Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.
Minutes ~Executive Board
July 22, 2013
Members Present: Gary Schwoch, Les Kuesel, Scott Seston, Kellen Cassellius, Bill Schutts, Jim Thompson, Dave Peckmiller, Martha Stratton, Gary Buss, Chad Mogen, Garrett Sinz and Len Frank
Separate Bar and Building Account and Association Account. Just to clarify, accounts are and have been separate, but we are separating how we pay the bills so that the bar account is not paying all the bills for the building, such as heat, electric and phone, etc.
Tree removal – Chad Mogen and DNR Contact-Plan to talk to a person that may be able to help us out with some removal. This person does the tree trimming for the wood chips and because of the spring damage there is currently an overrun of chips, so he is waiting as he wants to be able to sell the wood chips and will do the work for free.
$ sent to Menomonie Park Department ~A question was asked about the money promised to the park department for the new handicapped dock. We are waiting to get the dock we were promised as part of the money exchanged.
$ sent to Michael La Rock~He was paid. Project is about 90% complete.
Building addition update~Currently waiting for a budgets and prices for the heating and the fire information, as to if we would need a sprinkler system and will get that information to the committee. Discussion was held about our building rental competition. Whispering Emerald Ridge, DAV, Vision Quest.
Fall Fishing Contest update~We have four sponsors. Need to get more sponsors or we will have to table the event and try again next year.
Wolske Bay Update-Mayor Knaack: Request to attend the City Council Meeting on August 5 at 7 p.m. in Support of the plan to clean up the lake. He explained a couple of his ideas. He feels that we need to try something, and is open to a couple of ideas, but really would like to try to clean up Wolske’s Bay. The Mayor needs people to support the clean-up. During the discussion about the clean up, one suggestion was to close the Wolske Bay Hill.
Accept Heather Kistner’s Resignation. Discussion of her resignation. Board voted in favor to accept Heather’s resignation.
Conservationist of the Year Nominees: Discussion of many members and people in the community. The board voted in favor of ?) and it will be announced at the Banquet.
Executive Board Meeting Times and Dates: Seems like there hasn’t been enough time to get everything done, so there was a discussion as to when to hold additional meetings. It was decided that we would look at the agenda items on a month to month basis to determine if more time is needed and then hold an extra board meeting. Discussed having the Bar Manager attend board meeting.
Website updating: Discussion about getting the website updated and having a new person take it over, since it is the understanding the Tim did not plan to do it forever. Ginger Rossiter has shown an interest and if she is willing to do it, she will have a budget of $100 for software if needed.
Other ~Request from the Mogen’s to host a Pancake feed for the Hoop’s Club to support the Muscular Dystrophy drive during the Firefighter’s Kick Ball Tournament on August 24. Request approved if the Building is not currently rented. Building is already booked.
Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.
Minutes ~General Meeting
July 22, 2013
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary's Report: Martha Stratton
Apology for the late minutes. Mike Benzel moved and Heather Kistner seconded a motion to accept the minutes as printed in the newsletter. Motion carried.
Treasurer's Report: Bill Schutts
Bill showed charts representing the current financial trends of the club. We are currently in a declining funds situation. We have had a few major projects, such as the lights, ceiling, and cost of the Pheasants. Pheasants cost the club around $10,000 per year. Detailed Reports are available in the office. Mike Benzel moved and Gary Buss seconded a motion to accept the treasurer's report. Motion carried.
Correspondence: Gary Schwoch
Invite to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet in Eau Claire, WI. Information about Deer Fest in Oshkosh, July 26-28.
Executive Committee Report: Gary
President Gary Schwoch presented the Executive Committee Report (See Report). Dave Moore moved and Garrett Sinz seconded a motion to accept the Executive Committee's report. Motion carried.
DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Karstens, Chad Mogen
Request to help with setting up the Fair Booth Tomorrow, Tuesday July 23, 2013.
Dunn Country Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz
Talked about Dobbs Landing and where they were in getting the money to purchase the land. Talked about Representative Tom Larson being at the meeting and his discussion about the budget and how they (the legislature) needs to approve it even when there are things that they do not support in the budget. John and Jess do not like the new rules/ideas about lands transfers- and trading the land for CRP . Scott Sinz brought up that the Mayor is going to bring up the 9 p.m. curfew for ice fishing at the August 5th City Council Meeting. We are one of the few lakes in the area with a city ordinance with a curfew. Public is always welcome to come to the Alliance meetings. They also talked about the Tainter Lake association. The last rain brought up the phosphors level by 8 fold.
Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Jim, Russ Hitz, Al Marotz
Fall meeting is in August and will have additional information. Fur Harvest meeting is August 3, and Holland was invited to speak.
Standing/Special Committee Reports
Bar Management: Paul
Bookings were 26 last year and 13 this year
Blue Bird Houses: Stan Huftel
Buildings & Grounds: Scott Seston
Fall Banquet: Dave Moore
Meeting on Monday night, July 29 at 7 p.m. Dave Moore is passing out the Sponsors letters and the master copy is being passed around. Reminder Paul Jacobson has tickets.
Fish Cribs: Dave Pechmiller
Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong, Dave Moore
Need a couple of waiters and workers, have about 160 signed up so far. Randy Knaack put out 300 door hangers. There will be a bake sale starting about 4:30 p.m. The money will be used towards Downsville Days.
Hunters Against Hunger: Ron Fry
Hunter Education: Duke Holmberg
Next Class Starts August 1. Call 715-232-1664 if you need to get into the class.
Ice Fishing Contest: Mike Kistner, Les Kuesel
Kitchen: Bonnie Hagberg
Looking for help to support the Bake Sale for Downsville Days. Needing to replace Dish Towels. Have replaced the soap.
Legislative/Xcel Energy: Mike Benzel
The Crossbow legislation has not been passed as of yet. The DNR lost a major court case. It was over raising the lake 7 inches. Native American Tribes want to hunt at night, this will most likely end up in the Supreme Court. With the passage of the new budget there is a need to sell 2000 acres of land.
Membership: Wayne Wilson
New members, Jonah and Travis Jensen.
Pheasant Rearing: Bob Kistner, Scott Seston
Policy review Board.
Had a meeting with the Executive Board on a policy for receiving bids. The Review Board will be submitting information back to the board.
Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg
Had the Veteran’s Shoot is which brought in about $700. Money is going to Veteran’s Home in Menomonie. They had a good time and thanked for the donation from the club.
Scholarship: Wayne Wilson
Balance is currently on an uphill trend. Staying over the $50,000 sustainable amount.
Sunshine/Memorials: Martha Stratton and Dave Moore
Baskets were sent Bob Giede for a knee operation and Russ Hitz for a recent hospital stay.
Top Gun Banquet: Len Frank, Pookie Albright, Gary Schwoch
Women On Target: April Cowan
Youth: Jim Cleven, Chad Mogen
Youth Squirrel Hunt. Thinking about a Youth Trap Shooting.
Building Committee Update
Summer Fishing Contest: Bill Schutts
Due to lack of sponsors, the event is tabled until next year.
Dunn Co. Fair Food Booth: Garrett Sinz
We have corn and will be serving a Pork Chop on a Stick. Corn will be $2, and Pork Chop will be $4. We will also have Pepsi Products since that is who is sponsoring the trailer. Will have raffle Tickets at the Food Booth. Since this is the first time, there will be a lot of bumps, but working on it. Still looking for some small refrigerators to use for the fair.
Conservationist of the Year. Will be announced at the Banquet.
Vote for 3rd Vice President. 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents will move up.
Heather thanked Jim Swanson for the Nice Article about the Dunn County Fish and Game in the Dunn County News. Martha had the Article to pass around.
July 23: Harmon Chicken Supper: Serving 5-7:15 p.m.
July 24-28: Dunn County Fair
July 29: Banquet Meeting: 7 p.m.
August 26: Regular Membership Meeting: 7 p.m.
August 27: Harmon Chicken Supper: Serving 5-7:15 p.
Meat – Scott Sinz
Meat- Melody Gossett
Meat- Richard Leach
NRA – Wayne Wilson
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Dave Leach
Mike Kistner made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Josh Risler seconded. Motion carried.