FORT LORAMIE – Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their Littles recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie.
The fishing derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis. More than 25 volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Sept. 29. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members, their children and the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.
Shelby County BassMasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other donations were received by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mike Meyer and Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Mully’s Drive Thru, Al’s Bar & Grill, MidMark Corp., Minster Journeyman’s Club, Sidney Kiwanis, Russ Michael Russ Michael, Vicky Tipps, Wagner’s IGA, Greenthumb Nursery and Dan Eilerman Construction.
“The Shelby County BassMasters do an outstanding job every year with this activity,” said Jennifer Bruns, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. “The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do. I have kids ask me all year round when the fishing derby is going to be held. They love this event. Being outdoors, getting fresh air and learning about fishing is a neat experience for the children in the program; and for some of them the first time they have been exposed to the sport.”
Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 62 matches with a list of more than 14 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support, fun and educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar and offer a way to have a positive effect on youth in the community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. Anyone who would like to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life should contact the local agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.