Eden Prairie LGF Chapter Success

Published on June 26, 2017 by Andy Stavast

Eden Prairie is home to many great civic organizations where residents come together as individuals and as groups to improve the wonderful experience of living here. Certainly, this collective experience of “giving back” contributes to the high quality of life ranking that Eden Prairie regularly enjoys in the national press. This is the story of one such organization that is a shining signature of who we are as residents of Eden Prairie and as Minnesotans.

The Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie Chapter touches many lives each summer with a Minnesota tradition, Fishing! As Minnesotans, we celebrate the sport of fishing as a way of life – and as a symbol of who we are. Fishing is a sport – a pastime that embodies our culture, connects us to family and friends, and provides us long lasting memories from early childhood to our senior years. Memories of fishing are personal to each of us bringing back weekends at the cabin, that special time with our grandparent, and for me, the fun experience with my favorite uncle. These are moments and memories never to be forgotten.

The Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie Chapter was formed by its Founder, Joe Holm, and his wife Carolyn of Willmar, MN, who presented their organization, its purpose, and potentials to the local Lions Club. Post presentation the Lions were hooked! A Lions board was formed that included Mike Smith, Terry Eggan, Mike Gruidl, Steve Olson, Richard Smith along with Lioness Peggy Muller and Gwen Wildermuth. The plan was devised along with an initial $15,000 donation to get the ball rolling.

Read the full story at http://www.edenprairielifestyle.com/2017/06/26/lets-go-fishing/

Want to spend some time on the water this summer?

–Fishing and boating means so much to thousands of people in the Detroit Lakes area every year. But what about those who do not have ready access to the water, either due to decreased mobility, or a lack of someone to take them there? Since 2008, the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing has been filling that gap, serving over 6,874 seniors, veterans, youth and physically challenged people of all ages.

“We just launched our 10th anniversary season,” says Dave Hochhalter, one of the chapter’s founders, and its current treasurer. “It snuck up on us fast… I can’t believe it (that 10 years have passed).”

Normally they might not have scheduled a trip quite so early, Hochhalter noted, but the May 5 Hospice of the Red River Valley excursion was a last-minute addition to the schedule, to honor two of their longtime volunteers — one of whom is currently a Hospice patient.

Read the full story here…

Willmar Chapter Launches their 2017 season

SPICER — Let’s Go Fishing launched its 15th season in a big way this week, and appropriately so. The Willmar chapter has already seen a 41 percent bump in registrations from last year, and it is usually in the next couple of weeks when most of the registration calls will come in, according to Jim Gauss, president of the Willmar chapter. “We’re getting calls from all over the place,” he said.

The calls are welcome, as the chapter is ready for a big year. It has a good group of both new and returning volunteers on deck for the season, although new help is always welcome, he said. The volunteers launched the season Monday and Tuesday by hosting approximately 300 elementary students from the Willmar Public Schools on Green Lake. Three pontoons made a total of 18 trips to give the young students from Kennedy Elementary an opportunity to enjoy time on the water.

They tried their hand at fishing, too. “Not a lot of fish caught, but they had fun,” Gauss said. The volunteers will be hosting elementary students Thursday from Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg and next week from the Prairie Woods Elementary School in New London. Read the full story here…

 

 

 

Dave Csanda Joins Let’s Go Fishing as Chapter & Communications Director

Let’s Go Fishing, the Minnesota-based 501c3 non-profit that annually takes 20,000 seniors, veterans and children on complimentary fishing and boating outings, is pleased to announce that Dave Csanda has joined the organization as Chapter & Communications Director. Csanda’s regional duties include promoting Let’s Go Fishing’s positive message with local LGF chapters via newsletters and press releases, attending board meetings and local activities, and expanding the formation of new chapters. He will also be involved in fundraising and shaping the organization’s future direction and national growth. 

Csanda is no stranger to the fishing business, having spent a long career as an angling educator, outdoor writer, magazine and TV personality at In-Fisherman and Lindner Media Productions. In addition to performing over 1,000 fishing seminars at major sports shows, he is an inductee of both the Minnesota and National Fresh Water Fishing Halls of Fame.

Csanda also brings a wealth of Let’s Go Fishing experience to the job. As one of the co-founders and past president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of LGF, he continues to be an active volunteer, taking senior groups fishing and boating on area waters on the one of the 34 LGF pontoons.

“From the very beginning, Let’s Go Fishing’s mission of taking seniors on complimentary outings has greatly appealed to my sense of tradition,” Csanda says. “As a kid, I spent a large amount of time fishing with my dad, grandfather and uncles. I enjoyed our times together in the boat, their stories, and the rich heritage that fishing provides to so many outdoors-oriented families. Today, Let’s Go Fishing is able to reward countless residents of senior care facilities—the folks who built our communities–with an otherwise unavailable way to spend time on the water, recalling past fishing experiences with families and friends, and occasionally, introducing folks to fishing for the first time. It’s immensely rewarding to both our guests, and to the many Let’s Go Fishing volunteers that make these trips possible.

“My wife Liz joined me in this mission as a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer and co-founder of the Brainerd Lakes Chapter in 2010. As Community Relations Director at a senior care facility, she keeps me up-to-date on the financial and staffing challenges faced industry-wide, and the importance of making outdoor activities available to residents–not simply as fishing trips, but perhaps even more importantly, as recreational therapy that lifts spirits on the water. I look forward to helping expanding the Let’s Go Fishing program to seniors nationwide.”

Reeling in good health

LGF seeing first hand the benefits of a boat ride

Studies have shown that nature has beneficial effects on mental and physical health.

And Let’s Go Fishing’s many chapters in Minnesota are stressing the importance of those outdoor attributes in its mission statement: “Bringing Nature’s Healing and Well-Being to Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled.”

Let’s Go Fishing is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established by Executive Director Joe Holm and his wife Carolyn, of Willmar, in 2002.

“LGF liberates people from isolation, loneliness and depression – by giving them boating day trips, and sometimes even fish to catch,” said Holm. “Healthier and happier people are the result.”

Let’s Go Fishing now has 25 chapters throughout Minnesota, as well as one in Wisconsin. Read the full article at Senior Perspective…

Hospitalized Fargo Veterans go fishing

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) – Finally a wind-less day. And with a lake full of fish, Big Detroit Lake played host to a special kind of “day on the water.”

A few times a summer, the Fargo VA takes some of its veterans for an afternoon of fishing. Volunteers from the non-profit group “Let’s Go Fishing” provide the pontoon, the rods, and the memories.

“Ready to catch fish?” said Tim Miller.

“We are ready to catch fish,” said Gerry Gronvold.

The veterans arrived from Fargo.  Watch the full story from WDAY here…

Snowbirds Flock to Willmar

Ann Patrick and Terry Dinderman of the Orange Grove RV Park Picnic Group from Edinburg, Texas, wave Tuesday as they leave a public dock to cruise Green Lake courtesy Let’s Go Fishing.

The migratory, mostly Midwestern flock, spend winters deep in the heart of Texas and hold a reunion picnic each summer in a different home town, this one headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds for three days with about 150 attending. Watch the full story on WCTRIB.com

Let’s Go Fishing – Building partnerships within the communities it serves

By Tom Cherveny – West Central Tribune – SPICER – Linda Dilley knows how to make life fun for the residents of Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar, where she is the activities assistant.

But she will admit that residents enjoy some of their best times outside the comfort of their Pleasant View home. By all measures, one of their favorite activities is Let’s Go Fishing outings on the waters of Green Lake. The excitement and good vibes continue when they return and tell others of their adventures, according to Dilley.

She will admit this, too. “Sometimes I’m just as giddy when I take them out and see the joy on their faces,’’ said Dilley. “To me,’’ she said of Let’s Go Fishing, “it’s the best organization around.’’

Let’s Go Fishing will continue to get around and touch lives on the water in more places than ever as it enters its 15th year, according to Joe Holm, its founder and executive director. Holm said the Spicer-based, nonprofit has continued to see steady growth since its start. Read the full story at www.wctrib.com