Union members volunteer at fishing derby

VANCOUVER, Wash.—Union volunteers were out in force Saturday, April 14, for the annual Klineline Kids Fishing event at Salmon Creek Park. Several unions donated money to the event, and members volunteered to help kids bait hooks, untangle lines, and catch fish.

The derby is put on by the Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. It’s goal is to get more kids involved in fishing. Some 2,500 kids ages 5 to 14 and their parents attended. Kids got to keep two fish, and every child got a Zebco rod and reel.

Dustin Hysmith, president of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, brought some members of the union’s SMART Army to work at the event. The SMART Army is made up of union members who volunteer their time to help throughout the year with projects and programs in their communities. SMART is the acronym for the full name of the union — Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation.
Some of the union volunteers at the Klineline Kids Fishing event gathered for a group photo at the Laborers booth. They are Mike Quinn, Einar Einarsson and Fenton Mayes of Iron Workers Local 29; Mike Bridges, Bob Carroll, JR Robertson and Diana Winther of IBEW Local 48; Kevin Snook of Machinists Lodge 63; Zack Culver and George Weaver of Laborers Local 737; and Dustin Hysmith and Karis Lindvall of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16. Other unions helping sponsor the event were the Bakers Union, Cement Masons Local 555, Fire Fighters Local 1805, Boilermakers Local 242, and Teamsters Local 305.


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