Club Meeting Minutes – 9/21/2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 34 members and guests in attendance.

The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 5 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Bill Roehrich held the winning ticket and collected $36.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

Jim reviewed the following Fall Boating Safety Tips:

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boater’s odds of dying during a boating mishap go up in October and November. With the waterways much less crowded, why are these the deadliest months? Usually, it’s because the boater is unprepared for the condition.

  • Wear a life jacket. Cold water saps strength; a PFD can buy you a little more time
  • Make sure a ladder or dockline will let you get back aboard without assistance
  • Dress appropriately. Sunny does not necessarily equal warm.  Dress in layers, starting with a thin base layer, and avoid things like jeans and cotton shirts, which do not dry as easily or retain heat as well as wool and synthetic materials.
  • Tell a friend where you’re going and when you plan to return. When someone knows you’re overdue, he or she can alert authorities
  • Always carry a means of communication:  Cellphone, VHF radio for bigger bodies of water.
  • Gear Up On Safety – Make sure everyone on board knows where to locate safety gear.
  • Leave the Alcohol Ashore

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The Volunteers Recognition Brunch is scheduled for October 1st, starting at 10:30 AM in the Cherokee Room.
  2. Jim introduced George Hewertson, who updated us on the progress of our Community Project for the Signage Board at Atagahi Park and follow-up plans for next year.
  3. The Connestee Photo calendars have sold out at the CF Admin office. But Jim Bailey still has a few available for sale.

Club Officer Elections – Hewertson, Revill, Henebry:

George reviewed the election process as stated in our Club Bylaws and announced the election results:

  • President – Jim Bailey
  • Vice President – Myron Pstrak
  • Treasurer – Vernetta Milts
  • Secretary – Al Byrne

Jim Bailey thanked Carol Marines and Jim Ungaro for their exceptional service to the Club and introduced new Club officers Myron and Vernetta.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s Program – Fish Stories
  2. October – no formal program

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported on the cards that were sent.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have sold a total of 12 boats this season, and we have several inexpensive canoes and a complete 13’ sailing dinghy remaining in our RV1 storage rack. There is also a recently donated, very nice 10’ aluminum jon boat.
  2. Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Recent expenditures include $700 for the Community Project signage for Atagahi Park, with 3 more signage boards planned for next year.
  2. We expect to be on budget overall at year end.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the highlights of the Special Olympics outing. The event went very well, with 40 attendees including the chaperones.
  2. Overall for the season, the Club sponsored 21 Outreach events with a total of 370 attendees. Congratulations to Nick and all the volunteers who support this program!
  3. The hats provided to participants have continued to be well received and easier to manage than previous choices. A new color is planned for next year.
  4. Nick reminded us that the Club maintains a free fishing equipment “lending closet”. We have a selection of rods, reels, and tackle. (Provide your own bait).

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil, Joe McMurray:

  1. The lakes are slowly cooling, with surface temperatures running around 75 deg. Joe reviewed his findings of thermocline locations and oxygen levels for each of the lakes.
  2. Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..14-16” trout in all 4 lakes and trout fingerlings in Wanteska and Tiaroga.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

On 6/8 Tim Brown caught a 29”, 9 lb catfish near Atagahi Dam, and then late in the evening on 7/22 Tim caught a 19 ½” largemouth by Ticoa Dam in 1 ft of water.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, October 17th, in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Fish Tales