Fishing For Smiles needs volunteers

This week's column is primarily directed at the 1,300-plus members of the largest outdoor recreational group in Mohave County, the Mohave Sportsman Club.

The Fishing For Smiles program is all set to go, with 1,000 pounds of hard-fighting channel catfish ordered, and just recently I received a lot of Zebco rods/reels combos that will be given out to the kids that participate in this one-day fishing program.

The MSC, Kingman Elk's Lodge No. 468 and the Arizona Game & Fish Department have partnered to make this the best fishing program ever for kids in the county.

The event will start on June 4 at the pond at the Yellow Pine Ranch on the east side of the Hualapai Mountains.

The Elks and AZG&F have their people lined up to do what they are committed to do on that day. But I sorely need about 30 MSC members to cover the positions our organization has committed to do to make this event successful.

I take full blame and responsibility for this oversight because I didn't get anything out about needing more volunteers in the club's newsletter about the event. Plus, I forgot we only put out a newsletter every two months now, so I really dropped the ball.

However, you can help this old forgetful scribe redeem himself if I could get 30 or more of the club faithful out there to help.

The reason I can't use just any person who wants to volunteer is due to the special insurance that the MSC is required to have now. When the club does these events that are funded through a AZG&F grant, special conditions apply. It is unfortunate that in today's litigious world we must have this insurance to protect the club and AZG&F from being exposed to lawsuits that might be filed against us.

Anyway, if anyone would like to volunteer, all you have to do is join the MSC and/or the Kingman Elk's Lodge, and you and the clubs are covered. If you are a member of groups like the Sheriff's Posse, Hunter Education, or a firefighter or police officer, then you are exempt from this onerous regulation and we'd be glad to have you at the event.

We have a number of needs I need to fill. I need a couple of members to work in a booth passing out info on how to join the MSC. I also need a large number of volunteers who are good with tying on hooks and weights, baiting lines, untangling lines, etc.

You know, the kind of things expected to happen at these kinds of events.

While I know this kind of activity is a lot of work for the volunteers, trust me when I say that the reward you get from watching those kids out there fishing - many for the first time - is more than enough thanks for all your hard work.

The sign up for this event is going to be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kmart and will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If we don't get enough to sign up Saturday, then we will have several locations around town to get kids ages 5-15 registered.

However, if we sign up all the kids we can handle for the event, then quite possibly some deserving kids could get left out. So, it behooves all the parents to come on down Saturday and register your kids.

Parents/guardians must be the ones to sign up the kids, and they must sign a release in order for their kids to participate.

To join this fun effort as a volunteer, give me a call at (928) 681-4867. or send me an email at