Club Meeting Minutes – 2/27/2020

10 am, Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by Vice-President Myron Pstrak with 25 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Myron welcomed 1 new member.

50/50 Raffle:

Tom Murray held the winning ticket and collected $23.

President's report and announcements – Myron Pstrak:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. There are several changes to the Club’s contests, including the Lunker awards and Tagged Trout program. More details will be presented by Rick Hybil later in this meeting.
  3. A new fish feeder has been installed in Ticoa Park.

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program Bruce Mcdonald of the NC Forest Service will speak about plans for Dupont Forest.
  2. March program - TBD.

Sunshine Report:

No Sunshine cards sent this month.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have a very nice Starcraft 12’ jon boat and an excellent 12’ Jackson sit-on-top kayak for sale. We have also reduced the price of the 13’ Chrysler sailboat to $300.
  2. If you are looking for a particular type of small boat and don’t see one listed on our website, let Al Byrne know. We may have a boat we are repairing and haven’t listed yet, or we can watch for a future donation.

Treasurer's report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We spent $966 for the new fish feeder at Ticoa Park. ½ of the cost will be
    reimbursed by CFPOA.
  2. Our current bank balance in $15,862.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Teddy Migues will be stepping down from the Outreach program. He will be sorely missed! We will need volunteers to pick up the Outreach trailer for events.
  2. Nick has been unable to contact PARI regarding scheduling an event. And it appears Meridian Behavior Health will no longer be a participant.
  3. The following organizations have already been scheduled for events this season: Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Bound for Glory, Sheriff’s Shield Camp.
  4. And Nick has gotten a very favorable response from the VA.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. Rick reviewed the Feb 10th stocking. Details are on ourwebsite. Total cost was $4,000, paid for by CFPOA.
  2. The next stocking of full-sized trout will be in November. Trout fingerlings will be stocked in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga in April.
  3. The surface temperatures in all the lakes is running between 46.6
    and 48 deg. Oxygen is 11.1 to 11.4. Good oxygen has been measured down to 60 ft.
  4. The new fish feeder at Ticoa Park is working well and attracting a lot of trout. We need a volunteer to help operate it (fill with food & set timer as needed).
  5. Joe McMurray will need about 6 volunteers to help construct the
    new fish hides. Looking at the end of March / early April.
  6. Rick explained the “enhanced” lunker program. The new program
    provides a $25 clubhouse dining certificate for a lunker of any species. There is no limit on the number of $25 certificates awarded per species or per
    angler. (Angler must have a Connestee fishing license). We ask that lunkers be
    “catch & release” except for trout. Note also that we will honor those who
    wish to remain anonymous and not have their catches publicized.
  7. The Club is also initiating a new contest called the “Golden
    Trout” contest. One specially identified trout will be stocked in each lake once
    a year. And a $100 clubhouse dining certificate will be awarded to anglers who catch one of these. (Angler must have a Connestee fishing license). The “Golden Trout” stocking for this year will be in April.

Community Project – Ray Tuers & Al Byrne:

Ray and Al reported that several
postings have been added to the new sign board in Atagahi Park. Take a look! If you have a relevant posting you would like to add, please contact Al Byrne.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

No lunkers have been reported since the last meeting.

Our next monthlymeeting:

Thursday, March 19th, convening at 10 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjournto the meeting program:

We had a very interesting and informative
presentation by Bruce Mcdonald of the NC Forest Service. Bruce reviewed many interesting facts and future plans for the Dupont State Recreational Forest.

2/27/2020
A.Byrne

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