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Bass committee looking to fill spots


Can’t think of a New Year’s resolution?

How about dedicating some of your time this year to be part one of the biggest events of the summer—the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

“We had five directors leave this year so we’ve been looking at getting those positions filled,” new FFCBC chair Gary Rogozinski said Monday morning.

The positions of director of angler services and daytime activities remain vacant although Rogozinski said he has a lead on someone to fill the director of media relations spot.

And given the amount of work the directors have ahead of them in the next seven months, Rogozinski noted the board wants to get those positions filled by a two-day meeting coming up Jan. 12-13.

“We have to get our timelines filled out, get people to know each other, and start working as a team,” he said, adding the board has met several times since last year’s tourney.

“[January] is the month where we get everything together,” he remarked.

The five directors who left included Teresa Hazel (media relations), Robin Wright (fundraising), Kelly Olson (daytime entertainment), Linda Plumridge (angler services), and Jodi Nastor (bar services).

The bar services and fundraising spots since have been filled by Lauris Werenko and George Emes, respectively.

A director for two years, and a volunteer for six, Plumridge noted the turnover was not out of the ordinary—and was confident the positions could soon be filled.

“It’s not a bad thing. It’s always good to get new blood,” she remarked.

The new directors will join Everett Freeman (finance), Doug Cain (marketing), Jim Brow (site manager), Tom Fry (operations), Dave Ashworth (night time entertainment), Jim Hudson (computer services), Joyce Schulz (secretary), and Cathy Tovey (volunteer services).

Rogozinski replaced Rebecca Webb as chair after this year’s tourney.

“I’ve volunteered every year. For three years, I was out on the lake as a spotter, and last year, I was at the docks at 5 a.m. to do the boat checks,” he noted.

“I just felt being chair was a great opportunity to get more involved. I consider it one of the community’s biggest event. And while it is a commitment, it’s a challenge as well,” added Rogozinski.

“It should be a fun year for the bass tournament.”

Those interested in getting involved with the FFCBC can contact Rogozinski at 274-5311 ext. 1816 (days) or 274-3704 (evenings).

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