Board of Directors Meeting
March 16, 2021 - 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 7:00 PM. Directors in attendance were, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Bruce ReVoir, Alex Galema, Lisa Welsh, Bob Henkel, Mike Conway and Joe Mazanec. Also attending Wendy Woyczik & Jeff Butler from USFWS.
John welcomed new Board Member Mike Conway & Wendy introduced Jeff Butler the Audubon Forest Ecologist working with the USFWS.
Approve Minutes – 10/13/20 & 11/17/20 – On motion by Jerry, second by Joe, the minutes were approved as written.
Financial Report – Larry presented the financial report for year 2020. Income totaled $21,164.33; expenses totaled $14,172.56. Cash as of 12/31/2020 was $63,551.22. He also presented the report from 1/1/21 to 3/15/21 with income of $1,083.02 and expenses of $776.00. Cash as of 3/15/21 was $63,858.24 which includes $11,486.60 donated for the Refuge Centennial Project. On motion by Bob, second by Joe, the reports were approved.
Officer Nominating Committee & Election – (Members Bruce & Jerry) Bruce moved to nominate Alex as President, John V. as Vice-President, & Larry, Secretary/Treasurer. Jerry offered the second, and the motion was approved. Alex replaced John to chair the remainder of the meeting.
Discuss Reno Bottoms ACOE Project – Wendy provided information on the proposed project and provided maps of the area. She indicated that ideas and input was being welcomed as there are different proposals being offered. The project is moving forward due to the huge number of tree fatalities caused by flooding during the past 4-5 years. Ideas were discussed and a map will be taken to Brent Darling and also Al Wuennecke who are very familiar with the area and comments will be given back to Wendy.
USFWS Information – Wendy has been named Acting District Manager pending the departure of Brandon Jones to a Texas assignment. Recruitment for the position will be starting soon. Wendy indicated that no additional information had been provided on the friend’s groups audit. Some amendments to the Friend’s Agreement will be needed otherwise it appears the FOP9 financial records (Larry’s opinion) will meet requirements.
Hwy 82 Tree Cutting & Kids Fishing Event – Jerry indicated that he and Bruce cut some trees blocking passage and a few more need cutting. He will consult with Wendy with any plans. Jerry indicated that ice fishing with several De Soto school students was very successful. The board had previously approved a payment of $75.00 for busing. On motion by John V., second by Mike, the Board approved the making of 20 tip downs by Jerry for future use. The cost is expected to be between $400 & $500.
Scholarship Up-Dates – Lisa indicated that she had been advised that Kee High had candidates for all 3 scholarship categories. Based on prior experience, it is assumed De Soto High School will have candidates also.
River Clean-Up – The Board indicated the date has been set for April 24, 2021. John provided prior year information and all the contacts data. He will prepare a news release. Lisa will handle Facebook publication & Larry will handle digital notice & website notice. People will be directed to Board members assigned to each of the sites. It was decided that NO LUNCH’s & NO T-SHIRTS will be provided due to not having a gathering due to the pandemic. Calls for dumpsters and other arrangements were assigned to board members. Copies of the Volunteer Agreement will be distributed to Board Members by Larry.
Lansing “No Wake Zone” – The Iowa DNR approved the zone effective 11/11/2020. Plans are underway to place the buoys obtained by Blake. Alex indicated that discussion is occurring in regard to anchors for the buoys. Bob indicated that Mike Verdon had offered to construct 2 signs and Bob will follow-up with him. Bruce will determine what needs to be done to satisfy City of Lansing requirements.
Annual Eagle Nest Survey – Jerry is handling the project and he will be working with 3 teams who will divide the work in future years. He will train the teams on the GPS use and coordination with the USFWS.
2021 Spring Newsletter – John will head up the newsletter production and the Board decided to produce the newsletter after the river clean-up.
2021 Committee Project Assignments – The assignment sheet is attached to these minutes.
NEXT BOARD MEETING – The Board scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
ADJOURN – On motion by Mike, second by Joe, the meeting adjourned at 8:35pm.
Larry Quamme, Secretary