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Minutes: March 2, 2015


Teleconference Meeting March 2, 2015

The 3/2/2015 teleconference meeting of the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association Board of Directors was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Bruce Stiteley.

Directors on line were, Don Mittag 2nd Vice President, S/W: Jerry Farnsworth, N/W: Glenn Hamerly, ATA Delegate Rick Tesker, Treasurer Jim Kroeplien, 1st Alt. Delegate Kevin Doerring, 2nd Alt. Delegate Dwight Paulin and Secretary Theresa Howland. Absent for teleconference was, S/E: Gary Fechter, 1st Vice President Bill Simonar, N/E: Dave Wehmeir, and SW: Adam LePine. Also joining our teleconference was Dennis Taylor and Paul Becker.

Meeting started at 6:30


Bruce: Bruce talked about trying to get a hold of Summit about the loan, but he has not heard back from anyone as of yet. He has been trying to get the plans for the building so that when we are ready the building will go up smoothly. This building is very important for income to keep coming in. If we do not get this building up we will miss out on potential income. We will need this income to help us thru the next winter.  The building that will be going up is about 40,000 dollars. We do have a start with 10,000 dollars in the building fund. This building will be a beginning.It will be able to be added to if needed further down the line. Bruce asked about Email addresses of our members, did we get a lot of them during the survey last state shoot? Denny said that we did not have many. This was something shooters skipped over. So he then asked if we didn’t send out the letter, donation form and the raffle form how would we reach out to the members. It was talked about with a lot of input from the directors, it was decided that we need to send the information out so members know what is happening and hope people will help to get the building and other things paid for. He also brought up that Reed Slaby would like to do the website for the WTA. This will save the WTA a little money. Thank you Reed for volunteering to help out. Bruce brought up that the SCTP are interested in paying in advance for 500 shooters for 10,000 dollars as long as we can guarantee we would have the money to give a refund if needed. The Directors talked about having paid for the first ten traps and using this for collateral for the SCTP. They feel there is good collateral in what we have already paid for. Bruce was looking to the Directors for ideas for getting income for the Homegrounds. There was also talk about losing Directors this year. We need to start looking for members who might be interested in running for their zone this year.

Insurance: The Board also talked about insurance. Right now we do not have workman’s comp. Insurance. If we go with the policy we have now it will add an around an additional $6000 dollars to the insurance bill. This is one of the big bills that we really need to pay before there is a fine issued. After Jim looked into other insurance possibilities, he found that what we were quoted for our workman’s comp. insurance was reasonable.

Jim: Jim was asked how we were sitting as far as bills. Jim said that he has looked back at the last year’s bills for these months.He said if it mirrors last year we need more income somewhere in order to stay on top of what we will need to pay out for bills. He also was asked by Don about the IRS withdrawals. He said he has talked to Dennis and the reason the totals were changing so often was because for a while we were behind on his pay check. It should be a lower payment now that things are caught up. Bruce asked Jim if the letters are ready to go out, Jim said that they are ready to go to the post office when we are ready to send them out. The Directors decided to send them out. Jim will send them out on Tuesday morning.

Don: Don had posted the donation letter on the blog. He has received some response from it wondering why we are trying to put up a building when we are having trouble with the finances. He was going to write a letter and post it on the blog as to the position the WTA and Homegrounds are in. Why we are trying to get the building up etc. Don also brought up that it would be nice if there would be a few members to help during the state shoot. He was going to write up cheat notes for anyone who would like to help in classifying.

Dwight: Dwight asked Dennis if the camp grounds would have seasonal camping. Dennis said it would be hard to have the seasonal camping because of the state shoot being completely booked. If people wanted to do seasonal they would have to pull out for the state shoot week.

Denny: Denny talked about going to RV shows and he is still hearing good things. He was heading to the Milwaukee show this weekend. He is working hard getting the word out about the camp grounds. He was going to send the Directors a list of shoots already scheduled for the 2015 year. Dennis thought that he was going to try to see if local businesses would like to use shelters, sidewalks, trap houses etc. as a source of advertising. Denny said he is working on getting local activities to advertise the camping at the Homegrounds. We need the camp grounds to take off this year.

Paul: Paul talked about the fish fry he did for Friday night of the state shoot. He said he will do this again for the 2015 state shoot. He talked about prices of fish are jumping right now and that he would let us know the price closer to the state shoot. He said that he has all of his workers set up and is happy to do the fish fry again. He thought if we had the building up it would be nicer for the fish fry and that maybe there could be an action or some kind of fund raiser during the fish fry. He also thought it would be a good thing to send out the letters to members so that members can see what is being done and what is needed to move forward.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:45

Next meeting: The next meeting is a teleconference on Monday, March 9th, 2015.