Special to Frost Illustrated
From the Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club is scheduled to present the 17th Annual Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 7,at the Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park Pond. School age children (ages 16 and under) and senior citizens (age 65 and older) may fish free. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult. All other adults may fish, but are encouraged to make a donation.
Annually The Derby draws more than two hundred children and senior citizens. The Fishing Derby is the tip off of the Summer/Fall Fishing Program. Each year the Club through its fundraising efforts, stocks the pond with fish for a day of fun, relaxing, and friendly competition. Prizes are given out to children for the biggest fish by categories.
Since its beginning, the club has seen many children become productive young men and women in our community. Utilizing a mentor relationship, caring members, volunteers and experienced anglers, teach life skills associated with fishing and offer adventurous outdoor activity to a diverse youth population. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in every club sponsored activity. Children may sign up for membership at the Derby or call (260) 456-1616, or (260) 413-0571. Through fishing, children experience a positive alternative to negative risky behaviors, and possibly a great life long sport.
Organizations like Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club are needed and is very important for today’s youth. Without the dedicated work and time put in by it’s members, volunteers, and contributions from community leaders, we couldn’t make this possible. We’d like to thank those who have contributed in the past and welcome those who would like to make contributions now and in the future.
There or more than fifteen active club members and volunteers who all give their time and expertise to make this event successful.
The Club is a non-profit 501c (3) organization that fosters community involvement through the love of fishing and mentorship.