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Casting Board of Governors Awards

 

Were you aware that the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) of Fly Fishers International (FFI) has six different casting specific awards to present to worthy individuals each year? It’s only recently that we had the opportunity to specifically recognize individuals who have contributed to the success of our Certified Casting Instructors Program (CICP). That’s not to say that our members haven’t been recognized with other awards, but now we have some specific awards to be presented by the CBOG.

Nominations generally do not come from the CBOG.  The CBOG is very diverse and members come from all parts of the globe, but we don’t know everybody. The CBOG relies on FFI members to nominate worthy candidates using the criteria listed below.  

To ensure optimal recognition of appropriate individuals, the nominating document must stand alone.  The sponsor, the person who submits the nomination, must document in the nomination multiple specific examples of how that individual or individuals fulfilled the criteria.  Individuals will be given awards based upon the facts in the nomination and not by just general familiarity of that individual with the CBOG or Awards Committee.  A nomination is usually more effective if multiple letters of support are obtained that document the breadth of the nominees contributions to the program.

The FFI is a volunteer organization and the success of the CICP is primarily due to the support and dedication of our members who believe in what we do. Sometimes all we can do is thank them for a job well done. Now we can give worthy individuals casting specific awards in appreciation for outstanding service.

CICP Award Nominations due on April 1 of the calendar year they are to be awarded.
(See award listings, procedures, nomination form, and other deadlines below)  

Click here to understand the Nomination and Selection Process.  Multiple nominees may be selected for any award each year and no award must be awarded annually. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Jay Gammel Awards the nominee must be a FFI member. 

Below is a brief description of the six awards and the past recipients.  There is a hyperlink after each award description to the Criteria and Requirements for that award.


FFI Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award

This award is presented to individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to fly casting instruction.  Contributions may include teaching, innovation in fly casting techniques, writing, motivation and sharing their knowledge of teaching to advance goals of the Casting Instructor Certification Program. In 2019, this award was elevated to be presented by the FFI Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Casting Board of Governors.

2022
not awarded

2021
not awarded

2020
not awarded

2019
Simon Gawesworth
Chris Korich

2018
Ed Jaworowksi
Rick Williams

2017
Hans-Ruedi Hebeisen

2016
not awarded

2015
Steve Rajeff
Tim Rajeff

2014
Bob Jacklin

2013
Dennis Grant

2012
Floyd Franke
Gordy Hill

2011
Gary Borger
Macauley Lord

2010
Al Buhr

2009 
Al Kyte

2008
Bruce Richards

2007
Al & Barbara Rohrer

2006
Leon Chandler

2005
Jim Green
Lefty Kreh
Mel Krieger
Joan Wulff

 
Criteria

FFI Mel Krieger Fly Casting Instructor Award

This award, honoring Mel Krieger a well-known figure in the instruction of fly casting and author of the original Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor Program, is presented in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the FFI Certified Casting Instructor Program, have dedicated themselves to fly casting instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.  In 2019, this award was elevated to be presented by the FFI Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Casting Board of Governors.

2022
Willy George
Jonathan Walter

2021
not awarded

2020
Dwight Klemin
Keith Richard

2019
Christopher Rownes

2018
Brian Henderson
Molly Semenik

2017
Tomonori "Bill" Higashi
Peter Morse

2016
Larry Allen
Dave Barron
Dusty Sprague

2015
Steve Hollensed
Leslie Holmes

2014
Chuck Easterling

2014
Jim Valle

2013
Don Simonson

2012
Denise Maxwell

2011
not awarded

2010
Gordy Hill

2009
Floyd Franke

2008
Tom White

2007
Joe Libeu

 
Criteria

Floyd Franke Award For Contributions to the CICP

Floyd Franke advanced the mission of the CICP on several levels through his contributions as a Governor and later as the Chairperson of the CBOG.  Floyd had a vision of what the CICP should encompass and brought it to fruition. He proposed practical solutions to real problems and implemented those solutions.  He foresaw that high standards must be maintained and laid the foundation for the Code of Conduct to ensure this was the case.  He also established the Ethics Committee, the Two-Hand Casting Instructor program, Governor Membership terms, and opened CBOG Committees and CICP activities to participation by MCIs.  Floyd looked to people who got things done.  Neither name recognition nor celebrity status played a role.  He had a major role in making the CICP a respected and valued component of FFI worldwide that reflects on those individuals whose certifications it sanctioned. This award recognizes significant contributions to processes and organizational components of the CICP.

This award is to be given by the CBOG of the FFI CICP to honor an individual(s) who demonstrates these same traits and qualities while making significant contributions to advance the CICP.

2022
Mary Ann Dozer

2021
Steve Hollensed & Bryan Martin

2020
Mark Huber
Jonathan Walter

2019
Bruce Williams
 

            

2018
not awarded

2017
Carl Zarelli

2016
David Diaz

2015
Al Buhr

 
Criteria

Jay Gammel Award for Fly Casting Instruction

The Essentials of Fly Casting was the first published work that analyzed fly casting from the instructor’s perspective. When the FFI published Jay and Bill Gammel’s Essentials in 1993, the 24-page pamphlet changed the teaching of fly casting forever. This award recognizes individuals who have developed instructional materials that advanced fly casting instruction whether or not they are an FFI member.

2022
not awarded

2021
not awarded

2020
not awarded

2019
John L. Field
Keith Richard

2018
Sheila Hassan

2017
not awarded

2016
not awarded

2015
not awarded

2014
Soon Lee

 
Criteria

Governor's Mentoring Award

The Governor’s Mentoring Award is to be awarded a FFI member or members for long and continued support of the CICP through mentoring.  Mentoring involves sharing casting knowledge voluntarily with individuals groups, or clubs to improve members casting skills. Mentoring also includes assisting and preparing members toward FFI instructor certifications (CI, MCI, THCI) through casting sessions (individual or group) to further improve the candidate’s casting knowledge and skills.

2022
not awarded

2021
Jim Schneider

2020
Jeff Ferguson
Todd Somsel
Hisashi Suzuki
awarded posthumously to
Chuck Easterling

2019
Dave Barron
Brian McGlashan
Dennis Otsuka
Bob Young

2018
Willy George
Rod McGarry
Jim Sommercorn

2017
Brian Henderson

2016
Gary Kell
Tony Loader
Tom Rueping
Bruce Williams

2015
not awarded

2014
Dwight Klemin

2013
Philip Maher

2011
Aaron Reimer

2010
Kirk Eberhard

 
Criteria

Governor’s Pin

The Governor’s Pin is awarded in recognition of continued support for the CICP in areas of administration, committee involvement, or program implementation.  They are awarded at the discretion of the CBOG Chair.  FFI members may suggest members to the CBOG Chair whose activities the Chair may not be aware.

 

2022
Dave Barron
Gail Donoghue Gallo
Nikki Loy

2021
Mary Ann Dozer
Gail Donoghue Gallo

2020
Mary Ann Dozer
Brian Henderson
Mark Huber
Rick Williams

2019
Bill Higashi
Mark Huber
Tim Lawson

2018
Steve Hollensed
Jonathan Walter

2017
Mark Huber
Bintoro Tedjosiswoyo          

2016
Thomas Berggren
Willy George
Molly Semenik
 

2015
Chuck Easterling
William Holmes
Carl Zarelli

2014
Rick Williams

2013
Dave Barron

2012
Hutch Hutchinson
Carl McNeil
Jeff Wagner

2011
Lars Christian Bentsen
Macauley Lord
Denise Maxwell
Jerk Sonnichsen

2010
Raffaele Mascaro
Dan McCrimmon
Barbara Wuebber

 
Criteria

Casting Instructor Certification Program Instruction Recognition Award

 

This award is presented to FFI Casting Instructors who have contributed significantly to the CICP Community through their unselfish devotion and passion to help individuals and groups learn to enjoy the sport of fly fishing.  Contributions may include teaching involvement with the FFI’s Learning Center in such areas like the Fly Casting Skills Development; teaching and working with Veteran groups, Women or youth groups, First Responder groups, and/or Special Needs groups; or the development of unique teaching programs; or their involvement with FFI Councils, and/or local club casting programs.  This award was made available in January 2023.

Criteria

 Click here to submit a nomination.

   

 2023 CICP Award Deadlines

1. Nominations end April 1  

2. Ballots sent by May 1  

3. Ballots returned by June 1  

4. Award recipients notified by June 15

Governor’s Pin

The Governor’s Pin is awarded in recognition of continued support for the CICP in areas of administration, committee involvement, or program implementation.  They are awarded at the discretion of the CBOG Chair.  FFI members may suggest members to the CBOG Chair whose activities the Chair may not be aware.

2022

Dave Barron
Gail Donoghue Gallo
Nikki Loy

2021

Mary Ann Dozer
Gail Donoghue Gallo

 

2020 - Mary Ann Dozer
           Brian Henderson
           Mark Huber
           Rick Williams

2019- Bill Higashi
          Mark Huber
          Tim Lawson

2018 - Steve Hollensed
          Jonathan Walter

2017 - Mark Huber
            Bintoro Tedjosiswoyo          

2016 - Thomas Berggren
           Willy George
           Molly Semenik

 

 

2015 - Chuck Easterling
           William Holmes
           Carl Zarelli

2014 - Rick Williams

2013 - Dave Barron

2012 - Hutch Hutchinson
           Carl McNeil
           Jeff Wagner

2011 - Jerk Sonnichsen
           Lars Christian Bentsen
           Denise Maxwell
           Macauley Lord 

2010 - Barbara Wuebber
           Dan McCrimmon
           Raffaele Mascaro

 
Criteria