President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

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

Minutes of the March Meeting: The minutes as written in the April newsletter were approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that there were seven general fund deposits for a total of $1,782.77 since our March meeting. The Club had 2 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Ken Lundberg. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that April’s beginning balance was $13,876.30, and the ending balance was $14,869.07 with the following expenses: Joe Scaccia (March Meeting) ($50.00); Transfer to Scholarship ($161.00); The First Impression Group (Poster Printing) ($379.00); Katie Thompson (April Newsletter) ($200.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Arrowhead Printing (March and April Newsletter) ($364.00); Arrowhead Printing (Election, renewal, accomplishments) ($423.00); Joe Scaccia (April Meeting) ($50.00); Round Up North (Habitat Meeting Dinner) ($175.00). Outstanding Deposits: PayPal from online Club Store ($270.54). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Courtney Johnson and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

 Habitat: Ron Gaare – Thanks to volunteers, and Ron offered special thanks to Sherrie and Todd Carlson. Last year we had over 20 volunteers, most were Board Members and the majority attended both days.  This year’s projects will require ¾” to 1½” rock, the material can’t be crushed and must be washed. The cost is $350 for 5 yds delivered, and the work will require 5-10 yds for the two wing dams we’d like to restore this year.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was fully funded. Ken was thanked by the Club for his work with the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul reported that he had received three applications at this point, deadline is April 30.  The selection committee will meet in June before the regular Club meeting.

Education: Dennis Smet – Carey Edwards, Fish Biologist – US Fish and Wildlife Service, was supposed to euthanize the fish during the snow storm last week.  Dennis Smet assumes this was completed.

Membership: Dennis Pratt informed the Club that 246 members have paid out of 395, which comes out to 62%.

Budget: Jeff Stollenwerk – no report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus – Mike reported 8 or 10 website inquiries related to fishing information and membership questions.  Two Club Store issues were discovered. The Store site cannot handle merchandise purchases and donations to the Club in a single transaction; that is, a member cannot renew and make a donation using the same order form.  Text was added to the Store page to point this out.  Additionally, donors cannot physically select more than one fund when making a donation.  We added a notation to the donor form that a donor should indicate in the comment selection of the form that the donation is to be split among funds if they so choose.  Newsletter came out later than planned this month.  Dennis Pratt pointed out that Courtney Johnson and Ken Lundberg wrote two great stories.

Other Business

County Congress Local Resolutions – Ken Lundberg presented a resolution calling for removal of the Orienta dam at the congress meeting. He also mentioned that the topic of removing the Orienta Dam will be more visible in the DNR’s Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan.  Ken also received support for the resolution from several NGO’s (Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Douglas County Fish and Game League and the Western Lake Superior Trolling Assn.).

South Shore Grade Update – Dennis Pratt mentioned the Club’s letter to DNR Secretary Preston Cole for help on this project received a response from Northern Region Director James Yach.  Dennis said there is a monthly meeting on this issue.  The group is considering a two-stage approach.  Stage one would be the Grade removal and stage two would be the in-water stage, which the adjacent land owners need to approve.  Town of Brule thinking of doing the removal.

Spring Clean Up Logistics – Dennis Smet reminded the board that the cleanup is set for Saturday April 27th. Volunteers will pick up rolls and prepare coffee.  Lunch will be served at Round-Up North.

Retiring APHIS employee donation – Dennis Pratt mentioned that Federal trapping Supervisor Kelly Theil is retiring. He was the APHIS explosives expert and was responsible for blasting beaver dams.  A suggestion to give him the last framed Brook Trout print was mentioned.  This was approved following a motion by Paul Helbach and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

The business meeting adjourned at 6:54 PM.

Habitat Appreciation was held after the meeting with a short video presentation by Dennis Pratt showing the Stone’s Bridge Area habitat improvement history (1940 to present).

Recorded by Walt Swanson