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

Officers and Directors: Present – Ed Chaplinski, Glen Hill, Courtney Johnson, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Dennis Smet, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, and Mike Zicus.

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

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Dennis Pratt reported for Financial Secretary Dean Wellman that there were deposits for a total of $6,886.93 since the last meeting into the general fund and the Club had 5 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Dennis Smet. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that January’s beginning balance was $9,489.30, and the ending balance was $10,591.19 with the following expenses: U.S. Postal Service (PO  Box Annual Fee) ($120.00); Officer Stipends for 2019 ($2800.00); Pro Print (November Newsletter) ($36.21); Constant Contact (eNewsletter, eServices) ($348.83); Transfer to Scholarship Savings (Dec Donations) ($2,480.00).  The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare – No report. Short discussion on getting enough younger members to help, including using Constant Contact.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report. An attending member asked Ken about what the Annual Wisconsin Wildlife Federation meeting is like and typical discussion topics.

Scholarship: Mike Sierszen – Paul Helbach turned over the committee chair to Mike Sierszen. Mike has changed the application process so that applications are submitted electronically. He has already received three College Scholarship applications.  Discussion about getting more information on the High School Scholarship on the website.  A decision was made to revise our membership form and the Club’s webstore so that scholarship donors can designate either the College or High School fund for their donation.  Dennis Pratt made a motion to move current unspecified donations to the College fund, followed by a second from Mike Sierszen and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Education: Dennis Smet – The fish have hatched at Superior High School.  About 75% have hatched and are hiding in the rocks according to John Kedrowski.  Carey Edwards, Fish Biologist – US Fish and Wildlife Service, brought food for the fish.  No contact with Craig Anderson from Northwestern Middle School. Carey Edwards has asked us to find someone to do a March presentation for the new aquarium placement in the Hayward middle school.  The Superior and Northwestern presentations are planned for March.

Membership: Dennis Pratt – The Club received a thank you letter from longtime member Stan Gumm, saying he was giving up his membership in the Club.  Ken Lundberg made a motion to keep his newsletter going, followed by a second from Mike Sierszen and unanimous approval by voice vote.  Of the Club’s 406 current members only 99 have paid as of the beginning of the meeting.  Discussions proceeded on how the Club can use existing tools such as Constant Contact to send reminder notices.

Budget: Nothing new until budget committee meets in March.

Social Media: Mike Zicus/Dennis Pratt – Reading list on fishing the Brule and Brule history has been put on the website.  Dennis Pratt has added a half a dozen new items on Facebook.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing new to report.

Fly of the Month Dennis Pratt for Dean Wellman – This added feature would begin for March opener (place first fly in February or March newsletter).  Dennis Pratt brought in three examples including a Brown Stonefly which Dean Wellman has recommended as our first showcased fly.  Discussions followed about how to use the website to display the flies in addition to the Newsletter.

Election Results By using Constant Contact to push the ballot out to members we received about three times the previous voter turnout.  All candidates on the ballot were elected unanimously. Ed Chaplinski made a motion to accept the Election results, followed by a second from Mike Sierszen, and unanimous approval by voice vote (Candidates refrained from participating in the motions or voice vote).

Donation Requests Discussions around how to handle the donation requests we regularly receive.  Need to develop guidelines.

Upcoming Events

Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 20-22, 2020 at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Douglas County Fish & Game League Sport Show – March 27 -29 at UWS Wessman Arena

The business meeting adjourned at 7:31 PM.

Twelve Minute Brook Trout Spawning Video – Dennis Pratt

Recorded by Walt Swanson