President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Ed Chaplinski, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Glen Hill, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Dennis Smet, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the April Meeting: The minutes as written in the May 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: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that there were four deposits for a total of $1,135.54 in May into general fund. The Club had 1 new member and 12 renewals. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Walt Swanson. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that May’s beginning balance was $14,869.07, and the ending balance was $14,727.60 with the following expenses: State of WI ($10.00); Joe Scaccia (April Meeting) ($50.00); Round Up North (Habitat Meeting) ($179.00); Round Up North (Spring Clean-up) ($476.00); Arrowhead Printing (March Newsletter) ($181.07); Katie Thompson (May Newsletter) ($200.00); Arrowhead Printing (April Newsletter)           ($180.94). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Arrowhead Printing (May Newsletter) ($182.00); Arrowhead Printing (Election, renewal, accomplishments) ($423.00); Joe Scaccia (May Meeting) ($50.00); Transfer to Scholarships ($45.00). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Courtney Johnson and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare/Todd Carlson – Ron reported that Todd was going to talk with Paul Piszczek to coordinate dates.  No confirmed dates yet, these will be posted on the web site as soon as possible.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Only item that he knew of was the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is working on wolf delisting.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul reported we had 13 applicants, he mentioned he felt that we had 7 or 8 top contenders.  UW Stevens Point has the most applicants.  This is the most applicants that any of the Board members can remember since the Scholarship started.

Education: – Nothing to report.

Membership: – Dennis Pratt sent out about 150 emails to individuals who have not renewed for the past two years.  Only 87 members request a paper newsletter now.  This low number means we are not getting the bulk rate for printed newsletters anymore.  Dennis recommended the Board should review prices to verify the Club is using the best option. This will be deferred for discussion until next month.  Ed Chaplinski requested to join the Membership committee, and this was approved by voice vote.

Budget: – Nothing new to report.

Social Media: – Mike Zicus reminded the Committees to forward event dates as soon as possible so he can keep the website up to date. Ken Lundberg reported that 66% of newsletter recipients “click” on the link within 48 hours.

Other Business

Ed Saindon Memorial Habitat Donation from St. Paul Fly Tiers – Ed enjoyed fishing the Brule and several other area streams and the $400 donation was made on his behalf for our trout habitat work.  Their Club members expressed interest of possible volunteering for the Habitat Project this year.

Spring Clean Up Follow-up Report – Dennis Smet wasn’t sure if Boy Scouts made their clean-up canoe trip because of the high water. This spring’s conditions make for potentially dangerous situation.

South Shore Grade Update – Dennis Pratt reported that the project team is still trying to contact South-side landowner.  There has been no response to State of Wisconsin requests at this point.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – Ken Lundberg mentioned Secretary of DNR may be attending.  Tom Johnson from the Douglas County Fish and Game League has really taken the lead in this and are giving a $500 donation. Ken made a motion to match that amount Dennis Smet made a second and this was approved by voice vote.  Ken reminded the Board that we will need to staff the fishpond and t-shirt booth.

Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Plaques – Dennis Pratt mentioned that our Scholarship and Memorial Plaques need some updating. These have a Nummi Jewelers label on the back.  Dennis reached out to Nummi Jewelers to get pricing to discuss next month.

DNR Beaver/Trout Research Issue –Paul Piszczek recently presented information at an event at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth describing a statewide study of beaver impacts on trout streams.  Paul has identified portions of tributaries to the Brule, Flag, and Cranberry that would be included in the project.  As we understand it, the project would allow beavers to reoccupy these streams.  The Club has serious concerns about the streams that have been selected.  Allowing beavers back into these streams would negate years of effort by the DNR and the Club to rehabilitate damage beavers have caused in these streams.  This project would affect the entire length of the Rocky Run including the reach where the Club worked in 2010 and 2011.  Dennis has requested a copy of the proposal but has not received it yet.  Ken Lundberg made motion and Mike Sierszen made a second to express our concerns with this project, especially the streams, selected to all appropriate DNR personnel and other clubs. This was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Upcoming Events

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

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – August 3th (Volunteers call Ron Pearson to sign-up @ 715-398-5822).

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

The business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson