President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Ed Chaplinski, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Glen Hill, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, 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 Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that there were three deposits for a total of $730.74 since the last meeting into general fund. The Club had 1 new member. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Jeff Stollenwerk. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that October’s beginning balance was $11,170.05, and the ending balance was $9,973.27 with the following expenses: Pro Print (Newsletters) ($25.56); Town of Brule (S. Shore Grade Habitat) ($1,500.00); Katie Thompson (October Newsletter) ($200.00); WI Wildlife Federation (Annual Dues) ($110.00); Pro Print (Newsletters) ($25.13); Dennis Pratt (Shipping; Postage) ($66.83). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Sherrie Carlson and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare – Todd Carlson mentioned the logical approach would be to continue to improve spawning areas.  Bob Banks had told Dennis Pratt that the spawning bed work done at the Hwy 27 side of Big Lake seems to have attracted plenty of Brook Trout.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Crossbow vs Compound is a hot topic with the DNR, however nothing decided at this point.  Tom Sklebar mentioned the Lake Superior Management Plan comment period has closed.  Fish Passage on Iron River will be on the Conservation Congress questionnaire next spring.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul Helbach nothing to report; however, he mentioned he did like adding questions to the application process.  Dennis Smet had two suggestions for scholarship application question additions. The committee will discuss and bring back next month.

Education: Dennis Smet – Eggs will be picked up on Nov 18th and once again Northwestern and Superior High Schools are interested with Northwestern Middle School teacher Craig Anderson and Superior High School teacher Lori Danz as contacts.  Dennis Smet and Dennis Pratt will handle the presentations again.

Membership: Jim Waletzko – nothing to report.  Ed Chaplinski said that a couple fisherman said that it was too late in the year to join as they didn’t want to pay this late in the year for an entire year.  Lifetime membership was discussed and was tabled for now.  Sustaining membership (month to month) was discussed and voted down unanimously because of the added accounting work that would be involved.

Budget: Nothing until March.

Social Media: Mike Zicus – Dennis Smet was able to find 2009 Scholarship winner Jessica Brown, and her story was added to the web site. Dennis Pratt added two Brook Trout videos to Facebook, and these have had over 2,000 views already.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Pratt reported that the removal is stalled. Brule River Preservation has donated quite a bit of legal services.  Paul Piszczek or Bob Banks are considering a personal visit to the remaining landowner whose permission is needed to keep things moving.

Fly of the Month – Dean Wellman mentioned this month would have been a great month to start as his choice would have been the Egg Sucking Leech.  Discussions on how to present the information on the fly and whether to include an actual photo of the insect took place.  Other ideas mentioned were when to use and how to fish for example.  The plan would be to start with the February newsletter and by the end of the year so the Club would have a collection for 2020.  This collection of Flies of the Month may be considered to be put together as a box set at the end of the year for sale if there is interest.

Ballot/membership renewal strategies – Ken Lundberg mentioned that upgrading Constant Contact would increase the cost from $14 per month to $31.50 per month, that would give the Club more support resources and the ability to conduct surveys for example we could move voting to online and save the ballot mailing expense.  This was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Mike Sierszen and unanimous approval by voice vote.  Mike Zicus mentioned that we should have bio information on officers as part of the election process rather than just a name.  A suggestion was made to have Mike Zicus write questions and have candidates answer to keep the bio information consistent.  All sitting officers were re-nominated for their current offices.

Upcoming Events

Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 20-22, 2020 at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson