May 23rd, 2022 Meeting

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM at Brule Town Hall.

Officers and Directors: Present – Paul Helbach, Glen Hill, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, 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 Dean Wellman that there were deposits for a total of $733.61 since the last meeting into the general fund and the Club had 2 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Jim Waletzko. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that May’s beginning checking balance was $30,179.51, and the ending balance was $19,053.99 with the following expenses: Town of Brule (Meeting location 2022 – $350.00); ProPrint (April Newsletter – $25.13); Dennis Smet (Clean-up Day Lunch & Supplies – $169.00). Also, two transfers from checking: Savings (Jan – Apr Habitat & Education donations – $1,315.00); General CD ($10,000.00). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Dennis Smet and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Nothing to report.

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – On May 14th, about a dozen showed up to help with the tree planting project at Beaupre Springs. This was a perfect spot for planting, Doug Anderson provided a great lunch. Sam Alvar took some great footage and stills. Suggestions for July – August habitat projects included: Stream channel restoration work on Swamp Angel Creek; Removal of channel obstructions on Beaupre and Wilmot Creeks. July 23rd and August 6th were chosen for the work with more information to follow. 2022 Habitat expenditures were discussed. Additional items such as Gloves and loppers may be purchased as some of the previously approved $500 still remains.

Education: Dennis Smet – Nothing to report.

Scholarship: Mike Sierszen – The committee will be meeting to review applicants in early June. Mike will present the committee’s recommendation for the 2022 College Scholarship at June’s meeting. Paul Helbach reported that Lily Danz was nominated as this year’s Northwestern High Scholarship recipient. Paul Helbach made a motion that we should increase next year’s Scholarship to $1,000.00 and Jim Waletzko made the second, which was approved by unanimous voice vote. Paul was presented with a framed Brook Trout photo for his years of service leading the scholarship committee.

Membership: Jim Waletzko – Jim believes we need to maintain paper copies for renewal notices. Discussion followed about ways to improve responses to both the paper and electronic notices we send. Mike Zicus noted that we had one of the highest voting responses this year, and that was electronic.

Audit: Jeff Stollenwerk – nothing to report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus/Dennis Pratt – Mike mentioned that we received an inquiry from a political candidate about attending a future meeting. Walt Swanson will reach out to the Big Lake caretaker with the hope that a representative can attend a future meeting to discuss the process of getting an access permit. Dennis posted on Facebook two habitat announcements to get people to come to help. Ken Lundberg was commended for his Newsletter article.

Other Business

Spring Cleanup: Dennis Smet – April 30th was a success. The truck was filled and there was no rain or snow.

Club constitution/bylaws revisions: Approved with current amendments, following a motion by Dennis Pratt and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk and unanimous voice vote.

Private Property Awareness Issue: Dean Wellman presented and led a very good discussion on initial draft and will be talking with landowners for their thoughts as a next step.

Brule Preservation Inc. Projects: Bob Banks mentioned that Brule Preservation Inc. would make a donation for our scholarship if a request was made. Their current projects: Temperature monitoring at 12 sites, including Cedar Island data that goes back to 1938, Water quality work with Science on the Fly (https://scienceonthefly.org/), and Cattail and Yellow Flag Iris removal downstream starting at Big Lake. They will be looking for volunteers. The Landing Host will be returning and will continue to educate people about the river. Ken Lundberg made a motion that we should contribute $500 for the Landing Host position and Dean Wellman made the second, which was approved by unanimous voice vote.

2022 Family Fun Day: The various Douglas County clubs plan to hold the event again this year. The plan is for August 20th with more information to follow. Volunteers will be needed.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation: Tom Sklebar notified the Club that because the NW District held a banquet, the District can choose a young person to attend a summer camp.

Hatchery Net Shed Project – Looking for more information from Tom Johnson with Douglas County fish and Game League on this. DNR Hatchery Technician Angelica Komarek will be the Hatchery contact.

Fly of the Month: Dean Wellman – Grocery Bag Caddis Fly will be the June fly. Samples were brought in and reportedly field tested moments before the meeting.

South Shore Grade Update: At last word, bids are out on this. Waiting for updates.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:46 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson