September 27th, 2021 Meeting

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

Officers and Directors: Present – Ed Chaplinski, Glen Hill, Courtney Johnson, Mick Killoren, Ken Lundberg, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Dennis Smet, Walt Swanson, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman, Mike Zicus and Ken Zivic.

Minutes of the August Meeting: The minutes as written in the September newsletter were approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Ken Lundberg and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported deposits of $953.06 into the general fund since the last meeting and the Club had 3 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Walt Swanson and a second by Ken Zivic. President Dennis Pratt reported for Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk that September’s beginning balance was $25,766.61, and the ending balance was $25,896.08 with the following expenses: Katie Thompson ($200.00 for August Newsletter); Transfer to Savings ($50.00 in donations); Computing Done Right ($287.00 for annual web hosting); Ron Gaare ($261.46 for habitat project lunches); Pro Print ($25.13 for August newsletter). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and a second by Courtney Johnson with unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt reports that Beaupre Springs is beaver free (drone flight).

Legislative: Ken Lundberg had nothing to report.

Scholarship: Courtney Johnson – Still need a short narrative and a photo from Northwestern High School scholarship recipient, Amy Bates. We’d like it for both an upcoming newsletter and our scholarship webpage. For the future, we will require a photo and short bio from the recipient of the high school award.

Education: Dennis Smet – Craig Anderson from Northwestern Middle School and Lori Danz from Superior High School have expressed interest in having the aquariums this year. Dennis Pratt, Dennis Smet and Ken Zivic plan to do the presentations at the schools this year.

Membership: Dennis Pratt attended the LSSA Spey Day and handed out our leftover newsletters.

Budget: We need to schedule an external audit sometime in the future. Tom Sklebar suggested that the audit go back 10 years and that it be repeated before a new Treasurer is on board. Further decisions deferred until next meeting since Jeff Stollenwerk was not present.

Social Media: Mike Zicus reported the website has been quiet; however, we’re receiving more spam in addition to the normal inquires. Dennis Pratt thanked Dean Wellman for the nice articles he wrote for last month’s newsletter. October newsletter will run the Lyon’s article on Rainbow Trout.

Other Business

2021 Raffle – All tickets are now sold. Drawing at October meeting.

Fly of the Month – Black Squirrel General Practitioner.

South Shore Grade Update – Nothing new to report.

Private Property Awareness Issue – Dean Wellman reported that stream abuse/overuse and camping on holes was the biggest complaints he heard. Ken Lundberg said another issue that he heard was the number of newbies visiting the river without any guidance/ethics information. There seems also to be some concern with guides monopolizing favored locations. This discussion will continue next month.

Update Club Charter – Ken Lundberg led the discussion to finalize Club Charter update. The changes will be documented for Board members to review prior to next month’s meeting. The hope is to finalize at the October meeting.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

Recorded by Walt Swanson