On June 11 at the Kenai River Festival, we had the pleasure through the Hooked on Fishing program of giving 100 rods and reels to local boys and girls. In its fourth year, the program is a joint effort between Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.
Through the volunteer efforts of Dennis Gease, Don McKay, Bill Wirin and myself, we were able to gather together donated rods and reels, some old and some new. We cleaned and refinished the used rods and reels, mingled them with the new ones and presented them to children between the ages of 6 and 14.
I want to thank all those anglers who donated their used equipment to the program, and especially Bob Hunter, formerly of the Funny River area, and Irving Carlisle of Soldotna, who donated more than half of the rods and reels in 2005. None of this is possible without the donations and gifts of rods, reels and money from members of our community.
With continued growth and support, we hope to be able to increase the number of rods and reels for our 2006 program.
Many kids walked away with a fishing pole in their hand and a smile on their face. For those whom we unfortunately missed, we'll continue our efforts and we will see you next year.
Thanks again for making Hooked of Fishing a great success.
Dave Lowery, Program chair, Hooked on Fishing, Kenai River Sportfishing Association
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