October 13, 2020 - 7:00PM
Driftless Education & Visitor Center
The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President John V. called the meeting to order at 7:20 PM. Directors in attendance were, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Darus Spingler, Bruce ReVoir, Alex Galema, Blake Schoh, Sue English and Lisa Welsh.
Approve Minutes – 03/09/20 – On motion by Jerry, second by Sue, the minutes were approved as written.
Financial Report – Larry presented the financial report from 1/1/2020 to 10/08/2020. Income totaled $13,567.25; expenses totaled $7,500.36. Cash as of 10/08/2020 was $62,626.34. On motion by Bruce, second by Darus, the report was approved as presented.
USFWS Information – Larry expanded on the news that the Inspector General completed an audit of the FWS and their relationship with the Friends Groups across the country. The audit was critical of the FWS over sight of the Friends groups and in particular their expenditure of funds. The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) responded with a letter that the audit failed to recognize a number of factors and friends group funding raised on and/or off the refuge lands. The NWRA is crafting a more complete response with friends’ groups will have the opportunity to sign onto. More information will be coming out on the matter.
2020 Raffle – Almost all of the 1,000 raffle tickets have been sold. Jerry indicated that he had some new sellers that did great work selling the tickets. All tickets will be sold soon. As of 10/13/20 $5,200 in sales have been turned in. Raffle Drawing – The drawing will be held at the Driftless Center on October 29, 2020 at 4pm. Some Board Members will be present and Lisa will record the drawing for the FaceBook page.
Board Member Election – The nominations committee (Sue, Darus, and Marty Halverson) submitted candidates Jerry Boardman, Bruce ReVoir, John Verdon, Kevin Quillin, and Blake Schoh for re-election, Bob Seeley declined to run again. Two new candidates Christa Hall and Mike Conway were also nominated. Therefore 7 candidates will be running for 6 openings. The board considered several options being that the usual election is held at the annual meeting which was cancelled. After discussion Jerry moved, Lisa made the second, that a “Ballot Post Card” be mailed to all members. Members will be asked to vote for 6 and mail the ballot back to our PO Box. Candidates will be offered an opportunity to submit information to the FOP9 FaceBook page and the ballot will mention same. The candidates receiving the most votes for 6 positions will be appointed. The motion carried.
Nominations Committee for Board Officers – The Bylaws state that the President nominate 2 current board members be appointed by the President and be approved by the board. The committee will submit officer candidates by the end of the year. John appointed Bruce and Jerry and on motion by Larry, second by, Darus, approval was given. The Board will use email to elect the officers for 2021.
Consider Year-End Clothing sale – Lisa and Sue will handle an “Inventory Reduction sale”. Sue requested approval to place an ad in the paper for $40.00. The FaceBook will be the medium used to list the inventory, pricing, and order instructions. They will handle delivery of orders by mail or in person when possible, Lisa moved approval and on second by Bruce, the motion was approved.
Lansing “No Wake Zone” – Blake indicated that the Iowa DNR approved the zone effective 11/11/2020. Plans will commence to place the buoys in the spring of 2021 and sign options/approvals will be on going over the winter months. Blake has purchased the buoys and will submit an invoice to the FOP9 for reimbursement. Chains, anchors and signs will need to be purchased. On motion by John, second by Alex, the motion was approved.
2021 Plans & Events – Following the officer’s elections, the President will lay out plans and appoint committee chairs for board consideration either by meeting or by email.
Gift Card Purchases – The board had approved board members purchasing gift cards from area business people to support them during the corona virus pandemic and as a fund raiser at the annual meeting. Some members purchased cards some have not. The matter was tabled for discussion at a future meeting.
Other – John read a letter, which was passed on by the IDNR, thanking us for helping to make the handicap dock to be installed at the Village Creek Landing. An article will be developed for inclusion in the next newsletter.
ADJOURN – On motion by Lisa, second by Blake. the meeting adjourned at 8:55pm.
Larry Quamme, Secretary