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Annual Awards Banquet - Lucky for Some
Posted on 02/12/2014
A smaller-than-usual group of Members of the VAC and their guest met at Sam Miller’s Restaurant in the Shockoe Bottom on Saturday evening, January 25th.  Thanks to the organizational skills of first time Banquet Chairman Gary Green, the banquet went off without a hitch, in spite of the fact that Gary and wife Karen were unexpectedly summoned to North Carolina and could not attend the Banquet.  

The Luck of the Irish must have been with Bob and Leah O’Shepherd who, between them, won BOTH the Bill Gallasch and the Capt. Ronnie Sides shadow boxes.  As far as can be determined, this was the first time in memory that both boxes went to the same family.  Lame Duck President Glenn Carter took home the coveted Gyotaku framed print of a red drum created by Rob Choi.  Fred Murray was the final winner taking the rod and reel combo generously donated by Green Top.  The Raffle returned $314 to the VAC General Fund.  Thanks to all who participated.

Although fewer than normal number of awards was presented for the 2013 Angling Year, there were, none the less, some significant accomplishments recognized at the Awards Banquet.  Leading the pack was Fred Cousins (now retired and fishing whenever he wants to) took four of the five more prestigious awards.  Fred took all three of the Angler of the Year Awards for angling accomplishments in the 2013 Angling Year as follows: 2013 Overall Angler of the Year (1453 total points), the 2013 Saltwater Angler of the Year Award (1033 total points) and the Freshwater Angler of the Year Award (420 total points).  Fred also claimed the 2013 President’s Award for Saltwater.  The 2013 President’s Award for Fresh Water was awarded to Mike Cline.  Incoming President Bob Brown claimed the C.V. Kinnard Angler of the Year Award for accumulating 1397 points for entries in the Angler of the Month Award during 2013.  

For a complete listing of awards for the 2013 Angling Year and the related catch, please see the February issue of The Angler.