Month: June 2016

June Newsletter & Tournament Results


Annual Veterans Fishing Day – The Beginning:


This is an annual event held at Busch Wildlife and while some of you may be aware of the event or perhaps seen the signs posted at Busch, not many know how it all started.  Once Upon a Time. . . . .

Eight years ago Rich Eder was visiting a friend at the VA Jefferson Barracks Hospital. Having a love for fishing, Rich decided to put together a day of fishing for these veterans and so began Veterans Fishing For Veterans – now a 501c3 non for profit organization.

Rich, an avid fisherman, got with his fishing buddies Mike Schriever, Rodney MaGrew and Bill Wilcox and decided to start a day of fishing for the veterans of Jefferson Barracks and Cochran Hospitals here in St Louis. Since Donna Kummer worked with Mike Schriever for many years at Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation, she also got involved.  Rich’s nephew, Jon Vogel, who is with the Missouri Conservation Department works hard every year to provide the Veterans a great place on Lake 15 at Busch’s Wildlife Area.  At the start, Mike and Donna started sending out letters to their subcontractors and suppliers at work and through word of mouth to people and friends — the list of sponsors has grown every year.

The donation list is long – these people donate money, backpacks, backpack stuffers, food, a propane tank to smoke the meat for lunch, a generator to use all day as there is no power at the lake, t-shirts for the Veterans, Fishing Towels for the volunteers and Veterans.  Bank of America employees volunteer and provide all the drinks for the day; Lincoln County Marine Color Guard provides the flag service when the Veterans arrive; Grace Moore (the Cake Lady) donates wonderful cakes every year; Zebco rods and reels donates all the rods; Graybar Electric supplies all the breakfast goodies; The Patriot Riders (an awesome group) brings the buses into the event; Frank and Bob (the BBQ experts) smoke all the meat each for lunch.  There are so many that make this event the success it is.  This year there was no one to sing the National Anthem – at the volunteer meeting a lady walked up to Donna and said, “My daughter is here and would be honored to sing.”  This young lady did a wonderful job.  It seems whatever need there may be, someone is there.

While the following list of sponsors is long,  it is certainly not inclusive — there are many others who aren’t mentioned here but without everyone’s help,  this event would not be the success it is.

  • Advance Bone & Joint
  • Alberici Constructors
  • American Legion Riders Patriot Guard
  • Anheuser Busch, LLC – Military
  • Arctic Ice Company
  • Bank Of America
  • Blackmore and Glunt Inc
  • Bob Brangle/Frank Albrecht – BBQ
  • Budrovich
  • Calliers Catering Co
  • Cee Kay Supply
  • CJ Thomas Co/Craig Valle
  • CJ Thomas Co/Pam Goessling
  • Cuivre River Electric Community Trust
  • Dynamic Sales Company
  • EA MO Coalition of Police FOP Lodge
  • Elsberry Memorial Post 9064 VFW
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • G H Voss Construction
  • Gateway Bass N Gals
  • Grace Moore – The Cake Lady
  • Graybar Electric Company
  • Heideman Associates Inc/Zak Co
  • Lincoln Co Marine Corp Color Guard
  • Lincoln County Memorial VFW Post 8828
  • Lipic’s Recognition
  • McCarthy Building Co
  • Minuteman Press – St Charles
  • Montgomery Bank
  • R&R Sanitation
  • Ram Air Products
  • Ramon Lopez
  • Jim & Linda Robinson
  • Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation
  • Bill Kiesey and Faye Schulze
  • St Charles Police Dept Officer’s Association
  • St John’s Bank
  • Summit Wealth Management
  • Thermal Mechanics Inc
  • Thursday Morning Veterans Coffee Clutch
  • TKH Inc
  • Trademark Creative
  • Trane Company
  • Chris Viviano
  • Vantage Credit Union
  • Zebco Rods and Reels

Photos from this event have been posted on the Gateway Bass ‘n Gals website and Facebook page.  Heaven’s Angler’s bass club has also posted photos on their Facebook page along with some videos.  For information on donating to this event, please contact Donna Kummer .