Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Regular Meeting
President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. at Round-Up North in Brule.
Vote on Recording Secretary and Board Position: A verbal vote was called on both, adding Walt Swanson to the Recording Secretary position and Ron Gaare to the Board. Ken Lundberg made a motion to accept the appointments and seconded by Dean Wellman. Motion passed.
Officers and Directors Present: Dennis Pratt, Ken Lundberg, Bill Gobin, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Ron Pearson, Dean Wellman, Mike Zicus, and Walt Swanson.
Minutes of the July 25 Meeting: The minutes as written in the August newsletter were approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and seconded by Dennis Smet.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported the following expenses: Trevor Keyler (2016 scholarship award) for $5,000.00; Arrowhead Printing (July newsletter) for 272.88; Katie Thompson (August newsletter) for $200.00; Joe Scaccia (August meeting) for $50.00. There were two deposits of $365.00 and $228.00 in August into general fund, and $5,000.00 was transferred from savings. The financial secretary’s report was approved following a motion by Ron Gaare and second by Dean Wellman. Treasurer Ron Gaare reported that August’s beginning balance was $3848.76, and the ending balance was $3918.88. The treasurer’s report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Ken Lundberg.
Habitat: Dennis Pratt reported on the second work date last Saturday (July 30th) where club volunteers assisted the DNR in adding two coarse woody trout habitat structures to the Rainbow Bend area which lies between the Winneboujou and Noyes Camp properties. The club wishes to thank and recognize DNR Fisheries Biologists Aaron Nelson and Paul Piszczek. Dennis Pratt visited the site on Wednesday the 17th and fish were living under all four structures. Photos of the habitat work are available on the website. Fly boxes donated by John Rowell Family were presented to the habitat volunteers. Dennis Pratt also reported that the Beaupre Springs Restoration project still remains beaver free and the East and West Fork habitat repairs are in good shape.
Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing new to report.
Scholarship: Paul Helbach reported that thank you letters have been sent to the non-winners. Dennis Pratt suggested that the Board needs to review how we are getting students to apply. Dennis Pratt issued a challenge to the committee to improve the way the club reaches out to the community. Ken Lundberg will be in charge of the discussion to review what the committee has been doing. Committee chairman, Paul Helbach will bring recommendations back to the board. Items brought up for future discussions include: utilizing a raffle to generate funding, however it was pointed out that State raffle money has to stay within the state; in the future should the check be written to the individual or to the institution?
Education: Dennis Smet – nothing new to report.
Membership: Jim Waletzko reported that we should have a presence at the Lions Club BBQ.
Budget: Dennis Pratt – nothing new until fall.
Web Page: Mike Zicus – nothing new to report.
Newsletter Notes on the Death of Past Members – Ken Lundberg commented that it should be done only if the club is notified and requested by the family. The information in the newsletter should be labeled “In Memory Of”.
Challenge Center Canoe Trip – August 6th – Ron Pearson reported that the day was a gold medal day. No one tipped. Several board of director members were present to help guide the consumers down the river. Katie interviewed Ron Pearson for a newsletter article. (This article will appear in the October issue). Special thanks to Bob Banks for allowing us to launch at Wildcat and to the DNR for canoe usage.
Lower river angler etiquette abbreviated version will be placed at the kiosks. Information pulled together from past BRSC newsletters and the Minnesota Steelheaders’ website by Mike Zicus. The Club received good PR on fall cleanup. Topics of discussion included: steelhead disturbance while on redds; dogs in the river; photographing fish and proper fish handling; and fires on state and private land. Angler etiquette article to be placed in September newsletter.
Club Hat Purchase – Dean Wellman reported shipment should be received on Wednesday the 24th or Thursday the 25th at his address. The cost to the club is $12.50 a hat. Ken Lundberg made a motion pay the bill and suggested charging $20.00 per hat, Mike Zicus seconded.
Reading books are available for loan and prizes are available for meeting attendance; all are from the Rowell family.
South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – Dennis Pratt provided history. Ken Lundberg presented the information to Bob Banks at Brule River Preservation and to the Douglas County Fish and Game League. Dennis Pratt made a suggestion that Superior Days could be used to get the message out. Nick Milroy and Janet Bewley are our State senator and assembly representative, respectively. It was decided that the Board will keep this in the agenda until resolved.
Newsletters – Dennis Pratt mentioned the club is getting close to matching the number of newsletters sent out to those produced. Ken Lundberg will work on moving to electronic newsletters, likely using Google groups to send them. Ken will report back to the Board.
Lake Superior Steelhead Association’s Brule River Spey Day – October 8 @ McNeil’s Landing
Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 17-19 @ Hamline University – St. Paul
The business meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m. Recorded by Walt Swanson.