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Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2011

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees
Mike Beachy – Leonard Gustin – Bob Hagin – Doug Moore
Brandon Rasler – Bob Roth – Lee Troyer – Don Fiwek
Wayne Anderson – Chris Miller – Wyatt Miller – Bill Myers
Penny Myers

Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the February meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports
Mike Beachy caught 5 browns and 1 rainbow on 13 February and caught 1 brown on the 19th.

Treasurer’s Report
Total Assets as of March 09, 2011 is $9,283.64. Received a rebate from Trout Unlimited in the amount of $490.50. No report of the BY-Laws, reviewing the current By-Laws to confirm that they conform to the TU national template

Adopt-A-Trout
Indianapolis Fly Casters donated $250 to LECTU to support our brown trout stocking program. To date have sold 64 tickets will need to push the sale of these tickets at the next SJRVFF meeting. Since the Elkhart Conservation Club stocks the Little Elkhart with brown trout each year, there was a discussion about a possible donation from LECTU to support their stocking program. This will be dependent as to how well we do on our Adopt-A-Trout raffle this year.

LECTU Brown Trout Stocking
All the necessary permits have been filed. However, the permits will not be approved and finalized until the final test results are completed from our trout supplier, Cedar Brook Farms and submitted. Testing results should be available in April. Ordered 400 Browns 7 – 9 inch but will be charged for 8 – 10 inch.

Communications
The newsletter for April will be short, will drop the feature fly and just publicizes the Spring Outing add the location, time and the schedule of events and raffle items (to be completed by Mike B.) and to promote the feature speaker: Chris Wood CEO and President of Trout Unlimited. Mike Beachy to complete the ‘Flyer’ for the Spring Outing to include the schedule of events and raffle items and provide this information to Brandon to be incorporated into the April newsletter.

Spring Outing
Donations for raffle items are being received from the individuals and companies who received the letter seeking donations except for FlyMasters of Indianapolis. Discussed breaking out the high dollar items and holding a separate venue for these items – bucket table, will discuss at the April in more detail. We need to get someone to demonstrate fly tying. Suggestions were to ask Eric Wroblewski or John Mangona. Chris Miller donated a Sage TCX Model 590-4 with a 3850 CF reel for the outing Mike suggested that more emphasis be put into the casting course participation this year. No fishing guiding this year will be done. The river access tours have always been popular and we will continue to offer them this year. Mike Beachy will consider putting on a talk, similar to what he does at other clubs.
Chris Wood CEO and President of Trout Unlimited will be the featured speaker. Everyone committed to the same responsibilities as last year. Next year when having the Adopt-A-Trout raffle tickets printed add the Location – Riverbend Park, Middlebury, IN Lee Troyer will order 20 caps for the outing in red with a contrasting color for the logo. Caps are $10/each. To have just the logo applied to a garment the cost would be $5.00. Lee also suggested that we have a jacket with our logo as a gift for Chris Wood when he attends our outing.

Cabelas Spring Days
Bob H and Leonard were their on Saturday, March 5; Mike B, Don F and Bob H were their on Sunday, March 6. A total of nine (9) tickets were sold in the two (2) day event and a few guides. Lunch was provided by Cabela’s Raffle License The ‘Qualification Application’ for a raffle license has been submitted to the state for approval. The ‘Annual Raffle License Application’ has been completed and waiting for the ‘Qualification Application’ to be accepted and then the ‘Annual Raffle License Application’ will be submitted.

Fly Casting Lessons
Discussed Charlie Ray doing a fly casting clinic 4 hour beginning clinic; time 10-2 1 ½ hour advance clinic after the beginning clinic Subjected dates are June 4 and June 18, which are both Saturdays.

Middlebury Parks River Fest
Mike Beachy and Lee Troyer are part of the River Fest committee. The River Fest is scheduled for July 16th, time 8 am -2 pm. They want to create a scale map of the Little Elkhart. Daragh Deegan will do a stream shocking demonstration. Nancy Brown will talk on aquatic insects. A number of other activities are also being worked on.

NEITA Meeting
Mike will be attending this meeting at 7 pm on the 18th March in Ft Wayne at the St Joe Athletic Club. This club is not a catch and release club. Found a new source for Brown ‘s

Gary Borger Chapter of TU
Scott Foster wants us to put on a program for their chapter. They are located on the North side of Chicago and primarily focus their fishing on Wisconsin.

April Meeting
Leonard G to preside over the meeting This meeting will be used to finalize the plans / responsibilities for the Spring Outing.

May Meeting
The program will be Dave Arrington presentation.

New Business
Mike to order 1,000 copies of the ‘River Guide’

Next MeetingApril 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.
Bob Hagin – Minutes Recorder for the March 2011 meeting (by default).

Meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm