Member Matters – September 2021

Members and guests enjoy the 2021 FCO picnic.

2021 FCO Picnic Brings Members Together

After an 18 month hiatus, FCO members gathered in person! The annual picnic was held at Westmoreland Park and Casting Pond last month under sunny skies. They enjoyed luscious Italian food and had a chance to demo some awesome rods, courtesy of Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters and Royal Treatment Fly Fishing. Most of all, they enjoyed each others’ company. Thanks to Mike Radakovich for organizing the picnic and procuring the great dinner!


Janet Arenz and John Redhouse


John Pyrch and new FCO member, Dennis Oster. Royal Treatment’s Josh Linn looks on.

Zooming Back to Online Meetings

The upcoming FCO meeting scheduled for September 14th has now moved to a Zoom format. This meeting will open at 5:30 p.m. for banter and chatter. Nick Wheeler will present “Infinite Seasons: The Road to Being Successful Year Round” from 6-7 p.m., followed by a raffle drawing. There will be two marvelous prizes raffled off at the end of the meeting. The winners must be present on the Zoom meeting to win. Watch your email for an invitation to register on go to the events page of the FCO website.

At this point, we are planning to hold an in person meeting on October 12th. Keep watching the website and your inbox for updates as we strive to negotiate the pandemic safely.

Mike Radakovich

Useful Information to Keep You Safe

After working with chronically ill and immunosuppressed patients for 40 years, I am constantly on the look out for clear and factual information about how we can reduce risk of contracting and/or transmitting the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2). And now with more breakthrough infections (as expected because vaccines – all but one human vaccine – prevent disease but not necessarily infection), we need to be vigilant. Yes, we are inundated with pandemic information but sometimes we want someone who is qualified to cut to the chase and answer the important questions. Thus, when I heard one of my favorite virologists, Dr. Vincent Rachaniello, on this podcast last week, I was cheering! He took listener’s live questions sent in to the University of Kansas’ Morning Medical Update and set the record straight. It’s worth a listen!

“We will only be safe when everyone is safe.” Dr. Daniel Griffin

Lisa Hansen