President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.
Officers and Directors: Present – Ron Gaare, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Ron Pearson, Dennis Pratt, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.
Minutes of the March Meeting: The minutes as written in the April newsletter were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Bill Gobin and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that April’s beginning balance was $12,483.69, and the ending balance was $13,015.82 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (February Newsletter) ($182.93); The First Impression Group (Map Prints) ($738.00); Joe Scaccia (March Meeting) ($50.00); April 13 Trans to Savings (GoFundMe SSG Project) ($9,633.16); Arrowhead Printing (March Newsletter) ($182.94). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Katie Thompson (April Newsletter) ($200.00); Arrowhead Printing (April Newsletter) ($183.00); Joe Scaccia (April meeting) ($50.00); Round-Up North (Habitat Meeting) ($125.00). Dennis Pratt brought up the idea to send entire amount in one check to the DNR this was approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote. Ron Gaare asked if the scholarship funds were staying even, Jeff Stollenwerk indicated that they were. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Ron Gaare. Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were three deposits of $13,015.82 in April into general fund. Bill Gobin announced that he would be retiring on January 1st, he suggested that we start working on finding a replacement. The Club had 6 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Courtney Johnson and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Habitat: Ron Gaare – 2017 volunteer acknowledgements – Smaller groups have worked in the past, however this year we need to have more. Damian Wilmot was asked how many volunteers he believes we need, he suggested that a few of the board members visit the sites before deciding on a number. Dennis Pratt said we will visit with Paul Piszczek from the DNR as well. Dates should be between mid-July and the end of August and will be decided before next meeting. Ron Gaare ordered some pens under a promotion as appreciation for volunteers. Mick Killoren said a big downed pine above the Nebagamon Creek bridge on the After-Hours Rd is washing out the habitat there as well, Dean Wellman said he will get photos of that for next meeting.
Legislative: Ken Lundberg -Lake Superior Fish Management Plan, the idea is possible reducing Splake program with the hopes that Brook trout can be recovered with the current habitat he believes could be a mistake. The Splake program is finally back on tract producing a good near shore fishery, the outstanding program has been working well, the remaining question is why would we change direction without having a working brook trout program. Very controversial issue. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act may redirect 1.3 billion dollars back in to the states. Wisconsin Wildlife Federation immediately endorsed the plan. Should we? This was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Dean Wellman.
Scholarship: Paul Helbach – no applicants at the time of the meeting with one week remaining. Paul is frustrated by the lack of interest. If no applications, we may rollover the scholarship.
Education: Dennis Smet – nothing to report.
Membership: Bill Gobin – reported we have 359 members. The number of active emails is very close to this number.
Budget: Ron Pearson – no report.
Social Media: Mike Zicus – talked to Wendy at Computing Done Right regarding the changes needed to accept PayPal financial transactions on our website. Wendy indicated that we should update the site with an SSL security certificate regardless what else we do. The project of building a website store front capable of accepting credit cards through PayPal, will also require the club to simplify our pricing structure, especially related to shipping costs. A committee will need to decide how to best proceed. This was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Ken Lundberg. Bill Gobin, Dennis Pratt, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson and Mike Zicus volunteered for this. Mike Zicus indicated the SSL certificate would cost $75 annually and that Wendy estimated the one-time cost to upgrade the website would be ~$280. Dennis asked the board for a motion to approve the Computing Done Right expenditure, so we could get started, this was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Dean Wellman.
South Shore Grade Update – Dennis Pratt and Ken Lundberg truly believe it is going to get done this year. Paul Piszczek has also expressed his confidence in this belief. Currently we are about $34,000 short for this project, however we are waiting on a possible grant from National Fish Passage Program under the GLRI that we may get for this amount.
Boat Launch Issue at the River Mouth – Dean Wellman – old sea lamprey site just over a mile up from the mouth has been mentioned as a possible site, the Club Board believes this to be a bad idea for many reasons. A letter was sent to Brule Forest stating our club’s reasons for not moving the launch this far upstream. Dean Wellman and Ken Lundberg to follow this issue. Ken Lundberg would like to see the consultant come to a meeting to present the information.
The May meeting date will move to Monday, May 21st because of the Memorial Day conflict.
The business meeting adjourned at 7:06 PM.
Speaker – Dennis Pratt – Show historical habitat videos during the appreciation event.
Recorded by Walt Swanson