time, already held
office as SE PA Regional Vice President, of PA Council, when he helped form the
chapter, he was unable to assume a position with PVTU in the early days, though
meetings were still held in his home. Lee also wrote the chapter’s newsletter titled
“Streamside Happenings”. Later, his 16-year old neighbor, Bill Butz, became chapter
President, and was the youngest chapter President to ever serve in that capacity.

One of the chapter’s purposes was and continues to be, to act in a charitable, educational
and scientific manner to preserve, protect and conserve trout and other salmonids as game
fish and to encourage other organizations to this end, through scientific and practical trout
management practices and to promote clean, pure water for them to live in. Since PVTU
was formed, in an effort to support the fishery, it has contributed to significant stream
improvements on the Main and West Branch of the Perkiomen and the Hosensack
Creeks. Our emphasis continues to be restoration of the Perkiomen Watershed, which
has contributed to a noticeable improvement in the quality of the water now flowing into
the Green Lane Reservoir.

March 14, 2018
This chapter history created by:
Lee Hartman, Chair, Delaware River Committee, PA Council of TU
Thomas W. Smith, President, PVTU, No. 332



Chapter Leaders


President, Board member

Tom Smith

Vice President, technology chair,SECRETARY, board member

Randy Wolf

Treasurer, board member

Bryan Fulop

Tic and youth ed coordinator, board member

Jim Coffey

Board member

Dan Nedzwecky

Social Media Director, Membership Chair, board member

Bob Young

fundraising chair, board member

Steve Scott

Conservation chair, Board Member

Mark Stannard

events chairman

Charles Shagg

membership chairman


financial reviewer

Richard Nash



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