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Old 03-17-13, 07:11 PM   #41
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Well, I had a chance meeting with Mr. Watkins today up here in Kennesaw and thought I would give a quick update. Not a much has changed really, he is still working to get low interest funding for the materials needed to basically replace half his house. Turns out that the tree damaged both bedrooms beyond repair. He has labor lined up, just needs to get loan money finalized for materials.

BTW, had that storm hit in the middle of the night, Tom and his wife would probably be dead. He said the tree came right through the bedroom and pretty much hit dead center right on his bed! His wife had heard the storm was coming and got out of the house and drove down the road a ways to a covered concrete parking area to try and protect her car from hail damage. Good thing, as she would have been home when that tree crashed through the house. But Tom is in great spirits as always and actually was able to take a mental health break today and run down to Paces for a few hours to finally do some DH trout fishing. It did the man good to catch a bunch of fish today!

Tom and I talked for a good while, and he asked me to pass on a few things. He has no access to a PC other than at work where they do not allow access to internet sites other than work related stuff, otherwise he would have posted this himself. He ask me to express how touched he was when all of those checks from NGTO members started showing up in his mailbox. He said that is eternally grateful to everyone that sent him money. It was at that point that I spilled the beans and told him that an anonomous member had offered to match everyone's donations and that he would be receiving one more substantial check very soon. AGain, he said he would never be able to thank us all enough for the help. The money we raised for Tom is greatly needed and will go a long way in helping him get through the long and tough rebuilding process.

PS: will post more in the Spring Fling thread, but to thank and help NGTO, Tom has donated one of his fly rods to the NGTO Spring Fling mini-auction. It is a very nice 8.5 foot 5 weigth Scott! Someone is going to win a very nice fly rod next Saturday!
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Old 03-18-13, 10:09 AM   #42
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Thanks Buck, nothin' like mail box money to make ya feel some better, and thank God for his timing out there! NGTO above and beyond the call of duty!
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Old 03-20-13, 02:56 PM   #43
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Hey, Buck - Thanks for everything you've done in coordinating this effort. I'll have to bid on the auction for the Scott. It sounds familiar!
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