HOLIDAY MEETING – FULL OF SURPRISES
Our Holiday meeting on December 20th is a chance to celebrate 2018 and look forward to another great angling year. After the customary swearing in of your new Board for 2019, there will be movies, fishing stories and a very special stand-up comedy routine by a Club member. We will also present our major annual awards for excellence to distinguished members of the fly fishing community inside and outside the Club and show our appreciation to the hard working staff of the Monterey Glen. We will again be asking for an unwrapped toy for the annual SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE.
This year we will be presenting the J Stanley Lloyd Order of the Mayfly to Eastern Sierra guide Pat Jaeger. Pat was the unanimous choice of the Board and joins the esteemed fellowship of previous recipients whose names can be found in your roster. With typical modesty Pat was overwhelmed when he got the news, saying “if you change your mind, I’m happy with the caddis or muddler minnow award – I am in very impressive company.” The award recognizes Pat’s unstinting work in his community where he regularly volunteers to help kids and other groups get into the sport. For the past 20 years he has offered special trips to the Clubs in Southern California. Deep knowledge and a rich sense of humor are the hallmarks of his many seminars and on water classes. Pat is an IFF Certified instructor, Simms Ambassador and test pilot for Sage rods. His volunteer work includes Head Guide for Project Healing Waters (Eastern Sierra) and Head Guide for the Silver Lake Fishing Academy. He defines the soul of the award as someone who “contributes to the art of fly fishing.”
The Order of the Jassid is presented for outstanding conservation efforts and this year goes to Rosi Dagit. She joins a distinguished group that includes Yvon Chouinard, Jimmy Carter and our very own Debbie Sharpton. Rosi is a tireless advocate to restore our local steelhead fisheries and has worked on extensive LA River surveys. She is currently Senior Conservation Biologist for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM.ORG), to whom we made a donation in 2017.
Rosi has been working at the RCDSMM since she moved to Los Angeles in 1987. She has initiated and coordinated numerous research, restoration and monitoring projects throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, starting with studies of Malibu Lagoon, Leo Carrillo State Beach and moving inland to watershed level analysis and sensitive species monitoring. She has published numerous technical papers, as well as a children’s book, Grandmother Oak. Currently Rosi serves as a member of the Los Angeles County Environmental Review Board and leader of the Topanga Creek Stream Team and is a certified Arborist. Rosi is also a member of the Los Angeles County Beach Commission, technical advisor for the CA Oak Foundation and former member of the City of Malibu Environmental Review Board. Her infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy to make our waterways a better place make her a worthy recipient.
This year we are awarding two Robert T Kazahaya Service Awards to Club members who have shown excellence and dedication to helping Sierra Pacific be the best Club in the Southland. Their names are withheld because this is one of the SURPRISES!
The evening will also include a special pre-dinner table top demonstration of fly line technology by Dave Shaffer of FISHERMEN’S SPOT and of course all the excellent raffle items, great food and, above all, great company. Don’t miss it.
REMEMBER YOUR UNWRAPPED TOY FOR THE SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE!!