August 26th, 2019 Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:04 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

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

Minutes of the July Meeting: The minutes as written in the August newsletter were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that he made three deposits for a total of $250 in August. He also reported that the Club had 1 new member and 3 renewals. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Dennis Smet. Dennis Pratt reported for Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk that $33.63 from PayPal was deposited and $3,486 transferred to general fund. August’s beginning balance was $15,236.68, and the ending balance was $12,491.05 with the following expenses: Transfer to Scholarship Fund ($50.00); Joe Scaccia (June and July Meetings) ($100.00); Brent Blaylock (Scholarship) ($5,000.00); Arrowhead Printing (July Newsletter) ($175.22); Iron River Sand & Gravel (Habitat Project) ($325.00); Boy Scout Troop 212 (River Cleanup) ($125.00); Dennis Pratt (Habitat Project-trailer rental) ($40.04); Douglas Co. Fish & Game (Family Fun Day) ($500.00); Katie Thompson (August Newsletter) ($200.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments will total approximately ($1,197.28). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Dean Wellman and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare – 2019 Habitat Work was completed, photos and drone footage provided by club member Sam Alvar of Seaquest Photography of Duluth, MN is available through the web site.  Dennis Pratt said that Todd Carlson did a great job coordinating all the work and Ron provided a wonderful lunch again.  About 14 yards of gravel was added over the two workdays (155-man hours).  The gravel beds in all rock wings downstream from Stone’s Bridge have been repaired now.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Wisconsin Wildlife Federation committee unanimously passed the resolution to restore trout and salmon passage at the lamprey barrier on the Iron River. Ken Lundberg will write a letter requesting support of this action by other groups in the region. This suggestion was approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Courtney Johnson and unanimous approval by voice vote.  Ken will attend the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement Public Hearing and make sure the Club’s interests are communicated. This suggestion was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Dean Wellman and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Scholarship: Ron Gaare presented the Northwestern High School Scholarship check to Luke Gregerson. Luke gave a short talk describing his career goals and thanked the club. Ron will pen an article about our scholarship recipients for the next newsletter.

Education: Dennis Smet – Both Northwestern Middle School teacher Craig Anderson and Superior High School teacher Lori Danz expressed interest at the end of the last school year in continuing the aquarium projects.  This will start up during October.

Membership: Jim Waletzko – He will work with Todd Carlson to get membership posters out.

Budget: Nothing to report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus – We had an inquiry from Senator Baldwin’s staff about a Club representative attending a fact-finding event re: the benefits of LAWCON funding and the river. Bob Banks from Brule River Preservation floated down the river with the group to provide information during the trip.  Pratt reported that the new paper newsletter process will save the Club about $100 per month and members will receive them much more quickly as they are now sent first class.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing new to report.  A comment was made that Paul Piszczek from the DNR is still hoping to get the removal done this year, and removal could be done over the winter.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – BRSC volunteers: Ken Lundberg, Mike Zicus (and his sister), Dean Wellman, Jim Henzie, Ed Chaplinski, and Dennis Pratt.  It was a perfect weather day, with 350 registered visitors. This was a record number of visitors by a long shot! Twenty activities were well attended. More volunteers are needed if the event is repeated next year.  VIP attendees included DNR Secretary Preston Cole and DNR Northern Regional Director James Yach and State Representative Nick Milroy.

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – Den Smet reported that this year we had 24 people or 12 canoes and over 30 people enjoyed a great lunch served at Ron Pearson’s house.  No one tipped this year and the weather was great.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:29 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson