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Westfork Sportsmans Club, Inc
Annual Membership Meeting
June 4th, 2016 7:00 pm

   President, Jaimme Miller called the meeting to order with 20 Members in attendance.
The Minutes of the June 6th, 2015 Membership Meeting were read by the Secretary, Colleen Kinsey. Bob Blumreich made a motion and Bradley Myer seconded to accept the minutes as read. Upon a vote, there was a consensus. The motion passed unanimously.
   The Treasurerís Report was presented by the Treasurer, Colleen Kinsey. After discussion, there were no questions or changes. A motion was made by Jaimme Miller and seconded by Sid Widner to accept the Treasurerís Report as presented. Upon a vote, there was a consensus. The motion passed unanimously.
   Jaimme Miller presented the Presidentís Report. Discussed items included the replacement of the roof on the large cabin; 30 trees fallen that were cut and cleaned up from storm damage; repaired erosion areas from flooding; plumbing repairs in the small and large cabin as well as the clubhouse; fire ring replacements; introduction of a new Registration Card; PGT (Shabazz kids visit in May). Sid Widner made a motion and Bob Blumreich seconded to accept the Presidentís Report as given. There was a consensus and the motion passed.
NEW BUSINESS:
   Need to establish a new work day for members in August. The Executive Board will set and post a date.
   Playground equipment request by campers. A discussion was held. Approximately $250.00 additional insurance as well as specified requirements. A motion was made by Grant Johnson and seconded by Sid Widner to put a playground set (swing set, monkey bars, slide, and sandbox), at the campground. After discussion of the Insurance, the provision of no obstruction for flood waters and the location, the motion carried.
   The shelter on the North End of the Clubhouse was discussed regarding repair and the location of the wood provided by the club for members. Also discussed was the menís shower and coin machine. Repairs will be done after the camping season.
   A recommendation was made by the Executive Committee to the Membership to increase the Membership Fee from $10.00 per year to $15.00 per year. A discussion lead to the comparison of other Sportman Clubs in the area and the use of the increased revenue to help enhance the Mission Statement of the Club. A motion was made by Rodney Stanek and seconded by Sid Widner to increase the Annual Membership fee from $10.00 per year to $15.00 per year, beginning January 2017. After discussion, the motion passed. Tina Murray, Colleen Kinsey, and Sam Carlson expressing Nay.
   Another recommendation was made to the Membership by the Executive Board, to separate the Secretary and Treasurer Position. Separating the two positions would take some of the work load off of the Treasurer and the Secretary could help the President in the absence of the Treasurer. A motion was made by Ann Snodgrass and seconded by Jenni Miller to separate the two positions. After discussion a vote revealed consensus. The motion carried unanimously.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
   The President, Jaimme Miller called for nominations for President. Sid Widner nominated Jaimme Miller and it was seconded by Bob Blumreich. The President called for nominations. A third call for nomination. There were no more nominations. Jaimme Miller introduced himself and said he thought that the club was doing better and he would like to see it continue to improve. Jaimme Miller was voted President by Proxy.
   The President, Jaimme Miller called for nominations for Vice-President. Ann Snodgrass nominated Rodney Stanek and Dakota Miller seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. A third call for nomination. There were no more nominations. Rodney Stanek introduced himself as a long distance member of the club. He said that he enjoyed coming to the campground because it was such a beautiful place. He enjoys working on the grounds when he has the opportunity. Rodney Stanek was voted Vice-President by Proxy.
   The President, Jaimme Miller called for nominations for Treasurer. Sid Widner nominated Colleen Kinsey and Jaimme Miller seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. A third call for nomination. There were no more nominations. Colleen Kinsey introduced herself as a working board member for four years. She enjoys meeting the people that come to the campground and expressed to the membership the comments received on all the improvements and hard work that has been done to make the grounds a more appealing place to visitors. Colleen Kinsey was voted Treasurer by Proxy.
   The President, Jaimme Miller called for nominations for Secretary. Donna Stanek nominated Bradley Myer and Grant Johnson seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. Sam Carlson nominated Amber Perkins and Jenni Miller seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. Amber Perkins declined running for office of Secretary. The President called for nomination. There were no more nominations. Bradley Myer said that he has been a member of the Sportsmans Club nearly since inception. He has participated in celebrations and events at the campground for many years. Bradley Myer was voted Secretary by Proxy.
   The President called for nominations for Executive Director. Ann Snodgrass nominated Sid Widner and Rodney Stanek seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. Bill Putze nominated Tina Murray and Bob Blumreich seconded the motion. The President called for nominations. There were no more nominations. Sid Widner told the membership that he has been a Lifetime member nearly since inception of the Sportsmans Club. He helped build the Clubhouse and has participated in events and workdays. He currently mows the yard and is the go to maintenance person. Tina Murray introduced herself as a long distance Lifetime Member that has participated as an instructor for both Shabazz and the Womenís Fly-fishing Clinics that have been held at the Campground for many years. Tina has a deep rooted connection with the Trout Unlimited and Fly-fishing enthusiasts. Tina told the membership that she helped establish and maintain the internet system, and has collectively helped to donate many items for the Clubhouse and both cabins. She loves the serenity and the beauty of the Driftless Area and what the Westfork Campground has to offer. A vote was called by the President. Paper ballot was requested by the membership. Ballots were collected and tallied by Ann Snodgrass and Jenni Miller. Sid Widner had 14 votes and Tina Murray had 5 votes. Sid Widner was voted as the Executive Director.
   Tina Murray made a motion to add two more members to the board. A discussion was held regarding past and present board member numbers. The current Club By-Laws allow 5 Board Members. It was decided to put the subject on the Agenda at the Membership meeting in August.
OLD BUSINESS:
   The yearly $500.00 scholarship was not given as there were no applicants this year. A discussion was held regarding the scholarship. Don Gore made a motion for the Scholarship to be $1,000.00 for the 2017 award winner. This was seconded by Rodney Stanek. There was consensus. The motion carried unanimously.
   A motion was then made by Don Gore and seconded by Bradley Myer to amend the motion for the Yearly Scholarship, back to $500.00 for the 2018 school graduates. There was consensus. The motion carried unanimously.
   Bob Blumreich made a motion to raise Three year memberships from $27.00 to $40.00. This was seconded by Dakota Miller. A discussion was held regarding the increase. The President called for a vote. The motion carried. Sam Carlson and Colleen Kinsey said Nay.
   Tina Murray and Bob Blumreich brought attention to the membership, the new fishing regulations and the consequences regarding disposal of fish waste. It has previously been the recommendation of the Executive Committee to support and suggest catch and release on the Westfork Sportsmans Club campground. It was suggested that signage be brought before the Membership meeting in August for catch and release on the Westfork Campground.
   A motion was made by Bradley Myer and seconded by Dennis Miller to adjourn the Membership Meeting. There was consensus. The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Colleen Kinsey, Secretary/Treasurer (Subject to Membership Approval)

Annual WFSC Member Meeting
was held on Sat., June 4th, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Annual elections were held & the following new officers elected:
2016-2017 Officers & Directors
PRESIDENT: Jammie Miller
VICE PREZ: Rodney Stanek
SECRETARY: Bradley Myer
TREASURER: Colleen Kinsey
AT-LARGE: Sid Widner

Westfork Sportsmenís Club, Inc. Executive Board Meeting February 15th, 2016
   The meeting was called to order by Board President, Jaimme Miller. All members were present except Tina Murray.
   The Minutes of the January 8th, 2016 Executive Board Meeting were read. George Wilbur made a motion and Jaimme Miller seconded a motion to accept the minutes as read. Motion carried unanimously.    The Treasurerís Report was presented. A motion was made by Bob Blumreich and seconded by George Wilbur to accept the Treasurerís Report as presented. The motion carried unanimously.    Jaimme Miller presented the Presidentís Report. A discussion was held regarding the re-hiring of Sid Widner for lawn mowing and grounds upkeep, and Julie Greenland for upkeep of the Clubhouse and the Cabins. A motion was made by Colleen Kinsey and seconded by George Wilbur to re-hire Sid Widner for lawn mowing and grounds upkeep, and Julie Greenland for upkeep of the Clubhouse and Cabins. The motion carried unanimously.
   Supporting Hunters Safety in conjunction with the local DNR and hosting the classes was discussed. Jaimme Miller will contact the DNR.
   It was also discussed to host a kids fishing day at the Campground by the Dept of Natural Resources and the DNR. Jaimme Miller and Colleen Kinsey will contact their offices.
   Jaimme Miller was contacted by the LaCrosse Office of the Land and Water Conservation Office. There will be Grant Money to help fund both a Handicapped Fishing Area and possibily Playground Equipment at the Campground. Colleen will consult with the insurance Company regarding liability exposure.
   A new Registration Form and Envelope was discussed. A prototype was presented to the Board. After examination and more discussion, a motion was made by Colleen Kinsey and seconded by Jaimme Miller to approve the presented proto-type and and it will be implemented at the Iron Ranger. Members will still have to fill out Membership Cards and submit with the Registration Envelopes. The motion carried unanimously.
   Cabin Rental for the Small and Large Cabin was discussed. Presently the cost of the Small Cabin is $50.00 per night and the Large Cabin is $65.00 per night. After discussion a motion was made by Colleen Kinsey and seconded by George Wilbur to increase the Small Cabin Rate to $60.00 per night and the Large Cabin Rate to $75.00 per night. The motion carried unanimously.
   A discussion was held regarding the camping fees for both tenting without electric and with electric sites. A motion was made by Jaimme Miller and seconded by Bob Blumreich to leave the rates for a tenting site as $10.00 per night and the rate for an electrical site as $20.00 per night.
   A discussion was made regarding the cost of Membership Fees Per Calendar Year. The Executive Board will make a recommendation at the next Annual Meeting to increase the Yearly Membership Fee to $15.00 or $20.00. There was a consensus for the recommendation.
   Colleen Kinsey read a complimentary letter received by a Member regarding the improvements, cleanliness, volunteers, and workers. They were wrote, ďKeep up the good work, it is very much appreciated.Ē
   A motion was made by George Wilbur and seconded by Bob Blumreich to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by Secretary, Colleen Kinsey.
IRON RANGER UPDATE
   The new envelope system should simplify registering to camp, & make the treasurer's job a whole bunch easier.
   The top section shows who you are.
____________________________________
   The second section explains the membership requirement,(One adult family member per family group). Non-related adults sharing a site must ALL be members.    Enter all membership fees in the "MEMBERSHIP $_______ space". If already a member, enter the expiration date, or "life".
____________________________________
   CAMPING RATE/night x _____ nights= $_______
Site #______ from site post
   Cabin RATE/night x _______ nights = $_______
TOTAL ALL FEES: $_________
______________________________________
   Tear off the bottom section, insert card stubs & check/cash, & seal envelope. The bottom section is your receipt, to be attached to the site post or your tent/camper.

Minutes of January Board meeting
   President Jaimme Miller called the meeting to order at 12:10 p,m. All members except Tina Murray present. Also attending was Sid Widner, Chairman of the Building & Grounds Committee.
   Minutes of the August 20, 2015 Board meeting were read. Motion by George Wilbur & second by Jaimme Miller to accept as read was approved unanimously.
   Treasurer's report was presented & read.There was consensus to approve the report.
   The registration system was discussed. A prototype card/envelope was presented to the Board by Jaimme Miller. It was given to Bob Blumreich to customize to the WFSC cklub's needs.
   A discussion was held on increasing the membership fees. It was suggested to bring the topic to the next member meeting,(April 23, 2016). A discussion was also held on increasing the cabin rental fees. The group will be comparing local lodging in order to discuss this topic later.
   A membership meeting was set for April 23, 2016. This will also be a clean-up day. Clean-up will begin at 9:00a.m., with a lunch following at 12:00 Noon, & the membership meeting will begin at 12:30p.m.
   Gates for the campground entry were discussed because when the ground gets soft, damage to the grounds becomes inevitable. Prices for the gates & alternative proposals will be brought to the February meeting.
   Land purchased by Vernon County in the Avalanche area was discussed. A map is being sent to George Wilbur that will distinguish which parcels will be available.
   Twin Springs Trout Farm was discussed. The quarterly bill is expected in February.
   There was consensus to pay the complete tax bill for 2015.
   The next Board meeting was set for Febuary 10, 2016 at Colleen Kinsey's home.
   Motion made by Bob Blumreich & seconded by George Wilbur to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.

SEE "NEWSLETTER" FOR MOST RECENT INFORMATION/MEETING MINUTES/ETC

   Bringing in wood for campfires is prohibited because of the Emerald Ash Borer. Wood will be available at the campground.
   Reservations & credit card software is in the works for the website & the club's FaceBook page.
This should be in operation before 6/2016.
Meanwhile, use this number for cabin reservations: 608-632-0885
   Camping fees, membership dues, & any other fees should be left in the IRON RANGER, which has been installed next to the clubhouse.
Instructions are posted.

Photo courtesy: Tina Murray
OUR NEW MAILING ADDRESS IS:
West Fork Sportsmens Club Inc.
P.O. Box 52
Viroqua, WI 54665
Regards from the coulees,
e-mail us: westforksports@yahoo.com

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