Dunn County Fish & Game

Executive Board Meeting

April 27, 2015

Members Present: Garett Sinz, Russ Hitz, Scott Sinz, Ryan Gondeck, Kellen Cassillius, Gary Schwoch, Dave Pechmiller, Jim Cleven, Curt Hagberg, Dave Frank, Rich Leach, Gary Buss,

Old Business:

  1. Bylaws: Russ Hitz has reviewed them; says they look pretty acceptable.

  2. Policies & Procedures Manual: It was discussed & generally agreed upon that these will be merged with the Bylaws to have a complete list of “who does what” and “how we do things” when it’s completed.

  3. Building Rental: Guidelines continue to be developed. Discussion centered around two ideas:

    1. If an organization is conservation related we’ll probably recommend renting to them at no cost.

    2. If an organization is community related we’ll probably recommend renting to them at ½ cost.

Still under development.

New Business:

  1. Trap Team: The idea of once again having a trap team to represent the DCF&G was discussed. Scott Sinz will bring up the idea at the Alliance meeting on Wednesday to see if other clubs would like to develop our own “league.” More to come.

  2. Hunter Ed. Snacks: Kellen & Duke have the process worked out. It’s a good money maker for the club.

  3. Bridge to Hope: B.T.H folks had a misconception about the amount of DCF&G’s donation regarding facility and bar proceeds according to the original agreement. Scott & Ryan will follow up on it.

  4. Kitchen Supervisor: Bonnie Hagberg has resigned stating it’s a time-consuming job and she’s interested in spending more time with her new grandchild.

  5. Bra Report: A new description of the bar manager has been written to be approved by the club. The Bar Committee will make the recommendation soon. Dave Frank MOVED, Rich Leach 2nd, that the Bar Committee also recommend who to hire as the next bar manager. PASSED

  6. Bar Tender License: Those interested in acquiring a license should take the class on-line and get it the Menomonie City Council for approval before July.

  7. Gilbert Creek: Gary Buss discussed the work meetings held there on April 4th & 11th. He wondered about donating food & refreshments to the workers. Ryan offered to seek donations for the cause.

General Meeting Agenda/Newsletter

April 27, 2015

Garrett (Gizz) Sinz, President (715) 505-0008

  1. Call to Order: Garrett Sinz

  2. Pledge of Allegiance: Garrett

  3. Secretary’s Report: Gary Schwoch: It has been requested that the last months minutes be read at this time so that was accomplished. There was one correction/addition: Scott Sinz reiterated that if a large farming operation drills a well next to a rural home owner, causing his well to go dry, the private party must prove that the large business caused the well to dry up before action can be taken. He added that it’s cheaper to just drill a new well instead of taking the business to court.

  4. Buss Report: They say that with age comes wisdom. That makes Gary Buss one of the smartest people I know. He claims he’s discovered the two most difficult things to deal with as you grow old: The first is that your memory is not as good as it once was. The second is that your memory is not as good as it once was.

  5. Treasurer's Report: Kellen Cassellius: Present Account Balances:

Association: $3,682

Bar: $2,061

Segregated: $1,435

Small Bus.: $1,213

Total: $8,391

  1. Correspondence: Garrett Sinz: 1.The club had received a notice from the health department that our ice machine was leaking. Garret has already fixed it. 2. Bonnie Hagberg sent the club a note that she’ll be retiring from Kitchen Manager, stating that it takes a lot of time and she wants to spend more time with a new grandchild. The club thanked her for her hard work and dedication to the job.

  2. Executive Committee Report: Garrett Sinz: An item discussed was the possibility of forming a trap team for the summer, shooting at either Colfax, Boyceville, or Whispering Emerald Ridge. Scott said he will bring up the idea at the Alliance meeting on Wednesday to see if other clubs in the Alliance would like to form our own league. Other items from the board meeting will be discussed at other times during the regular meeting

  3. DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Carstens, Chad Mogen: Jim reported that there was a last-minute change to the fishing regulations that will affect Dunn County. It basically says, “With the exception of State boundary waters, all inland lakes wholly or partially within, and all river segments within the Ceded Territory have a daily bag limit of THREE walleye. The total statewide limit is FIVE walleye. In the Ceded Territory no more than THREE walleye may be taken from any individual water, but you can fish other waters to fill your total statewide daily bag limit of FIVE. Also, along with the daily bag limit of THREE, the standard length regulation on most waters in the Ceded Territory is:

    1. Only ONE walleye and sauger from 15” to 20” may be kept, except ONE fish kept may be over 24” long.

    2. No fish in the slot size of 20” to 24” may be kept.

    3. Special rules on other lakes up north may exist. The DNR has published a pamphlet outlining these rules. It’s assumed that a person could get these pamphlets at any license outlet.

Jim would be thrilled to discuss these new rules with anyone having other opinions.

  1. Dunn Country Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz: Scott stated he will discuss the trap team idea at this week’s Alliance meeting. He also gave us the date & time of the Disabled Fishing Event. It will be held Friday, June 5th @ 8:00 a.m. If you have a boat to muse that day get it touch with Scott.

  2. Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Mike Gullickson, Russ Hitz, Al Marotz, Jim Thompson, Scott Sinz: Scott reported that Al Marotz was elected to another term as representative for Dunn County. Pearl Holmstead was elected to fill the spot of Jim Thompson whose term was expiring.

Standing/Special Committee Reports

  1. Bar Management/Financial: Ryan Gondeck: The bar took in $2,510 and rental of the facility brought in $951. The next Bar Management meeting will be Wednesday, May 13th @ 6:00. Anyone interested may attend.

  2. Buildings & Grounds: Kellen Cassellius: Kellen said he replaced the bar fan and saved the club $310 for which he was heartily thanked. Garrett said he fixed the women’s bathroom toilet saving us a bunch of money for which the club said, “Yeah, whatever.”

  3. Dunn County Fair: Bonnie Hagberg (food); Kellen Cassellius (beer): Dunn Co. Fair dates this year are July 22 – 26. Keep them open.

  4. Fall Banquet: Scott Sinz: Next meeting: May 13th @ 7:00.

  5. Fish Cribs: Dave Pechmiller: No news.

  6. Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong: Upcoming John Harmon Chicken Dinner will be: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27. Next meeting will be held after the Fall Banquet meeting which will be May 13th @ 7:00 which will be held after the bar meeting at 6:00.

  7. Hunters Against Hunger: Ron Fry: No news.

  8. Hunter Education: Duke Holmberg, Roger Herman: Duke reported the Spring class has started with 33 students

  9. Ice Fishing Contest: Les Kuesel: No news

  10. Kitchen: Bonnie Hagberg: Bonnie is retiring as noted above. It was discussed and decided that meals for monthly meetings will be served by members via a sign-up sheet. It looks like we have the next three months covered.

  11. Membership: Kellen Cassellius: The new membership poster is being printed by Bill’s Distributing & should be here next meeting.

  12. Pheasant Rearing: Curt Hagberg: Pheasants coming May 15th. Feed coming tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. Be here to help unload if you can.

  13. Policy Review Board. Rich Levanthal: No report.

  14. Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg, Dave I-Got-A-Gun-Like-That Kraft: Duke noted that Range Clean-Up Day is May 2nd @ 8:00.

  15. Scholarship: Gary Buss: Gary reported that an outstanding student has been selected this year. The student’s name will be confidential until Garrett announces it at the school’s awards night ceremony coming up next month.

  16. Social Club/ Fun Night: Duke Holmberg, Scott Sinz: Next Get-Together May 11th @ 5:00 Happy Hour; Eat at 6:00, Foolishness til whenever. Bring spouses or girlfriends, preferably both, so we don’t just have to look at each other.

  17. Sunshine: Garrett Sinz: No news

  18. Top Gun: Len Frank, Gary Schwoch: No news

  19. Veterans Ice Fishing Contest (V.O.W.): Bill Schutts: No news

  20. Women On Target: April Cowan: No news

  21. Youth: Jim Cleven, Chad Mogen: Jim reported the DCF&G Youth Fishing Event at Bullfrog Fish Farm will be June 18th @ 5:00 to 7:30 for kids 14 years old and younger. A planning meeting will be May 4th @ 6:00.

Old Business:

Bylaws: Russ Hits has been reviewing them. They’ll be integrated with the new Policies & Procedures document.

Policies & Procedures: Garrett reported that job descriptions & responsibilities for each member of the Executive Board are being revised & developed. The plan is to make these readily available to anyone who wants/needs one.

Whitetails Unlimited: Kellen Cassellius: Still waiting on W.U. Corporate to find out how we did financially on the banquet.

New Business:

Trap Team: Discussed above.

Hunter Ed. Snacks: Kellen & Duke worked out a plan to have snacks available for the Hunters Ed. Students during break time. (good money maker)

Next Month’s Meeting: Moved by Mike Benzel, 2nd by Curt Hagberg, to move next month’s meeting date to May 18th because of the conflict with Memorial Day. PASSED

Gilbert Creek: Gary Buss, Gilbert Creek Foreman, said there will probably be work meetings in July.

Insurance: Brent Shuler reported our property is insured for $437,000. Items such as our lawn tractor qualify as personal property and are insured as well.

Prize Winners: Mike Benzel, Dave Frank, Garrett Sinz, Dave Kraft, Jim Cleven. There is a rule that you must be present to win. Jim being in the bathroom when his number was drawn could disqualify him on a technicality.

Calendar Items:

April 28: Unload Pheasant feed @ 7:00 a.m.

May 2: Range Clean-Up Day @ 8:00

May 4: Youth Committee mtg. Bullfrog Fish Farm Event @ 6:00

May 13: Bar meeting @ 6:00

May 13: Fall Banquet meeting @ 7:00

May 13: Harmon Chicken Supper meeting: After Fall Banquet meeting

May 15: Pheasants arriving

June 5: Disabled Fishing Event @ 8:00 a.m.

If there are new items that come up or things I missed please get in touch with me at: gschwoch@charter.net or (715) 235-1832 & I’ll try revise it or get the word out.

Adjourn: Motion made by Mike Benzel to adjourn, Curt Hagberg 2nd: PASSED

Don’t forget Theodore:

It is not the critic who counts;

Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,

Or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.