July 20, 2007
By Glenna Noret
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The Texas weather held true to form this year, and we had rain off and on Saturday, but it didn’t stop the dedicated ladies of the TWFF from hitting the river.
The Best Western Dos Rios was a great place to start the weekend. The staff really displayed true West Texas hospitality at its best! The evening mullet mixer began with a welcome from Judge Delbert Roberts who handed out “goodies bags” from the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce and gave us a little history on the city and about the county’s efforts to attract groups such as ours. Not only did we have great food, but we ended the evening with a silent auction that netted over $400 for our club and more than $150 for Casting for Recovery®. Way to go Lavene Jones and Frances Hamm for all their hard work on the silent auction! We also added two new members and had one family renewal.
Mary Rohrer brought a new shipment of TWFF t-shirts, and the light blue color seemed to be a success — t-shirt sales alone raised over $200. (As the treasurer, I really appreciate this income as we get closer and closer to our budget each month!)
On Saturday, we met mid-morning at the Kimble County Park. Kayaks were shuttled to the Texas Tech crossing and several fished the morning with moderate success. Those who didn’t fish on the river, stayed at the park and became Mary Rohrer’s students. A couple of volunteer instructors from Fredericksburg weren’t able to join us because of the flash flood warnings in their area, so Mary had her hands full! Our outstanding president really came through for us! Mary provided not only casting instructions but gave talks on fly selections and equipment as well.
Thanks to Debbie Kistler, a new TWFF member from Junction, we had access to some private land right on the river. It was a great place for casting lessons or just enjoying the river. We had some excitement with our river experiences during the weekend, but they’re better left being told by those who experienced them first-hand. They may be helping with beginning kayaking instructions and safety procedures at our next outing, so just ask around! It’s a story worth hearing!
Everyone cleaned up and we wrapped up the day with a dinner buffet dinner at Isaak’s. All went home safe and sound and much wiser than they arrived!