Florida Antique Tackle Collectors
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the preservation of our angling heritage, history, and artifacts.

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FATC Youth Program

Young people are the future of our hobby and FATC believes that it is important that we offer a Club that attracts their interest and encourages their participation . We must mentor our youth members that they may share from our experience as they mature to become the leaders of our hobby.

FATC encourages its youth members to collect tackle and to display their collections at FATC exhibitions. Awards are presented at the shows to recognize and reward the efforts of our young collectors. It is always delightful to see their displays.

At the Daytona Beach show in 2009, the Club started a new program for its youth collectors. Member Sheila Rhea Rapavi introduced the FATC Minnow Club for kids to age 12. Sheila contrasts her own joyous childhood memories of lazy summer afternoons in the Florida sunshine with the electronic video world of today's young people. She explains "...Fishing with my grandfather wasn't just about fishing -- it was all about learning patience, building confidence, hearing life lesson stories, mentorship, bonding, love and so much more......the FATC Minnow Club for kids is the perfect platform for us to mentor great kids, in a safe place, as they build life-long friendships in a club of their peers".
FATC Minnows recognized at the 2009
Daytona International Awards Presentation
You can sponsor a minnow by sending your name along with the Minnow's name, address, and email address to Larry Lucas at Larry_Lucas@fatc.net. The first sponsorship is free, with each additional sponsorship only $10 each thereafter. Minnows receive a Membership Certificate, President's Message, and attend all FATC exhibits for free!

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