President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:09 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Glen Hill, Courtney Johnson, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the May Meeting: The minutes as written in the May newsletter were approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Dennis Smet and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that he made four deposits for a total of $1,320 in June, donations included $100 to the general fund, $50 to scholarship, $400 to habitat and $500 to South Shore Grade account. The Club had 1 new member and 2 renewals. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Dennis Smet. Dennis Pratt presented the Treasurer’s report for Jeff Stollenwerk. He reported that June’s beginning balance was $14,727.60, and the ending balance was $15,680.40 with the following expenses: Joe Scaccia (May Meeting) ($50.00); Arrowhead Printing (May Newsletter) ($182.70); Arrowhead Printing (Election/renewal mailing) ($423.00); donation transferred to scholarship savings ($45.00) and to Dennis Pratt (postage, packaging reimbursement) ($88.84) . Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Arrowhead Printing (June Newsletter) ($182.00); Joe Scaccia (June Meeting) ($50.00) and Katie Thompson (June Newsletter ($200).  The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and a second by Courtney Johnson and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare/Todd Carlson – Dates are set (see list at bottom) and this year’s project to add five yards of gravel each Saturday to the spawning areas near Stone’s Bridge. Gravel will be transported by boat. Todd will write an article with details printed in the upcoming July newsletter. This year’s projects will be named after Ed Saindon whose family donated $400 to support the work. Spring Clean-up update: Dennis Smet reported that Troop 212 did indeed float the Brule this year from Stone’s Bridge to Winneboujou once the Spring waters had receded. Ron Gaare made a motion to donate $125 to the Scout Troup for their help. Paul seconded that motion followed by a unanimous vote of approval.

Legislative: Tom Sklebar introduced himself as our new local representative on the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Tom and his wife are retired Federal wildlife researchers and now live in Iron River. Tom has 30 years’ experience being on the North Dakota Wildlife Federation. Tom will keep our club up to date on WWF activities. (Ken Lundberg recently retired from this position)

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul and his committee recommended Brent Blaylock of Solon Springs for this year’s $5,000 College Scholarship. Paul made a motion to approve the committee’s recommendation and Dean seconded the motion. The full board unanimously approved the committee’s choice. Ron Gaare stated that he received word that this year’s $500 Northwestern High School Scholarship recipient is Luke Gregerson. We will ask both to attend our July meeting.

Education: – Nothing new to report.

Membership: – Jim Waletzko handed out copies of Ed Chaplinski’s membership poster. All were in favor of Ed work and posting to the landing kiosk’s is targeted for the fall run.

Budget: – Nothing new to report.

Social Media: – Mike Zicus reported that our web page visits has been light recently. Pratt explained the print newsletter changes of converting to a within club mailout to save money as the number of mailed newsletters to members is rapidly declining.  He’ll be working with newsletter editor Katie Thompson on this with a target of August for this switch. Dean Wellman made a motion to move forward with this, seconded by Courtney Johnson followed by unanimous board approval.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Dennis Pratt reported that the project team is continuing to hold meetings often to move this project forward.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – We will be placing an article announcing and describing the event in the July newsletter.

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – Ron Pearson said that he now has eleven volunteers to take Center consumers on this very popular annual event. This year’s trip will be the Club’s seventh. The board thanks Ron for setting up this event each year. Dennis Smet and Ron attended an annual Challenge Center dinner where the club was presented a beautiful plaque for these annual trips. The plaque states that the Club is “The Jewel of the Brule”.

Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Plaques – This issue was moved to next month’s agenda.

DNR Beaver/Trout Research Issue – This issue was presented in both our newsletter and on our club’s Facebook page. Todd Carlson suggested we again post on our Facebook page with a more detailed description of why we oppose the local fisheries choices of locations for this project. Dennis Pratt will express the club’s opposition at the June 26th Lake Superior Fisheries Management meeting in Ashland.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Trout Habitat Improvement – July 20th and 27th, Stones Bridge Canoe Landing, 9AM to Noon.

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – August 3rd.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – August 24th, 10AM to 3PM.

Lake Superior Steelhead Assn. Spey Day Event – September 7th, 11AM to 3PM at McNeil’ House

The business meeting adjourned at 7:19 PM.


Recorded by Dennis Pratt for Walt Swanson