May 23, 2016 Minutes

Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Regular Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors Present: Dennis Pratt, Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk, Ron Gaare, Tom Bydalek, Paul Helbach, Mick Killoran, Dennis Smet, Dean Wellman, and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the April 25 Meeting: The minutes as written in the May newsletter were approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and second by Bill Gobin.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $491.00 in May which included six new memberships, several store sales and a $100.00 donation. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Ron Gaare. Treasurer Ron Gaare reported that September’s beginning balance was $4957.29, bills paid totaled $1768.07, deposits totaled $491.00 and the ending balance was $3680.22. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Mick Killoran.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt reported on his recent visit to the Beaupre Springs project area to confirm it is still free of beavers. He found several indications that fish are using the area for spawning.

Dennis also reported that the videos at are getting numerous views each month. The spawning steelhead video had over 1400 views in the past month.

Legislative: No report.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach reported that we received three scholarship applications this year. The Scholarship Committee will meet soon and will have a selection recommendation at the next meeting.

Education: Nothing new to report.

Membership: No report.

Budget: No report.

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

Other Business

Jeff Stollenwerk was appointed to the Treasurer position replacing Ron Gaare. The Recording Secretary position is now vacant. Please contact Dennis Pratt if you know of anybody that may be interested in the position.

Bill Gobin discussed logistics for Family Fun Day at the Brule River Hatchery on June 4. Volunteers are needed for cooking, working the fish pond, and tying flies.

Dean Wellman gave an update on bids for new club hats to be sold in the online store. A final bid summary and decision is expected at the next meeting.

Dean Wellman presented feedback from Ken Lundberg and Courtney Johnson on needs/recommendations for the next Great Waters Fly Expo Booth. Recommendations include:

Register early for discount.

Key merchandise for booth (upper and lower river maps, hats, Brethren of the Brule books)

Other stock items (BRSC business cards, membership forms, old newsletters as free hand-outs)

Activities at booth (video loop running of Dennis Pratt’s spawning trout and salmon, video loop created of popular trout flies for the Brule, pictures of the flies and written narrative talking about when best to use)

Booth (newer pictures of the Brule and fish for display–young people and women fishing, larger river maps on display to use in marking our maps, hard core fishing members BRSC staffing the booth.  Keeps people at booth talking and major aid in sales)

Other Ideas (there seems to be interest in stories of the Brule.  Members of the club could write a series of short stories of fishing the Brule and it could be put into paperback form for sale.)

Lower River Map enlargements have been ordered and will be available soon.

A motion by Mick Killoran and second by Dennis Smet to donate $50 to the Brule community for winter snowflake decorations passed unanimously.

Dennis Pratt provided an overview of the extensive donation of fishing gear from the John Rowell family. Some of the gear will go to the Brule Hatchery to be used in events such as Family Fun Day. Members should bring ideas for other uses to the next meeting.

Upcoming Events

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

The business meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.   Recorded by Jeff Stollenwerk