HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
July 18, 2015
President, Kent Pfeifer, called the Annual Membership Meeting to order at 1:50 pm in the Firehouse Community Room. Kent commented on the great turn-out.
Our raffle drawing was held at 1:30 pm with Joe Helmin turning the drum and Krista Kamke drew the winning raffle tickets. The raffle ticket winners are listed following these minutes.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESENT:
President- Kent Pfeifer
Vice-President- Joe Helmin
Treasurer-Randy Tutaj (interim)
At-Large Board Member-Tim Frank (Absent)
At-Large Board Member-(Vacant)
Town of Harris Representative-Phyllis Ingram
Sportsmen’s Club Representative- Mike Mittelstedt
Members present: Karen Beck; Mary Blum; Frank Buress; William Jansen; Jermitt Krage; Chris Pfeifer; Bill Sawicki; Toni Sawicki.
KRIS KAMKE THE AIS COORDINATOR FOR GREEN LAKE AND MARQUETTE COUNTY INTRODUCED
Kent Pfeifer, President, then introduced Kris Kamke, the AIS Coordinator for Green Lake and Marquette County. Krista stated her goal is to help protect and preserve the lakes in Green Lake and Marquette Counties. Her main concerns are the Purple Loosestrife and curly-leaf pond-weed which is an invasive species. Curley-leaf pond-weed is found in water only, not on the shoreline. Krista was very informative and we thanked her for attending.
REVIEW AND APPROVE THE PRINTED AND POSTED MINUTES FROM THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF JULY 12, 2014
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Jermitt Krage, “to approve the printed and posted minutes from the Annual Membership Meeting of July 12, 2014”. Motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: REPORT ON LATEST FINANCIAL ACTIVITY AND THE 2015 MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITY
Randy Tutaj, Treasurer Interim, stated that as of today, July 18, 2015, we are 28 members strong.
It was then motioned by Phyllis Ingram and seconded by Joe Helmin, “to approve the June, 2015, Treasurer’s report as follows: Starting Balance as of June 1, 2015, of $17,163.14; Income of $1,540.00; Expenses of $855.00; Ending Balance as of June 30, 2015, of $17,848.14”. Motion carried.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT/VICE-PRESIDENT REPORT
REFLECT ON LAKE ASSOCIATION ACTIVITY FOR THE LAST YEAR. BOAT LANDING, INFORMATION BOARD SIGN, FIREWORKS
Joe Helmin, Vice-President, stated the Harris Pond Lake Association is in its eighth (8th) year of existence.
Joe stated we’ve had successful fund-raising efforts from our bake sales; the flower/bake/brat sale; and our raffle ticket sales. Thank you to all who have participated in the activities, it is very much appreciated.
Joe also stated there was a fish study done on Harris Pond and the fish population is healthy and abundant. A 38” Northern Pike and a 9-1/2” Bluegill were among the fish netted during the study.
Concerning the boat landing, Joe stated it was put in in last summer, and turned out well. An article and picture were in the Marquette County Tribune.
The information board was installed in April. Joe stated Brakebush had laser cut the signage above the board. Joe thanked those who helped install the board. The Plexiglas door was just attached recently. Joe also suggested an American flag be painted on the side facing the lake. It was then motioned by Frank Buress and seconded by Phyllis Ingram, “to approve $300.00 for Steve Tutaj to paint an American flag on the lake side of the information board”. Motion carried.
Joe stated the following are some ideas for future fund-raising events: a golf tournament at Thal Acres; a car wash; a silent auction; a “Hooked on Harris Pond” fun run; or a bowling tournament.
Kent stated because of our growing finances and no defined future 2015 projects, the Board of Directors voted to use the proceeds from one of our fund-raising events to help support the Sportsmen’s Club July 4th fireworks display. We used that venue because we did not want to use existing Lake Association funds, and to stay true to our mission. With the help of many of our members we were able to present a check for $830.00 to be used for July 4th fireworks grand finale. The reason for this effort was to provide enjoyment to our community and to make sure the Harrisville fireworks display remains the best in the area.
Kent stated two (2) of our Board of Directors, Bill and Toni Sawicki, have decided to resign as Lake Association Board Members. They have been members since the beginning; served on the Board of Directors; have been active in all events. I personally looked at them as good friends. I would like to thank them for all they did and wish them all the success in the future. All present applauded Bill and Toni for their service.
There are two (2) By-law changes to vote upon.
The way it reads:
ANNUAL MEETING: The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be held in the vicinity of Harris Pond during the week of the Fourth of July. The Board of Directors shall arrange the time and place unless specified by the previous Annual Meeting. The agenda of the Annual Meeting shall include elections, discussion of projects, and adoption of a budget, member concerns, and an educational program.
ANNUAL MEETING: The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be held in the vicinity of Harris Pond during the month of July. The Board of Directors shall arrange the time and place unless specified by the previous Annual Meeting. The agenda of the Annual Meeting shall include elections, discussions of projects, and adoption of a budget, member concerns, and an educational program.
It was motioned by Jermitt Krage and seconded by Randy Tutaj, “to approve the proposed By-law change of the Annual Meeting to the month of July”. Motioned carried.
A proposed By-law change:
The Vice-President shall serve as an alternate signature for the Harris Pond Lake Association checks in the event that one (1) of the two (2) primary signers is not available.
It was then motioned by Frank Buress and seconded by Randy Tutaj, “to approve the Vice-President as an alternate signature for the Harris Pond Lake Association checks in the event that one (1) of the two (2) primary signers is not available”. Motion carried.
ASK FOR NOMINATIONS AND VOTE FOR BOARD MEMBERS WHO’S TERMS ARE COMPLETED. VICE-PRESIDENT, TREASURER, AND GO BACK TO ONE (1) BOARD MEMBER AT-LARGE AS STATED IN OUR BY-LAWS
It was motioned by Kent Pfeifer and seconded by Sue Tutaj, “to approve that Joe Helmin continue as Vice-President”. Motion carried with one (1) opposed.
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Phyllis Ingram, “to nominate and approve Randy Tutaj as Treasurer”. Motion carried.
It was the general consensus we just have one (1) At-Large Board Member as stated in the By-laws. The At-Large Board Member (Tim Frank) will be up for re-election next year.
Congratulations to Joe Helmin and Randy Tutaj as Board of Directors members.
To Bill and Toni Sawicki, thank you for your years of service. All applauded them.
The Marquette County Lakes Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015, in Montello. Kent stated we will continue to support and have representatives at their meetings.
ANY OTHER ITEMS NOT PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
Member Jermitt Krage expressed his appreciation to the Board for their dedication and leadership.
A question was asked about the dock by the boat landing.
Answered: It stays in the water all the time and the County/town takes care of it.
It was stated pea gravel may be dumped up to 25 feet from shoreline, to help take care of the muck. A permit is required before you do this.
A member from the Sportsmen’s Club was present and stated the Harrisville Sportsmen’s Club appreciated the money we gave them for the 4th of July fireworks grand finale.
DATE OF NEXT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The date of the next Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Town Hall Park. A picnic will be held at noon with the Annual Membership Meeting to follow at 1:30 pm.
DATE OF NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 1:30 pm, in the Firehouse Community Room. It was the general consensus to forgo the August meeting.
MOTION TO ADJOURN
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Karen Beck, “to adjourn”. Motion carried.
Annual Membership Meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm
Respectfully submitted by
Sue Tutaj, Secretary