President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.
Officers and Directors Present: – Ron Gaare, Bill Gobin, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ron Pearson, Dennis Pratt, Jeff Stollenwerk, Walt Swanson, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.
Minutes of the September Meeting: The minutes as written in the October newsletter were approved following a motion by Mike Zicus and a second by Bill Gobin and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were two deposits totaling $552.00 in October into general fund. For the first time ever, we had more money come in through PayPal than checks. The Club had 6 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Ron Gaare. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that October’s beginning balance was $14,669.53, and the ending balance was $10,213.90 with the following expenses: MN Trout Unlimited (Fly Expo) ($350.00); Ron Gaare (Habitat Project Lunch) ($106.63); Joe Scaccia (September Meeting) ($50.00); WDNR (South Shore Grade Project) ($4,301.00); Katie Thompson (September Newsletter) ($200.00). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Katie Thompson (October Newsletter) ($200.00); Arrowhead Printing (August Newsletter) ($182.44); Arrowhead Printing (September Newsletter) ($182.53); Bill Gobin (Postage) ($10.18); WI Wildlife Federation (Annual Membership) ($125.00); Joe Scaccia (October Meeting) ($50.00). Outstanding Deposit: PayPal ($525.57). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Jim Waletzko and unanimous approval by voice vote.
Habitat: Ron Gaare – Nothing to report. Todd Carlson mentioned that we talked about potential projects for next year. This includes the cost of new gravel for at least one site. Bill Gobin thanked Ron Gaare and Courtney Johnson for the great lunch.
Legislative: Ken Lundberg – no report.
Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Letters will go out after November 10th to kick off this year’s process. Paul suggested a list of the last few recipients of the Scholarship to demonstrate that we are awarding the Scholarships.
Education: Dennis Pratt for Dennis Smet – Northwestern Middle School teacher Craig Anderson and Superior High School teacher Lori Danz doing it again. Eggs picked up November 15th to allow for hatching later this year. This works better for the classrooms. Dennis Smet again asked Dennis Pratt to assist in classroom talks during February and March.
Membership: Jim Waletzko – Nothing to report. Financial Secretary reported we have 398 members, including 6 complimentary memberships. 140 members request paper Newsletters, 258 members are email only.
Budget: Ron Pearson – We’re still in the black and have plenty of products for the store on hand.
Social Media: Mike Zicus – Updated the “Where are they now?” section and plans additional information by December 1st. Comments were made about the Challenge Center article being done very well in the October Newsletter. November Newsletter will have an article on the Scholarship history. Facebook now has 1464 followers signed up for timeline. Dennis started posting new items September 25th the day after our last meeting: “scene” photos (leaves changing at Winneboujou) and Coho spawning period starting are some of the examples. On September 27th the hat photo was posted, and two hats sold right after. Two videos posted were both visited over 2,000 times each.
PayPal Discussion – How does it work? Jeff Stollenwerk had screenshots of how this all works together. PayPal manages the orders and the money (until transferred to the Club’s Bank Account), sending the notifications to our Gmail account to let Bill Gobin know that a new order has been placed with all the customer information. Jeff also gets the emails forwarded to his account. Both say this works very well.
Search for new Financial Secretary – Bill Gobin is stepping down in January. Looking for a replacement. Bill will document all his duties to make sure nothing gets missed.
South Shore Grade – Since we didn’t get the grant from the National Fish Passage Program under the GLRI, we will need to continue fund raising. Dennis is not sure if DNR received all the pledges. Dave Zeug will be doing an article in Wisconsin Outdoor News.
Lake Superior Fish Mgt. Plan – Nothing new since July Draft Outline. Comment Period Ended. Dennis let us know that this may take some time.
Nominations were taken for an open Board Position (Tom Bydalek stepping down). Paul Helbach nominated Ed Chaplinski. Ed said some words about his history on the river starting with his father in the 40s. Ron Pearson has talked about retiring as well. Paul Helbach and Bill Gobin made motions for Ed Chaplinski. Glenn Hill was nominated by Dennis Pratt and Mick Killoren seconded for Ron Pearson’s position. These nominations received unanimous approval by voice vote.
November mailout – envelope stuffing next month, including last year’s accomplishments. Stuff 170 and send. Walt Swanson will ask Ken Lundberg to reach out to constant contact to see if we can do a ballot or survey so email only members can vote electronically. Sheri Carlson mentioned that we could build a fillable PDF as a solution as well.
Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 15-17, 2019 at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
The business meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.
Recorded by Walt Swanson