Through its corporate volunteering and outreach program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the Eastern United States, focused company volunteer efforts on working with children to teach them the lifelong skill of fishing, along with the value of maintaining ecological balance.
At Heritage Day at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA on April 4, lead fisheries biologist David Beasley, worked with school-aged children to teach them about the native fish in their area. In addition, he taught youth and families how to have fun fishing by providing one-on-one instruction on techniques. The event had record attendance this year with over 1,000 children participating.
On May 16 at the Family and Youth Casting Call at Fletcher's Boat House in Washington, D.C on the C&O Canal, the Northern Virginia SOLitude team volunteered to pre-stock the canal with catfish, purchased by the event organizers, in order to teach the children how to “catch and release” fish. The team worked one-on-one with school-aged children to teach fishing skills and how to easily remove bass and catfish from the hooks. Some of the children even caught their first fish at this memorable event where about 600 families joined in on the fun.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering at an educational and ecological fishing event is seeing the children’s faces when they find the joy in the lifelong sport of fishing,” said David Beasley. “I am proud to bring my many years of experience to a new generation of fishermen and fisherwomen.”
SOLitude has volunteered at both educational events for the past three years.
Top: Lead fisheries biologist, David Beasley, looked on as this new fisherman cast his line. He was one of a record breaking 1,000 children to attend this year's Heritage Day at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia.
Bottom: Doug Hawpe, from the Northern Virginia team, helps a proud young lady remove a bass from her line at the Family and Youth Casting Call at Fletcher's Boat House in Washington, D.C. This event drew approximately 600 families this year.
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The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.” To participate or share a non-profit's goals for consideration in The SOLution, contact Tracy Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.