President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.
Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Ken Lundberg, Bill Gobin, Walt Swanson, Jeff Stollenwerk, Tom Bydalek, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Mike Zicus, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman, Ron Pearson and Ron Gaare.
Minutes of the March 27 Meeting: The minutes as written in the April newsletter were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $492.00 in March into general fund. The Club had 1 new member. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ron Gaare and a second by Courtney Johnson. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that March’s beginning balance was $ 8,675.78, and the ending balance was $ 8,729.00 with the following expenses: Ken Lundberg (Constant Contact eNewsletter) for $168.00; Bill Gobin (Postage and shipping) for $20.78; Katie Thompson (April Newsletter) for $200.00; Joe Scaccia (April Meeting) for $50.00: The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Mick Killoren and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Habitat: Dennis Pratt – Deferred until later in the meeting.
Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Wisconsin Wildlife Federation voted on a resolution to support the Club in the removal of the Old South Shore Grade the resolution was approved unanimously.
Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul has received 2 Scholarship applications and expects 2 or 3 more to be received before the April 30th deadline.
Education: Dennis Smet – The aquarium project is ending for this year. The programs were at Northwestern Middle School and Superior Senior High School. The aquarium at South Shore is expected to move to Hayward for next year. This year salmon eggs from Iron River Federal Hatchery were used. This is the 16th year of this program
Membership: Jim Waletzko – Jim introduced Ed Chaplinski a member visiting from Gilman WI.
Budget: Ron Pearson – no report.
Web Page: Mike Zicus – nothing to report.
Spring Clean-up Report – Dennis Smet reported on Saturday 30-35 people plus 8-10 Cub Scouts cleaned areas around the State Fish Hatchery, the Ranger Station and some of the Fisherman parking lots from Highway H to Highway B. Next weekend the Boy Scouts will canoe down from Stones Bridge. This is the 46th year of the clean-up. Less garbage this year than previous years.
South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – History, this is a 40 feet high filled berm wingwall that has been falling over for the past 40 years. Dennis Pratt considers this the biggest threat in the valley. Myron Olson met with a State Fish Biologist and together agreed the quick short term answer is to bust up the large concrete pieces, this plus cutting the trees on the bank would buy time. Keith Olson made an estimate of $2,500 for this quick fix. It was mentioned that Link Bros have been contacted for funding help in the past.
Email of the newsletter to members: Ken Lundberg – Computer technicians will help Ken this week, Damian Wilmot volunteered to help Ken with Constant Contact. Testing the email version of the newsletter will begin with the May newsletter.
Myron Olson – Old Highway 2 Erosion Repair Project – This has been an ongoing problem for a year or more. Because the road is only 380 feet, road tax money available is very limited. Town of Brule is strapped for cash; WI DOT has no funding to add. Myron had no cost estimate yet. Myron asked the club for help with getting the word out. Myron request to return for our June meeting to discuss the project. Club will place this on that agenda. This is a very popular fishing spot for locals. Ken Lundberg made a motion to send a letter of support when it was needed. Motion was seconded by Paul Helbach and was unanimously approved by voice vote.
Brule Coalition meeting planning – Tentative date – June 29th, Nebagamon Town Hall
Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – June 3rd (10am to 3pm) this would be the hatchery’s 90th anniversary and the state forest’s 110th anniversary. Bill is looking for volunteers to print T-shirts help with the archery and for the short canoe trip activities, and other activities.
The business meeting adjourned at 6:46 PM.
Speaker – Dennis Pratt – Habitat History and Brook Trout Spawning Videos
Recorded by Walt Swanson