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SO! General Meeting and Program

Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 pm Register by Email

6;oo-6:30: Social half hour with refreshments
6:30 7:30 pm: Meeting and Presentation
Presentation Title: “52 Rivers: A Woman’’s Fly-Fishing Journey”
Speaker: Shelley Walchak

Presentation Summary:  Just about everyone has dreamt of taking a year off to fulfill a dream. Librarian Shelley Walchak lived her dream by giving up her job at the Colorado State Library to fly fish a river a week for a year. Walchak outfitted a camper, purchased camera equipment and a computer and hit the road. She traveled throughout the Rocky Mountain States – visiting rivers in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Her photographs and blog posts of her journey became the book 52 Rivers.

“Taking two years to research and write 52 Rivers was a dream come true. After publishing the book, I decided to try for an IPPY award and when the results came back that I had won a gold medal, I realized that my work was accepted and honored by others as well. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Speaker Bio:  Shelley Walchak is a librarian by trade and an angler at heart. Although fly-fishing is a late life discovery for her, she intends to make up as much time as possible. Shelley was inspired to take her 52 Rivers journey after helping to organize a national library conference called R-Squared: A Risk and Reward Conference. Risk and reward became her modus operandi so much so that she had to take her own risk and give up a great job at the Colorado State Library and go fishing for a year…and did she ever reap rewards. 52 Rivers is the book that emerged from jumping out of her comfort zone into icy rivers and a new- found solitude.

Meeting Place:

Durango Rec Center 6:00 pm

Difficulty Info:

I decided to try for an IPPY award and when the results came back that I had won a gold medal