July 24, 2017 Minutes

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Ken Lundberg, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Mick Killoren, Mike Zicus, Dennis Smet, Dean Wellman, Ron Gaare, and Ron Pearson.

Minutes of the June 26th Meeting: The minutes as written in the July newsletter were approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Dennis Smet and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were 2 deposits into general fund totaling $121.00. Bill also presented the Treasurer’s report. We had beginning balance was $8,184.73, and the ending balance was $7,550.26 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (June newsletter) $247.14; Boy Scout Troop 212 (spring clean-up) $125.00; Katie Thompson (July newsletter) $200.00; Joe Scaccia (June meeting) $50.00; and Bill Gobin (postage) $8.33.  Outstanding checks and scheduled payments: Joe Scaccia (July meeting) $50.00 and Arrowhead Printing (July newsletter) $250. Both reports were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg, second by Ron Gaare, and a unanimous voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare/Dennis Pratt – Dennis visually surveyed steelhead fry above Hwy FF. The fry don’t appear to have been hurt badly by any flooding this year. Probably not a bumper crop, but generally good. The Club will provide water and pop at lunch when we revisit our first project on the Little Brule next Saturday. Second work day will be the following Saturday. We’ll meet at Dennis Road at 9 AM to complete volunteer forms.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul introduced Logan Sikora and announced that the 2017 scholarship has been awarded to Logan. Paul then introduced Bradley Ray, who was our 2000 recipient and who has worked with Logan. Brad noted how generous the scholarship is and described how important it was for him to get it in 2000. Logan described his background and career goals. Paul has arranged to have the award announced in the Lake and Forest Magazine and 2 local papers.

Education: Dennis Smet – nothing to report

Membership: Jim Waletzko – not present.

Budget: Ron Pearson – General, Education and Scholarship Funds are all in good standing.

Social Media – Mike Zicus/Dennis Pratt – Winneboujou Club’s new application for a pass to access Big Lake is now posted on our website and Dennis has referenced it from our Face Book page.  A link to the application will be maintain on our “About the River” page. Face Book seems to be an effective way of pointing followers to the exact page on our website. We’re always in need of material for the newsletter.

Other Business

South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – Dennis Pratt – Nothing new since last month’s update.

Email of newsletter to Members Project Progress – Ken Lundberg – Seems to be going well. Electronic newsletter has been going out to ~341 members. Constant Contact reports that 55 – 68% of these were opened immediately; whereas, 11 – 14% went unopened. We will begin whittling down the number of printed newsletters with the full transition tentatively planned for November.

Brule River Roundtable Meeting – Club is supporting the meeting. Registration information is on our website.

Old Highway 2 Erosion Update – Nothing new to report, although someone has installed some concrete barriers.

Challenge Center Canoe Outing – Ron Pearson reported the outing will be on August 19th. Meet at Twin Gable at 9 AM. A decision will be made then as to whether to reschedule if the weather is iffy. Arrangements are in place to launch at Wildcat and the State Forest and Club members will provide canoes to accommodate 9 clients and 2 staff. Lunch at Ron’s place afterwards.

Iron River National Fish Hatchery Open House – We’ve been approached as to our willingness to provide and serve hotdogs as in the past. Dean Wellman moved that we participate and allot $250 towards the food. Donations at the event partially offset our costs. Second by Dennis Smet. Motion passed. Event will be from 10 AM to 2 PM on September 16th. Ken Lundberg will oversee with details finalized next month.

Lake Superior Fisheries Management Planning Process – Lake Superior Fisheries Biologist, Bradley Ray, described the process they’re developing. Presentation from the 1st meeting is posted on the DNR Lake Superior website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakesuperior/LakeSuperiorFishManagementPlan.html. DNR wants the plan to be a stakeholder driven “bottom up” process. They are inviting representatives from 38 key groups (conservation organizations, sportsmen and angling groups, local units of government, chambers of commerce, etc.). Hope to have monthly meeting for 6 – 8 months to develop goals, strategies, and measurable objectives for the plan. Plan targeted to be finalized in fall 2019.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:37 PM.

Recorded by Mike Zicus for Walt Swanson