What can we say about 2016 other than it was AWESOME!!! With the help of the Orlando and Volusia Chapters, AFC was able to reach more kids and families than ever. We also introduced the "Love Our Lagoon" yard sign campaign and that is indefinitely active. The Angler Awareness program was also new to 2016 and it was introduced to the Boy Scouts, private and public schools as well as home school groups. A few new Hook Kids On Fishing programs were established and the Advanced Teen Anglers Camp branched south to the Manatee Observation Camp. To cap off the year, the 3rd Annual Protect Our Waters event was a huge success. Thanks to all who attended and we are looking forward to sharing the night with you again.
As we jump into 2017, we expect to reach even more kids and families. All previous 2016 Hook Kids On Fishing events will be taking place with the exception of the Key West Ocean Festival. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is this month and Rodney Smith will be a keynote speaker and I will be doing a presentation on the IRL Paddling Adventure. If you're a fly fisherman, you'll be happy to hear we are bringing the Fly Fishing Film Tour to Brevard on Sunday, February 26th. Sponsorships for the Film Tour are now available. There are plenty of other interested things we will be introducing in 2017 but there is no need to let all the cats out of the bag.
On behalf of AFC, I'd like to thank you for reading, volunteering, donating, sponsoring and giving us a Like on Facebook. Without a supportive community and people who care, AFC would not be where it is today. We hope you and yours had a nice holiday and wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!