Summer is coming to a close, the weather is cooling and the fall rains are on their way. But one of the great things about living in Douglas County is we don’t let a little rain get in the way of our outdoor fun.

In that spirit, I’d like to highlight the great work by Source One Serenity. Founded in 2016 by Rusty and Elena Lininger, Source One Serenity started as an opportunity for veterans to go fly fishing in our beautiful Douglas County waters. It has since branched out into hiking, fly-tying classes, camping trips and more. Rusty and Elena have worked tirelessly to create events that are fun and healing.

A comment on their website from Tobiah Carl Mogavero says it all: “After just one weekend of fly fishing in downpour, barbecuing juicy cutlets over a glowing bed of hot embers, being surrounded by one of the most magical forests of the N. Umpqua River; I can say with total conviction that I have regained a good bit of my mental peace and tranquility. Not only was the trip a spiritual journey, moreover I discovered a new family.”

A Women Veterans Hiking Program is Source One Serenity’s newest program. It is open to all women veterans to hike, heal and socialize together along the North Umpqua Trail. The program is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with some great people.

To keep the hike open to as many women as possible, they look to take about five-mile hikes in groups of five to eight. The first one happened over Labor Day and was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.

The next hike will be held Oct. 7 starting at 9 a.m. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is provided. The meeting point will be provided when you sign up. To register for the hike, contact elena@sourceoneserenity.org or 541-670-2446.

Fly Fishing Schools are coming. Source One Serenity is accepting applications for their next fly fishing schools in 2018 and 2019 (specific dates are to be determined). Requirements are: Service-related disability of 10 percent or more, or in the process of applying for a VA rating.

Spouses and caregivers may apply on behalf of their care recipient.

To apply, write up a quick biography and share your story to elena@sourceoneserenity.org or 541-580-5655 or 541-537-0447.

But don’t just take my word for all these great things that are going on. To read about these events and all the other great work being done, visit the website at https://sourceoneserenity.wordpress.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sourceoneserenity.

Being a nonprofit, Source One Serenity gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations. To make a donation, visit their website and contribute via Paypal or mail a check to Source One Serenity, 3233 NE Follett St., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Additionally, T-shirts and fishing flies are available for purchase on their website, with proceeds going to Source One Serenity fly-fishing and conservation programs.

God bless our veterans and God bless America.

Do you have information of interest to Douglas County veterans? Contact John McDonald at jd.mcdonald.jd@gmail.com or 541-580-6178.

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