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Old 04-04-2006, 01:09 AM
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BIG BROTHER DAY 2006

Please join me in keeping this most important tradition thriving in 2006... the annual Big Brother Fishing Day on Fathers Day, June 18th Sunday 2006.

We are asking for a half day out of your year to mentor a pair (big and little brother) with the Forum group at Chatham to share your knowledge and passion for coastal fishing.

Those who have participated in the past know how important of a day this is to the littles and bigs alike, and the sense of satisfaction and just plain fun is hard to match in anything we do all year.

We gather at the Monomoy Wildlife refuge and enjoy a half day of fishing, picnic lunch, rides to the refuge for the pairs are donated by Rip Ryder. Then the kids go through flyfishing "boot camp" on the beach, after which they spin or fly fish depending on the appropriate level of ability. After lunch we award each little with a flyfishing graduation gift and wish them luck on their angling journey through life, or until we meet again next year as we have several 'veteran' pairs.

The Refuge staff then takes them through a scavenger hunt and they conclude the day.

The Forum 'mentors' then spend the balance of the day enjoying the flats and finish with steamers and a cold one to relish the day at Squires. Some do need to get home for dinner with their own fathers, others attend with their fathers as mentors. Others like myself do this in honor of their fathers who have passed on. For whatever reason, let's turn Fathers Day into a day of brotherhood and fishing for the boys.

It's become among the most important annual activities and because of planning needs we really must get a number of volunteers coordinated earlier than last year. Each year we learn how to do things better and this is an important adjustment.

Please show your support for this ever-important event by volunteering to mentor on this date here.

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Old 04-04-2006, 08:36 AM
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In thinking about this more, moving it to Saturday would allow people who have commitments on Sunday to participate.

Let's shift it to Saturday of Father's Day weekend (June 17th).
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:57 PM
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I'll be there unless the firm decides I need to be overseas.

I'm 95% at this point.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:05 PM
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I'll be there unlike last year when I thought it was on Father's day and missed it by a week.
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:17 PM
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i will check my schedule and maybe i can make it this year
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:09 PM
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I'll be there barring unforseen circumstances. I'll probably make a weekend of it .

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Old 04-04-2006, 09:08 PM
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Since you shifted it to Saturday I will be there...Sunday I need to keep for my kids....this year....I will be in Chatham all weekend and hope I can get both boys involved....John has turned down a summer internship at a financial firm...which I encouraged...telling him he has the next 30 years to worry about that and will work at Geoge's fish market in Harwich and Jim will be at Chatham as well....both were at the first or second Big Bros day...so Sat is really better for me...Hawkeye... it will be good to see you after many years.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:11 PM
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My gosh, there's a chance that I can actually be there this year.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:50 PM
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If we can get five or six flies from each guy who participates to give to the kids... then ...as the years go by for them... they may find it in the bottom of their closets and say... to their kids..."hey, lets take these out(but not all of them "... and fish".... our ultimate goal....(maybe Nick can get us the "famous junk boxes" that he has found), if he can not we can certainly get some inexpensive fly boxes to give to them.".... you got to have a box for them....A treasure.... I would like to leave them with something to take home... what do you guys think?
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:55 PM
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Great idea, Mr. Mayor.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:08 PM
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Great idea John. I also hope to make it this year and I am sure I can wrestle up some extra flies by then.

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Old 04-04-2006, 11:05 PM
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Sean...hope you can make it and looking forward to fishing with you....John
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I'll join you if the family will let Father leave the property. Flies and boxes will accompany me.

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Tally as of this AM: 4 confirmed

Hawkeye
striblue
jimS
juro

Others please reply as you can commit. I need to coordinate with Heather at Big Brothers accordingly.

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Old 04-05-2006, 07:33 AM
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I'm a 50/50 right now as I am in the time of my life where everyone I know is getting married (8 this summer)....so that leaves a few weekends not quite accounted for yet. I really hope I can get down there for it though.

As far as boxes, I have about 40 at my house now, and can get more most likely if we need them. No problem.
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