Card of Thanks: July 16, 2014


 A sincere thank you for coming to the 17th Annual Buffalo Days Kids Fishing Event!!
Without you we do not exist for this and really Appreciate YOU being here and helping the kids learn about the Great Outdoors and the fisheries.
In 1995, we started in Buffalo Community Education with a seminar in the morning and a trip to a lake in the afternoon to fish off the pier. Of the 12 kids and parents combined was a Buffalo police officer who helped us with pop for the kids at the lake and provided the bait. 
In 1997 I desired a larger “setting” to show the kids about the Great Outdoors and fishing so I joined the Buffalo Days Committee. With one year in advance I went recruiting for interested groups or sponsors to help out. Back then I got only one financial sponsor to give us a donation and that was WRIGHT-HENNEPIN ELECTRIC TRUST (OR ROUND UP) 
The ones helping then were my wife, Judy, daughter, Colleen, and son, Matt.
I then called Roland Sigurdson of the DNR MinnAqua Program (who died last month) who had some great ideas and would participate. MANY organizations, groups or businesses who started with us, are here today. That’s “OUT OF SIGHT!” which we are proud of.
 Original members  were: DNR MinnAqua, Happy Hookers Bass Club, The Raptor Center, Sandy Sanderson, Wright- Hennepin Electric, Buffalo Police, Buffalo Super America, Outdoor News, Buffalo Domino’s Pizza, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Women Anglers of Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited, H&H Sports, Buffalo Target, Buffalo Wal Mart,  Zuhrah  Rod & Gun, Hannon Security and KRWC.
Our turn-out of kids that year was approximately 250 which we were excited about.
Since then we have met other fantastic people and groups who we have had the pleasure of knowing and being part of our program.  I am humbled by all who come and help on this day every year with new groups adding on throughout the year.  Some of the best parts for me is getting to know you as a “person” and knowing the kids are with quality people while they attend this event!
As we expanded, like your business or organization, so did we. FKFK now is involved in about 16 events throughout the year which includes ice fishing during the winter. As we started with 12 kids and parents combined in 1995, FKFK will surpass over 24,000 minimum (that we know of) kids by the end of 2014. Again, its is people like you that helped us to achieve these numbers.
Today, we are non-profit and all volunteers – WOW!!
Our members are the following:  (no set order) On the Board, Marj Hart, Don Helmbrecht, Chris Husom, Margie Niesen, Jerry Niesen, Mark Olson D.C., Executive Planning Committee, Matt Jollymore, Kevin Munsterteiger, Jerry Stech, Greg Welch, Judy Wedell, Matt Wedell, Latisha Wedell, Greg Larcom, and Dave Larcom. Out of that group is a smaller planning committee which meets throughout the year. All are  hard workers and very much appreciated.
It is our heartfelt “THANKS” TO YOU for coming today.  How do we end this letter? We don’t.
See you next year, we hope!!
Very sincerely,
Jim Wedell, Judy Wedell and all FKFK Members
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