ORCA’s 25th Anniversary – That’s a Lot of Reels!

ORCA’s 25th Anniversary – That’s a Lot of Reels!

Waxing nostalgic, ORCA Founder, Mike Nogay, and several charter members recalled some of the early days of this great organization and its formation on November 1, 1990.

From Ed Pritchard:

“I still remember the “on the spot founding” of ORCA at the tackle meet on East Broad St. and Hamilton Rd. in Columbus Ohio. Some of us ponied up our dues to Mike right there and then. One of the best investments I ever made.

Happy Birthday ORCA!!”

From Mike Nogay:

“Ed’s post really brought back some great memories so I went and dug out the first 4 issues of the ORCA Newsletter. Dues were $10 a year, and members signed up at tackle shows throughout 1990.

The first issue of the newsletter was dated January 1991 and highlighted the November 10, 1990 FATC Ft. Myers meet. Two EVH reels from Bruce Wilson’s collection were pictured on the front page.

Chuck Horton II donated envelopes and stationary to the new start-up club. Steve Vernon wrote an article in the first issue about the Nov. 1990 Allentown, PA show, and I did a date and maker chart on Kentucky reels, with “special thanks to Ron Gast and Frank Stewart.”

The 35 charter members were listed in the first ORCA newsletter in alphabetical order and the next 159 appeared in issues #2-4 as sign ups for charter members continued throughout 1991:

  1. Bruce Boyden- RI
  2. John Chapes- WI
  3. Ed & Carolyn Corwin- FL
  4. Rich Dickman- OH
  5. Richard Duerden- MI
  6. Anthony Floridia- FL
  7. Donald Garcia- CA
  8. Ron Gast-FL
  9. Doc Herr-PA
  10. Chuck Horton-CA
  11. I.M Kerley-TX
  12. Bob Lang-CT
  13. Terry Larsen-WI
  14. James Lee-CO
  15. Mal McCarty-MD
  16. Charles Mercier-IL
  17. Duane McCarthy-ID
  18. Brian McGrath-TX
  19. Michael Nogay-WV
  20. Dean Palczer-OH
  21. Ed Pritchard- FL
  22. John Reardon-IL
  23. George Reynolds-MO
  24. Jeff Rosenfeld-NY
  25. Philip Sartuche-CA
  26. Steve Scarborough-NC
  27. Myron Sergeant-IL
  28. Huck Spawr-CA
  29. Steve Vernon- PA
  30. Bruce Wilson- MD
  31. Russ Wilson-CA
  32. William Winters-PA
  33. Jeff Zimber- IL
  34. Roy Zelazinski-NY
  35. Howard Fortune- KY
  36. Phil Beaudry-Quebec
  37. Norm Pinardi-FL
  38. Rick Stringer-SC
  39. Jim Hardman-NJ
  40. Col. Ed Pfister-OH
  41. Joe Edson-CO
  42. Dean Smith-CT
  43. Bud Barry-OH
  44. Gerald Buerkle-OH
  45. John Shoffner-MI
  46. Rick Edmisten-CA
  47. Gary Weber- OH
  48. Capt. Ed Glenn-CA
  49. Fred Kerr-FL
  50. Len Codella-MA
  51. John NcGrath-CA
  52. Terry Ow-CA
  53. Wayne Fieck-MN
  54. Frank Stewart-AL
  55. Phil Bell-OH
  56. Harry Kort-NJ
  57. E.T. Ibbetson-CA
  58. Richard Hall-FL
  59. Al Munger-PA
  60. Heinz Adam-PA
  61. Bill Stuart, Jr.-FL
  62. Arne Soland-OR
  63. Dr. Carmine Lisella-NY
  64. Tom Browne-ME
  65. Mike Bodner-PA
  66. Robert LaVey MD-FL
  67. Del Sahr-MI
  68. Ken and Lori VanDerlaske-NY
  69. Christoper DuBois-CT
  70. K.S. Trowbridge, Jr.-GA
  71. Doug Beaulac-NY
  72. Dr. Sidney Curelop-NH
  73. Shelly Spindel-NY
  74. John Hutchison-OH
  75. Melford Garrison-KY
  76. Frank Margigliano-NY
  77. John Dietsch-TX
  78. Bob Corsseti-NH
  79. Duane E. Halverson-MN
  80. Don RessiguieKY
  81. Sal A. Lentine-NJ
  82. Ed Bruce-TX
  83. Elgan Amidon-OR
  84. Henry Clough, JR-AZ
  85. Jim Edmondson-PA
  86. Neil Collier-CA
  87. Edward Jacobs-VA
  88. N. P. Christensen -CA
  89. Nello Armstrong-TX
  90. Fred E. Cookenour-KY
  91. Jim Brown-CT
  92. Bill Franke-NH
  93. F. W. Ayers-OR
  94. J. Scott Wilson-TX
  95. M. Evers- MO
  96. John T. Speer-AR
  97. J. Lindy Egan-OH
  98. Paul C. Kanneman-OH
  99. Tom Gong-CA
  100. Ken Uda-Japan
  101. Robert W. Keithley-KY
  102. Mitsuru Sato-Japan
  103. David A. Nordlie-MN
  104. Karl T. White-OK
  105. George W. McCabe-OH
  106. James (Jim) B. Keegan, SR-CA
  107. Red Johnson-CA
  108. Bruce Holbrook-CA
  109. Danny R. Owens-KY
  110. Robert Fink-NY
  111. James S. (Jim) Wilson-Canada
  112. Tom Vogel-PA
  113. Warren Gamble-CA
  114. Steve Edwards-WA
  115. Juan D. Ordonez, M.D.-CA
  116. Oscar E. DeWitt-VA
  117. Willis C. Ream-KS
  118. Craig W. Dickson-British Columbia
  119. Phil Sohukup-OH
  120. Ray A. Fields-WA
  121. Robert A. Miller-TN
  122. Mike Cusack, M.D.-AK
  123. J. Chris Wilson-United Kingdom
  124. Edward Demsky- MO
  125. Stacey E. Weeks-England
  126. Randy Glen Law-Canada
  127. Henry Broggi-NY
  128. Dave Bunner-OH
  129. Misao Kawabata-Japan
  130. Dave Hoover-IN
  131. Gary Carbaugh-CO
  132. Anthony Pizutti-PA
  133. Philip Beguhl-CA
  134. Michael L. Farrior-CA
  135. Don E. Erickson-CA
  136. Dale May-OH
  137. Roger T. Burton-PA
  138. James K. Douglas-MO
  139. Henry J. Wagner-NY
  140. Dan Basore-IL
  141. Gabby Talkington-CA
  142. Charlie Brown-ID
  143. Dave Holloman-OR
  144. R. A. (Randy) Anderson-OK
  145. Dick Wilson-OH
  146. Tom Greene-FL
  147. Robert R. Selb-PA
  148. Andy Foster-IA
  149. James K. Sheek-TX
  150. Keen Buss-PA
  151. Don Beverly-FL
  152. James R. Elliott-PA
  153. Solly Thomas-PA
  154. Edward Trzeciak-PA
  155. Chuck Stephens-PA
  156. Floyd Booth-PA
  157. David Knepshield-PA
  158. Thomas Sedwick-PA
  159. Daniel Laurion-PA
  160. Dan Mozingo-WV
  161. Don Butler-PA
  162. Don P. Wallace-PA
  163. K. Paul Lecky-PA
  164. Albert H. Klingensmith-PA
  165. Charles A. Rodriguez-MI
  166. Dr. Larry C. Thomas-LA
  167. Casimir Ciesielski-NJ
  168. Robert T. Walters-PA
  169. Don Blackwell-PA
  170. Robert J. Secore-NY
  171. Greg L. Sica-PA
  172. Bruce Rayeske-WI
  173. Edgar C. Small-PA
  174. Albert J. Vota-PA
  175. William C. Garrett-WV
  176. Ken Hoak-PA
  177. Donald Tichenor-PA
  178. Michael Fitton-NY
  179. Edward R. Frederick-OH
  180. Roger Holmes- PA
  181. Rick Owens-FL
  182. Tom Harwood-WA
  183. Paul A. Jezowicz-PA
  184. Jim Alberts-PA
  185. Len Walkowiak-PA
  186. Mike Bryant-MT
  187. Jay Horton-WV
  188. Randy Gargilietti-KS
  189. Ron Lacken-NJ
  190. Robert Woodbeck-IA
  191. Ron Kargol-IL
  192. Rosamond Parrish-NC

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