April 25, 2016 Minutes

Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Regular Meeting
April 25, 2016

Prior to the business meeting, Dave Schulz, Brule River State Forest Superintendent, discussed the upcoming master planning process including opportunities for public feedback.

President Dennis Pratt called the business meeting to order at 7:09 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors Present: Dennis Pratt, Ken Lundberg, Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ron Pearson, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman, and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the March 28 Meeting: The minutes as written in the April newsletter were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and second by Bill Gobin.

Financial Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $643.00 made in April with one new member and numerous maps sold. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Mike Zicus. Treasurer Ron Gaare reported that April’s beginning balance was $5719.54, bills paid totaled $293.26, there was a transfer of $1111.99 to the scholarship fund, deposits totaled $643.00 and the ending balance was $4957.29. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt reported that he recently visited the club’s habitat project sites from the past four years. All projects are paying big dividends in the form of natural reproduction of several fish species. Paul Piszczek and Aaron Nelson, WDNR Fisheries, described this year’s project which will involve strategic placement of logjams that will provide cover for all life phases of fish. The structure also provides habitat for invertebrates. Logs and clean root balls will be placed at Doodlebug Rapids and Rainbow Bend.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg reported on the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation meeting and in particular some proposed state legislation that would mandate the sale of public lands. Ken has been invited to meet with the Superior Daily Telegram Editorial Board with WWF Executive Director George Meyer. They may also be meeting with the Ashland Press.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach reported that applications for the $5000 scholarship are due April 30, 2016. He will report back at the May meeting on the number of applicants and selection process by the Scholarship Committee.

Education: Dennis Smet reported that Carey Edwards removed the fry at the Superior and Northwestern Middle Schools. The 20 gallon aquarium at the Northwestern Middle School has been disposed of and will need to be replaced.

Membership: Jim Waletzko noted that the club’s newsletter, web page and on-line videos are great tools for increasing membership.

Budget: No report.

Web Page: Members are encouraged to visit the web page at http://bruleriversportsmensclub.com/ as updates occur frequently.

Other Business

After over 13 years as Treasurer, Ron Gaare has requested to be relieved of the duties. Dennis Pratt noted the exceptional job Ron has been doing for many years and asked members to consider expressing interest in the post. Jeff Stollenwerk offered to assume the Treasurer duties if the Recording Secretary duties could be transferred to another member. This option and any other options will be considered during the May meeting.

Dennis Pratt distributed generic club business cards to members for use as a promotional tool. Dean Wellman will investigate options for replenishing the stock of hats for sale at the club’s on-line store. General guidance from members is that we should be pursuing a higher quality hat similar to the current hats for sale by the club.

Ken Lundberg presented options for printing a Lower River Map enlargement. A motion by Dennis Pratt and second by Dean Wellman passed unanimously to place an initial order for twenty-five 24” x 36” enlargements.

Upcoming Events

Spring Clean-Up Day is April 30.
Family Fun Day at the Brule Hatchery is June 4.
Lake Superior Steelhead Association’s Brule River Spey Day is October 8 @ McNeil’s Landing.

The business meeting adjourned at 8:11 PM.