President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.
Roll Call of Officers and Directors: Present – Ron Gaare, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Dennis Smet, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, Jim Waletzko and Dean Wellman.
Minutes of the October 23th Meeting: The minutes as written in the November newsletter were approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $312.00 in November into general fund. The Club had 1 new member. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Jim Waletzko. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that November’s beginning balance was $6,700.95, and the ending balance was $6,134.54 with the following expenses: MN Trout Unlimited Great Waters Expo for $350.00; Arrowhead Printing (October Newsletter) for $230.41; Katie Thompson (November Newsletter) for $200.00; Joe Scaccia (October Meeting) for $50.00. Transferred IRH Open House Donations to Scholarship ($48.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: South Shore Grade Project for $1,000.00; Joe Scaccia (November meeting) for $50.00; Bill Gobin (Postage) for $15.94. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Bill Gobin and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Habitat: Dennis Pratt, Ron Gaare – Next summer’s project not selected yet. Damian Wilmot suggested that we look at moving gravel on 5 spawning beds between Stone’s Bridge to Mott’s Ravine as our 2018 project. This received a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Jim Waletzko and was followed by unanimous voice vote approval. Pratt will contact DNR.
Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report. Damian Wilmot expressed concerns for any potential changes that may occur in the Navigable Waters Law.
Scholarship: Paul Helbach led a discussion regarding the eligibility/criteria. Two years ago, the local applicants got an increased weighing in scoring. This happened last year as well. Dennis Smet said the intent was to give the scholarship to someone who was pursuing a career that would benefit this area. That was the goal of the givers. Dean Wellman suggested that career focus should be a tie breaker if the candidates were very close. Most candidates are screened out that do not have a focus that benefits the river. The application needs to make the student aware that the Scholarship has a Natural Resources focus, but also allows for a second focus. Jim Waletzko said a mistake would be using just GPA to award, and asked about thoughts on splitting the scholarship into two if needed. Ken Lundberg stated that it’s important to make sure the criteria does not trap us, and we have room for discussion. It was decided that no change was needed. This received a motion by Dean Wellman, a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote. Breena Kroll, High School Counselor has suggested a High School Scholarship for $500.00, Paul will ask her to come to the February meeting. Paul suggested that we could use money from the Shillelaghs sales to fund this and to not draw funds for this from the existing scholarship account. This received a motion by Dennis Smet and a second by Paul Helbach and was followed by unanimous voice vote approval.
Education: Dennis Smet reported that the eggs will be picked up and delivered to the aquariums on November 29th, 9 classes between 3 teachers will have access to the aquarium at Superior High School. One teacher at Northwestern Middle School will have the aquarium.
Membership: Jim Waletzko – nothing to report.
Budget: Financial officers will meet in March, and present at March Meeting.
Social Media: Dennis Pratt reported that Mike Zicus had updated the background of the web site to a winter scene and added the pencil drawing from Elizabeth Wucherer to Club store which now has six items. Dennis Pratt will soon add videos for the web site. Last month two photos and four videos were added to the clubs Facebook site. During the last month the site had reached 110,000 visitors and now has 872 followers, up 500 in the last month. One video was viewed 38,000 times in that period. Speaker and meeting dates will be posted to Facebook in the future.
South Shore Grade Update –Ken Lundberg reported that clubs are responding with pledged funds. Progress is being made however we need to do more contacts. Pratt will write letters to additional clubs and fly shops with the request for more funds.
Email of newsletter to Members Project Progress – The open rate of the last electronic newsletter was 50.8 % and a click-on rate of 60.0% which is excellent considering electronic mailings still have about 100 dead accounts.
Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan Progress – Ken Lundberg reported that there has been three meeting so far, the group has just been setting priorities and types of items to discuss. Changing in regulations will be starting soon. Six to eight meetings in total was the goal, however Ken believes it will take longer.
Kevin Feind – DNR State Property Supervisor will speak at our January 22nd meeting.
Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 16th-18th, 2018 at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
The business meeting adjourned at 7:41 PM.
Recorded by Walt Swanson