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Jun 21, 2021
In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
May 11, 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 Alex called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Directors in attendance were, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Bruce ReVoir, Alex Galema, Bob Henkel, Joe Mazanec, Darrin Thran, Sue English, and Kevin Quillin. Also attending Wendy Woyczik from USFWS. Approve Minutes – 03/16/21 – On motion by John, second by Joe, the minutes were approved as written. Financial Report – Larry indicated that the FOP9 laptop experienced a hard disk crash but all information was restored from backups. Two bills had been paid, $390.32 to the Village Farm and Home for gloves & bags used in the river clean-up and $132.50 to Siebring Enterprise for the disk replacement. Eric donated hours that his employee spent recovering the data and programs. Correspondence – A letter of appreciation and thank you was received from the De Soto Schools for the scholarship funding. A support document was sent to the Wisconsin legislature supporting the bill to allow people to cross railroad tracks for recreational purposes. Scholarship Report – Bruce indicated that two 4-year scholarships had been awarded at Kee High School but COVID issues at the school, prevented him from attending. Mandi Boardman presented the 5 scholarships at the De Soto High School. John will obtain the names and photos for the newsletter. Printing Contractor – John reported that the Jackson Street Press had been sold to Rapid Printers on 1/1/21. He indicated that he had been in contact with Brad Schwickerath, President of the company who indicated they would print the newsletter but the charity discount would be lowered. On motion by John, second by Bob, the Board approved using the new company. USFWS Information – - Reno Bottoms Project – Wendy stated that the Corps had been on site and had been given the information solicited from the FOP9 members. The project is in the very early stages of developing plans towards saving trees dying from high water. - Pool 8 Carp Removal – Wendy indicated that 34 silver carp had been caught and samples of other fish noted good volumes. - Audit - Wendy indicated that the final rules on the Friend’s Group data reporting was nearing final approval. - District Manager – Applications had closed and interviews were in process to replace Brandon Jones. No Wake Zone – Alex reported that anchors had been completed and sign designs were set. An application for a permit to place the signs at both ends was being completed and submitted to the City of Lansing for council action. Some comments of concern had bee received by board members and it was pointed out that only 300 feet from the shoreline was designated as the no wake zone. A question of FOP9 ownership of the buoys and being hit and boat damage was discussed. Larry pointed out that the FOP9 liability insurance company was aware of the project. 2021 Annual Meeting – The Board favors proceeding with plans for the meeting. The by-laws set the meeting for the 4th weekend in September which is the 25th this year. The board committee is Larry, Mike, Sue, John V. and Jerry. The board will sponsor a raffle with 1,500 tickets (prizes 2 - $500, 1 - $300 1- $200) River Clean-Up – About 100 people participated this year and 12,160 pounds of debris was placed in the dumpsters. No issues were reported. Great River Road House 50/50 Donation – The board had approved the program offered by Josh Petzel that a pizza of the month was being offered for the month of May and 50% of the sales would be shared with the FOP9. Other Items – - 2021 Spring Newsletter – John will head up the newsletter production and will be produced in June. - Fish Days – Lansing Fish days are planned for August 13,14,15. John will contact Iowa DNR for the fish trailer exhibit and Sue will arrange for volunteers to sell clothing. Board member help will be needed for setting up the stand. FOP9 activities are only planned for the 14th. - Porta Potties – Potties were delivered on May 1 at Lynxville, De Soto, Winneshiek, Big Slough and Army Road. Larry will set up the donation box at Big Slough. NEXT BOARD MEETING – The Board scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, July 13 2021. ADJOURN – On motion by Bob, second by Kevin, the meeting adjourned at 8:20pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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Apr 01, 2021
In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
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
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Oct 21, 2020
In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
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
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Oct 01, 2020
In Mississippi River News
“Every single person — no matter where they live, what they look like or how much money they make — should have access to clean water and a healthy river. It is a human right.” — Bob Irvin, President, and CEO of American Rivers
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Oct 01, 2020
In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
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, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, John Mitchell, John Verdon, Darus Spingler, Bruce ReVoir, Kevin Quillin, Alex Galema and Blake Schoh. Also attending Brandon Jones and Dean Peterson. Approve Minutes – 12/03/19 – On motion by Bob H. second by Darus, the minutes were approved as written. Financial Report – Larry presented the final 2019 financial report from 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019. Income totaled $35,983.98, expenses totaled $35,455.35. Cash as of 12/31/2019 was 56,559.45. A second report for 01/01/2020 to 03/06/2020 was also presented with income of $1,962.70 and expenses of $2,459.37. Cash on 3/9/20 was $56,062.78. On motion by Jerry, second by Kevin, both reports were approved as presented. Correspondence – Larry noted a letter from WI Senator Jen Schilling indicating that she was introducing a bill in the next session allowing a person to walk directly across the tracks or railroad right-of-way to gain access to public lands in Wisconsin. Second a communication was received regarding the multimedia gallery the FOP9 supported financially at the Genoa Fish Hatchery. During a 53 day period last fall 806 visitors used the machine and a programming change had occurred giving the donors much more attraction to the users. Also, notes of appreciation for the FOP9 efforts were shared from the NWRA and the District people at the FWS in Minneapolis. USFWS Information -Brandon provided an up-date on the several projects occurring in the district indicating that Conway Lake work would begin this year. He noted other projects are in the planning stages. He indicated that the dredging of the Cold Springs Landing on the Northside was awaiting the WDNR habitat study. He indicated that maintenance of current trees was approved and he or Wendy needed to be advised of activities. He also discussed his role as acting Region Hunting & Fishing Chief and task force meetings with David Bernhart, Secretary of the Department of Interior. He is one of 8 FWS people on the task force exploring many activities. He ended by stating that a long awaited appropriation of funding impacting the refuges is expected to occur this year. Refuge Anniversary Project Up-Date – Ric reported on a meeting with Sabrina Chandler, Reggie McLeod, and Hallie Rasmussen as well as Larry Quamme on March 5, 2020. Sabrina is very supportive and will commit resources to the 2024 event to the extent permitted by Federal agencies. Reggie floated an idea of his BIG RIVER magazine doing a major special edition in 2024 dedicated to the refuge anniversary. Ric indicated many ideas were shared and also indicated that one of the other friends groups in the refuge (Stewards of the Upper Miss River Refuge) were interested in the project. The group, with Sabrina, will meet again in May to continue planning. It was noted that $11,850 is being held in the FOP9 treasury and there is another $5,000 pledge. Committees – President John announced the following Committee assignments Scholarships – Bruce, Sue & Darus Newsletter – John V. (help from others for articles) Beach Cleaning – Kevin & Blake River Clean-Up – Bob H., Jerry, Alex & Bob S. MRAD – Lisa, Mandi, & Andrea Fish Days – Bob S. & Sue Annual Meeting – Larry, Blake & Sue Island Tree Maintenance – Jerry & Alex No Wake Zone – Blake By-Laws Review – Larry & John M. Fish Line Collection - Jerry Lansing No Wake Zone – Blake provided a package of material providing information on the petition to create a no wake zone from 800 feet North of RMM 662.2 North to the Lansing City Marina Dike. A petition has been prepared noting approval from adjoining land owners, the City of Lansing City Council and Jared Landt, DNR Conservation officer. The no wake zone would involve 300 feet out from the Lansing shoreline. The FOP9 would purchase 5 Marker Buoys with a cost of under $2,000. Also the FOP9 would pay and erect signs on both ends of the zone, costs to be determined. On approval, the petition would be forwarded to the IDNR and action is expected at an April, 2020 meeting. On motion by Blake, second by John M., the FOP9 approved forwarding the petition to the IDNR. Follow-up on signs and other matters will commence as well. River Clean-Up Day – The Board set the date for the clean-up to occur on APRIL 18, 2020. The committee will meet and start planning. Eagle Day – Ferryville – Larry presented a report on the event noting that largest attendance in 12 years was enjoyed with over 500 people participating. The Ferryville Tourism Council (FTC) extended their thanks for the FOP9 co-sponsorship and financial support of $750.00. The total cost of the event was $2,565. Larry indicated that $1,065 for FOP9 donations ($265) and clothing sales ($800) was deposited to the treasury. The FTC also thanked all the FOP9 volunteers that helped and assisted at the event. Other – Blake indicated that spring boating and outdoor activity shows were coming. He would have booths and could have FOP9 brochures & canoe route information. He was also wondering if the FOP9 might offer to have someone do a presentation on the canoeing and the routes. A suggestion was made to contact Ross at the Driftless Center. He will follow-up. Next Meeting set for TUESDAY, APRIL7, 2020 at 7:00pm at the Driftless Center. ADJOURN – On motion by Bob H, second by Alex. the meeting adjourned at 8:45pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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Oct 01, 2020
In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
May 6, 2019 - 7:00PM Driftless Education & Visitor Center The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. Acting President Sue called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM. Directors in attendance were, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, Sue English, John Mitchell, Joe Mazanec, John Verdon, Lisa Welsh, and Bob Seeley. Also attending Ric Zarwell, Blake Schoh, and Alex Galema. Driftless Donation – Jarrod Olson brought the kayaks, which the FOP9 provided a $5,000 donation towards purchase, to the parking lot and a group photo was taken. Jarrod thanked the directors for our participation and talked about a large group of students that already used them. Donation Request – Elynn Russell-Miller, a sophomore student at De Soto High School, and her mother, were present and discussed their fund raising efforts to support her attendance at a youth summit on the Environment in Washington, D.C. Merranda Boardman, the De Soto High School Biology teacher, had also sent a letter of recommendation to the FOP9 Board. After discussion, John V. moved to provide $750 towards her needed funding to attend the summit and to provide her with a FOP9 T-shirt. On second by Jerry, the motion was approved. Approve Minutes – 03/11/19 – On motion by John, second by Lisa, the minutes were approved. Financial Report – Larry presented the April 28, 2019 report. Income year to date is $2,213.00 and expenses $15,123.00. He noted the generous gift from Dairyland Power for $1,000. The bank balance as of that date is $43,120.82. On motion by Jerry, second by John M. the report was approved. USACOE Mississippi River Master Plan – The news release was discussed and the members feel that FOP9 as well as area people such as the Mayors and Village Presidents need to be made aware of the information and urged to provide input. It appears that the public meeting(s) have not been scheduled and Joe will watch for that to be announced and will keep the board informed. Scholarship Project Report – Bruce and Jerry were at the De Soto scholarship awards day on May 5th where scholarships were given to; civic volunteering – Jake Sikora, college – Taylor Olson, and technical school – Leah Meyer. Kee High School reported that no students applied for any of the 3 scholarships we offered. Discussion is needed on requirements at a future board meeting. River Clean-Up – The uncertainty of the river levels prevents scheduling the clean-up date. Jerry discussed the need to recover the many plastic barrels in Reno Bottoms. Dates were discussed but due to scheduling conflicts and the projected drop of the water level, it may have to be delayed until next year. The general clean-up will be reviewed at the June board meeting. Genoa Fish Hatchery Donation Project – Doug Aloisi was unable to attend for the donation presentation. He will be available to discuss the Multimedia Gallery and the presentation at a future board meeting. Elect Board President – Sue affirmed her information from the last board meeting that she could not continue as president but would continue as Vice President. She asked for nominations and then indicated that John V. had indicated he would consider finishing out the 2019 year. On motion by Jerry, second by Lisa, John V. was elected President to fill out the unexpired term to 12/31/2019. Appoint Project Leader/Members to Committees – Beach Cleaning – Blake Schoh, Bob H. Bob S., Mark Schneden, Larry, and Jerry. Brandon (USFWS) is open to clean-up of beaches and spraying of noxious weeds. Fire Rings – Kevin Quillin & Mike A’Hearn Fish Days – Bob S., Sue, Clothing Sales. Doug Aloisi will be contacted for clam display & Bob. S. will contact IDNR for fish trailer display. Winneshiek Days – De Soto – information is that it will not be held this year. MRAD – Lisa will chair and looking at 9/11/2019. She will be reviewing the program ideas. Annual Meeting – Scheduled for September 28th. (By-laws set it for 4th Saturday in September) in New Albin. Need a Chair Person. Eagle Nest Project – Jerry and Ric Zarwell and other volunteers conducted the survey. They located a total of 213 nests in Pool 9 with 161 active nests and 52 inactive. The FOP9 purchased a chip for Jerry and he mapped all nest locations. He is working with the FWS on the GPS project. FOP9 Projects – The “Fish Line” holders at boat landings with the donation from the Eastman Bible Camp Kids is in progress with Jerry and Joe working on it. Sue mentioned possible other project ideas that she had seen in Florida on a recent trip. USFWS – Larry reported on a discussion he had with the retiring director of the National Friends Academy and passed out some information regarding the Congressional Act that created Friend’s groups and the purposes. Board discussion occurred and the feelings are that the FOP9 has done quite well meeting the mission requirements and supporting the efforts of many projects in the refuge. Beach Sand – Larry shared written information from a meeting with Brandon noting that he has secured permits to complete “beach sand enrichment” on the beach at mile 664.3 on the Iowa side only. The WDNR is not open to any proposal. Joe volunteered to make contact with the USACOE regarding sand availability. Cold Springs Landing - Brandon has agreement with the USACOE to meet and discuss possible alternatives and the FOP9 will be invited. Information Release – A memo from Brandon was shared noting that the FOP9 is free to collect and survey eagle data but release of the information to others requires approval of the FWS (Brandon) for information from the national refuge and for protected species. IDOT Meeting – Blackhawk Bridge – Bryan Bradley made contact with the FOP9 wanting to come to a meeting to get information from our eagle survey. John V. will contact him as he needs to get the information from Brandon. 2019 Boat Landing Potties – We will be placing potties at the Big Slough, Winneshiek, De Soto (cost share) and Lynxville (cost share) landings. Hackett quoted $90 per month, no raise from last year. On motion by John V, second by Lisa, the quotes were approved. Clothing Donation – John M. reported that a large (100 plus people) are involved in a golf day and thought some “hole prizes” would be great advertising for FOP9. On motion by Jerry, second by Sue, T-shirts and hats were approved and will be provided. Next Meeting – The next meeting was set for June 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Driftless Center. During the meeting discussion occurred about the need to involve younger people to be active and consider board of director membership. The June meeting will provide some treats and refreshments and every current member is requested to invite someone to come to the meeting. Bob H., Bob S., Sue, Jerry and John V. volunteered to setup the meeting and obtain the needed items. ADJOURN – On motion by Bob S., second by Joe, the meeting adjourned at 8:55pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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Oct 01, 2020
In FOP News & Events
Since an annual meeting is required by their By-Laws, Friends of Pool 9 members gathered at the New Albin Community Center on Saturday, September 22. The 159 attendees were treated to a dinner of beef brisket and chicken prepared by Milty's Restaurant in Lansing; salads, veggies, and dessert completed the meal. Members arrived early for the camaraderie of the social hour, as they reminisced the years activities and events. Two rooms were rimmed with Silent Auction items, ranging from tasty foods to tackle boxes with lures and other outdoor items, as well as trips and wine packages that teased the pocketbook of everyone. Photo (1st one) caption should read: Bidders add their price and name to the bid sheets as they visit with friends during the Silent Auction during the FOP9 annual meeting, September 22, 2018. During the Business Meeting Secretary/Treasurer Quamme reported that the Friends of Pool 9 account on August 31, 2018 shows Total Income of $38,369 for the year and Total Expenses of $23,644 for the year; leaving a Checking/Savings balance of $46,622.28. Five Board members were re-elected at the meeting and the following have agreed to serve for the next three years to 2021: Sue English, Joe Mazenec, Larry Quamme, Lisa Welsh, Al Wuennecke. The FOP9 raffle was also a great success and the winning ticket for the $500 cash prize went to Deedee Drew, the $300 ticket to Al Wuennecke, and the $200 was won by Avani and Anya Quamme. Don Larsen was a winner in the FOP9 Photo Contest, as was Ron Moore President Natalie Baugher announced Emil Bronecki as the Friends of Pool 9 Volunteer of the Year (not in attendance) for his volunteerism. He has been active on the clean-ups, working at Genoa on the clam cages and the sturgeon tagging, as well as the special beach projects. John Verdon also gave a "special courage" Volunteer of the Year Award to Anne Gallagher (also not in attendance) for her service and commitment. She has been active on special projects at Genoa and became known as "Anne the riveter" while working on clam cages. She has been struggling with an illness but still finds time and energy to help FOP9. John also recognized her effort with the 100 Hour Volunteer pin. Wendy Woyczik Assistant Manager US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mc Gregor District gave Volunteer Hour pins to members that had achieved certain levels. 100 Hour to Emil Bronecki, Karen Hutson, Don Lathrop, Deb Masek; 250 Hour to Sue English, Russ Hagen, George Olson; 1000 Hour to Jerry Boardman and 2000 Hour to Ric Zarwell. Photo #2 caption should read: The following were in attendance at the meeting and received their pins: L. to R. Don Lathrop (100), Sue English (250), Jerry Boardman (1,000), Ric Zarwell (2,000), Wendy Woyczik US FWS. Some of the Live Auction items drew particular interest including a rifle from the Civil War era, a metal name plate of the FOP9 logo, a hand-sewed quilt made from FOP9 colorful t-shirts, and special taffy and pretzel treats. Larry Quamme was the auctioneer and did a masterful job of getting everyone involved in the spirit of giving. President Natalie Baugher thanked everyone for their attendance, their financial generosity, their commitment to Friends of Pool 9, and to the river itself. None of what we do would be possible without the effort of all the volunteers that give thousands of hours annually to make Pool 9 one of the best on the Upper Mississippi River. Thanks to all of you.
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In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
Driftless Education & Visitor Center The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President Baugher called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Directors in attendance were, Natalie Baugher, Bob Henkel, Bruce Revoir, John Mitchell, Bob Seeley, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Sue English, Joe Mazanec, and Darrin Thran. Also attending, Brandon Jones, Mark Schneden and Don Thran. Sabrina Chandler - Was not in attendance, will try to come to the next meeting. Approve Minutes – 5/14/2018 – On motion by Jerry, second by Joe, the minutes were approved as written. Financial Report – Larry provided copies of the financial report for the period January through June, 2018. The bank balance at the end of June was $46,955.65. On motion by Bruce, second by Bob S., the reports were approved. Correspondence Received – John read a letter to the Board from Ric Zarwell relating his health issues at the present time and the possible impact this could have on the "100 year Century of the Refuge" book Ric is trying to organize. The letter is on file with the Secretary. Jerry Boardman also related his upcoming aneurism surgery and its impact on his availability to FOP9. We are hopeful and pray that both of these fine men recover completely and continue to work for a better Pool 9. Addendum: John has visited with Tom Limbach, who broke a bone in his leg and will not be available for months as well. COMMITTEE REPORTS: MRAD – John, Jerry, and Bob S. reported that plans have begun to involve both Lansing and De Soto students in three activities to be held at The Driftless Center, Black Hawk Park, and Genoa National Fish Hatchery. The event will take place on September 12 and all expenses of school transportation, driver pay, and lunches will be paid by FOP9. We will need to provide 8 canoes or 2-person kayaks to be transported to Green Lake at Black Hawk Park. More info later. Annual Meeting – Natalie stressed that we still need items for the silent auction, as well as a larger item or two to auction off (such as a Paddleboard or a Kayak). Darrin will check to see if Cabela's/Bass Pro will make us a deal. Jerry reported that Raffle ticket sales are going well and that he has 103 left. If all are sold we stand to profit about $4,000. Natalie is still in need of more T-shirts for the quilt, give her your old shirts. Beach Projects – Brandon approved the on-going spraying of poison ivy on the beaches. John will send a "call" to the Work Group by an email to meet at Big Slough Landing at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 25 for a day of cleaning and spraying beaches. Mark S. said he would mow around the Will Dilg Memorial on Hwy 82, Winneshiek Landing. Joe reported there has been no progress on the Conway Lake Project but that it may be too late to begin any work in 2018. Website Enhancement – Larry had provided all members with info regarding the plan to up-grade our website and the costs involved. Following a lengthy discussion John M. moved and Bob S. seconded the motion. The motion carried and Brian Stoll will be paid $2,600 to set up the site, and Host the site for an additional $90/month for one year; and $50 per month after the first year. John reported that he had received a call from Genoa National Fish Hatchery and Nathan Eckert with regards to having the GNFH newsletter on our website, the request was tabled to the next meeting. ACTIVITIES: Lansing Fish Days – Bob S., John M., and Sue reported that things are being organized for Saturday, Aug. 11. Sue will need help transporting and set-up of tables and tents at the Fest Grounds on Saturday morning, Bob H. and John V. will help her. Sue will also recruit others to help and work shifts. John M. will help with tear down and transport back to storage at 5:00 PM on Saturday. John M. has contacted the IA. DNR for the fish truck, and will contact GNFH for a mussel display. Both displays will be in the area of the FOP9 tent and sales. Brandon will talk with Hallie (FWS) about attending for the day. Winneshiek Landing Day – Sue, Jerry, and John M. reported it was very hot, but they had good sales of items ($355) and recruitment of 5 new members during the event. Eastman UMC Bible School Event – John V., Jerry, and Mark will attend the half hour presentation to children on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to tell them about the Mississippi River and FOP9. The group would like to do something for the river, and has asked about constructing "fishing line recycling boxes" from PVC pipe. FOP9 is willing to assist and pay for the boxes. Warehouse Work Day - Sue needs help organizing items at the FWS storage building. Set Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 AM as a work day, needs volunteers to help. Remove Village Creek Donation Box - With work to begin at Village Creek Landing in early August Bob S. has agreed to remove the donation box and relocate it to Winneshiek Landing or De Soto. Donation to Kids Fishing Tourneys - Motion by John M., second by Bob S. to give $300 to both the Kids Fishing Tourney in Lansing and the Kids Fishing Tourney at Black Hawk Park. Motion carried. FWS Items Reported by Brandon Tree Planting Issues – With the water so high for such an extended period of time Brandon feels few young trees will survive because of being covered with water and the lack of photosynthesis. He is hopeful they will be able to plant more trees but time will tell. FWS will start a Harpers Slough aquatic vegetation study shortly. And they will be attending Refuge-wide meetings in La Crosse. Timber sales along the north side of the Upper Iowa River (out from Hwy 26) will be pushed back to next year and the Whalen tract north of New Albin is also partially submerged, but the Minnesota DNR has 5 years to complete that project. Mark raised the question of the future of the Cold Springs landing. Discussion followed but there was no action taken at this time. OTHER ITEMS:– Window Stickers – Bruce reported that he had received the stickers and the first printing was not what he had ordered, so the company agreed to do them again as per his original request. The cost is $.33 per sticker. The company also sold the previous print to Bruce and FOP9 at a very reduced price ($100). They are free to all members and will be handed out at the Annual Meeting, and are also handed out at the Driftless Center. Next Board Meeting – August 20 at the Driftless Education Center at 6:30pm. ADJOURN – On motion the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm. John Verdon, Sec.-Pro Tem Larry Quamme, Secretary
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In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
Driftless Education & Visitor Center The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. Vice President English called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Directors in attendance were, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Bruce Revoir, John Mitchell, Bob Seeley, Jerry Boardman, Sue English, Joe Mazanec, Lisa Welch and Al Wuennecke. Also attending, Mark Schneden, Sabrina Chandler, Steve Casterton and Arlen Wonderlich. Funding Request – Arlen & Steve presented plans for a “Splash Pad” to be added near the new playground equipment in the Lansing Park. The size would be an oval 25’ by 35’. They indicated the City had approved the project and the cost would be $35,000 plus installation. They are hoping the installation can be done with local contractors. Steve suggested that it will bring children to Lansing with families that use the river. They indicated they were hoping the FOP9 would pledge $5,000. After questions and answers and discussion, Jerry moved that the request be tabled until after the annual meeting. On second by Bruce the motion carried. Sabrina Chandler Visit – Sabrina had been invited as relationships between the FOP9 and the McGregor District seemed strained and no participation of the FWS staff had occurred at any FOP9 events. Sabrina discussed the many cuts in budget and the drastic reduction in staff and also explained the many divisions within the FWS and how they relate to each other. The movement of sand to beaches was discussed and she talked about the various issues between federal departments that are involved. Sabrina will be following up on several issues and a very good discussion occurred. The FOP9 thanked her for her efforts and openness and the FOP9 expressed their willingness to be more involved and a “good friend”. Approve Minutes – 7-16-18 – On motion by Jerry, second by Lisa, the minutes were approved as written. Approve Financial Report – Larry provided copies of the 1/1/18 to 8/14/2018 financials. Total income for the period is $12,605.19, total expenses $14,892.12. As of 8/14/2018, $46,166.32 is deposited in the checking/savings account. On motion by Bob S., second, by John M., the report was approved. Correspondence – Larry read a thank you note from the Blackhawk Park staff for the FOP9 financial support of the Youth Fishing Derby. Second, Erin Cubbon has been hired as Office Manager at the Driftless Center. COMITTEE REPORTS: MRAD – Lisa and Jerry indicated that most of the plans for the September 12, 2018 event are set. 66 7th graders from the Lansing and De Soto schools would be attending. Arrangements for making lunches will get set shortly and John V. would be seeking volunteer helpers. Annual Meeting – Larry reported that the liquor license is approved. Natalie must have a list from each board member of what they are donating and the estimated value. The committee must start getting the items prepared for the auctions. PLEASE EMAIL NATALIE YOUR LIST AND IF NO DONATIONS ALSO RESPOND TO HER WITH AN EMAIL. The postcard inviting everyone to the annual meeting was discussed. Board members felt that more time was needed for the silent auction and the “annual meeting” part should be at 6:30, dinner at 7pm and the “live auction” follow the dinner. On motion by Al, second by Jerry, the postcard was approved with the noted changes. Beach Projects – Members reported that the beach work on 7/25/2018 went well. Spraying of the poison ivy will occur shortly. . Website Enhancement –Larry reported that design by Brian and staff is proceeding and draft designs will be coming soon. ACTIVITIES: Lansing Fish Days –Sue and John M. reported that the booth was well received and $473 of clothing was sold on a very hot day. The Iowa DNR fish trailer as always was a bit hit. Sue indicated that the booth location near the tent where the eagle and other shows occur is vital to our success. Eastman Bible Camp Program – John and Mark reported that the children were quite young in age but the program was well received by the kids and also the adults. Warehouse Work Day – Members reported that things went well and having the office cleared out and organized is wonderful. Sue was authorized to get needed plastic totes as needed. Donation Box – Bob S. indicated that he had moved the donation box to the Winneshiek Landing and Bruce collected $30 from the box. FWS Items - Sabrina indicated that the contract for Conway Lake had been awarded by the USACOE to Kaiyuh Services LLC with the bid being $103,000 less than McHugh Excavating. OTHER ITEMS:– Handicap Ramp – Information about the deletion of the handicap ramp at the Village Creek Boat Landing project varies depending on who one talks to. It appears it was deleted from the project before the lower bids were opened and the cost may be $30 to $45 thousand. The FOP9 feels our organization should invite the DNR project manager to a meeting. Larry will follow up. By-Laws Committee – The committee members are Larry, Bruce, Bob S. and John M. The committee will meet at the Driftless Center on Wednesday, 8/22 at 3:30pm. Nominating Committee – Natalie appointed Bruce, Bob S. and Bob Hoksch to the Committee. On motion by Bob H., second by John M. the Board approved the appointments. Members with expiring terms includes Al, Larry, Lisa, Sue and Joe. Scholarship Proposal – Bruce suggested that the FOP9 consider scholarships for graduating seniors from Lansing, De Soto and Seneca Schools. Members voiced support and the item will be added to the next Board meeting agenda. Next Meeting – The next meeting was set for October 29, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Driftless Center. ADJOURN – On motion by Jerry, second by Bob H., Sue adjourned the meeting at 8:50pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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Driftless Education & Visitor Center The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President Baugher called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Directors in attendance were, Natalie Baugher, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Bruce Revoir, John Mitchell, Bob Seeley, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Sue English, and Joe Mazanec. Also attending was, Tom Limbach, Don Thran, Ric Zarwell and Brandon Jones (FWS). Approve Minutes – 4/9/2018 – On motion by John V., second by Joe, the minutes were approved as written. Refuge Centennial Project Up-Date –Ric informed the board that he was working on funding the project and plans included contacting corporations and municipal organizations. He passed out the new brochure which has been developed. The projected cost is $70,000 based on half text and half photos. If the funds are not raised the book will not be produced. Discussion needs to occur, if that should happen, as to the disposition of funds collected. Approve Financial Report – Larry provided copies of the 1/1/18 to 5/14/2018 financials. The ITC donation of $4,000, received from ITC at the luncheon earlier in the day, was recognized and appreciated. Total income for the period is $9,025.62, total expenses $9,379.74. As of 5/14/2018 $48,099.13 is deposited in the checking/savings account. On motion by Jerry, second, by John, the report was approved. Correspondence – The dedication of the new Interpretive Center at the Fish Hatchery is scheduled for June 1, at 10am. The FOP9 was invited. Geoffrey Haskett, President of the NWRA sent a thank you letter for the $500 donation. Tom Goettel, a board member of the NWRA also sent a thank you note. COMITTEE REPORTS: MRAD – Jerry indicated that the schools were set for the September 12, 2018 and planning would be occurring... River Clean-Up – Bob S. reported that the clean-up went very well. 136 volunteers were involved and 11,000 pounds of debris had been collected and disposed into the dumpsters. Natalie reported that a volunteer was interested in making a quilt from clean-up T shirts. Shirts will be collected. Newsletter – John V. reported that final articles would be submitted and the newsletter was ready for printing and distribution. Annual Meeting – Natalie reminded directors of the need to secure good items for the auction and she should be notified of the items and they should be taken to Al. Also, a request was made that people send an email about contributors so others did not approach the same people/businesses. It was decided that 750 raffle tickets would be printed and 3 cash prizes awarded. The prizes will bev$500, $300, and $200. Ticket prices will be $10 each, 3 for $20, or 8 for $50. Beach Projects – John will set up some beach work later in the year involving spraying and clearing of debris. Brandon will be contacted prior to any work. . Website Enhancement –Larry and John M. met with a vendor who will be furnishing a proposal. Window Prints –Bruce reported on getting quotes for the FOP9 logo window prints. Clear ones would cost $417 for 1,000, and white ones would be $303 for 1,000. After discussion Joe moved that 1,000 of each be purchased and with a second by Jerry, the motion was approved. Bruce will handle the order. ACTIVITIES: Winneshiek Landing Day – Jerry indicated that he would be participating with a booth and the FOP9 will set up next to him on 6/30/18. He will get helpers. The De Soto Lion’s Cub, sponsor of the event, requested consideration of a $200 donation. On motion by John, second by Bruce, a $200 donation will be sent to the Club. 2. Kayak/Canoe Events – Lansing Main Street Matters is sponsoring 3 trips in June, July & August. They had asked the FOP9 to have safety boats in front and behind the groups. The members expressed concern about liability and rendering aid is a participant should have medical needs. Natalie will follow- up and indicate FOP9 concerns and suggest 1 st Responders would be more suitable. FUM Onalaska Fisheries Request – The FUM will be operating a book/gift store in the new Interpretive Center and asked for volunteer help from FOP9 members. John will place an article in the newsletter asking members to consider volunteering at that center as well as the Driftless center in Lansing. Canoe Trail Marking – Bob S. reported that as soon as the flood waters recede, fixing and marking the trail would get completed. FWS Items - Brandon reported that the contract for the Conway Lake has not been awarded. He indicated that plans, for developing a project to revamp the Reno Bottoms area, is ongoing. Flood water has prevented all other river work. OTHER ITEMS:– Membership Software – Larry indicated that the concept is being discussed with the website project. FOP9 STORAGE – Bruce reported that the new storage units, in Lansing, has been offered to the FOP9 for $250 a year. The unit size would be 8x8. Others indicated that the area may not handle our needs. Brandon indicated that he will check on the entrance door condition at the current warehouse and also we can move the desk and FWS items out of the storage unit. The item was tabled for future consideration. Eagle Nest Count – Jerry indicated that he completed the survey. 121/171 active nests are in the pool which represents 30 more active nests than in 2016. He suggested that we do another survey in 2 years, Face book – Larry indicated that Jackie Cooper, who had volunteered to keep the FOP9 Face book page up dated, has left for a new job. The website development may involve Facebook as well and the items was tabled. The need will be on her own time as a donation. Larry is following up with her. Bridge Meeting – The Iowa DOT is holding another public meeting on replacing the Blackhawk Bridge on May 15 th at the high school in Lansing. Next Board Meeting – July 16, 2018 ADJOURN – On motion by Jerry, second by Bob H., Natalie adjourned the meeting at 8:00pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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In FOP 9 Meeting Minutes
The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President Baugher called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Directors in attendance were, Natalie Baugher, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Bruce Revoir, John Mitchell, Bob Seeley, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Sue English, and Joe Mazanec. Also attending was, Tom Limbach, Don Thran, Mark Schneden and Wendy Woyczik (FWS). Approve Minutes – 3/19/2018 – On motion by John V., second by Bob S., the minutes were approved as written. Refuge Centennial Project Up-Date – Larry provided information from Ric Zarwell who reported that the FOP9 would not have any obligation for the cost of the proposed book, unless the Board chose to contribute. Bruce also reported on a conversation with Ric. Input on the draft brochure will be forwarded to Ric. COMMITTEE REPORTS: MRAD – Larry indicated that Lisa had talked with her school officials and the date is on their school calendar. Jerry reported that De Soto is also on board and the event should be planned for September 12, 2018. River Clean-Up – Bob S. reported that final plans are in the works and the food has been ordered. It was noted that the post cards had been developed and mailed to all members. Newsletter – John V. will be completing the 1st 2018 Otter’s Tale after the clean-up and in May. Annual Meeting – Natalie reported that she is working with people and establishing committees. Directors were reminded of the need to secure good items for the auction. She indicated that some gift cards would be accepted but the emphasis was on donated items. Larry will check on state regulations for the raffle. Beach Projects – Tom indicated that he had spent some time reviewing the memo provided to the FOP9 from Brandon and the materials from activities in 2006. It appears that there is a slim chance of obtaining sand and using sand for beach enrichment. Many thoughts were offered during an extended discussion. Natalie appointed a committee to follow-up and includes Tom, John Mitchell, Joe Mazanec and Larry. Clothing Inventory/Ordering – Larry reported that a written agreement had been reached with the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center to order and sell FOP9 approved clothing items. They will direct order from Riverland Expressions and pay directly on any invoices. Any new proposed clothing items would require FOP9 Board approval. The agreement is on file and signed by Natalie and Jim Janett. Sue provided a report on the cost of clothing and selling prices. Selling prices were established for Tank Top items, Hooded Sweatshirts and Short Sleeve Dress Shirts and approved by motion of John V. and second by Joe. On motion by Sue, second by Joe, the selling prices for all items, was approved. Sue indicated a complete inventory of FOP9 items would is planned in the near future. After discussion, Bruce was appointed to follow-up on obtaining “FOP9 Logo” stickers for glass and windshields due to interest by several people. Website Enhancement –After discussion Larry will investigate the use of company/person to develop a new FOP9 website and report back to the Board. ACTIVITIES: Winneshiek Landing Day – Information was sent to the FOP9 that the date of 6/30/18 has been selected. Jerry was unable to connect with anyone on the committee regarding FOP9 participation. The item was tabled to the May meeting. Sportsman’s Show – New Albin – Sue reported that snow conditions in the area reduced the attendance. However, $278 of clothing was sold and other items were ordered. She will consider participation next year but only on Saturday. 2018 Porta Potties – Larry reported that he obtained quotes from 5 companies. Prices range from $90 monthly to $125. Hackett’s quoted $90, same price as last year. No units will be placed at Village Creek due to construction plans by the Iowa DNR. The need for a unit at the Winneshiek Boat Landing was discussed. Wendy indicated she would talk with Brandon for a location. On motion by John M., second by Sue, Hackett’s will provide the service and Winneshiek will be included. Bob S. and John will arrange signage for donations. FWS Items - Wendy reported that the contract for the Conway Lake has not been awarded. The Corps is also planning a dedication of the Harper’s project sometime this summer. Wendy indicated that plans for developing a project to revamp the Reno Bottoms area is awaiting approval. Tree planting near New Albin is also being reviewed and planned. Lastly, she clarified the Earth Days email sent out by Hallie Rasmussen, the Customer Services Manager in the La Crosse District. The Prairie du Chien Rotary Club had expressed interest in doing a project and it was decided to do additional tree planning on Island L, in the Harper’s Project. She indicated that a limited number of signups from the Rotary Club would leave room for other volunteers. The FWS and Corps are providing boats for 30 people. Staffing levels were discussed and Wendy pointed out that the Customer Services Manager, in our district, had been eliminated and the position transferred to the La Crosse District. Wendy will suggest that Hallie be invited to a meeting of the FOP9. OTHER ITEMS:– Membership Software – Larry indicated that initial quotes for software created “sticker shock”. More quotes will be obtained in the coming months. ITC Visit – Larry reported that Dan and others were planning to attend the May 14th meeting. Larry will follow-up with Dan for details. Eagle Nest Count – John indicated that maps had been provided to each of the people volunteering to complete the count. Wendy will provide a few GPS units. Face book – Bob S. and Larry reported that Jackie Cooper had volunteered to keep the FOP9 Face book page up dated on her own time as a donation. Larry is following up with her. Reports – Larry indicated the 2017 IRS Form 990-N has been filed, the 2017 Iowa Gambling Report has been filed, and the sales tax of $245.00 paid for the 2017 FOP9 Raffle. Next Board Meetings – May 14, 2018 Details for the meeting involving the ITC staff will be worked out. ADJOURN – On motion by Jerry, second by Bob H., Natalie adjourned the meeting at 8:02pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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March 19, 2018 - 6:30PM Driftless Education & Visitor Center The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President Baugher called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Directors in attendance were, Natalie Baugher, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Bruce Revoir, John Mitchell, Bob Seeley, Jerry Boardman, John Verdon, Sue English, Joe Mazanec, Lisa Welsh, Darrin Thran, and Al Wuennecke. . Also attending was Tom Limbach. Approve Minutes – 10/30/2017 – On motion by John V., second by Jerry, the minutes were approved as written. Financial Report – Larry provided copies of the financial report for the period 1/1/17 to 12/31/2017 and reviewed the information. Total income for the year was $40,586.228 and expenses $29,017.93. As of 12/31/2017, the bank balance for checking/savings was $48,453.25. Also provided were the financials from 1/1/2018 to 3/12/2018 noting income of $2,288.39, with expenses of $2,375.50. The bank balance on 3/12/18 was $48,366.14. On motion by Sue, second by Joe, the reports were approved. Dairyland Donation – Larry reported that unfortunately bad weather prevented the visit from Brad but he presented a check for $1,000 from his company to Larry. A thank you letter was sent noting the Board’s appreciation. Daniel J. Brennan Trust – Larry reported that the Brennan family donated 20 shares of stock to the FOP9 with a value of $1,451.00 on 12/18/2017. A letter of thanks and information for IRS purposes was sent. After discussion, Bob S. moved, with a second from John M. to sell the stock and add the funds to the FOP9 treasury. Refuge Centennial Project Up-Date – Larry provided a memo from Ric Zarwell along with a draft Promotional Flyer for review and comments from Board members. After discussion, members wanted to review the materials and had some questions. On motion by Larry, second by Bob S. the item was tabled until the next meeting on April 9, 2018. NWRA 2018 Donation – The board reviewed past donation amounts and on motion by Jerry, second by John V, approved a donation of $500.00 for 2018. COMMITTEE REPORTS: MRAD – After discussion, the event will be moved to September 12, 2018 and Lisa and Jerry will check with the schools for approval and participation and will report back at the April meeting. River Clean-Up – Bob S. distributed all of the assignments and has made all of the needed arrangements for the event on April 21, 2018. Larry will handle distribution of the postcard mailing announcement with Jackson Street Press for mailing shortly after Easter. By-Laws Up-Date – Larry reported that the committee would be John M., Bob S., Bruce and himself. The committee will review and provide suggestions to the Board later in the year and the approved changes would be presented to the annual meeting attendees for approval. Newsletter – John V. will be completing the 1st 2018 Otter’s Tale after the clean-up and in early May. Annual Meeting – Natalie presented a new format with assignments to many different people and that each Board Member will secure items for the silent and live auctions. Al indicated that items could be brought to him and he will arrange storage in the basement of the Community Center in New Albin. She also suggested a list of ideas for members to contact for donations. A raffle was discussed and the suggestion of “cash prizes” was suggested with reduced prices on tickets. The board felt that a liquor license should be obtained. Natalie will follow-up with Mike at Milty’s and report back at the April meeting. Beach Projects – Natalie reported that she had talked with Brandon in regards to making contact with the USACOE on obtaining beach sand. Joe gave an up-date on the Conway Lake bidding issues and the fact that sand would be removed from the bowl near where we wish to do beach enrichment. Tom will be planning beach work similar to last year. Clothing Inventory/Ordering – Sue reported on sales and making another clothing order. She indicated that a display of some sort would be helpful at a booth where clothing sales occur. On motion by John V, second by Joe, she was given approval to purchase a rack. She also indicated that the Driftless Center had suggested direct purchasing of clothes using the FOP9 logo. After discussion and differing ideas, she will follow up for more information and the issue was tabled to the April meeting. Website Enhancement –After discussion Larry will follow up with the volunteer who was interested in designing a new website. ACTIVITIES: Eagle Day – Larry distributed a thank you, to the FOP9, from the Ferryville Tourism Council and a report on a very successful day with over 450 people attending. He also distributed a photo of the banner the FOP9 cost shared to develop for the event and future events. Winneshiek Landing Day – Information was sent to the FOP9 that the date of 6/30/18 has been selected. A booth for information and clothing sales was discussed. Jerry will follow up and get more information and report back at the April meeting. Sportsman’s Show – New Albin – Sue is heading up a booth for the show being held on March 23 & 24th. Several volunteers will be helping. She passed around a sign-up sheet for a couple shifts still open and needing a volunteer. FWS Items - Cold Springs Landing Issues – A discussion involving Brandon’s request for FOP9 setting up and paying for dredging the launch area involved many ideas. Larry indicated that he had talked with Brandon who felt there were 3 options: dredging the immediate area for launching but transporting the material from the site would be required; developing a new launch North of the island and therefore away from the creek entry; or the FWS would have to return the launch to a shallow boat/high water landing as they have no funding. It was decided that Natalie will talk with Brandon about cooperative efforts on projects. OTHER ITEMS:– Membership Software – Larry indicated that larger Friends Groups had invested in software that provided a data base for membership and the ability to communicate via email with many geographic options. After discussion, the board approved obtaining information/quotes for available systems and review at a future board meeting. ITC Visit – Larry reported that Dan would like to visit a board meeting. After discussion, Larry will invite the ITC folks to the May meeting. Eagle Nest Count – Jerry suggested that the FOP9 do an eagle nest count being the FWS has discontinued the project. He, and some other FOP9 members, will secure maps and complete a count. Next Board Meetings – April 9 and May 14, 2018 were selected for future meetings and they will be at the Driftless Education Center at 6:30pm. The reservations have been made for the lower level meeting area. ADJOURN – On motion by Lisa, second by Sue, Natalie adjourned the meeting at 8:55pm. Larry Quamme, Secretary
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