Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.

Executive Board Meeting/Newsletter

January 25, 2016

Members Present:

Kellen Cassellius, Jim Cleven, Dave Frank, Ryan Gondeck, Curt Hagberg, Rich Leach, Dave Pechmiller, Brent Schuler, Gary Schwoch, Garret Sinz, Scott Sinz

Old Business:

  1. Whitetail Unlimited Banquet – Eau Claire: Kellen Cassellius: DCF&G had 11 workers; Menomonie Rifle & Pistol Club had 6 workers. Two door prize guns were received: Savage .

    22 l.r. & Mossberg .22 l.r. Kellen moved, Gary Schwoch 2nd, to give the Rifle & pistol Club the Savage and the DCF&G the Mossberg. Additionally, when the profits are received they will be divided by giving 6/17 to the Rifle & Pistol Club and 11/17 to the DCF&G. Passed.

  2. DGF&G Whitetails Unlimited will be March 18th.

New Business:

  1. Chuck & Clare Harmston made a presentation to the board about catering the Top Gun Banquet. They also discussed the possibility of catering a special meal at the Fish & Game once a month as a fund raiser.

  2. Kitchen left with dishwasher full of food, dirty stove. Board decided to post S.O.P's by stove , dishwasher, & walk-in cooler and train custodian to clean them. Board consensus was to recommend this idea to the club and establish a committee to oversee this idea.

  3. Downsville Sportsman's Club donation: DSC had donated $250 to our fall banquet and were wondering if the club would donate $250 to their ice fishing contest. Our latest policy in this regard had been developed to stop the back and forth of these donations, which was basically a wash, to make it easier for our treasurer and for budgeting purposes. But since they had donated earlier in the year, Kellen motioned, Rich Leach 2nd, to send the DSC a check for $250 with a note reminding them that we would prefer not to do this swapping of checks in the future. Passed.

  4. NAIFC Ice Fishing Contest will be held on Lake Menomin with the Fish & Game as its headquarters on March 4, 5, & 6.

  5. Lee Auction will be held at the Fish & Game on January 30.

  6. Deer Deer Management meeting held here on March 24.

  7. Alliance is taking bids on jack pine removal at Dobbs Landing.

  8. Dobbs Landing road closures still under discussion.

  9. Pheasant Project: Garrett Sinz brought up the idea of another club, possibly Pheasants Forever, helping raise or contribute funds to our pheasant project. Garrett motioned, Rich Leach 2nd the idea of Garrett discussing this with Pheasants Forever. Passed.

  10. Upstairs Upstairs: Rich informed the club of wedding receptions the club has lost because our chairs are in poor shape and the colors don't match. Action tabled.

  11. Scholarship: Gary Buss reminded the board that only 3 people can request information from Edward Jones about our fund: Scholarship Chair, President, & Treasurer.

  12. New Membership Chairman: Garrett Sinz

  13. CVTC Career Day for Game Wardens: February 5th @ 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

  14. Discussion: Should 2 people sign our checks? Who 2nd person be? Tabled.

Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.


Scott Sinz, President


January 25, 2016

Call to Order: Scott Sinz

Pledge of Allegiance: Scott Sinz [Note: Russ Hitz was scheduled to be our president for 2016 and Scott was to be president next year. Russ has recently had some serious health issues and asked Scott if he would mind trading years with him. Scott agreed.]

Secretary's Report: Gary Schwoch: Last month's newsletter was read. Motion to accept by Les Kuesel, 2nd by Randy Dahms: Passed

Treasurer's Report: Kellen Cassellius:

Money Market Acct: 727

Checking Account: 5,939

Association Acct: 19,099

Bar Account: 8,529

Total: 34,295

Correspondence: Scott Sinz: 1,We received a Thank You note from Brittney Halvorson thanking the DCF&G for selecting her as a scholarship recipient four years ago. She graduated this past December with a degree in Biology Education. 2. We received a check in the amount of $100 from James Jensen for our work in trout stream rehabilitation in memory of his grandfather, William Siefert, who he says was one of the founding members the the DCF&G.

Executive Committee Report: Scott Sinz: See Board Newsletter

DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Carstens, Chad Mogen: No Report (See Sunshine Committee)

Dunn County Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz: Scott reported 1.The Tainter Lake Ice Fishing Contest will be February 27th; please help sell tickets. 2.The Prairie Enthusiasts (an Alliance member) recently received a federal grant for approximately $10,000 to help with restoration of monarch butterfly habitat at Dobbs Landing. This is a matching funds grant that will receive funding from logging jack pine on site, associated aids, and hours worked by volunteers.

Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Russ Hitz, Scott Sinz: No Report

Standing/Special Committee Reports

a. Buss Report: Gary has started wearing a necklace because he says he wants to know when he's upside down.

a. Bar Management: Ryan Gondeck: Ryan reported that at a recent wedding reception of 80 guests netted an income for the club of $4,000. This would have been unheard of in past years.

b. Buildings & Grounds: Ryan Gondeck, Scott Sinz: Scott & Kellen reported that the new LED lights are saving the club money. Last month's light bill was $580 compared to an average month of $950 - $1100. Item 2: The identity of one of the kitchen gas range srcubbers that worked his you-know-what off last month was missed (I knew I would do that). Al Finders worked harder that most of us (at least harder than me) and deserves a big thank you for helping. Sorry I missed him in last month's thank you's. Item 3: Thermostats issues are still being worked on.

    1. Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong: No Report

d. Hunter Ed: Duke Holmberg: Starts March 22nd

d. Ice Fishing Contest: [FEBUARY 13th] Less Kuesel: Meetings: Feb. 1,8, & 12; all @ 6:00. Get your raffle tickets from Brent Schuler

e. Kitchen: See Board Newsletter

f. Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg, Dave I-G-G-L-T Kraft: No Report


g. Scholarship: Gary Buss: Scholarship Fund now at $37,065. Gary will be meeting with the committee to discuss ways to make the scholarship self-supporting.

h. Hunters Against Hunger: Ron Fry, Joel Radke: Joel reported they picked up 1,007 pounds of venison for the food pantry.

i. Social Night: Duke Holmberg, Scott Sinz: February 8, 2016

j. Sunshine: Garrett Sinz: 1.One-time member Ralph Stark recently passed away. The club will send flowers. 2. Jim Cleven was recently hospitalized a few short hours after eating Scott Sinz's Nuclear Bean Surprise Colon Cleanse at our last meeting. He claims he had his gall bladder removed and he's feeling much better. That should put an end to the rumor that he was having a hysterectomy.

s. Top Gun: [JANUARY 28th]Len Frank, Gary Schwoch: Meeting: Jan. 27th @ 4:30

Old Business:

      1. Explorer Post: Careers in Conservation: Jim Thompson 1st Meeting Feb. 17th @ 6:00

      2. Whitetails Unlimited Banquet – Eau Claire Kellen reported we had 17 workers attending which netted one door prize gun each for the DCF&G and the Rifle & Pistol Club. The earnings will be divided up between the clubs according to how many workers each club had, once we find out how much our share of the profit was.

New Business:

      1. Pop Machine at Wakanda Landing: Scott & Randy will check to see how much it's being used & if we should discontinue it for the winter months.

      2. Trap Shooting Team for DCF&G: Gary & Garrett will check into trap shooting leagues in the area and get back to the club next time with details.

Calendar Items:

January 27: Top Gun Meeting @ 4:30

January 28: Top Gun Banquet Workers @ 4:00; eat at 4:30; Banquet at 5:30

February 1, 8, 12: Ice Fishing Contest Meetings @ 6:00

February 13: DCF&G Ice Fishing Contest

February 17: Explorer Post Meeting @ 6:00

February 27: Tainter Lake Ice Fishing Contest

March 18: Whitetails Unlimited Banquet at DCF&G

March 31: NRA Banquet – Eau Claire; If you own a gun you should go.

Drawing Winners: Duey Naatz, Randy Dahms, Jim Thompson (At this point my mind began to wonder. I know 2 more meat bags were won by two more people but I haven't the foggiest idea who they were. If it bothers you call our President; he'll get right on it.)

Adjourn: Moved by Duke Holmberg, 2nd by Rod Finder. Passed