ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ROD & REEL CLUB
The Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club Foundation (Foundation) is a state and federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1951.
The primary purpose of our Foundation is to provide children in need with the opportunity to participate in recreational fishing through the various fishing programs sponsored by the foundation, thereby, encouraging and supporting future generations of anglers, to set high standards for sportsmanship in recreational fishing and to teach youngsters both the skills and the ethics of sport fishing while introducing them to the enjoyment of the sport; to encourage and financially support research and educational programs that will ensure the future of recreational fishing.
Lou Berke Trout and Catfish Derby
Each year since 2003 the foundation sponsors the Lou Berke Trout and Catfish Derby for special needs children. This event is usually held in March or April. 50 students participate in this activity. The students come from the Los Angeles Unified School District for special education. In addition to the 50 students, this event requires 100 volunteers from cooking breakfast and lunch, to preparing tackle and cleaning fish with the ultimate goal of having a one-to-one ratio with each student while fishing.
Taking “at-risk” children for a day of fun with each child having a mentor while learning the skills of fishing. One trip is planned in June and two are in August each year.
July is the month. This is an event the foundation has been sponsoring since 1950. We have taken over 16,000 kids thru the years – usually 150 to 200+ kids participate. A typical day includes meeting at the crack of dawn, consuming something for a quick breakfast. Fishing a half day along with all the food they can eat from the galley. We supply all tackle, food and beverage along with a trophy for each child participating in this event. These children come from areas which include the Boys & Girls Club of the greater Los Angeles and Angeles and surrounding areas, orphanages, LA’s Best, Vista Del Mar, New Directions for Youth plus foster children, etc.
The foundation each year and for several years has made several grants.
One is Cal State University Long Beach Marine Biology Department giving three graduate students pursuing Masters Degrees and two undergraduate students. The foundation believes in nurturing student activities related to the wellbeing of our ocean resources. Professor Chris Lowe, Department head of Marine Biology has been a speaker at one of our monthly general dinner meetings or our annual banquet.
Other grants include Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Hubs Sea World White Sea Bass Hatchery, Marina Del Rey grow out pens, Friends of Castaic and others.
Once a year we have a swap meet of fishing tackle donated by club members – funds raised used to support Foundation activities.