Club Meeting Minutes – 11/21/2019

10 am, November 21st, 2019, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Call to order was made by Vice-President Myron Pstrak with 24 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance – led by Ellie Kratt

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Myron welcomed 3 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

John Eades held the winning ticket and collected $29. The balance of the pot ($28) was donated to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

President’s report and announcements – Myron Pstrak for Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Reminder – there will be no Club meeting in December. Our next Club meeting will be January 16th in the Clubhouse Lounge.
  3. After selling out, we have restocked our “Beauty of Connestee” calendars …… available for sale online with delivery to your Connestee home, or at CFPOA Admin.
  4. A donation of $1,100 was made to the CFPOA Employees Fund, an increase over our $1,000 donation last year. Thank you CFPOA employees for your great support and service!

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program we will take a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery here at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.
  2. No meeting scheduled for December.
  3. Contact Myron with suggestions for future meeting programs.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

No Sunshine Report today.

Treasurer’s report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We are projecting a $3,000 deficit for our year end P&L. This is much more favorable than the $8,435 budgeted deficit.……primarily due to favorable proceeds from the Fish Fry and Calendar sales.
  2. Calendar sales for October were $760, bringing the total so far this year to $2,905.
  3. The proposed budget for 2020 has been approved by the Club’s Executive Committee and is available for online review and voting. Final voting on the proposed budget will be held at the January 2020 Club meeting.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. The proposed Club budget for 2020 is available on our website under the heading “About Us”. You may also cast your vote online “For” or “Against” the proposed budget anytime before the January Club meeting. An email to all Club members will go out in early December, with links to the proposed budget and the voting form.
  2. Al noted that the proposed 2020 budget shows a projected deficit of $2,195. This deficit is intentional, as was the planned deficit for 2019. We have accumulated a significant amount of cash in the Club’s account, and are planning to spend down some of that cash, putting it back into the community (in the form of a community project, lake stocking, and Outreach). Note that we are a “community service” club. All of the proceeds from our events, memberships, fund raising, and other activities go back into the Connestee community and Transylvania County (with Outreach).

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick is finishing up the summary report for this year’s program.
  2. We hosted 365-370 participants this year! Thank you to our volunteers!
  3. Nick is reaching out to new groups for next season and would appreciate any suggestions.
  4. John Kratt commented on the benefits of the Ourtreach program, to both the participants and to the volunteers.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Last Thursday Morgan Mill distributed 1440 lbs of 1-2 lb trout to the 4 lakes.
  2. 336 fish to Atagahi; 300 fish to Ticoa; 182 fish to Wanteska; 135 fish to Tiaroga.
  3. For the year (with 3 stockings – January, March, and November) the totals for each lake: 1000 fish to Atagahi; 920 fish to Ticoa; 550 fish to Wanteska; 400 fish to Tiaroga.
  4. Trout fingerling stocking for lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga is planned for later this month. Note that the bass enhancement program for lake Wanteska was started in 2012.
  5. Surface water temperature in lake Atagahi is running in the low 50’s.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting. Only 5 have been reported this year (out of 35 distributed over the 4 lakes).

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

10/28 – Brandon Garren (CF Fire & Rescue) – est 8 lb largemouth from Ticoa.

11/2 – Joe McMurray – 21 3/4” largemouth on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

11/3 – Joe McMurray – 22 ½” largemouth, also on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

Other Topics:

A serious silt problem in lake Wanteska was identified back on June. Connestee Maintenance has been addressing the problem and water flowing into the lake has been running clean during the last couple of rainfalls. There is still a concern that we’ll get significant mud flow with a very heavy rainfall.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, January 16th, convening at 9 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Tour of the Fish Hatchery at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Note that the correct name for the hatchery is the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery.

We had a very interesting tour of the hatchery, with a “behind the scenes” view that the public doesn’t usually see. Thank you to Matt Christian for guiding us thru all the stages of trout production and offering his insightful commentary.

Thank you Myron for arranging this very informative program! 11/21/2019  A.Byrne