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Columbus Park Fish In
May 7, 2016
We held our 5th annual Fish In on Sat, May 7th. It was a beautiful sunny 80 degree day with 359 kids registered and working pretty hard to catch Rainbow Trout! 166 -6 year olds and under fished the small above ground fishing pond and 193-14 and under fished in the lake.
The pond was handled very well by the Puget Sound Anglers team with Allen Morrow in the lead. Allen, Dee Glenn and PSA President Dennis did a tremendous job setting up/taking down the pond and working with the kids. I also want Mike Silvers to know we really appreciated his help in making arrangements for the pond and organizing the volunteers necessary to make this happen.
Trout Unlimited assisted both at the Pond and the Lake side. Big thanks to Bill Hiblar, Mike Hargrove, Wayne Marion, Larry Holt, Bob Jamison, Pat Prichard, Lee Dudley from Trout Unlimited for jumping in, baiting hooks, hooking fish, helping set up registration/event/nets and tearing down after. Special mention of Lee Dudley’s granddaughter Olivia Dudley who cleaned fish all day. Kim Malcom cooked our BBQ for us on Saturday afternoon and featured Moose Burgers and other goodies for a complete meal.
We really appreciated John Pahutski with WDFW for bringing the fish and helping us put them where they needed to go. We also want to thank James Lossee for arranging to get the fish to us. Black Lake Mclain Fire Dept came and filled the Pond for us.
Other volunteers included Rotarians Gerry Morrissette and Gayla Gjertsen, our friend Janet Barclay, Knights of Columbus members Ted Verner and his son Mike, the Richardson family helped empty the pond with our big fish slip n slide. Bob and Deanna Jackson friends my daughter, Carrie Lerud (park Manager) helped out as well.
I particularly want to thank my son-in-law Davin Lerud who helped us set up on Thursday, again on Friday and then slept with the fish over night after they were delivered, and then volunteered all afternoon on Saturday helping kids fish. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Davin.
In addition to these volunteers, my family was and always has been terrific in helping out at this event. My Grandson Alex, son Tony, his wife Karen, and their son Nick were tremendous, my other son Joshua, his wife Serai, son Tavian helped us clean up after everybody else left. My granddaughter Madison worked all day on Saturday working in the registration booth and then helping with all kinds of things at the end of the day. Of course I have to thank my wife, Lea, for helping me throughout this venture.
Thanks to Bob Jenner, from Cabela’s, also a Knight of Columbus who was a great asset to the team passing out the fishing poles for the kids who needed poles. Any child who did not have a pole was given a free pole donated by Cabela’s. Thanks again to Nancy the marketing director from Cabela’s.
My daughter, Carrie Lerud, manager of Columbus Park, and her Assistant Manager Jo Taylor and crew of approximately 8 staff members from the Park were invaluable during the entire week leading up to the Fish In and particularly on Saturday. Columbus Park donated the space and paid all their employees during this event.
This is a free event for the participants including hot dogs donated by Costco for everyone's lunch. Plants potted with Tumwater Home depot for kids to give to Mom’s for Mother’s Day and 24 vendors with various activities, crafts and items for purchase were here for this family oriented event. The kids had a wonderful time! Our bake sale group, Delphi Pioneer Family Chapel received enough donations with their yummy treats to sponsor a family for Christmas this year as well. Also, a great big thank you to Jimbo Jitsu the youtube Chef, otherwise known as Matt Grate and his wife Angie who tirelessly handed out the free hot dogs while offering up fantastic BBQ style food for purchase.
Our volunteers logged over 250 hours working on this project. By the way, we can always use more volunteers for this event. Next year you could help too.
Thanks to our other sponsors, The Home Depot, Cabela’s, Costco, DFWL, Tumwater Rotary, Timberland Bank. Please forgive me if I have left anyone off this list.
Bob Leingang, President Olympia TU and fishing event coordinator