Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2019

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Jim Mock    Mark Holcomb   Craig Dulworth  Steve Mack  John Hollister  Wayne Andrews

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for October 9,2019 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike reported that October was good for fishing the new Corson Park section of the Little Elkhart. Small streamers and hanging heavy nymphs worked the best. Mike also reported a nice 16” brown from the Well Field section on November 9th using a black/blue streamer.
  • The trout stocked by LECTU in October in the new Corson Section have already dispersed, and are finding good habitat near rock formations and gravel. Mike distributed a Corson Park map to the members present, but warned everyone to be very cautious as it is still deer season.
  • Nick also reported fishing the Corson Park section and catching the new stocked browns, but also caught two nice holdover browns.
  • Craig Dulworth reported catching a steelhead on the Little Manistee during a fishing trip there.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 28,947.69 in all accounts as of November 2019.
  • The balance was down approximately $2,000 due to expenditures for the October brown trout stocking.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 10 for two Little Elkhart River Guides.
  • Mike received the raffle account check book from Keith in order to submit the LECTU application to the state of Indiana for the raffle license for the annual outing raffle in 2020.


  • The fall newsletter was sent to the members with emails on record. The winter newsletter has been started. Mark Holcomb and Oliver Miller will be contributing articles.
  • LECTU received guide requests from Chris Temple (South Bend) and Tim Whittacker (Indianapolis).
  • Michael Franz (IUSB professor) is giving away a trout tank. LECTU has no interest.
  • Nick Christofeno will be presenting a program at Butler University on November 12th.

Indiana Gaming Commision

  • The single event raffle license application forms have been changed. All the required information is the same but in a different sequence. Mike redid all the forms and Tom V (Secretary) has signed. The forms will be submitted for approval.

Middlebury Parks Rental Agreement

  • Unfortunately the Parks Department does not take applications for reservations until 2020. The May 2nd outing raffle license needed a signed reservation and signed game of chance letter in order to process the license. Mike was able to have Tom Enright of the Parks Department grant us an early reservation request.
  • Parks Dept. needs check for rental, a certificate of insurance with the Town of Middlebury named as a rider, and a ST-105 form for a Not for Profit Exemption.
  • Middlebury has a policy of no sales in the parks, therefore Tom Enright will provide LECTU a waiver to sell raffle tickets.
  • LECTU will need to secure the tent from the Parks Department.

Outing Featured Speaker

  • Nicole Watson a graduate student at Michigan State will be the speaker at the 2020 outing.
  • The topic will be the reestablishment of the Artic Grayling in Michigan.

Outing Printing

  • The fliers for the outing need to be ready in January for distribution at the 2020 fly fishing shows
  • Keith will contact the printer with a January 17th deadline.
  • LECTU needs raffle tickets (two colors), donation request letter, and outing fliers.
  • The ST-105 Tax Form is ready.

Annual Rod Raffle

  • Mike contacted Nick Halle, Head of Volunteer Operations at TU. Nick supplies all the information for TU fundraising discounts.
  • After discussion with the members present comparing rods/reels and various prices, LECTU decided on the following for 2020: Winston 9 ft (4pc) 5 wt Freshwater Air Rod and a Ross Reel Evolution R Platinum 5/6 wt.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • On Saturday October 12th 11 LECTU volunteers stocked 500 (8”-10”) brown trout from The Seven Pines Hatchery into the Corson Park section of the Little Elkhart River. The stocking went very smoothly and both the volunteers and the trout seemed to enjoy the event.
  • The cost not including the transportation fees was $ 1,539.00

Corson County Park

  • There was no additional update on the progress of the new park.

Fly Show Season

  • Heartland Show (Indianapolis: January 18-19). The LECTU location in the past has not been very good. However as a Non-Profit LECTU does not pay a fee. Therefore we have little chance to receive an upgrade. Nevertheless Mike will try to get a better location.
  • 3RFF Show (Fort Wayne: February 15th). This has been a good show for LECTU. We have already reserved space for two tables.
  • Central Indiana Trout Unlimited 3F Film Tour (Venue Changed – Indianapolis area ?: March 7th). LECTU will wait for additional information.
  • Midwest Fly Fishing Expo (Warren MI: March 14, 15). Although LECTU does not display at this event members will attend.
  • Tinley Park Fishing Show (Tinley Park, IL: February 9, 10)
  • Chicago Fly Fishing Film Tour (Chicago, IL: April TBD)

T.U. Headwaters Youth Program

  • Franklin Tate and Tara Granke sent LECTU a thank you for our $ 1,000 donation to the TU Youth Fund (scholarships, camps, youth education programs).
  • They will provide up to 10 free TU youth memberships for LECTU. Mark Holcomb (2 sons), and Tom Vanderputten (2 grandsons) expressed an interest in the youth memberships. Keith will get additional information for Mark and Tom.

Winter Fly Tying Class

  • Keith Loutzenhiser has offered to host fly tying sessions at his home. These will be held the second Saturday of the month.
  • December 14, January 11, and February 8. Due to possible conflicts dates in March and April will be determined.


  • The members decided that LECTU hats to sell would be a worthwhile venture. Craig Dulworth will investigate let the members know the details at the next meeting.

LECTU Member Fishing Trip

  • The members have shown an interest for a fishing trip to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
  • Steve Mack will investigate and have further details at the next meeting.
  • We have set the weekend of June 12, 13, 14 of 2020 has the tentative trip date.

Next Meeting – Wednesday –  December 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – October 9, 2019

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Brian Wingard    Lee Troyer   Mark Holcomb   Craig Dulworth  Court Walker  Carlisle Roose  Sam Judd  Tom Sult

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for September 14, 2019 were tentatively approved pending publication.

Fishing Reports

  • October 6th Mike reported fishing from Tornado Bend to Riverbend Park. Mike tried streamers but with no success, he did turn a couple of trout.
  • There were numerous trees down in the river. At this point the river is moving freely under and around these trees, and not causing excessive blockage and restricting the river. Therefore LECTU will not remove the trees at this time.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 30,473.25 in all accounts as of October 2019.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 10 for two Little Elkhart River Guides.
  • Due to a change in the Indiana Gaming Rules, LECTU may need to refile with the state of Indiana regarding the Raffle at the Annual Outing.


  • Brandon will be sending the Summer/Fall newsletter soon.
  • Mike received two requests for the Little Elkhart River guides.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Mike spoke with Larry Koza, DNR stocked 500 brown trout (from Kentucky Hatchery) at County Rd. 35.
  • Larry Koza believes that the LECTU fall stocking at the new Corson Park is a good idea.
  • LECTU will stock 500 brown trout (from Wisconsin Hatchery) on Saturday October 12th.
  • Mike spoke with Rhonda (County Parks) about access to the river, and the County Parks does not own the lane. Rhonda did secure access from the developer and the farmer.
  • LECTU will meet at MacDonalds at IN 13/US 20 at 10:30am on Oct 12th.
  • The following members have volunteered to stock the brown trout. Craig Dulworth, Sam Judd, Carlisle Roose, Brian Wingard, Keith Loutzenhiser, Mike Beachy, Nick Christofeno, Mike Beachy, Steve Mack, and Tom Vanderputten.

Corson County Park

  • Mike spoke with Rhonda DeClaire (County Parks). The County has applied for a grant from the DNR ($200,000) to aid in the funding for the new park.
  • The DNR requires that the new park be surveyed and have its own deed. The next step is for the County Parks to survey the land and then secure the grant.
  • After the grant is approved a rezoning request will be submitted to Elkhart County.
  • LECTU is waiting on the rezoning meeting prior to meeting with the C&R.
  • The Elkhart County Parks and Recreation does own the property and there should be no hunting on the property. Rhonda wants to be informed if there are hunters present, however homeowners contiguous to the park property will still hunt on their own land

Boy Scouts

  • Steve Mack with his son James constructed an up/over at the fence by the Wilber Yoder chicken house. Since the Meadow was flooded they needed to postpone the additional up/overs.
  • The styles for these up/overs are stored near the trailer at Chris Miller’s property.

LECTU Work Trailer

  • The information needed for the title has been given to Nick’s brother John who is a lawyer.
  • John will attempt to circumvent the legalities preventing LECTU from getting a title.


  • LECTU needs to have the rod/reel to be raffled next year available for the first fly fishing show which is January 2020 in Indianapolis. The members present agreed that a Winston rod/reel combo should be the outfit. Mike will investigate wt/length etc. and let the members know what is available.

Annual LECTU Outing 2020

  • Planning will begin to source the main speaker for the outing for next year.
  • Craig Dulworth suggested the woman who has been researching the reintroduction of the Artic Grayling to Michigan. This was the same woman who presented this topic at the TU Mid-West Regional Leadership conference in March. The LECTU members who were present at the conference agree that she would be a good choice.
  • LECTU needs the Indiana Gaming Rules/Raffle updates.

Middlebury Parks

  • Middlebury Parks has applied to the DNR for a Next Level Trail Grant to connect Riverbend Park to the Pumpkinvine Trail.
  • The Parks Department is seeking donations for matching funds. Funds and the number of matching partners are important.
  • LECTU voted to donate $ 100 from the chapter.
  • The members present at the meeting collected another $ 160 to donate.

Board of Directors

  • The following were selected and/or are continuing terms as the LECTU Board of Directors
  • Don Fiwek 3rd Year
  • Mark Holcomb 2nd Year
  • Court Walker 1st Year

Next Meeting – Wednesday –  November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

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