Hooked On Giving!
David Simms, the president of ElectionsOnline weighs in on why he has supported Trout Unlimited for years! Thanks for your commitment to our network!
As a native of Charleston, WV, I attended a Fly Fishing School sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited in 1979 when I was only 13 years old. Three days of instruction culminated with our instructors taking us onto a local trout stream. In my case, Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. One very willing brook trout later, and I’ve been hooked, pun very much intended, ever since. “Very willing” because as a neophyte I was not quite so adept at setting the hook as I would become after years of experience, but this particular brook trout seemed very forgiving and kept coming back until I was able to set the hook and land him.
That experience led to me becoming a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and participating in the many projects spearheaded by their Kanawha Valley Chapter (KVCTU) based in Charleston, WV. Such projects included stream cleanups, habitat restoration, and their flagship program of fingerling brown trout stockings managed in close cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. When I moved to Washington, DC in 2000 to accept a job as the web developer for the District of Columbia Bar, and soon thereafter founded ElectionsOnline, I no longer had the ability to contribute time to the KVCTU‘s mission. What I did have though was a company with the means to contribute 1% of its revenue to help fund the many projects to which I had for years been participating. When I learned about 1% for the Planet, I think on the NBC evening news, I thought it would be the perfect vehicle through which I could continue to contribute to Trout Unlimited while also having a formal program through which I could demonstrate corporate responsibility to my clients.
ElectionsOnline continues to be an industry leader with a bright future and looks forward to many more years of donations to the KVCTU which has recently undergone a name change to the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited. So named for one of its founding members who dedicated his life to the organization’s mission.