This past weekend I was honored to attend the 27th annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous. This incredible opportunity exposed me to the congregation of Orvis‘ melting pot, where Orvis-endorsed guides network and compare notes, as well as attend and participate in seminars on habitat protection, CPR, boat and vehicle safety, casting workshops, and many other topics. This being my first time ever in the beautiful state of Montana I was exposed to the richness of Missoula’s strong fly-fishing culture, which did not surprise me considering it is and was the setting for the iconic novel and movie “A River Runs Through It”.
I was invited as a guest of Orvis due to nominations (from Soul River’s incredible support base) and ultimately presented with the “Breaking Barriers” award in front of 500 industry peers. I was so humbled by the award and the standing ovation that came with it. Amongst the crowd were fly fishing lodges, outfitters, shops, guides, and owners. Many thanks to Orvis, family, and friends who are all around my journey with Soul River.
Soul River has so many moving parts that would not be possible without incredible partners and sponsors who started with me on this journey. The belief that volunteers, partners, organizations, and the community has in Soul River is what fuels the fire to keep it going. Thank you to US Fish and Wildlife, LOOP, City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, Intertwine, Costa Del Mar and SR Ambassadors.
Orvis presents – The Breaking Barriers Award, honoring someone who has gone above and beyond to bring new blood into the fly fishing sport, to break down the barriers of introduction.
The day started out cold wet and gray like the typical Oregon day! But what was unique about this day was this little reunion about to happen! Behind Soul River there are ambassadors behind the scenes of Soul River Inc.-Runs Wild whom engages with veterans and inner city youth on our off the grid outings here in the northwest. Our ambassadors comes from all over the northwest and some were to far to be here today but in spirit on this day.
When we do our outings our ambassadors tries to find the time to step up and step in to connect our inner city youth and vets to the outdoors. And this is random depending on schedules and that is why we have a pool of ambassadors and vets we work with to help fill the precious spots for our vets and inner city youth. And this time some of us came together on sacred waters were we call home “The River” to help engage with the Soul River story along with KGW News! And then this day turned beautiful on the river and that spoke through us all!
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Thank you to all Soul River Ambassadors and thank you to the ones who are not there and thank you KGW for coming out and covering Soul River. And always special thank you to LOOP USA, US FISH &WILDLIFE, SIMMS, COSTA DEL MAR EYEWEAR & CITY OF VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION
Thank you to the SR FAMILY! Brian Chou, Mark Roberts, Michael Davidchek, Tim Norman, The youth & Johnie Tucker.
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