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Roosevelt High School (CA) Fishing Club Spotlight

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Club name: Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club

Date Club Began: September, 2012

School Name & Mascot: Theodore Roosevelt High School, The Rough Riders

City/State: Fresno, California

Club Email Address: rhsbassfishingclub@gmail.com or roosevelt high school bass fishing club on Facebook

Club Website: Not yet

Club Advisor: Mike Spencer

Corrie and TouClub President: Corinne Williams

Number of members: 21

How often does your club meet? Weekly

How did your club get started? The club advisor posted a flyer looking for students interested in fishing

Club’s favorite lake and why? We have not had enough experience yet to say

Conservation Projects – The club has adopted two city pocket parks near the high school and is working with Tree Fresno on projects in the city.

Fundraisers – Currently, the club is developing community partners to sponsor our efforts but we are also selling tamales and enchaladas, started a Huntington Boulavard Halloween Candy Wrapper Clean-up for donations, and will sell concessions at football, basketball and soccer games.

Any local sponsors that help support your club? Sue Shaver, Vulcan Materials, The Sportsman’s Club of Fresno, Justin Ryan of Spot On Guide Service, Bray’s Serious Baits, Merritt Gilbert and Valley Rod and Gun, Fresno Bass Club, Sierra Bass Club, Kerman Bass Club, and Dave L’Argent of Clovis Tub and Tile

Where do you get your volunteer boaters from? Community members

Tell us something unique about your club – I think the RHS BFC is different from most school fishing clubs because we are an inner-city high school and our backgrounds are by-and-large very different from those of most tournament anglers. The club was created around the needs of a Roosevelt student that have nothing to do with fishing, but with the understanding that fishing can serve those needs. The following is our Vision and Mission Statement:

Vision: Improve the quality of the community by increasing the opportunity for students to engage in quality outdoor recreation

Mission: The Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club will provide high-interest recreational activities structured to support the academic and character development of students while promoting positive contributions to the environment and their community.

Objectives:

1)      Support Fresno Unified School District’s goal of engaging all students in arts, activities, and athletics as a way of improving student performance in academics while reducing the risk of dropping out

Tony Vang and Tony Yang2)      Assist Roosevelt High School’s vision of providing a positive learning environment and culture of excellence that fosters student achievement.

3)      Provide an opportunity for students to practice the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

4)      Allow students an avenue to apply in practical terms the Expected School-wide Learning Results of all Roosevelt High School Students: An Effective Communicator; A Complex Thinker; A Self-Directed Learner; A Collaborative Worker; A Community Participant

Goals:

  • Recruit 20 students of various grade levels and academic performance to participate in the club
  • Graduate 100% of active club members
  • Have each club member reach and maintain a 2.75 GPA within two years of participation
  • Perform 1600 collective hours of community service per calendar year
  • Provide each club member the opportunity to participate in 12 tournament events per calendar year
  • Develop and maintain relationships with 40 community partners