September 26, 2016 Minutes

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

Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Jim Waletzko, Mike Zicus, Walt Swanson, and Mick Killoren.

Minutes of the August 22 Meeting: The minutes as written in the September newsletter were approved unanimously by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported the following expenses: Ron Gaare 1st half year for $375.00; Heritage Embroidery (hat order) for $2,490.00; Arrowhead Printing (August newsletter) for $280.61; Katie Thompson (September newsletter) for $200; Computing Done Right (annual web page) for $267; Joe Scaccia (Sept. meeting) for $50. There were two deposits of $328 and $67 in September into general fund. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a verbal vote. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that September’s beginning balance was $3918.88, and the ending balance was $651.27. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Jim Waletzko.

 Nominations: The existing Board members were nominated for re-election and approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Paul Helbach.

 Committee Reports

 Habitat: Dennis Pratt – Nothing new to report.

 Legislative: No report.

 Scholarship: Paul Helbach reported that the committee had a good meeting just before the board meeting. Identifying key faculty members to target local students was mentioned as a new approach to be researched.

Education: Dennis Pratt for Dennis Smet – finding an aquarium to replace the cracked one at Northwestern Middle School.  The Superior Middle School aquarium will be moving to Superior High School. Bill Gobin has been checking into DNR programs. He recently talked with the St. Croix Falls hatchery; they have brook and brown stock and would be open to trying.

 Membership: Jim Waletzko reported that he talked to a very excited new member that had just received his first newsletter.

 Budget:  No report.

 Web Page: Mike Zicus – Lost and found page up.  Need to make sure that Mike gets final copies of the newsletter and meeting minutes for the web page publishing.

 Other Business

 Finalize Enlarged Map and Hat Prices – Large maps will be sold to members for $25, non-members for $30 plus $5 shipping, and was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and second by Jeff Stollenwerk. Hats will be sold to members for $20 per hat plus $4 for shipping, non-members for $25 plus shipping $4, voice vote was unanimous.

 South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – Dennis Pratt provided more history, part of the problem is grade ownership.  The township may have not followed the appropriate process of abandoning the grade. This issue has been brought to the forefront with other interested parties.

 Bank Account Update – Jeff Stollenwerk reported that the responsibility is being transferred from Ron Gaare to himself and required a few more signatures to complete.  The process will also clean up some old names on the accounts. The two CDs could be broken up to get better rates, however that would require more administration without a great return. Jeff will come back with an actual estimate of how much interest we might earn.

 Email of newsletter to members – Deferred to November meeting.

 Lower River Angler Etiquette – Mike Zicus did a great job assembling information published by the Club in the most recent newsletter and incorporating comments by board members!  An abbreviated list of points is now posted in all the kiosks.  Should we think about Upper River Angler Etiquette?  Might be good to do before next May.

 Brule Forest – Dennis Pratt attended a meet and greet lunch with the Department’s Deputy Secretary.  All local clubs were invited to attend.

 Newsletters – Dennis Pratt mentioned that the club is getting close to matching the newsletters sent out to those produced.  Ken Lundberg will research electronic newsletters like Google groups and report back to the Board.

 Mike Zicus reported an interesting contact from the web page. Friends of the Brule River and Forest is dissolving and one board member complimented us on our work and mentioned that he encouraged their board to consider a financial donation to us as part of their dissolution process. Mick Killoren made motion to accept a donation if offered and that the money might be used for education and scholarship, a second by Paul Helbach.

 Bill Gobin thanked the club members for fin clipping help at the Brule Hatchery.

 Upcoming Events

October meeting speaker – Trevor Keyler, 2016 BRSC Scholarship Recipient

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

 The business meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.                       Recorded by Walt Swanson