I have seen a trend that I want to address. I am disturbed by the way we sometimes treat new members. Our Brotherhood of Catfishing is not a private club made up of people that all think the same. We have people from all walks of life and all age groups that have joined us to be part of our family, to learn more about Catfishing, and to be a part of something exciting. Many are like kids when they join us and some really are kids. Meaning they know very little about Catfishing, conservation, fishing methods, or any of the issues that concern us. We are being way too hard on our new members sometimes in regards to their views on things. We would not push our child off the toilet when we are trying to potty train them, so why push a brother off the forum if we want to educate them. We should not be turning into a closed- minded clique where no one feels comfortable talking about or asking questions about topics that are sensitive to others. This is how they learn. I have felt looked down on because I bank fish. I have felt shunned for jug fishing, pay lake fishing, and trot lining. And I have almost walked away from the group in the past as have a few others. I have participated in all the” bad” activities at some point. I remember not knowing what the term CPR stood for in regards to fishing and thinking what a weird thing to do. I remember when I kept everything I caught without giving it a second thought. But I learned a lot along the way and have changed a lot of things since I have become a serious catfish angler. Not everyone has made it to the point where I am at. That is why I feel the need to teach others about conservation, not to downgrade them for something that I have done in the past. I try to explain the reasons I changed to get them to join me. So, everyone, please consider this. We have to teach new members just like we teach a child new things. They are coming to us often times as a blank slate that we can educate or not. If we consider ourselves as conservationists, then we have failed when one new member leaves us because of the way we treat them. Understanding conservation and the issues facing our great sport begins with education.