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.”