The Massanutten Chapter’s Project Healing Waters Program has made steady progress during the last nine months. Over 35 Shenandoah Valley disabled veterans have begun to put their physical and emotional lives on a more positive footing.
The Chapter’s Program has blossomed thanks to the 2,200 hours that the 25 volunteers have freely given of their time and know-how. Countless kudos goes to Tommy Lawhorne of the South River Fly Shop for his donations, fly-casting instruction, and guided excursions, as well as Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing for arranging guided trips. Special thanks go to Dominion Power for generously supporting fishing excursions, and Mrs. Janet Mitchell for providing lodging and meals for the vets. Last, but not least, many thanks to Jerry Black for allowing the vets to use his Beaver Creek Property for casting lessions.
To date, the program has provided 40 fly tying and casting sessions and 32 fishing outings for the Valley’s wounded warriors and disabled vets. Many thanks to the individuals and organizations that provided contributions and grants to support the program. Particular thanks goes to the Lions Club of Massanutten and the Pastoral Counseling Services for their generous contributions.
During the final quarter of 2014, the vets will participate in 7 major fishing outings, over 9 fly tying sessions, an introduction to rod building and a Christmas Party.
The Project Healing Water’s Program is an excellent way to get out to some fishing spots and share your camaraderie and expertise with disabled veterans. Please contact me if you need more information on participating in, or volunteering to help with this worthy program Program.
Bill Cartwright, Program Leader
Phone: (540) 432-0607