Placer Rotary Club’s Hooked on Fishing event nets plenty of fun

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South Placer Rotary Club has had a busy few months. From taking kids fishing to making donations to the community, members of the club have had their hands full. On April 17, Rotary members held their annual Hooked on Fishing event at Big M Fishery in Lincoln with participation from more than 30 kids. The club’s district governor, Brian Moore, came to participate as well. Hooked on Fishing Chairman Bob Falco said the event has been going strong for three years, teaching students from Rocklin how to fish. This year, “everyone caught a fish,” Falco said. The club provides all the needed equipment for the kids, including a hamburger and hot dog lunch, he said. “The effort was made to identify kids who didn’t have a fishing opportunity,” Falco said. It was a chance for kids to get “hooked” on fishing, he said. “If we teach them how to fish, they will have an activity that doesn’t involve alcohol or drugs,” he said. The program began under former club president Gordon Holt’s leadership, Falco said. And ever since, the members have enjoyed the interaction with the kids. “That’s the joy of it,” Falco said. Last month, South Placer Rotary also made two large donations – one to polio research and another to Rocklin Elementary School. Three years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Rotary International $100 million as a matching-grant challenge to fight polio throughout the world. “We are not there yet, but almost,” said South Placer Rotary Club President John Carter. Last month Carter presented a $500 check to Tom Cicchini, Rotary District 5180 Polio Plus chairperson. “If every Rotary Club stepped up to the plate with a similar donation, we would surpass the grant challenge in short order,” Cicchini said. Carter also presented a $500 check to Jim Trimble, Rocklin Elementary School principal. The money will go toward the school’s literacy program and from a continuing after-school life science project. — Lauren Weber