President Dennis Pratt emailed draft November meeting notes to board members on January 3rd.

Minutes of the November Meeting: November meeting minutes received unanimous board approval in early December after a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Ken Lundberg.

December Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Both Dean Wellman’s Financial and Jeff Stollenwerk Treasurer December 31st reports were emailed to the board on January 3rd. Dean reported that deposits in the general fund totaled $4,165.00 since the last meeting, and the Club had 7 new members. The Club sold 18 lower river maps, 1 poster, 2 framed posters, 11 upper river maps and 5 hats. Dean reported the following donations to the various funds: General – $685.00, Education – $50.00, College Scholarship – $1,580.00, High School Scholarship – $145.00 and Habitat – $375.00. Dean’s report was unanimously approved without changes following a motion from Ken Lundberg and a second by Courtney Johnson.  Jeff reported that November’s beginning balance was $17,164.64 and the 2020 ending balance was $19,199.01. He reported the following expenses: Pro Print (November newsletter) – $25.13, Katie Thompson (November newsletter) – $200.00, annual Post Office box fee – $120.00, postage and shipping supplies – $232.93, Officer stipends – $2,800.00 (of which $2,650.00 was donated by board members back to various Club funds), and Pro Print (December membership renewal mailing) – $22.16. Also, Jeff reported that $1,725.00 scholarship donations were transferred from the general fund to Savings. The Treasurer’s report was unanimously approved without changes by the board following a motion by Ken Lundberg with a second by Dean Wellman.

January Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Both Dean Wellman’s Financial and Jeff Stollenwerk Treasurer January reports were emailed to the board on January 25th. Dean reported that deposits in the general fund totaled $2,690.00 and the Club had 2 new members. The Club sold 2 lower river maps, 2 posters, 4 upper river maps and 1 hat. Dean reported the following donations to the various funds: General – $445.00, Education – $70.00, College Scholarship – $205.00, High School Scholarship – $145.00 and Habitat – $1,985.00. Jeff reported that January’s beginning balance was $19,199.01 and an ending balance of $21,167.32. He reported the following expense: First Impression (maps and poster printing) and a January Scholarship Donation transfer to Savings of $350.00. Both reports were approved by a board majority without changes following a motion from Mike Zicus and a second by Ken Zivic.

Committee Reports

Habitat, Scholarship, Education and Budget Committees: Nothing new to report for any of these.

Membership: Pratt sent out both paper and email membership renewal reminders on December 14th.

Social Media: Web Site: See Private Property Awareness Issue below.

Legislative: The board sent letters of support to our local State legislators and the co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee regarding the purchase of a 49-acre parcel to be added to the Brule River State Forest near the mouth of Nebagamon Creek.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – DNR fisheries biologist, Paul Piszczek, sent us two updates in January regarding actions being taken toward the eventual removal of the grade/culvert in 2021. Most of the recent steps regard working to attain approvals from the legacy railroad, procuring permits, selecting the disposal site(s), conducting a hydraulics analysis (relative to mapped floodplains in the project area), and selecting a hauling contractor for the embankment material.

2020 Board 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 was scheduled to end on January 15th. All nominees were successfully elected for their 2021 through 2024 terms. (Board members elected include returning board members Mick Killoren, Mike Sierszen, Jim Waletzko, Glen Hill and newly elected to the board, Ken Zivic.

Private Property Awareness Issue – In mid-December, a BRSC member sent us an article that was posted in the Minnesota TU Newsletter regarding concern about new private property posting on a riparian parcel on the Lower Brule. Pratt and Mike Zicus worked on improving our web site regarding helping anglers locate private lands on the Brule. Board members will be looking at ways to improve angler knowledge about Private Property rights in the coming months.

2021 Raffle – Two items have been donated for raffle, a high-quality handmade bamboo fly rod constructed by Dave Norling (see https://davenorling.com/) and a framed print from the ‘Brule River Rats’. Discussion is on-going regarding this raffle.

2021 Expo Cancellation – Due to the cancellation of the 2021 Expo, it was suggested that we roll forward the 2019 deposit to 2022. A motion made by Ken Lundberg with a second by Mike Zicus received majority board support.

Round Up North Donation – Mike Zicus made a motion (seconded by Ken Zivic) to compensate our meeting site host for the in-person meetings we have missed due to COVID-19. The board by majority support voted to send Round Up North a check for $500 in February.