The Meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm on February 11, 2021 via zoom and in person at the Outdoor Campus East. Introductions were made. The January 14, 2021 minutes were approved as posted to the Dakota Chapter, TU website (https://www.dakotatu.org).

Treasurers Report:

We have approximately $11,202 in the bank.

New Member Report:

We had 3 new members this month. We are officially caught up on welcome letters. Charlie was recognized for being co-membership chair and received his certificate and merchandise.

Editor’s Report:

Check out the latest issue of the newsletter at www.dakotatu.org or check your email for a link. Continue sending content to Dan.

Social Media Report:

Watch for social media meeting links and trip links. We may look into a zoom subscription in the future, however, for the immediate time being we are going to continue to use Dan’s

Old Business:

  1. Banquet:

The show will go on. Our Annual Dakota TU Banquet is set for April 17th at Cherry Creek in Sioux Falls. Please Purchase tickets if you have not. Last year’s tickets will be honored. We still have a few sponsorships yet so please consider partaking in the opportunity. Royce and Tristan have decided to pay the $1 / day for some social media blasts on Facebook to try and get some added media time.

Don’t forget to bring a guest. TU members get entered into a drawing for a gift card. If your guest becomes a member there first year dues will be paid by Dakota Trout Unlimited and they will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

  1. Adopt A Lake:

Dakota TU currently is sponsoring Lake Vermillion. Look for details as to our next cleanup. Royce has reached out to Kip Rounds on adding more bodies of water and Kip has recommended we add Rollings gravel pit in Hudson to the list and we have done so. We have a new sign coming for Lake Vermillion that has our Dakota Trout Unlimited name on it instead of our logo.

John, Kips counterpart from the Black Hills, said it would be great if we would sponsor a body of water that direction. He is going to be getting the group some info on bodies of water we would consider choosing from. The intention of the group is to sponsor a body of water and incorporate cleanup with Booth Days if the program continues or with our annual chapter trip.

  1. Fly tying material project:

Royce has stand built and some organization set up. Dakota TU purchased some bins to help organize.

  1. Outdoor Campus Virtual Fly-Tying Class:

The class will be held the first three Wednesday’s in April. Week 1 will be a basic how to. Weeks 2 and 3 will be demonstrations by Jim Boorman tying flies.

  1. Spring Trip:

The Spring Chapter Trip will be held June 11-13 at Whispering Pines Campground.

  1. Fiscal Year 2021 ends March 31, 2021:

The annual report is due by May 15th to TU National. Our form 990N is due August 15th. Please help us gather any volunteer hours for meetings, trips, Adopt A Lake, Big Sioux River Greenway cleanup, Tying Flies, Banquet prep, etc.

New Business:

  1. Spearfish Creek / Cook Ditch Update:

This is slated to be a 5 year $11,500,000 project. The goal is for $5,750,000 to come through a grant from the national resources conservation with the rest coming from various other sources. The goal for conservation groups is currently $1,400,000 worth of donations in the form of cash, labor, group input. Contact Royce or Andrew D for more info.

  1. Next meeting, March 11, 2021; Outdoor Campus:

Our next meeting is to be held Thursday March 11th at the Outdoor Campus at 7pm. This will be the last meeting prior to the banquet.

MEETING UPDATE: Prior to minutes being typed it was noted that the Meeting will be relocated to Scheels in Sioux Falls instead due to a potential Covid scare at the Outdoor Campus.

Other Items of Interest:

  1. Sign up for SDWF Camo Coalition alerts:

Consider going to www.sdwf.org and scrolling down to “The Camo Coalition”; to sign up for alerts.

  1. Check out the “TAKE ACTION” tab near the bottom of www.tu.org home page:

A variety of ways we can each impact Coldwater fisheries conservation

  1. Facebook Pages that might interest you:

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers; Orvis Fly Fishing; D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives; South Dakota Wildlife Federation

The group has discussed creating a Facebook group in addition to the page we have so that others can post content such as fish stories, favorite ties, gear for sale, etc. Tristan and Royce are going to work together to get a group set up. They were still discussing going private or anyone can join. Seek Facebook for more details.

With that, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48pm following a 41-minute business meeting.

The February 11th, 2021 minutes were prepared by Andrew Hershman, Secretary; Dakota Trout Unlimited.

On Going Reminders:

  1. Our next Official meeting is March 11, 2021 at Scheels in Sioux Falls and via Zoom.
  2. Save your issues of “Trout” magazine to give them to the chapter to be given out at future events.
  3. The GF&P has an updated 2018 addition of the Black Hills of South Dakota Fishing Guide.
  4. Please like our Facebook page at Dakota Trout Unlimited and our website https://www.dakotatu.org for up to date Chapter news and information.