March 28th, 2022 Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM at Brule Town Hall.

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

Minutes of the February Meeting: The minutes as written in the March newsletter were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Tom Tsklebar 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 $4,716.66 since the last meeting into the general fund and the Club had 14 new members. The Club sold 77 lower river maps, 30 upper river maps, 2 posters, 1 DVD and 10 hats. Donations to the various funds: General – $2,500.00 and Habitat – $250.00. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Ed Chaplinski. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that March’s beginning balance was $31,229.61, and the ending balance was $35,505.31 with the following expenses: Transfer to Savings (February Donations) ($165.00); Katie Thompson (March Newsletter) ($200.00); Pro Print (March Newsletter) ($75.96). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Courtney Johnson and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Tom Tsklebar, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation’s District 1 Representative joined tonight’s meeting. Tom a draft resolution that the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is preparing to urge legislation to reduce the number of political appointees in the DNR. Ken Lundberg made a motion to support this effort and a second by Dennis Pratt was followed with unanimous approval by voice vote. WWF’s annual meeting is April 8th and Tom will be attending virtually. For the first time in 30 years, District 1 is having a banquet at Barker’s Island on April 21st. In reviewing the Federation’s handbook, Tom mentioned they used to have Districts meetings and they might consider restarting these. Presently, the Wisconsin’s Federation has 233 affiliated clubs.

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – Tree planting project at Beaupre Springs is go. Planting 500 black spruce. Dates to follow.

Budget: Jeff Stollenwerk – 2021 budget committee report shows we are in fantastic shape. Jeff discussed our bookkeeping practices with JR Pederson, a CPA from the accounting firm of Esterbrooks, Scott, Signorelli, Peterson, Smithson, Ltd. in Superior, on March 4. JR had a number of suggestions that are listed in our Annual Budget Review – Treasurer’s Report. JR is willing to discuss these at a future meeting. One suggestions was to keep Habitat and Education funds in separate accounts. The committee also proposed 3 actions: setting 2022 beginning balances for Habitat and Education accounts of $5,000 and $500, based on donations from 2020 and 2021; moving $10,000 to the renewing General CD; and renewing our raffle license ($20). These were approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Mike Sierszen with unanimous approval by voice vote.

Education: Dennis Smet – Dennis Smet and Dennis Pratt visited Superior Senior High to talk about stream ecology and trout biology. Their presentation went well; however, the fry in the high school aquarium haven’t survived well. We made presentations at Northwestern Middle School today and will continue with classes there tomorrow.

Scholarship: Mike Sierszen – reported we have one application thus far.

Membership: Dennis Pratt – was reported during the Financial Secretary’s Report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus/Dennis Pratt – Mike reported that we had 3 or 4 contacts last month and that he has been keeping the website up to date. Newsletter articles suggestions mentioned were: The Expo; Spring Cleanup; Classroom Project and a Brule Opener article. Dennis reported that on Facebook he added last year’s fish run information, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Banquet announcement, and a drone video of the river ice conditions prior to the opener provided by Seaquest Photography of Duluth, Minnesota.

Other Business

Spring Cleanup Dates –April 30th – inclement date of May 21st.

Fly of the Month – Matt Paulson of Superior Fly Angler Shop submitted the X-legs stonefly for this month and Damien Wilmot will submit one for May.

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing new to report.

Private Property Awareness Issue – Deferred to the April meeting.

2022 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo Wrap-up – Pratt – Ken Lundberg did a great job of getting people to staff the booth. The Expo produced new members. Thank you letters were sent to the volunteers. Dean Wellman had Paul Gausman tying flies to give away. One youngster even insisted on tying her own. The spawning video was well received. Saturday was the busiest day. We’ll need to replace the booth photos with new ones for next year.

Club constitution/bylaws revisions – Deferred to the April meeting.

Reel Recovery Project Proposal – Ken Zivic opened a discussion about Recovery, whose mission is to help men in the cancer recovery process by introducing them to the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing. The cost to the Club would be $750 if we nominate a member for this program. It was also mentioned that there is a comparable program for women with breast cancer.

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

The business meeting adjourned at 7:23 PM.

Presentation – LSRI Temperature and Sediment Sampling project – Amy Eliot and Mikayla Haynes.

Recorded by Walt Swanson