September 2019 Board Minutes

Wisconsin Clear Water Chapter of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Time and Date: 6:30 PM, Sept 10, 2019 Location: Weld Riley Law Office, Eau Claire WI Attendees: Dick Duplessie Jim Erickson Damian Budzinski Dale Dahlke Bil Heth Todd Mau Matt Wysocki Steve Gausman Discussion Items 1. Hay Creek update. Matt and Dick briefed the BOD on Hay Creek progress in detail. 196.25 volunteer man hours were expended over three days, 2 days for brush removal and 1 day for mulching. Total cost of the project (not including labor) was $82,227.37 which comes to $30.00 per foot. Dick commented he is waiting on a metal project sign. Dick also stated the Embrace a Stream grant has not been closed and graciously offered to follow through with the close-out procedure, even though he will be out of office. 2. Trout in the Classroom. Dale Dahlke updated the BOD on the Whitehall school aquarium project in detail regarding procuring of project supplies and installation. Dale reported that Whitehall teacher Melinda Copland was extremely happy with the project. Dale offered that he upgraded an incorrectly sized pump as well as ordered the chiller units (chillers larger than past aquarium projects with better warranties). Dale anticipates a project cost of approximately $2,200. Jim Erickson will reimburse Dale on personal expenses. 3. Treasurer update. Dick updated the BOD that Dave Zoellick has expressed a desire to step down as chapter treasurer. Bill Heth volunteered a name, will inquire with the individual, and report back to the BOD in October. 4. Chapter meeting schedule for the upcoming year. Jim briefed the BOD on the following dates and topics: Oct. Eric Rykal from Modicum Brewing Company will discuss the brewing process of the critical importance of clean water. As a side note, Modicum graciously allows our Chapter meetings to be held in the Brewery’s back room. Nov. Gabe from Dry Fly’s to discuss how to repair waders. Dec. Jeff True will discuss steelhead opportunities around Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. Jan. WI DNR biologists update on local streams. Feb. Annual speed fly tying March. Banquet April. Jim is looking for a trout guide to speak. Other topics included the need to secure da BOD meeting site for the coming year. BOD meetings will continue to be held on Tuesday prior to Chapter meetings. New Business 1. TU Dare. There will be a bus tour of three TU sites on Oct 16. Folks interested in attending should contact Duke Welter. The bus will depart from Hudson. Jim mentioned that there may be a tag along car if the bus fills up. 2. Banquet. There was much discussion on the format of the banquet; whether to continue our past banquet traditions, or perhaps explore a non-fund raising gala with an interesting speaker to hopefully draw in a larger tent of people. Jim Erickson reported the chapter currently has 300 plus members. Folks attending last year’s banquet numbered 62, and annual revenues continue to drop. Fund raising options were discussed including online auctions, swap meets, time and place of silent auctions. No action was taken. Additional discussion is anticipated in Oct. 3. Additional new item. Dale will attend a invasive species workshop. TU Headwaters Program solicited funds from the Chapter. After discussion, a motion made by Steve Gausman to decline was seconded by Jim. Motion passed unanimously. Jim briefed the BOD on Chapter interns from UWEC. Jim will put the information on our web site. Board Elections. Steve Gausman nominated Dahlke to a new three year term and Dick Duplessie to fill Al Noll’s remain one year term as he steps down as Chapter President. Motion was seconded by Bill Heth, Motion passed unanimously. Officer Elections. Matt nominated Jim Erickson to serve as Chapter President, Motion seconded by Steve. Motion passed unanimously Steve nominated Bill Heth to serve as Vice President. Motion seconded by Dale, Motion passed unanimously. Dale nominated Tom Sather to serve as Chapter Secretary. Motion was seconded by Jim. Motion passed unanimously. The foregoing constitutes the Acting Secretary’s understanding of matters discussed and decisions reached. Any discrepancies are encouraged to be brought to attention of the DOD. Signatures Steve Gausman Acting Secretary Dick DuPlessie President
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