Besides being unsightly, Grochol was mostly concerned about the potential safety hazards the abandoned line and hooks posed to people, dogs, and wildlife.

Dunsmuir Rotary President Wendi Grochol saw her longtime dream come true last week when the first of six fishing line receptacles was installed at Tauhindauli Park.

Last Wednesday, after the Dunsmuir Rotary Club’s general meeting, Grochol, along with other Rotarians, Rotary District Governor Tina Akins and Dunsmuir City Manager Todd Juhasz met at Tauhindaule Park to install the box. Within moments, Grochol and Rotarian Cindy Foreman had already found a big wad of abandoned monofilament, which they promptly disposed of in the newly installed receptacle.

It had been a desire of Grochol’s for at least 20 years to bring the program to Dunsmuir. An avid angler, hiker, and dog owner, Grochol has often expressed her concern about the ongoing problem of discarded hooks and fishing line being left at fishing sites along the Sacramento River.

Besides being unsightly, Grochol was mostly concerned about the potential safety hazards the abandoned line and hooks posed to people, dogs, and wildlife.

Grochol said she first became aware of the way that other cities addressed the problem when she saw fishing line receptacles in other areas, like Avila Beach and on the Klamath River.

Rotarian Dave Keisler built the boxes, which were modeled after receptacles currently in use in other areas throughout North America. Strategically located at various local fishing sites, the receptacles provide a service to the community to help keep local riverbanks clean and safe.

According to Dunsmuir Rotary Secretary Will Newman, the receptacles were first approved by the Dunsmuir City Council and Grochol, other club members, and friends of Dunsmuir Rotary will remove the discarded hooks and lines, and recycle what they can through existing recycling programs.

Newman said Rotary’s six areas of focus include conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development.

This is evidenced by the many ways the club serves the Dunsmuir community, such as reading to kids in the schools, donating books, feeding the community at local events and providing take-home meals to kids through the Wildcat Weekender Backpack food program.

The club also gives financial support to the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, sponsoring high school students for weeklong youth leadership camp, putting in Dunsmuir’s “Little Free Library,” and more.

Newman said over the past year, the Dunsmuir Rotary Club invested more than $8,000 for the benefit of the community. He said they also invested hundreds of hours of volunteer service in the community.

General meeting

The club welcomed Rotary District Governor Tina Akins and her husband, Tony, who were visiting Dunsmuir from Concord at their meeting on Wednesday.

Rami White, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Dunsmuir Elementary School, was inducted by Akins into the club

In addition, two Rotarians were recognized for their special service. Akins presented Newman and Grochol with “It All Adds Up” awards. Keisler was recognized “for his countless hours of service.” Grochol also presented Keisler with a Red Star Award.

For more information about Dunsmuir Rotary, or their local Fish Hook and Fishing Line Recycling Project, contact Newman at (530) 235-5735 or