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33rd Annual Fish Derby

 June 09, 2012

As the sun arose on 9 June 2012 the smell of Finn pancakes and sausage was in the air.  These familiar smells officially kicked off the 33rd Annual Shuniah Fish Derby held at Savanne River Resort on Lac Des Mille Lacs, in Upsala, Ontario.  The inviting smells were created by the friendly chefs—R. W. Bro. Marvin Salmi and V. W. Bro. Leo Wayrynen.  Shortly after 7:00 a.m. Shuniah Lodge No. 287 brethren, Algoma District  brethren, wives, sons, daughters, family, in-laws, neighbours and prospective  members began to follow their noses and fill their bellies before being dispatched  after hearing the rules from the 2012 Chairman—W. Bro. Neil Lundberg, for a day on the water fishing.  Assisting the chairman this year were Shuniah brethren W. Bro. Tom Charlton, Bro. Chris Higgins, and Bro. Josef Novak of Connaught Lodge.  The hot day challenged even the best anglers and the fishing was tough.  Over seventy-five people participated in this year’s derby.  At 4:30 p.m. the final gun was sounded and the weigh-in began.  After the scrutineers had completed their tabulations, V. W. Bro. Wayrynen was declared the 2012 winner.  (His winning pickerel is pictured below, along with the trophy.)  The over-abundance of prizes were then drawn for in three categories—attendance; largest pickerel, pike, and perch; and mystery weight.  Prizes were distributed by the fish derby committee members.  Many participants walked away with more than one prize.  Dinner was then prepared and served by the chefs.  After partaking of the hearty meal of steaks, baked potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, the group was happy and content campers.  Then the real Masonic storytelling began and friendships were re-united.  In summary, a good time was had by all and the 33rd Annual Shuniah Fish Derby was history.

Wor. Bro. Neil Lundberg, 2012 Fish Derby Chairman




V. Wor. Bro. Leo Wayrynen proudly displays the "fruits of his labour" after being named the winner of the 2012 Shuniah Fish Derby--trophy, and art work showing a Northwestern Ontario lake in the winter

(Note:  the Finn t-shirt and the birch hat--not to mention the winning smile!!)

V. Wor. Bro. Leo Wayrynen Chef

Rt. Wor. Bro. Marvin Salmi - Proud Winner

V. Wor. Bro. Leo Wayrynen and Rt. Wor. Bro Marvin Salmi display two of the pickerel caught

Wor. Bro. Tom Charlton reviews the derby rules after a hardy Finn pancake breakfast