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From the Desk of the President & CEO of The SFVU BUSINESS Group
August 6th, 2013


It is with both deep sadness and yet joy that I share with all of you that our longtime friend, brother in Christ, and SFVU ProStaffer, DJ Rogers, has gone home to be with the Lord today. He had taken a significant turn for the worse in his battle with cancer and was brought home from the hospital to be with hospice and family just a few days prior.  Please keep all of his family and friends in your prayers as they work through these tough days. 

I say mixed emotions because the “man here in the world” side of me is sad and will very much miss my friend, but the spiritual side of me feels grateful and happy for DJ, because I know without a doubt where he will be spending eternity. He will be in heaven, with God, in a spirit free from disease, and he will be catching 10lb bass every day while watching over all of us, celebrating the day we get to be with him!

Many of you had the pleasure of knowing DJ, some as competitors in bass tournaments, or from SFVU pro staff activities, others from what he did with Fishers of Men Ministries as a director with the Team and Legacy tournament series in the West Virginia area and still others from his long career as a driver for Wal-Mart and his service to the City of Elkins as a Volunteer Fireman. He was an extraordinary man and a rare soul who never failed to not leave a situation better, with his smile, wit and hard working dedicated attitude!

I will forever thank God for the day I met him on that boat ramp at Deep Creek Lake, so many, many years ago. I watched him grow to become a great friend, an incredible servant, a tremendous fishermen as well as, and more importantly, an awesome “fisher of men”. Like most of you, he enriched my life and there was never a time that talking with DJ didn’t lift my spirits. To this day, I have never known anyone who was more able to just make a stranger feel comfortable and make a friend feel special.

In all my time long time history as a fellow volunteer director running all those FOMNTT tournament events, I never ever saw more people, truly happy for anyone they competed against, then on that one occasion when DJ and his partner finally won a major tournament, and to this day I have never seen more true admiration expressed for any man, even by the competitors he had just beaten. In turn, I watched a man who handled it with the humblest of hearts and the grace that all of us should grow to repeat and pass on.

I know we will all miss him very, very much but as sad as we are now (I am fighting thru tears to write this), we all need to realize that it would be selfish to deprive him of where he is now, in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ and knowing DJ like I did, he would want us all to, first and foremost, know and accept that we can be with him again in heaven, if we simply ask God for that same salvation. He would also want us to celebrate the life and times that God had blessed us to be with our friend, and not focus on our sadness, but instead on what DJ was able to share with us and so many others, while he was here on Earth.

I thank my friend DJ for his life and example and I join all of you in commending him to a place far, far, far better and in asking that God watch over him on his journey, and to allow all of us staying behind, the grace and opportunity to live our lives working to duplicate DJ’s efforts and example!

Goodbye my friend, I so look forward to our reunion in Heaven!

Ian Godwin

 

 

The SFVU BUSINESS Group is a multi-divisional corporation dedicated to the recreational, tournament and business development realms of the sport of fishing for everyone, from aspiring junior anglers to college fishing teams to weekend family farm pond fishermen, from Christian bass club members to PAA, FLW & BASS touring professionals as well as Redfish Inshore Saltwater, Walleye, Catfish & Crappie tournament anglers, from guides & outfitters to dealers and manufacturers alike, The SFVU BUSINESS Group is here to grow the sport of fishing while maintaining an eye toward the future and an ear towards listening to the needs of the present, all the while keeping our relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at the forefront of all we do in support of you and the business arenas of fishing in all its realms!

The SFVU BUSINESS Group divisions include our Wholesale Fishing Tackle Distribution Group, our Retail Independent Fishing Tackle Dealer Support system, our Sportfishing Industry Business Consulting Group, our Manufacturers Rep Group, our OYOFB Division – an entire support system to allow individuals to enter the exciting business world offered within the sport fishing arena, our Public Relations Media group for support of TV, Radio, Internet, Print and Outdoor Writers, our Pro Staff & Tournament Administration Support & Development teams, our Sport Fishing Ventures Unlimited TV programming as well as major volunteer and financial support for The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail and the non-profit, charitable giving foundation called Fishing Dreams Unlimited

We are proud of our long standing and loyal relationships with each of our manufacturers with whom SFVU has partnered with, those being Kistler Rods, Solar Bat Polarized Sunglasses, Quantum Reels, McCoy Fishing Lines, Plano Tackle Storage Systems, Koppers Live Target Lures, Secret Weapon Spinnerbaits & Buzzbaits, RoboWorm, Mizmo Tubes, both Bass and Crappie, All Terrain Tackle “Technique Specific” Jigs, JC’s Custom Lures, including their complete line of Tungsten Weights, Jigheads and Terminal Tackle as well as their handpoured soft plastic baits under the Maximum Series brand, Gary Yamamoto Senkos and Soft Plastics, Strike King Lure Company, Blakemore Roadrunner Lures, Hooks from X-Point, Daichii, Stand-Out Drop Shot and Tru-Turn thru the TTI Group, Attraxx Patented Saltwater Baits, and many more  - all of these are featured and serviced thru independent tackle stores within The SFVU Wholesale Fishing Tackle Groups support network of dealers – all offered at the very best competitive prices with extra special rewards and savings programs for active members of The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail, Christian Bass Clubs, OYOFB affiliates, and select field and pro staff.

We appreciate your support, patronage and feedback as we work diligently to meet our president's number one goal of 100% client satisfaction while providing the best example of a successful business run on solid Christian principles and sound ethics!


 
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