Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.


Minutes ~Executive Board

October 28, 2013

Members Present: Gary Schwoch, Les Kuesel, Scott Seston, Kellen Cassellius, Bill Schutts, Dave Pechmiller, Jim Thompson, Garrett Sinz, Martha Stratton, Gary Buss, Chad Mogen and Len Frank

  1. Old Business:

  1. Dock $1000 City of Menomonie: The city claims that they were only going to give us one dock, and there is some confusion on this. Martha Stratton made a motion that we promised the money, and to pay so it is done. Les Kuesel Second, Motion Passed.

  2. Pheasants Forever Disabled Hunt: This was approved at the January Meeting with the Budget items as the Red Cedar Pheasants Forever Senior and Impaired Hunt for $250. We need to pay this.

  3. Edward Jones Update: The figures are as follows: Current Value: $59,059, $36,322 was paid into the account, The total earnings are $22,737, with $9,974 being made this past year.

  4. Edward Jones~Schroeder Account: ~Discussion about what to do about this account and how it should be dissolved. The Dunn County Fish and Game association, Inc, under our Non Profit Charter cannot have things that are to “Benefit Individual Members”. It was decided that Gary would try to call Bridget and talk with her about it.

  5. Dobbs Landing Stewardship Grant Approved ~The area Sports Clubs have committed to helping pay the remaining $75,000. We will continue to look into ways that we will be able to support this..

  1. New Business:

  1. Nevin’s Carpets: Presented Bids for redoing the upstairs floor and Carpet. He presented three main options, Lamanite, $12,000, Ceramic, $13,000 (may be slippier); Wood, $16,000, with a better wood running most likely $20,000. The better wood most likely would give 3 sandings. Talked about carpeting the stairs, which would run about $400. Will bring this up to the general membership for ideas, and the best way to proceed.

  2. Hellendrung Property: We need to sign Quit Claim Deed: Deed the property to the Alliance. The Dunn County Alliance will need to come up with $75,000 for the rest of the purchase.

  3. American Fisheries Society: The Stout Students Club of the American Fisheries Society wants to request a Grant from NAFA for $1000. Ryan and Amanda are to request a sponsorship. They are not looking for money, just for us to be the umbrella organization. They may request some Storage and a Presence of the Dunn County Fish and Game Association. If they apply through Stout, Stout would get 50% of Grant, but if they use us, they can use/have the entire $1000 grant. They think there are more than just the four types of fish in the area, as there are 170 species in the State of Wisconsin. (They already have a DNR permit for this) Jim Thompson made a Motion that we partner with this group, Chad Mogen Seconded. Motion Carried.

  4. Card Swipe Machine: Credit Card machine runs off the phone lines. Some of the transactions from the banquet never processed. Bill Schutts met with a new company for processing our credit cards. They would charge us $150 for a new machine, with a lower monthly fee, and a savings of at least $20 a month. The biggest issue is that cable would need to be run from the computer room to the bar where the base machine is stationed. This system will also be able to be used remotely for items upstairs. Garrett Sinz made a motion to get the new machine, Kellen Cassellius seconded that we get the machine. Motion passed

  5. Member E-mail Discussion: Question about who is able to have and use the passwords, etc. This is mainly for rentals and the calendar needs to be updated on the website.

  6. Tent for sale ~ Dennis Path is selling one of his tents for $500. It was noted that there is a need for tent for at least three upcoming functions, which would pay for the purchase. Chad Mogen made a motion to purchase the tent. Garrett Sinz seconded, motion carried.

  1. Stout Class is doing a new Brochure: We currently have a brochure regarding the club. Bill Schutts has contacted a class that would develop a brochure for the building’s rental availability. The class would like to come to the Fish and Game for a meeting on Wednesday, check out the building and take photos for the project. Cost to bring them here would be $250. Chad Mogen made a motion that we hire Fuzzy’s Bar for $250 to bring the class up here on Wednesday afternoon, October 30. Garrett Sinz Second, Motion carried.

  2. Bar Manager: Shortages. The Vice Presidents have been doing an inventory. In five days, we lost about eight cases of beer. We are short about four bottles of hard liquor.

  3. DKS Needs Snowplow people: Asked that we let the club know that they are looking to hire some folks if anyone was interested.

  4. Schedule Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned until Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m.

Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.


Minutes ~General Meeting

October 28, 2013

    1. Call to Order

    2. Pledge of Allegiance. President Gary Schwoch lead the group in the Pledge.

    3. Secretary's Report: Martha Stratton

Motion made and seconded to accept the report. (Secretary had stepped away for a moment)

    1. Treasurer's Report: Bill Schutts

We have just a little more in the checking account than we had last month as the Banquet Money has come in. Mike Benzel moved and Rod Bahr seconded a motion to accept the treasurer's report. Motion carried.

    1. Correspondence: Gary Schwoch

Thank you from Michael LaRock. Letter complaining about Pheasant points being used as Monster Bucks. Letter was unsigned and passed onto the Banquet Committee.

    1. Buss Report: Club enjoys a joke, and it is even better if we all pick on Gary Buss.

    2. Executive Committee Report: Gary Schwoch

President Gary Schwoch presented the Executive Committee Report (See Report). According to our Accountant, we can no longer have the Rob Schraeder fund. This fund was designed to help individual members that have acquired a financial need due to Medical issues. We are looking for a suggestions as to what we could do as a nice memorial for Rob. Update on a card reader for Credit cards. We have missed a couple of charges, so in checking into this situation, Bill Schutts discovered that there is a different company, Heartland that does this service. The cost for doing this is $59, (this is $20 less than the current plan). We need to buy their machine for $150. You can use a smart phone to swipe the system, but we will need to have a cable run. Rich Leventhal made a motion to purchase the new system, Tom Koranski made a second. Motion carried to also have 24/7 run the cable. Scott Sinz made a motion to buy the tent, Paul Jacobson seconded, Motion carried. We are currently working with Stout for a new Brochure for “selling” the building. They are planning on coming here to look at the building. The class needs to come here on Wednesday, at about 3 p.m. They are asking for transportation to come here. Menomonie Transportation would charge $300 for a ride. Fuzzy’s said that they would charge $250. The board recommended that we hire Fuzzy’s to bring the class here. Did an inventory before and after the last Wedding and we are still continuing to lose products, some is mostly because of over pouring, but the loss of beer is questionable.

    1. DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Carstens, Chad Mogen

No Report

    1. Dunn County Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz

There is tentative approval for the Stewardship grant for $150,000. Now we need the NAWCA Grant (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) for $75,000. Must be in before November 7th. (Because of the Government Shutdown –we have a little extra time) The issues as a club are we need to deed the Hellendrung property to the Stewardship fund, for the $75,000. The Alliance has to apply for the grant, because the Fish and Game is not a 501- 3(c). We will need to have the property appraised. Dan Prestabak got a call from someone in California that has 7 acres that he wanted to get rid of. So that is valued at $14,000, so that $7,000 that we may be able to get to help come up with total of $75,000. Tainter Lake Improvement Association got a grant for $32,000 that pay for some of the erosion repair. Tainter Lake issues. 1) When you do a sub development you need a public lake access. The township wanted to take the land and tax it, but then figured out that they needed to swap the land so that the access would still exist. 2) Edgewater acres is a condominium, and they don’t have to have public access, but it the property is sold, or redone in a different way, Condo’s to private, etc, they will need to find the access, and currently the owner doesn’t want to. 3) If the land would not have been Condo’s, there would have to have been access and we would not have had to buy the cut off land.

    1. Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Jim Thompson, Russ Hitz, Al Marotz

No Report

    1. Standing/Special Committee Reports

  1. Bar Management: Paul Jacobson

14 bookings for the next year. Has new T-shirts, see Paul if interested in purchasing. Nick has the Buck Board.

  1. Blue Bird Houses: Stan Huftel

No Report

  1. Buildings & Grounds: Scott Seston

No Report

  1. Fall Banquet: Dave Moore

Numbers, 200 attendees, and an overall profit for the banquet was around $25,000.

  1. Fish Cribs: Dave Pechmiller

No Report.

  1. Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong, Dave Moore

It was much more profitable this year.

  1. Hunters Against Hunger: Ron Fry

Springbrook and Breys will be processing for us. Last year Dunn County had 45 deer donated. Chippewa 56,) Buffalo, over 200, Clark County 4, etc. Not sure if it the area, or if it the advertising of it. If dropping off a Deer, please call them ahead so that they know it is coming. Meat goes to the Dunn County Food Pantry, (Stepping Stones)

  1. Hunter Education: Duke Holmberg

No Report

  1. Ice Fishing Contest: Mike Kistner, Les Kuesel

Must have the information, i.e.changes for the poster tonight. Will schedule meetings at November’s general meeting.

  1. Kitchen: Bonnie Hagberg

The kitchen is rented out on Thursday Morning. We get $15 an hour for kitchen rental. Bonnie is serving Fish, Toast and Coleslaw! Very nice meal Bonnie and Curt! Lots of work, but everything but the bread was GONE!

  1. Legislative/Xcel Energy: Mike Benzel

Sand mines, the State will regulate vs the local township. Doc Deer’s meeting have come up. 35 people showed up to the Meeting in Eau Claire. This was one of the larger crowds. There is talked about changing the seasons from Thanksgiving to Christmas time. Please refer to their website: http://dnr.wi.gov/ or our local game wardens if you have questions about that.

  1. Membership: Wayne Wilson

Dues for the coming year can be paid anytime after October 1st. Please pay your dues now.

  1. Pheasant Rearing: Bob Kistner, Scott Seston

They are gone! Next year. Will have a winter work meeting to cut down some trees. We want to build some extra fencing to help with the owl problems that we had this past year.

  1. Policy review Board. Josh Risler, Rich Leventhal

No Report.

  1. Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg

Need a date to finish the Fencing. Need to mainly finish stringing the barbed wire.

  1. Scholarship: Wayne Wilson

Balance is still staying on an uphill trend. Staying over the $50,000 sustainable amount.

  1. Sunshine/Memorials: Martha Stratton and Dave Moore

Gary Buss for a death in the family and his knee replacement. Plant was sent to The Jacobson family for the loss of their Father, Tom Jacobson.

  1. Top Gun Banquet: Len Frank, Pookie Albright, Gary Schwoch

Meeting on November 4, 7 p.m.

  1. Women On Target: April Cowan

No Report

  1. Youth: Jim Cleven, Chad Mogen

Youth Squirrel Hunt. No one signed up. Which was heart breaking, as we received money to host this event. The Youth Learn to Pheasant hunt will now be open to everyone that is able to attend. We need 12 people to attend, and will drop the age to 10 years. The Date is November 9 at 9 a.m. at Whispering Emerald Ridge.

    1. Old Business:

  1. Anonymous Letter: There a letter sent to the club about taking pheasant points as fun money to attend the banquet vs Pheasants. Gary Buss discussed the letter and the history of why this was/is done.

  2. Dock Arrival. Dock is here and we will pay the City the agreed upon price. Our “New Dock” has new tires that were donated by Cenex, (Country Crossroads)

  3. Key Turn – In. If you have a key, and are not supposed to have one, please turn it in.

  4. Other

    1. New Business

  1. American Fisheries Society: See Executive report. It is recommended that we support this project.

  2. Operation Tip-Up (Disabled Ice Fishing Event) –Never have done an event as they normally do one on one arrangements. There will be a meeting on November 13, 6 p.m. to figure out the logistics of this event.

  3. Tent – Voted to purchase a tent for $500.

  4. Pheasant points for Bartending-need to pay people as they can’t do it for pheasant points. Giving pheasants point is not taxed and our bar is a profit center for the club.

  5. DKS needs snowplow personnel. See them if interested.

  6. Card Swipe Machine: Will be purchasing a new machine, need to get 24/7 to wire the building.

  7. Buck Board- New Board. Will be run by Nick Jacobson.

  8. Upstairs Floor~ Upstairs floor will need to replaced within the next two years. It can no longer be sanded, and the buffing isn’t an option as the wear is getting lower than the nails. Martha Stratton was appointed as the committee chair for looking into new flooring.

  9. Scott Sinz thanked the Club for providing the Pheasant Hunt. He had a nice time, Thanks to Bob Kistner, Paul Jacobson, Scott Seston and Dave Moore for providing this.

    1. Calendar Items:

  1. November 4: Top Gun Banquet Meeting 7 p.m.

  2. November 6: Rifle and Pistol Meeting 6 p.m.

  3. November 9: Learn to Pheasant Hunt 9 a.m.

  4. November 13: Veterans Outdoor World, USA, 6 p.m.

  5. November 18: Regular Membership Meeting: 7 p.m.

  6. December 4: Rifle and Pistol Meeting 6 p.m.

  7. December 16: Annual Membership Meeting: 7 p.m.

    1. Drawings

Meat-Tom Koranski

Meat – Len Frank

Meat- Turkey~Ginger Rosseter

Meat- Jim Cleven

Meat-Gary Buss

Meat-Dave Peckmiller

NRA – Pookie Albright

    1. Adjourn ~ Al Finder made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Mike Benzel seconded. Motion carried.