January 24th, 2022 Electronic Meeting

President Dennis Pratt emailed a request for information for this meeting to board members on January 19th.

Minutes of the November Meeting: The November meeting minutes were approved unanimously after a motion by Ken Zivic and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk.

December 31st Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Dean Wellman’s Financial and Jeff Stollenwerk’s Treasurer reports were emailed to board members on January 24th. Dean reported that $5,505.00 was deposited in the general fund since the last meeting, and the Club had 4 new members. The Club sold 7 lower river maps, 1 poster, 3 upper river maps and 10 hats. Dean reported the following donations to the various funds: General – $1,325.00, Education – $45.00, College Scholarship – $1,645.00, High School Scholarship – $25.00 and Habitat – $1,500.00. Jeff reported that November’s beginning balance was $24,524.20, and the 2021 ending balance was $27,865.24. He reported the following expenses: WI Wildlife Federation Dues – $110.00, Katie Thompson (Bonus) – $200.00, Officer Stipends – $500.00 ($2,300 of the scheduled stipends was declined by board members), and BillPay Fee – $4.95. Also, Jeff reported that $1,670.00 in donations were transferred to Savings. Both reports were unanimously approved without changes following a motion from Ken Zivic and a second by Walt Swanson.

January Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Both the Dean Wellman Financial and Jeff Stollenwerk Treasurer reports were also emailed to the board. Dean reported that deposits in the general fund totaled $2,420.00 and the Club had 1 new member. The Club sold 1 lower river map and 3 Upper river maps. Dean reported donations to the following funds: General – $300.00, Education – $300.00, College Scholarship – $770.00 and Habitat – $520.00. Jeff reported that January’s beginning balance was $27,865.24 and an ending balance of $30,944.55. He reported the following expenses: Dennis Pratt – $267.52 (postage and habitat supplies) and Katie Thompson -$200.00 (January newsletter). $770.00 was also transferred to Savings. Both reports were unanimously approved without changes following a motion from Walt Swanson and a second by Ken Zivic.

Committee Reports

Habitat, Legislative and Budget Committees: Nothing new to report.

Education: Den Smet reports that the eggs in the 2 schools have hatched, and we plan to present to the classes in early March pending Covid conditions.

Scholarship: Mike Sierszen sent out the College Scholarship announcements in January. Applications are due by the end of April.

Membership: Both paper and email membership renewal reminders were sent out on December 16th.

Social Media: Web Site: Mike Zicus reports that he updated the site with the calendar. Use was about the same as 2020. Facebook: Pratt placed a couple of items since our last meeting.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing to new to report.

2022 Officer Elections – Walt Swanson developed and sent out an e-version ballot to our electronic newsletter members and Pratt mailed ballots to our paper newsletter members. Mike Zicus placed board nominees’ biographies on our web site. Election voting ended on January 15th. All nominees were successfully elected for their 2022 through 2023 term. (The elected include returning officers Dennis Pratt- President; Ken Lundberg- Vice President; Dean Wellman- Financial Secretary; Walt Swanson- Recording Secretary and Jeff Stollenwerk -Treasurer). 128 members voted.

Officer Stipends – Jeff Stollenwerk made a motion to accept the preferences of the officers who declined their stipend and who suggested instead that we use the money ($1200) to support the college scholarship account. Dennis Pratt seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved. The stipends of officers declining the award and expressing no preference as to how they be used remained in the general fund.

Private Property Awareness Issue – The group has developed a tentative mock-up sign to post at various sites along the Brule and will continue to work on this issue.

2022 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo (March 18-20th) – We’ve received word that the 2022 Expo will be held this year. Ken Lundberg is collecting a list of booth volunteers.

LSRI Temperature and Sediment Sampling project – Amy Eliot and Mikayla Haynes are planning to present at our next in-person meeting.

Club constitution/bylaws revisions – Ken Lundberg, Mike Zicus and Mike Sierszen have worked diligently on these over the last 2 months. We will continue to work on this task.

Potential Club’s Support of ‘Cancer Patient Fishing Trip’ – Ken Zivic presented the board with information on this subject and will be presenting this idea at our next in-person meeting.

2022 Family Fun Day – The various Douglas County clubs plan on holding the event again this year. Tentative dates are August 20th or August 27th.