September 25th, 2017 Minutes

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:11 PM at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Ken Lundberg, Walt Swanson, Jeff Stollenwerk, Paul Helbach, Courtney Johnson, Mike Zicus, Dennis Smet, and Ron Gaare.

Minutes of the August 28th Meeting: The minutes as written in the September newsletter were approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Dennis Smet followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

Financial Secretary and Treasurer’s Reports: Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported in Financial Secretary’s Bill Gobin absence that there were two deposits of $551.00 in September into general fund. The Club had 2 renewals and 1 new member. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Courtney Johnson. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that March’s beginning balance was $7,186.46, and the ending balance was $6,804.79 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (August Newsletter) for ($229.81); Arrowhead Printing (July Invoice Correction) for ($92.21); Katie Thompson (September Newsletter) for ($200.00); Ron Gaare (Food for habitat workers) for ($37.00); Computing Done Right (Web Host – Annual) for ($267.00); Bill Gobin (Postage) for ($6.65); Joe Scaccia (July and August meetings) for ($100.00).  Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Joe Scaccia (September meeting) for ($50.00). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Ron Gaare and unanimous approval by voice vote. Ken Lundberg mentioned the Club has extra hotdogs and buns available from the Open House at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery.  Ron Gaare made motion to donate these items to the Boy scouts and a second by Paul Helbach followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – nothing to report.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – Deer and turkey tagging changes are in the works. The Club is urging members to review the latest changes.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – High School Scholarship Program to be considered at the November meeting.  Criteria for Scholarship selection process to be reviewed as well.

Education: Dennis Smet – Craig Anderson at the Northwestern Middle School very excited for this year’s program.  Superior High School Instructor Lori Danz has not gotten back to Dennis yet, may be an issue because of the construction project underway.

Membership: Dennis Pratt reported we have 437 members.

Budget: no report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus – Using Google Analytics, Mike displayed website traffic reports. This is a free web analytics service offered by Google.  Items such as where visitors came from, how long they stayed on the site and their geographical locations were discussed.

 Other Business

Nomination of Officers – Dennis Pratt for president motion by Ken Lundberg and second by Paul Helbach; Ken Lundberg for Vice President second by Paul Helbach; Jeff Stollenwerk for Treasurer and Bill Gobin for Financial Secretary second by Paul Helbach; Bill Gobin; Ballot and renewal will be mailed out to current members as usual. Adding a questionnaire to the mailing was discussed.

South Shore Grade Update – Ken Lundberg had a meeting with Paul Piszczek – WDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist and Jane Anklam  from West Wisconsin Land Trust. Plans are coming together to make this a 2018 project. Approximately, 1/3 of the funding is in place. Will be looking for additional funding and in-kind support. An engineer’s report of exactly what is required for this project is the next step.  Letters of support have been received from area organizations.

Email of newsletter to Members Project Progress – 51% percent click on the newsletter in first 48 hours.  Verification of email addresses needs to be done, Ken Lundberg will sit down with Bill Gobin to review master list. Currently the Club receives about 50 email bounce-backs per mailing.  We will not be deleting email addresses that simply do not open the newsletter; however, we are reviewing the possibility of cutting off unpaid members.  This would bring us to around 380 members in good standing.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Membership – Payment was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Paul Helbach followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

Open House at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery – Ken Lundberg said this year was the best turn out for help ever.  Jeff Stollenwerk, Paul Helbach, Dean Wellman, Mike Zicus, and Courtney Johnson were also present.  This event will be held every other year.

Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan – Ken Lundberg said there were 34 individuals on the committee.  A very diverse group make up the committee.  The committee is reviewing whether to copy the template from Minnesota rather than the Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan plan.  Six to eight meetings are planned.   WITC – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is the location for these meetings.

Great Water Fly-fishing Expo 2018 – Registration and electrical hookup for an 8×10 foot booth will cost $350.  With the film loop being such a hit last year, electrical is required.  Only three volunteers were at last year’s Expo and more are needed.  Payment for 2018 registration was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Ron Gaare followed by unanimous approval by voice vote.

The business meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson