Wednesday, September 12, 2012


A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers and assigned Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the home of Mike Meyer of Fort Loramie, where they attended a fishing derby hosted by the Shelby County Bassmasters. Around 50 Volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held this past Saturday, September 8th.

The outing included a cookout for all Bassmaster members, their children, and the BBBS Volunteers and their Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Although the children were not able to take home the loot of fish caught during the days’ activities, they were treated to their very own rod and reel.

Shelby County Bassmasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other sponsors included Kiwanis Club, ODONR, Freedom Outdoors Marina, Mully’s Drive Thru, Davis Meats, Rural Sanitation and Meyers Garage in Newport.

Big Sister Shannon Slaybaugh of Sidney and her little
sister Sadphire Henry 8 year old granddaughter
of Leona Wellbaum, Sidney
Lisa Brown, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters stated, “The Shelby County Bassmasters should be commended for this wonderful activity. The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get to partake in.” Brown stated, “This outing ties in nicely with our mentoring program. For many of the kids we serve, getting them outdoors and fishing is a great way to get them away from the television or video games.”

Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 106 matches with a list of over 40 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support and fun, educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar, and offer a fantastic way to have a positive impact on youth in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit, United Way member agency. We are always looking for additional volunteers. If you would like more information on enrolling your child in the program or becoming an active volunteer, please call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622. You can also log onto the agency website to view all the volunteer opportunities and upcoming activities at

Left: BBBS staff member Jennifer Bruns assists Jennah Arrrone 10 year old of sidney, daughter of Renee Elmore.
Right: 10 year old Kendra Nation, daughter of Rhonda Hall sidney and Shamare Henry 10 year old son of Sara Henry of Sidney

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