The History of Ole’s Hakai Pass Decade Club
Ole’s Decade Club had quite a spontaneous and humble beginning. The year was 2000, and I had been with Ole’s since 1996 (just five years), having taken over daily operations from Irv and JoAnn Olsen who had been running the lodge since its inception in 1984.
When I came on board the first thing that struck me was how Irv and JoAnn had developed such a close relationship with all of their guests that they become friends, like family. They loved looking after people and did so with generous hearts. I knew I had big shoes to fill. During my first 5 years I became acquainted with Ole’s many repeat guests, and over time they embraced me as their host. In July of 2000, I became aware that there were 2 couples; Phil and Viv Cromarti, and Ken and Ann Jones, who had been coming to Ole’s for many years and it turned out they had come for 10 years.
This was so special and unique I wanted to honor their friendship and the bond they had with Ole’s in a momentous way. After having considered many options, the one idea that struck me as appropriate as a “Thank You” was to give them their next year free, on us! When I presented them with the news on BBQ night, the last day of their trip, there were tears and more than a few choked up people. I believed at the time this would be a one-time event. Little did I know that once news got out among the other guests, I discovered that there were others who also were approaching their 10th year. It seemed appropriate to also honor those guests who had been with us for over a decade with recognition and a trip to commemorate the years of friendship that had developed. I could not have known how this Decade Club would grow. We have just had the privilege of welcoming our 40th member this season, and I will have to have the plaque enlarged once again as there are 6 more to be inducted next year! It gives me great pleasure to be able to present this gift of a trip to recognize the relationships that have been built over years of fishing, memories of great times together and a shared appreciation of the beauty of Hakai Pass and all that it has to offer.
With thanks and appreciation for the camaraderie of Decades
Host and Manager