May 21, 2018 Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:07 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Ron Gaare, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Dennis Pratt, Dennis Smet, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.

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

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were two deposits and one transfer totaling $29,554.00 in May into general fund. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Courtney Johnson. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that May’s beginning balance was $13,015.82, and the ending balance was $41,505.09 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (April Newsletter) ($182.94); Round Up North (Clean-up Day Lunch) ($450.00); Round Up North (Habitat Meeting) ($171.79); Joe Scaccia (April Meeting) ($50.00); Katie Thompson (April Newsletter) ($200.00); WI Dept of Financial Institutions (Form 5) ($10.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Katie Thompson (May Newsletter) ($200.00); Arrowhead Printing (May Newsletter) ($183.00); Joe Scaccia (May meeting) ($50.00); Transfer to Saving for South Shore Grade Project ($65.00); DNR Nebagamon Creek Acct ($29,000); National Pen (Ron Gaare order) ($69.94). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Jim Waletzko and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare – 2018 habitat dates will be August 18th and 25th, two back to back weekends. Dennis Pratt reported there has been a Beaver on the Little Brule below the Hatchery, a trapper removed the Beaver, however the dam might still be there.

Legislative:  No report

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Committee selection is completed and we have received 5 applications.  The committee members will review the applications and meet the 25th of June before the regular Club Meeting to cast votes.  Ron Gaare and Paul Helbach met with Breena Kroll, Northwestern High School Counselor to discuss the status of the High School Scholarship. Ron Gaare is liaison between the Club and the High School.  The High School was very pleased to hear the club would be starting a $500 scholarship.  Breena let Ron and Paul know that a couple of students have already applied.  Due to funding, unless the Club pulled out of the general fund this would need to wait until next year.  A motion was made by Dean Wellman to wait until next year to begin the scholarship and to better develop the qualifying criteria; a second was given by Paul Helbach this was followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

Education: Dennis Smet – No report, program winding down for the year, only 12 or 14 days left of school.  Dennis also reported the cleanup had a very high turnout, one of the highest that Dennis has seen. A motion was made by Dennis Smet to reward the Boy Scouts and the Cub Scout troops in attendance with check for $125 each and a second was given by Mike Zicus this was followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

Membership: Bill Gobin – The Club had 4 new members, for a total of 380 members.

Budget: No report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus – Mike said the web site upgrade had been started and the SSL Certificate implementation was underway.  The SSL Certificate will protect our online shoppers.  It was decided to keep downloadable forms on the store front for members that do not like internet transactions.  Pricing was set at single tier for members and non-members.  The cost of each transaction from PayPal is 2.5% plus 30 cents.  Prices will also include the shipping cost.  A donations area will be available for the projects the club is involved with.  This was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk and unanimous approval by voice vote.

 Other Business

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – Date has been set – August 11th

South Shore Grade Update – Project funding was discussed, DNR is still waiting for word on the Grant mentioned last month.  Board members started a discussion on what the club could do to show appreciation for all those who have donated.

Nebagamon Creek – Dean Wellman and Dan Kephart, Brule River State Forest Property Manager visited the site to investigate two fallen trees that are affecting the flow of the Creek.  The larger tree was cut into blocks, however this was not an easy task as the tree is 40” plus in diameter.  Smaller tree is closer to the bridge across Afterhours Rd, however the problem is this tree is buried in the sand and will require machinery to remove.

Mouth of the Brule Landing – Dan Kephart, Brule River State Forest Property Manager gave the Club the following update: the plan was described as two-part: the old road would not be rebuilt, work would be done to shore up what remains of the old road for walking canoe access approximately 5-6 feet wide; the boat landing, would be 100 to 200 yds upstream from old ramp.  Funding is still being worked on.

Upcoming Events

 4th Annual LSSA Brule River Spey Day –  September 8th at McNeil’s, 11am to 3pm.

Brule River Lions Club Chicken Barbeque –Brule Pavilion – Sunday August 12th, 11am to 3pm.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:22 PM.

Presentations – Drone video taken by club member Sam Alvar of the current South Shore Grade was shown after the meeting.

Recorded by Walt Swanson