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Ketchikan 2023 Reflection

Ketchikan 2023 Reflection

What an absolutely amazing trip and experience.  As I sit on the flight home, I am reflecting on the experiences and its significance to our organization, Recreation 4 Veterans.
I am thankful for the new relationships formed, the old one’s renewed and the memories of those we have lost.  As we honored the passing of Randy Houston earlier this year, we are greatful for the opportunities and experiences he provided and for the vision he set forth.  This trip holds great significance for our young organization as it symbolizes the passing of the torch and the legacy of Purple Heart Anglers.  The number one priority our Board of Directors set out to accomplish, in the wake of this changing of the guard, was to continue the annual “Trip of a Lifetime” to Ketchikan…….. Mission Accomplished!
To say this trip was a success would be an understatement. In three days of catching we managed to land 180 Coho Salmon for 10 anglers. Each angler is bringing home 70lbs of processed fish. But more importantly, they have established new friendships and commraderies as well as experienced something that for many may have only been a “bucket list” item. Without the help of so many we cannot make these trips and future events possible. I would like to thank everyone for your support in the past and moving forward. And I would like to extend a special thank you for this trip to….
 AP Traffic Solution
Gilmore Hotel Ketchikan
Oasis Alaska Charters
The “anonymous” donor who paid half of our fish processing expenses as well as provided other support
Gary Holsey for his hard work and support.
And of course our hard working and dedicated Board of Directors who worked to make this happen on such short notice.
 I am honored to have lead this first “Trip of a Lifetime” for Recreation 4 Veterans and thankful for its overwhelming success. I thank you all for the trust you’ve put in me to carry out this mission and look forward to an outstanding future.

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