Mike Clifford Posted August 22, 2009 Report Share Posted August 22, 2009 One again, we were blessed with a gorgeous day for fishing and conservation at Herrick Lake. Nearly 150 kids registered, which is a manageable number as we are coming to realize. 20 hard-core ISA volunteers gave their day for the cause of mentoring the next generation of conservationists and received a great deal of praise for their efforts from all involved. A special thanks goes out to our Bassbuggers for tying special pins for all the kids. It was a big hit among the attendees. Our original intention was to do a little casting and focus more on teaching, but when 60 kids all converge at once in shifts, it became apparent they had one thing in mind- casting at those targets. We also stuffed the goodie bag with conservation literature and goodies to sweeten the pot. What I will say is that this thing has become like a well-oiled machine at this point. These volunteers just step right in and do what they are accustomed to doing for many years. No leadership necessary, just a simple "Well, let's get to it" is all that is required and it's business as usual with people jumping right in. Mark Kasik managed to save a painted turtle from certain doom (I'll let him tell the story), and let it walk around among our visitors. A really cool touch that added to the educational aspect greatly and the kids really got a kick out of it. Dan Basore provided his always intriguing personal collection of antique lures that never cease to amaze. Bob Maciulis personally delivered bundles of the Outdoor Notebook and met the group he has so steadfastly promoted for this cause over the years. Here are some snapshots put together hastily from the cell phone photos. An official video version is forthcoming from the real cameras. Thanks again to all that pour their hearts and souls into this project each and every year.....and don't be mistaken, the job of creating a conservation mindset to protect and preserve beyond our living years is indeed a "project" in the making, not an event. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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