November 28, 2016 Minutes

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk, Jim Waletzko, Mike Zicus, Walt Swanson, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Smet, Ron Gaare, Dean Wellman, Paul Helbach and Courtney Johnson.

Minutes of the October 24 Meeting: The minutes as written in the November newsletter were approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Dennis Smet and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there was one deposit of $470.00 in November into general fund. The Club sold 28 maps and we had three new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Dean Wellman. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that October’s beginning balance was $944.65, and the ending balance was $883.74 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (October Newsletter) for $280.91; Katie Thompson (November Newsletter) for $200.00; Joe Scaccia (November Meeting) for $50.00: The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Jim Waletzko and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – nothing to report.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – nothing to report.  Ken Lundberg requested contact information on Campus/Universities instructors he can reach out to in attempt to get more applicants.

Education: Dennis Smet – The Club had to replace the 20-gallon aquarium at Northwestern Middle School.  Program there is led by Craig Anderson.  Laurie Danz is the program lead from Superior Senior High School.  Dennis Smet will pick up Lake Trout eggs on December 7th.

Membership: Jim Waletzko – nothing new to report.  Bill Gobin reported we have 492 members.

Budget: Ron Pearson – no report.

Web Page: Mike Zicus – nothing to report. New winter scenic photo is needed for the site.

Other Business

Les Voight Resolution Request: The Conservation Congress calls upon the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take the steps necessary to bring the Hatchery up to full capacity. Whether it be drilling a new well, incorporating Recirculating Aquaculture Technologies, or both. Deferred to January.

South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – nothing to report.

Email of newsletter to members: Ken Lundberg suggested this be deferred to January.

Brule State Forest Master Plan Process: All in attendance tonight were directed to communicate their concerns if any through the Brule River State Forest Master Plan web site.  If the DNR develops a public walk-in canoe landing by Rush Lake Road with access to Big lake, it becomes available for commercial use.  History was discussed about Winneboujou Club access and the DNR.  The hope was that the DNR proceed slowly to hear all concerns.

2017 Expo Preparation: Supplies, Display Photos, Video costs were approved at a previous meeting.  Ken offered to get a frame for one of our enlarged lower river maps for display at the booth.  An additional $50 will be needed for electrical in the booth if a video revolving display is desired; however, we’ll get a $50 registration discount if we register early.

Lower River Map Purchase – Motion to approve purchase when needed, a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation – Motion to approve 2017 Membership Fee, a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Newsletter Items –  One idea was to contact Damian Wilmot for an article on restoring a Lucius Canoe.

Upcoming Events

Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 17th- 19th @ Hamline University – St. Paul

The business meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson