January 25, 2016 Minutes

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

President Ken Lundberg called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors Present: Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Dennis Smet, Dean Wellman, and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the November 23 Meeting: The minutes as written in the January newsletter were approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and second by Jeff Stollenwerk.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Treasurer Ron Gaare reported that the December/January term beginning balance was $1099.02, bills paid totaled $3574.11, deposits totaled $6637.00 and the ending balance was $4161.91. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and a second by Bill Gobin. Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were five deposits made in the December/January term with one new member and numerous membership renewals. The sales of the upper and lower river maps have been strong.

Club Officer Election Results: All officers maintained positions with the exception of Dennis Pratt taking the President position and Ken Lundberg moving to Vice President.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt spoke with Paul Piszczek, WDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist, and confirmed that WDNR will lead the club’s volunteer project this year. This year’s project will likely include installation of log structures between Hwy. 2 and Doodlebug Rapids. Club members will have a chance to discuss the upcoming project with Paul Piszczek at our March 28 meeting.

Dennis Pratt also expressed concern about beaver control on the upper river. On behalf of the club he will be writing a letter to APHIS requesting that beaver control efforts be extended above Stone Chimney Road to the state forest boundary.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg reported on proposed state legislation that would weaken regulatory controls for fish farms. Paul Helbach made a motion that the club express opposition to our local legislators regarding the proposal. The motion passed following a second by Ron Gaare. Ken Lundberg will send a letter.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach reported that letters have been sent out to colleges advertising the club’s scholarship. Paul has also been working on ways to formally express appreciation to individuals and businesses that have been supporting the club and our scholarship fund.

Education: Dennis Smet reported that the aquariums at Superior and Northwestern Middle Schools are full of fish with one of the best hatches of fish eggs ever seen in the years of this educational effort. Dennis Pratt will be visiting the schools to talk about the club’s habitat work and how it connects to what the students see in the aquariums.

Membership: Current club membership is 470.

Budget: Nothing new to report.

Other Business

Superior Fly Anglers requested that the club allow the printing of a larger river map for marketing purposes. Following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Mike Zicus the club decided to investigate the printing of a small number of oversized maps and proceed if reasonable as determined by Ken Lundberg. The larger maps may become an item for sale in the club’s on-line store.

The club will be participating in three events in early 2016: River Falls Fly Fishing Festival on March 12 (motion by Ken Lundberg, seconded by Dean Wellman to pay $140 for booth), Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo on March 18-20 (booth cost is $350), and Wild Rivers TU Fishing Expo & Auction on April 2 (booth is free).

Family Fun Day at the Brule River State Hatchery will be Saturday, June 4.

Brule River Clean-up Day is Saturday, April 30.

Upcoming Speakers:

March 28 – Paul Piszczek, WDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist, will talk about habitat projects and information to be gathered in a future creel survey.

April 25 – Dennis Pratt, BRSC President and retired Senior Fisheries Biologist, will talk about the club’s past and upcoming habitat projects.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Recorded by Jeff Stollenwerk