Lions Fishing Tourney

Grab your fishing pole! On June 24, 2018, The RI Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) will be hosting their 11th Annual VIP Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) of Rhode Island on a chartered party boat out of Galilee RI.

Started in 2008, the Tournament is organized by the RILSF and is supported by donations from RI Lions Clubs and individual donors. The event includes, Boxed Breakfast, a morning of Fluke Fishing on a Frances Fleet party boat (includes equipment and bait), followed by a Lunch, Free Raffle and Awards Presentation at a local restaurant. The tourney is free of charge to all VIP’s and their guides.
Information and forms are also available at

The requirements for eligibility are:
• Legally Blind
• At least 17 years’ old
• Are physically able to fish from a party boat.
• Must be accompanied by a guide.
(Transportation and/or Guides will be provided if needed.)

In addition to competing for trophies in the RI Tournament, two (2) of the top winners will be eligible to represent Rhode Island at the National VIP Fishing Tournament to be held in October on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where participants come in from all parts of the USA & Canada. (“Eligible” means that they have not gone in the previous 2 years)

The trip will also include competing in the Annual New England Lions Tourney where we compete against VIP’s from the other participating New England states. We are proud to be able to say that the RI teams have been very successful in both tourneys.

New in 2018: In order to provide the opportunity to attend the National Tourney to those who do not catch enough fish to win, the 3rd National Team Representative will be selected by a lottery from a list of VIP’s that have not previously attended the National Tourney.

At the RILSF website, there is also an inspiring video of the National Tournament that provides insight into the experiences of the VIPs’ and includes cuts of last years’ CT & RI VIP’s sharing their thoughts. For more information on the National Tournament go to

If you are interested in attending the RI Lions Tournament, please complete the application and send it to the address shown on the application. Please remember to include your signature. NOTE: Guides must also fill out an application.

Even though the date may seem a long way off, we ask that you return you application as soon as you can to ensure your lucky seat!!!

For further information, please visit our website or feel free to contact either of the following committee members.

Lion Ken Barthelemy, Tournament Chair
Lion Bill Hawkins, Asst. Tournament Chair