Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.
Mike Beachy, Don Fiwek, Leonard Gustin, Wayne Andrews, Dolle Bloss, Bob Hagin, Bill Myers, Penny Myers, Brandon Rasler, Lee Troyer
The minutes from the December meeting were approved.
Mike Beachy reported that the Little Elkhart has been fishing well with a number of browns caught in December.
Don Fiewk reported a balance of $8,297.14.
Indiana on the Fly
The LECTU chapter set up and manned a booth this past weekend at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds for the Indiana on the Fly event. This is the second year our chapter has participated in this event. We had more visitors to our booth than last year, which may be somewhat due to our location being next door to Joe Humphreys. We sold $520 in Adopt-A-Trout tickets, 3 hats and $35 in river guides.
Mike suggested that we have some business cards printed for our chapter. Mike gave out quite a few of his personal cards this year.
Don Fiwek is working on our by-law revisions in his spare time.
LECTU Brown Trout Stocking
Mike Beachy will start the process for obtaining the necessary permits for our trout stocking this year.
Mike had tickets available for club members to start selling. As stated above, we got a good start on sales at Indiana on the Fly, selling $520 in tickets. We were reminded that we are not allowed to sell tickets inter-state over the web or through mail solicitation.
Wayne Andrews will work on the application for a gaming license from the state for our raffle. The application has a $50 fee associated. First, you need to be a qualified organization and need to fill out an application to become qualified. Once qualified, you then need to fill out an application for a one-day gaming permit. After the event, you need to provide financial information to the state. They will then use that information to determine your fee structure the following year. Thank you Wayne for taking on this task.
Brandon will work on a winter newsletter. We need to promote Adopt-A-Trout as well as the date for our spring outing. Brandon will also do a fly-of-the-month article for the newsletter.
Fly tying demonstration – Mike will see if Tim Scott or Jeff Stanifer are available.
Raffles: Cabelas (Steve Mack)
Temple Fork Outfitters (John Bueter) – Mike Beachy will contact
FlyMasters (Ian Anderson) – Bob Hagin will contact
Brookhaven Lake – Mike Beachy will contact
Orvis – Mike Beachy will contact
The Indiana Fly Casters club told us last weekend that they will promote our spring outing in their newsletter if we send them the information.
The hams have been delivered and were well received.
Cabela’s Spring Days
Cabela’s wants us to participate in their spring days this year. It is scheduled for March 5 – 6. Bob Hagin and Leonard Gustin will attend on Saturday. Mike will attend on Sunday and put on a program. We will sell our Adopt-A-Trout tickets, river guides, and have a raffle consisting of items donated by Cabela’s.
Middlebury Parks River Fest
LECTU has been contacted by the Middlebury Parks Dept. asking us to not only participate in their second annual River Fest this year, but to also possibly take a larger roll going forward. The Park Dept. is interested in leveraging the Little Elkhart as a trout stream, which is a fairly rare resource for the State of Indiana. We have been invited to attend an organizational meeting on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 PM. Lee and Mike will attend.
There was some discussion about an effort to open a portion of the Little Elkhart for canoeing. This would require some log jam removal, which if done improperly, could be detrimental to the stream. We believe we need to stay close to this inititive so that we can have input to any stream activity.
Next Meeting – February 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library
Lee Troyer – Secretary