By Tom Gadacz
The Minutes of the FFI Florida Council Annual Meeting
December 1, 2018
Greetings to all Florida FFI members,
We are planning our Florida Council Annual meeting for later this year.
We are requesting the election of the members who have volunteered to serve on the Florida Council Board of Directors.
You will be receiving an email that allows you to vote for your choices. You can select individuals for approval or select the first box which allows you to approve all the candidates. Please respond no later than November 20.
We greatly appreciate your support!
President, FFI Florida Council
FFI Changes and Member Benefits.
April-May 2017 PDF format
The ANNUAL REPORT
January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Submitted: February 15, 2016
Florida Council Board
President: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President: Tom Logan
Treasurer: Ron Winn
Secretary: Rick Warfel
Directors at Large
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Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF)
2019 at Bradenton Yacht Club.
The 36th Annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament and the Bradenton Yacht Club hosted the eighth annual PHWFF event on May 18, 2019. PHWFF is a national non-profit (501c3) program that teaches veterans with PTSD and TBI about fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and fly rod building. It is helping heal the physical and emotional wounds of our veterans. Fly fishers from all over the country organize these fly fishing activities in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics. This program is promoted and supported by Fly Fishers International, its charter, and affiliated clubs.
This year we had 36 veterans and PHWFF volunteers/instructors fishing on the water. Twenty-two Florida captains provided their own boats and guiding experience. In addition to the returning captains we had several new captains join with us. The veterans were from local PHWFF programs in both St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. The volunteers also came from regional Florida PHWFF programs.
Robert Gause organized the day's wonderful event from 14 programs in the region. Members of the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers, the Suncoast Fly Fishers, the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club, Crosthwait Committee, and Manatee County fishing guides supported the event by supplying lots of volunteers and boats. The Bradenton Yacht Club provided coffee and snacks. Each veteran was assigned to both a captain and a volunteer. After a brief orientation meeting, the captains, volunteers, and veterans headed out to fish the Manatee River, Terra Ceia Bay, and Tampa Bay for 4 to 5 hours.
We could not have wished for a better day, we had minimal winds and a moving tide. This year we caught lots of fish. The catches included snook, sea trout, redfish, flounder, mackerel, jack crevalle, grunts, and snapper. On their return to shore, the veterans were treated to a sumptuous lunch provided by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Restaurant and excitedly exchanged their experiences with one another. Unlike previous years, all their stories and catch sizes were substantiated with photos. Using cell phone cameras was a terrific idea.
Captain Mark Conner, Ray Adams (a veteran from Bay Pines VA Medical Center), and I fished Terra Ceia Bay where Mark led us to some great fish grounds and we caught snook, flounder, a jack, and a 27-inch redfish. Volunteers from our Suncoast Fly Fishers included Alan Sewell, Ted Rich, Dennis Marquis, Dave Barson, Terry Kirkpatrick, and Tom Gadacz. We had 6 veterans from our Bay Pines VA Medical Center. Our many thanks go out to those volunteers from Tampa, Sarasota, and the Bradenton surrounding area. They have continued to support this event for the past 8 years and we are very grateful.
We also greatly appreciate the support of Mike Reeves, who initiated and led this event for many years, the Bradenton Yacht Club, the Annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament, and all those who volunteered their time and boats to honor our veterans. It was a special day for us to be fishing with these veterans who have served our country. Many of the captains and volunteers were themselves veterans, and fond it a great way of giving back to their fellow brothers in arms!
President, Florida Council of Fly Fishers International
Treasurer, Suncoast Fly Fishers
EXPO2020 WILL BE HELD AT THE PLANTATION INN
EXPO 2018 was also held a the Plantation Inn
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Photos from EXPO 2016 "CASTING THE PERFECT WEEKEND" are available on our Facebook page - You do not have to be a member of Facebook to view them - just follow this link https://www.facebook.com/International-Federation-of-Fly-Fishers-Florida-Council-146437518751967/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1285489414846766