July 25, 2016 Minutes

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, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Ron Pearson, and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the June 25 Meeting: The minutes as written in the July newsletter were approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and seconded by Jim Waletzko.

 Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $424.00 in July into general fund and a $85.00 scholarship donation. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Mike Zicus. Treasurer Ron Gaare reported that July’s beginning balance was $4019.72, bills paid totaled $871.37 and the ending balance was $3572.35. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Bill Gobin.

 Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt reported on the first work date last Saturday (July 23rd) where 11 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. Next work date will be this coming Saturday (July 30th).

 Legislative: Ken Lundberg reported on a National Wildlife Federation initiative to tell Congress not to transfer our western federal public lands to the states. The concern is that if lands are transferred that the states may sell the lands and then they might not be open to the public. Ken handed out information to those who would like to contact our congressmen.

 Scholarship: Committee chairman Paul Helbach introduced and presented a check for $5000 to our 2016 Scholarship recipient, Trevor Keyler. Trevor gave a short summary of his research project and will attend our October meeting to make a formal presentation.

 Education: Dennis Smet noted that we need to remember to purchase a new aquarium for Northwestern school. Aquarium program begins in October.

 Membership: Jim Waletzko reported that a friend that he talked with would soon join the club because he thought we were doing good work.

 Budget: Ron Pearson reported that finances looked to be in order.

 Web Page: Webmaster Mike Zicus reported that he was working on a ‘Lost and Found’ page to be completed with Brule Forest approval.

 Other Business

 The Recording Secretary position is still vacant. Please contact Dennis Pratt if you know of anybody who may be interested in the position.

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – Ron Pearson reported that the arrangements have been made for the trip that will take place on August 6th.

 Lower river angler etiquette will be placed at the kiosks and in the fall newsletters with initial target date of first week of September.  John Holter will be contacted to find location of newsletter with past summary. We will develop for the next meeting.

 Club hat purchase discussion was delayed to next month.

 Donation follow-up letters-  It was decided that the president will send letters for any donation over $100. Certificates of Appreciation will be sent on a case by case basis.

John Rowell Donation Ideas – General discussion ensued. Fly boxes could be given to trout habitat volunteers as a thank-you.

 Motion was made by Paul Helbach with a second by Ron Gaare to donate two hats and four maps to the Lions Club for their upcoming barbecue; motion passed by voice vote.

 South-shore grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – It was decided that we need to develop a strategy to bring this long-standing threat to the Brule back to the forefront. Dennis Pratt will locate the issue paper that outlines the problem and re-distribute to the Board by email. Ken Lundberg will contact Brule Preservation. This item will be brought up again for action at next meeting.

Lower River Map Enlargement Selling Price – Motion made by Ken Lundberg and seconded by Bill Gobin to charge $25 plus mailing costs for the map, passed by voice vote.

 2017 Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – Motion made by Ken Lundberg and seconded by Mike Zicus with passage by voice vote to pay for a booth with LSSA and attend the Expo to be held March 17-19 at Hamline University, St. Paul.

 Upcoming Events

 Lake Superior Steelhead Association’s Brule River Spey Day is October 8 @ McNeil’s Landing

 The business meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.    Recorded by Dennis Pratt