It’s here, folks! Hot off the presses…Outside Magazine meets Soul River/Soul River Inc. Thank you to all supporters, sponsors and friends! LOOP USA, US Fish & Wildlife, Orvis, Costa Eyewear, Patagonia, SIMMS , City of Vancouver, and Tualitan Wildlife Refuge.
Please go out and get your copy!
Thank you to all!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! STARTING JULY 1, – DECEMBER 31,2015
AND COME OUT FOR SOME EATS! BRING FRIENDS AND COWORKERS!
Oregon Public House is an incredible non-profit pub in the heart of NE Portland that gives 100% of proceeds to selected non-profits in the community. Soul River Inc. – Runs Wild is honored to be chosen as one of the highlighted non-profits from July to December 2015 and we couldn’t be more excited!
So, just how do you support the cause? Great question! If you like beer, burgers, and/or community, this is your place! Simply invite co-workers, friends, neighbors, or your family for a meal or drink at OPH and proudly say, “This is for Soul River!” …just like that, your funds for a beer transform to funds that help us get under-served youth and veterans on the river and into the outdoors!
Even better, you can join our cause a step further by volunteering four hours of your time to serve and represent Soul River Inc! This will make us even more impressionable and visible to the community. Your shift ends in bliss as you get to enjoy a delicious meal and beverage that is on the house! What’s better than all of this!? Ultimately, you leave knowing you supported an incredible, grass roots cause.
If you haven’t already checked this place out, you’re behind the times re: NE Portland. Fill your belly with a beer and a burger while filling your heart with a feel-good! EAT AND GIVEBACK!!! SOUL RIVER INC. HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE NONPROFIT OREGON PUBLIC HOUSE FOR FUNDRAISING First nonprofit Brewery in the USA FOR SOUL RIVER INC. Getting Vterans and youth connected into the outdoors through fly fishing and building rich communities and ambassadors of nature YEAH!!!
STARTING IN JULY!
What an awesome weekend to be part of the Spey Clave held last weekend by the fly fishing shop from Welches, Oregon. Amazing turn out of Spey anglers from all over Oregon, Washington and Sweden. Mr. Derek Bachmann and his wife of Bigstick Fly Fishing took a strong stand this weekend to make a strong move and a difference to help engage and change young lives supporting Soul River Inc. – Runs Wild Cross Cultural Exploration Alaska 2015 trip connecting inner-city youth and veterans fighting PTSD & TBI. Veterans mentor youth, Iron sharpens Iron, one soul healing another soul and where the wild rivers flow using the art of fly fishing as an conductor of mending relationships and souls on Kenai,Pensula in Alaska coming August 1-15 2015. Derek and his wife together worked the crowd swiftly at the Spey Clave without any hesitation and full of joy and raise $1850.00 dollars to help get youth and veterans to Cross-Cultural Exploration Alaska 2015! Thank you to the Bachmann family!!!! Thank you for the stand and how you two brake barriers together as one. Making a change in a kids life and a veterans mind is taken the right step first to come together as connecting souls from all over to make change and a difference. Back to the basics of who we are as humans, we fight mental illness starting with human connection, love, community and support.
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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Soul River coming soon in the July issue the deeper side of Soul River -. Chad Brown shares the deeper side in how we weave the sport of fly fishing through social change, crossing over into social justice connecting to inner-city youth, veterans and conservation all wrapped into an awesome article featured article in Outside Magazine written by Patrick Symmes. So look out for the July issue in Outside Magazine.
Outside is an American magazine focused on the outdoors.
There mission of Outside magazine is to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, style and culture that define the active lifestyle.
Check out Outside Magazine! This coming July 2015 issue!
Thank you to LOOP USA, US FISH AND WILDLIFE, CITY OF VANCOUVER AND ALL SUPPORTERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
Soul River Inc. is proud to collaborate and engage with The VET Voice Foundation during our up and coming outings, along with LOOP and US Fish & Wildlife, to connect inner-city youth and veterans in a mentor environment, learning the art of fly fishing, conservation building community development out on the river in nature. When a soldier can connect with youth in the natural world and learn and share side by side in an outdoor classroom “Iron sharpens Iron” opening up new possibilities for both worlds to learn, rebuild new ambassadors of our communities and our natural world.
Vet Voice Foundation’s mission is to help veterans continue to serve their country by speaking out on vital, national issues. Among these issues is ensuring that war is a last resort – never a first option. Vet Voice Foundation has also pioneered the movement towards clean, renewable energy as a national security issue, and continues to make the case that investment in renewable energy means less money flowing into the hands of those who would do us harm.
The face of the military and the American veteran is changing. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown a new kind of warfare, with special needs facing the modern Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Guardsman, and Reservist. Additionally, a flood of 21st Century troops are coming home to face the same struggles all Americans are facing today – from the tough economy, to health insurance issues, to job loss.
Vet Voice Foundation helps these veterans by giving them a voice to speak out on issues of concern to 21st Century veterans via letters to the editor, media appearances, and speaking at civic and community events, stand with their fellow brother and sisters in a progressive community to help build a larger progressive infrastructure in their communities, become leaders in their communities both in civic and social organizations, engage in direct and grassroots lobbying on issues and legislation of concern to the community, and register them to turn out to vote.
We are honored to be working with Vet Voice Foundation on future projects and encourage all our friends and followers to support this righteous and important foundation.
Michael Davidchik. Chad Brown and Patrick Symmes of Outside Magazine
The year of 2015 kicked off with a day on the water with my “river family” chasing winter steelhead. Although the morning weather was typical to Oregon winters; brisk and damp, it was also uniquely warm being graced with the presence of Patrick Symmes from Outside Magazine. He accompanied us on the water to capture the Soul River story from the people who have helped it grow, my river family, the heartbeat of Soul River. Steelhead weighed heavily on the mind but was pleasantly balanced with the warm camaraderie of our group of friends. Patrick was able to soak in the unique lingo, mentality, and friendship found in the pacific northwest’s distinct steelhead culture. Between casts, we were able to fill him in on the rise of the Soul River concept and the subsequent rise of our non-profit Soul River Inc. dedicating to giving back to veterans and inner-city youth. Telling the story afforded the opportunity for me to reflect on our journey and how our partners and supporters like LOOP and US Fish and Wildlife played more than an active role in bringing Soul River & Soul River Inc. where it is today. They were the crucial element needed to propel this grass roots effort into an effective community movement making a real difference in the lives of the youth and veterans we work with. Stay tuned for the story of Soul River that will be featured in Outside Magazine and a big thank you goes out to Patrick for spending the day with my river family, Brian Chou, Michael Davidchik, and Jaime Delgado!
Cool Shot by my good friend Brina Chou! Holding a muddler fly I tied.