Great donation to NMS& EMS Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs[12.09.2013]
An extremely generous donation was passed on to our schools this Thanksgiving break. NMS & EMS Hooked on fishing not drugs clubs received a supply of fly tying supplies that included hooks, feathers, hides along with jig and spinner making material. We truly cannot even begin to put a value on the amount of supplies we have inherited. The donation came to us because of the “Happy Hooker Sports” owner Larry Zbinden a local tackle maker and fly tier. 3 years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and came in contact with Denny Hanson the President of the Missouri River Fly fisher organization. At that time he expressed his desire to pass his collection on to the youth of this community. We were fortunate enough to meet him this weekend and spend some time talking about him buying out other fly tiers and of course purchasing items in quantity and his passion for the sport of making. He was extremely happy to share stories of his favorite fishing hole, fly and what works and doesn’t work places. Larry has recently been told his cancer is terminal and received information that indicated he would soon need hospice care. With that he wanted to make sure these fishing supplies got to us now. He expressed that this was not a free donation, it came with stipulations that we make sure that we continue to teach kids how to get out and fish. We already have conversation and plans in the works for some great workshop dates to use these supplies.
Jenn and Pat Volkmar