We’ll pick up where I left off in part 3 where I gave some background on myself and why I wanted to start Sacred Waters as a nonprofit. Part 4 continues the story and the direction we’d like to head in.
I gathered a board to manage and direct Sacred Waters who all have a background in ethical fishing and sportsmanship and most importantly a desire to change things for the better. We started imagining how differently this whole thing could look.
So imagine this, a non profit organization run by the highest quality Professional Anglers that can afford to give an educational guided experience, not just to clients, but by giving back to youth and veterans as well. We want to share fishing with youth from local schools, other non-profits like 4H, and help heal at risk youth from Human Services with the best education and experiences on fly tying, fly fishing, ecology, entomology, and fishery science.
Imagine having the time and money to sponsor Disabled Veterans through groups like Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing or to help veterans start their own fishing organizations, fly tying clubs or classes. The ability to plan and execute top quality events for veterans groups, while providing professional anglers to guide and assist them in enjoying the highest quality waters with the best fishing results. Veterans who have given so much deserve healing time outside that can help take away the horrible thoughts, memories, and scars of war they experience even only if for that moment.
Imagine having the time and money to dedicate to land stewardship that has a lasting and positive impact on the waters. This can be done by:
Imagine being able to guide clients who are like minded in their passion to protect the environment and others, have a drive to learn, and a possess a better understanding of our natural world. Because these clients are our donors who make ALL this possible these are the people I want to spend my time with, to teach and to learn from.
Imagine helping a recovering addicts find escape from their addictions and the deep seeded scars that caused them. As the dude bros say, the #tugisthedrug bra...
#flyfishingsaveslives. Trust me, it saved my life more than once and has and continues to offer me the pleasure and opportunity to touch the lives of so many others. I meet countless numbers of interesting people and hear their stories while guiding. Fly Fishing has given this addict the privilege to Live, Work, Play, and Protect these Sacred Waters.
Imagine All these people will become lifelong stewards of our environment and hopefully spread our CARE Mission to future generations.
These things are all possible through the benefits of a Non-Profit Organization.
So that’s why I chose to start Sacred Waters and that’s my perfect outcome.
You guys in???
PS: We’ll let them all introduce themselves and talk a bit more at length on the blog, but here’s the team of board members that is helping make this vision a reality:
I never go to rivers to kill trout. I go to unkill parts of myself that otherwise might die.
Our President Joseph Eichelberger, with 20 years of guiding experience and a long family heritage of responsible outdoorsmanship, brings a unique perspective to our blog as he promotes fishing conservation and education in Pagosa Springs, CO where he's lived since 2008.