Kid’s Fishing

Paul Davis

Paul Davis with a young fisher

Jim Athearn setting up rods

Jim Athearn setting up rods

This years Kid’s Fishing Day was a tremendous success and IEFFC again played a major role in the production.  Floyd Holmes and Fred Shiosaki have kept our involvement at a high level and we continue to be a major contributor to the success of this fine program.

This year the program expanded to offer a special session on Friday for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House.  The Legacy Committee came forward to supply the funding for bus transportation for the kids and their parents with a donation in memory of Will ShawFloyd Holmes and Jerry Harms accompanied the kids and a special thanks goes out to  Northwestern Stage Lines for transporting the families to and from Clear Lake.  This new program was well received and will be a part of Kid’s Fishing for the future.

On Saturday we had a number of volunteers show up to help with the event.  Those included Jerry Harms, Randy Shaber, Dick Odell, Jim Athearn, Paul Coopwood, Eric Delbo, Paul Davis,and Jerry Harms friend Warren Daubel.

Thanks for a job well done!!

Dick O'Dell with a happy group of fishers

Dick O’Dell with a happy group of fishers

Floyd Holmes getting a rod ready

Floyd Holmes getting a rod ready

Morningstar Boys Ranch

This years Morning Star Boys Ranch Casting/Tying and Fishing was held May 8 and 10, 2014.  It was well received by the boys and those IEFFC members who participated are to be commended.

The Fly tying was held on May 8th and the following members were available to the boys to show them some basic patterns and assist them in learning how to cast.  Special thanks to Mike Beasley, Merlin Heintz, Mark Hensley, Ward McAuliffe and Bruce Morgan.  This part of the Fishout is often overlooked, but is so essential in preparing the boys for a good day of fishing on Saturday.

On Saturday everyone met for breakfast at LindeBees Diner at 7 am and had the usual great breakfast.  The Legacy Committee covered the cost of the breakfast through a donation in memory of Jim Rose.

From the diner everyone headed to West Medical Lake where the boys were split up and placed in the various boats brought by IEFFC members.  Those manning the boats included Stephen Aspinwall, Ray Kranches, Bob Harley, Bruce Morgan, Doug Pineo, Frank Faha, Harry Calhoun, Hugh Evans, Jim Athearn, Ladin Langeman, Paul Wham, Russ Roundy, and Bob Burton.  We don’t know until the morning of the fishout how many boys will be coming so the following members were ready to assist with a boat if needed; Jerry McBride, Jim Turner, Doug Brossoit and Bob Anderson.

Thanks to all of these volunteers for making the program a huge success.

Fenton Roskelley Fundraiser

The legacy committee will have a display of Fenton Roskelleys materials and equipment available at the May meeting.

The proceeds from the sale will help to continue this committees’ ability to fund our programs involving area youth.  This year the Legacy Committee is already funding Kids Fishing and the Morningstar Boys Ranch outing.  In addition, they are able to provide the funding to transport the Ronald MacDonald House children and parents to the special Friday edition of Kid’s Fishing.