January 24th, 2019
Date / Time: January 24, 2019 at 7:00pm CST
Location: Bart Crockett’s Residence / Registered Office
x Bart Crockett (President) x Jim Ascheman (Member at Large)
x Mike Doran (Treasurer) Adam Moore (Member at Large)
Carol Moore (Secretary) Nick Guzzo (Member at Large)
x Molly Ertle (Member at Large) x Antonette Alexander (Member at Large)
x Gary Kreczarek
Introduction – Bart Crockett
Bart Crockett called the meeting to order. Prior month’s meeting minutes was approved.
Treasurer’s Report – Mike Doran
Mike Doran provided a brief update on the association’s current financial position. He indicated that one more
membership fee came through bringing the current balance to approximately just above $54,000.
Gary Krejcarek complimented the BEAA about what a great reputation it has in the community and went onto noting
that the White Bear Conservation District also has a rather larger pool of funds this year that BEAA might want to look
into to determine whether BEAA can benefit from it. Bart Crockett suggested that BEAA need to look at some strategic
planning, and how he was particularly impressed by the great ideas Jeff Forester suggested.
Mr Crockett thanked Mike for his Treasurer’s report.
Amended Article of Incorporation and Bylaws – Bart Crockett and Mike Doran
Mr Crockett and Mr Doran presented the Articles of Incorporation and the amended Bylaws. All members present
signed the Articles and Bylaws. Signatures outstanding are from Carol Moore, Adam Moore and Nick Guzzo. Mr. Crockett
stressed the need to draft a contingency plan to treat Aquatic Invasive Species. We have potential financial sponsor,
however, need a more convincing contingency plan for Kathryn Harris and other potential sponsors to make their rather
Members agreed that spotty inspection is not very effective and BEAA needs to discuss it further. A meeting on strategic
plan with Justin Townsend has been scheduled. However, it was agreed that BEAA needs to come up with its own plan.
It was suggested that BEAA request from Justin Townsend an action plan rather than a strategic plan.
Bald Eagle Area Association (“BEAA”)
Annual Fundraising Dinner – Mike Doran
Mr Crockett invited Mr Doran to lead the discussion, summarize last year’s results and go through assignment of various
tasks. Mr Doran compared the numbers of last two years and explained that although attendance was lower in 2018,
revenue was much larger. All agreed that we need to drive for higher attendance with a dinner ticket rate of $75 per
person. Antonette Alexander suggested the cans of copper paint be considered as a promotional offer to sign up for
membership at the fundraising dinner. Jim Ascheman agreed to man the membership sign-up table, but need to check
on price and availability of copper paint.
Mr Doran proceeded with the task assignment and all agreed to the following:
• Antonette = venue and menu selection, auction signs and bid sheets
• Jim = check on zeb paint and present at Feb board meeting for possibility of staffing membership sign up table.
• Molly = Premium item for sale at dinner, research, purchase and staff table
• Bart = M/C (or Rick) and boost attendance, bistro tables
• Mike = Auction items ask and money responsibilities
Members in attendance proposed the following assignments for those not in attendance and others outside of BEAA
• Nick = Large items ask, sell and staff table (I'm happy to work with you Nick and Adam has brought in some
items in the past)
• Adam = Staff and handle auction check out tables, sound system, garage floor donation (thank you for past
• Carole = Publicity and attendance, get save date out, alert member periodically this spring, WB Press, lawn signs,
reconcile her list with the past attendees list
• Leigh and Vicky = pick up and store auction items
• Deb Donovan = checkout with Adam, do reservation table;
• Tonya and Chad Gruenwald = games
• Rick Donovan = buy and stage liquor and wine for raffle
AI Report – Jim Ascheman
Mr Ascheman provided an update on the Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment taskforce.
• No progress with the DNR with the Minnows project that adds Minnows to the lake to fight Zebra Mussels as the
DNR shut down the project.
• Mr Ascheman met with Mike Parenteau of the White Bear Lake Conservation District (lake association) and
highlighted the following from the meeting:
o Zebra Mussels escalated to large numbers and then receded down by 20%
o Zebra Mussels cleaned the water so they now have 30’ visibility
o Last season he only had a few on his ladder & a few on the dock posts
No evidence of impact to the fish population from the Zebra Mussels noted
o They treat Eurasian Millfoil in June. Last year the DNR let them treat to depth of 8’. Successful. They
treat 390 locations covering 70 acres.
o They have non-native Phragmites: Justin Townsend helped the DNR locate the plants and recommended
the treatment with chemicals. They can be eliminated.
o They are on the lookout for Starry Stonewort & Spiny Waterflea
o They are happy to work with us on projects & information
It was suggested that the Membership Committee conduct a membership drive walking door to door with a can of
copper paint to go after fundraiser.
Mike Doran plans to check with prior presidents to get a write-up about BE for the website.
The meeting was adjourned by Bart Crockett.