President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.
Officers and Directors: Present – Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Ken Lundberg, Ron Pearson, Dennis Pratt, Dennis Smet, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson and Mike Zicus.
Minutes of the January Meeting: The minutes as written in the February newsletter were approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Bill Gobin and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were two deposits for $2,125.00 in February into general fund. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Mike Zicus. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that February’s beginning balance was $23,962.35, and the ending balance was $10,385.69 with the following expenses: Katie Thompson (February Newsletter) for ($200.00); Joe Scaccia (January Meeting) for ($50.00); Arrowhead Printing (January Newsletter) for ($230.58); Bill Gobin (Postage) for ($36.08); Transfer to Savings (South Shore Grade Donations) for ($15,185.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Joe Scaccia (February meeting) for ($50.00). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Habitat: Dennis Pratt – This summer’s project will be restoration work on the spawning habitat improvement sites just downstream of Stone’s Bridge. Work will take place in July or August (dates pending).
Legislative: Ken Lundberg reminded us of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will have county meetings across the state on Monday April 9th at 7:00pm. Douglas county meeting @Superior High School cafeteria, Bayfield County @Iron River community center. This year’s questions can be found at: http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2018/2018hearinglocations.pdf
Scholarship: Paul Helbach – nothing in yet, Paul expects a flurry of active right before the deadline.
Education: Dennis Smet – Aquarium Project Update; Dennis called Northwestern Middle School teacher Craig Anderson and he is interested in having to club visit the classrooms in March. Superior High School teacher Lori Danz was not reachable. Ron Gaare visited the North Western classrooms and said fish were doing very well.
Membership: Bill Gobin – The Club had 1 new member.
Budget: Nothing to Report, (Financial Officers meet in March). PowerPoint presentation is coming from Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk and Ron Pearson next month.
Social media: Mike Zicus – Mike is starting to update the calendar. Cleanup weekend of April 28th at 9:00am for example. Facebook now has 1025 followers and 4 new items were posted. The new Brook trout video on Saturday the 24th was viewed by 5,500 times by meeting time. Some suggestions brought up for future newsletter articles include: Brook Trout Gill Lice and Historical items.
South Shore Grade Update – Pratt – Dennis Smet noted that the Superior Days group met in Brule about month ago, Fred Strand brought the information to the meeting in Madison for the club to provide information at the DNR administration gathering. Northern Region Director was well informed by local fisheries staff of this DNR project and said it would be accomplished this summer. The club is currently about $15,000.00 short the total needed. Jack links has yet to be asked about a donation. Ken Lundberg suggested we mention the issue at the Expo and brought up the idea of using a flyer.
Digital Newsletter Project Progress – Lundberg/Gobin met to delete kickbacks and stop paper copies for members who have not paid since 2014, 2015 and 2016. Digital newsletters will continue to these individuals for the time being if their email information is current. Some digital newsletters are being blocked for known good accounts, Ken believes it maybe a block on the member’s mail server. An email to non-paid members to remind them they need to pay to 2018 dues was mentioned. Constant Contact has been moved to direct billing and we are paid up for 9 months.
Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan Progress – Lundberg/Pratt – There was discussion of the possibility of dropping or reducing Splake stocking to improve coaster Brook trout recovery. Ken Lundberg objected to such an idea since the Splake stocking has become more cost effective and there has been no success in restoring coaster brook trout in the past 50 years. Don’t drop something that is successful to go to something without proven success. Dennis Pratt agrees with Ken Lundberg on this. Next meeting is early March, sturgeon will be the topic.
Expo Discussion – need to get all the materials together, Dean Wellman will transport supplies. Ken Lundberg will bring the framed map, Ken maybe able to get more framed maps made to sell at the Expo. Paul Helbach will provide 10 walking sticks. The club needs to order 250 lower maps, upper maps should be ok.
Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 16th-18th at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Wild Rivers Chapter Trout Unlimited Expo – March 31st – 1pm to 7pm at Ponzio Center, Northland College Ashland.
Wisconsin Conservation Congress – April 9th – 7pm – in each Wisconsin county.
The business meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.
Speaker – Adam Stennett – DNR Conservation Warden – Douglas and Bayfield Counties
Recorded by Walt Swanson