August 23rd, 2021 Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

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

Minutes of the July Meeting: The minutes as written in the August newsletter were approved following a motion by Ed Chaplinski and a second by Dean Wellman and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that there were deposits into the general fund of $1,510.00 since the last meeting. The Club had 2 new members and 8 renewals. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ed Chaplinski and a second by Ken Lundberg. President Dennis Pratt reported for Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk that August’s beginning balance was $23,574.92, and the ending balance was $25,766.61 with no recorded expenses this month. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Jim Waletzko and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – Reported that we had plenty of help to get the projects done this year. As stated in last month’s Newsletter, the East Fork part of the project repaired 11 spawning sites with the help of 14 volunteers. A link to the video taken by Sam Alvar is now available on the website. The second weekend had 13 volunteers at the West Fork, doing maintenance on the water diversions built in 1995 and 1997. Beaupre Springs was visited on the third weekend by 17 volunteers. Alders and willows were removed to keep the channel open and maintain the flow. This area was last visited in 2012 – 2014. Sam Alvar again had his drone up recording some of the work. The last weekend also had about an hour of rain thrown in, which hadn’t happened in a long time.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report.

Scholarship: Mike Sierszen – 2021 High School Scholarship was awarded to Amy Bates. Amy will be attending UW-Superior and majoring in Biology with an environmental focus. She is also interested in the environmental and wildlife fields. She is planning on working and living in the area after graduation. Her goal is to work for the WI Department of Natural Resources like her father.

Education: Dennis Smet – School is starting next week, and the concern was raised whether or not we will be able to proceed with the aquarium project this year. Discussion on what schools will do and how this may look this year if we are allowed followed.

Membership: Dennis Pratt – Reported we have 72 paper Newsletters going out to members and past members. Sixty-eight of these are paid, two are complimentary, and two of these are unpaid. Dennis Pratt suggested removing the unpaid members who are in arears for more than 2 years. This was followed by a motion from Dean Wellman and a second by Ken Zivic and unanimous approval by voice vote. The Club has 372 electronic Newsletters going out to members and past members. 101 are going to members whose dues are in arears. Of these, 13 are not being opened, 47 are being regularly opened, and 41 are being opened occasionally. Dennis Pratt suggested to send one more reminder including a removal deadline if dues aren’t paid. This was followed by a motion from Mike Sierszen and a second by Dean Wellman and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Budget: We will be scheduling an external audit sometime in the future. Waiting for Jeff to be present before moving on with this.

Social Media: Mike Zicus (Website) – Reported we had a few inquiries and he had updated some of maps and some of the Scholarship information. Dennis Pratt (Facebook) – Discussion about the items that have been added to the Newsletter and future article material. Only one posting last month. This was the habitat video mention earlier. He offered thanks to Ken Lundberg and Dean Wellman for information used in the last Newsletter. Next month may have more content on the Habitat project or a story on the Norlings who made the rod raffle possible.

Other Business

2021 Raffle – Mike Sierszen said 188 tickets have been turned in as of tonight out of the 200 available.

Fly of the Month – Wellman October caddis.

Club Store Addition – Paul Helbach could not make the meeting; however, the costs and involvement of selling the book Paul called to our attention was discussed. The suggestion was made not to proceed because our net profit would be small. This was followed by a motion from Ken Lundberg and a second by Mike Zicus with unanimous approval by voice vote.

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing new to report.

Private Property Awareness Issue – Ken Lundberg talked to one landowner and no complaints were mentioned. Board Members suggested several others that he could check with on this issue.

Update Club Charter – Mike Zicus is going to get an electronic copy to Ken Lundberg. Ken will then get his suggestions back out to Board members for a discussion next month.

Line Collection Test Project – Phil Brown is not able to attend public meetings currently due to DNR Covid rules.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson