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March 2022


We say goodbye to a friend


Gordy Merck based on the timeline from the family, they believe Gordy passed away on or about Sunday, February 6th in the afternoon.


Gordy has been a member of the Fishers of Men for over 30 years. He was an excellent fisherman, volunteer for the club, a friend but most importantly, he knew Jesus. 

Gordy was someone I enjoyed fishing with and I know there are others in the club who enjoyed fishing with him also. I personally did many tournaments, outings and trips over the years and he will be missed. The last outing i did with him was the Spring Outing in 2021.

There is no one I know who fished with more tackle, fishing rods and anything else he needed to make a day on the water a success. Gordy loved to go fishing.

Gordy was a valued member of the club and he will be missed.


Here is the plant the
Fishers of Men sent to the funeral

Here is the link to view his funeral

- my remarks start at 22 minutes


Guys please bring your checkbooks as we will be collecting for the Spring Outing. 

We will also be selling Raffle Tickets in support of the Minnesota Teen Challenge Fishing Challenge on June 4th in Brainerd.

The three teams this year from the club are

  • Tim Jewell and Vern Wiesenberger

  • Michael Cummins and Vaughn Blackburn

  • Gary Ellis and Lowell Borgen

You can buy tickets from any of us and the proceeds will go to support the ministry of Teen Challenge

February Meeting

Tim opened with a word of prayer

Devotions lead by Vaughn Blackburn

Vaughn started by reading Romans 7:19 "For I do not do the good I want, but the Evil I do not want is what I keep doing."

Vaughn read us a story by Max Lacado and closed with Romans 8:35-39.

Our speaker this month was Jiggin Jim Ryks and he shared many experiences and ideas based on time in the boat.

March Fishers of Men Meeting

Our meeting is this Thursday beginning at 7:00 

Location is Lutheran Church of the Master at 1200 - 69th Ave N in Brooklyn Center.

Our Speaker this month is going to be Scott Hanson and will discuss fly tying. 

If you cannot make it and you want to forward me any prayer requests, please email them to me at


Duane Priors Fundraiser is coming up -"A Taste of Nature"

Location: North Point Church at 10732 Hanson Blvd NW - Coon Rapids

Date and Time: March 19, 2022 beginning at 5:00 and going to 7:00

Cost is: $15.00 per person or $30.00 for the family (limited to 100)

Please RSVP to Duane Prior or Tim Jewell to help with food and planning so to sign up go to 

The menu includes:

Venison Chili

Venison Stew

Venison Meatball Stroganoff

Wild Rice with Duck Soup

Creamed Salmon with Peas

Proceeds to benefit the Fishers of Men, North Point Church

and the Men's Father-Son Fishing Outing

Summer Club Tournaments

We have set the dates for this Summers tournaments and will announce the lakes in the very near future.

June 18 - Multi Species Team Tournament on Rush Lake

July 23 - Multi Species Team Tournament

August 13 - Individual Bass Tournament

October 8 - Multi Species Team Tournament


Club Outings

Spring Outing

May 5-8 at Luthercrest in Alexandria


Fall Outing

September 15-18 at Shores of Lake Andrew

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