Oconto County Lakes & Waterways Association


Meeting Notices


Board of Directors Meetings: Sat. October 25, 2014, 9-11am at Riverview Town Hall

Membership Meetings: 
SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING to address bylaw changes to support 501-3C application.  When: October 11, 2014 at 9am.  Where:  Riverview Town Hall

*View OCLAWA.org to review bylaws.


President Mike Winius called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. Lakes represented at this meeting were: Inland Lakes P&R Dist. #1 Townsend, Bass Lake, Paya Lake, Archibald Lake, Maiden Lake, Boot Lake, Kelly Lake, Townsend Flowage, Grindle Lake, Berry Lake and the Machickanee.

Minutes of the April 26 meeting were read. Ken Darby of Kelly Lake asked for a correction to the minutes to read “Kelly Lake supports the efforts to return the trailer park back into a campground, but is not involved in this effort.” Motion by Mike Lavin, seconded by Matt Marty that the corrected minutes be approved. Motion unanimously carried.

Treasurer Lillian Williamson reported a checking account balance of $584.84. Her report was approved unanimously.

SuperValu Food Booth
Bill Dutton reported a profit of $107.00 on June 25. The day was rather cold and the sale was not as well attended as expected. Bill suggested we try again in the summer of 2015, for which an August 4, 2014 sign-up deadline is in force. Motion by Matt Marty, seconded by Mike Lavin that the association try again next summer. Motion unanimously carried. Bill will handle the sign-up and shoot for a Friday/Saturday in summer.

Non-profit Application Status
Matt Marty suggested Attorney John Keekauer of Wisconsin Lakes be contacted to help in the 501-C-3 application process. Items which must be added to the bylaws include a dissolution clause, non-conflict of interest statement, and we need to show income and expeditures. Ken Darby suggested we save the $200-$250 attorney fees and follow the Kelly Lake application, leaving only the $400 application fee. Motion by Mike Lavin, seconded by Jerry Yaedke that the association follow through with the application process. Motion carried unanimously. Ken Darby and Matt Marty will follow through with the application process.

Mike Winius stated the bylaws can only be changed at the annual meeting (April) or by calling a Special Meeting for this purpose. Motion by Judie Gowaski, seconded by Ken Darby, that a Special Meeting be called for October 11, 2014 to further the 501-C-3 application process by amending the bylaws. Motion carried unanimously.

Grocery Bag AIS Education Project
Matt Marty displayed a plastic grocery bag with an AIS message printed in partnership with the Lakewood SuperValu for $240 one hundred thousand bags. Matt stated his intention to survey customers to determine if they noticed the message and asked if the message helped. Bill Dutton asked if the association would be eligible for a grant for this project for next summer.

Raffle Fundraiser
Mike Lavin reported ticket sales are going well but we need to sell each of the 300 tickets to make a suitable profit. It was suggested that sellers give out brochures with tickets sold so people can understand our mission of AIS detection and removal. Also, many, many thanks to Bernie Bangert for handling the printing of another 500 brochures. Tom of Sunset Resort has agreed to make his business available on Labor Day for the drawing.

OCLAWA Website & AIS Placemats
Both projects are working well. All placemats have been distributed.

Terry Rank Foundation
OCLAWA has pledged an undetermined amount to the Terry Rank Educational Foundation. Lillian Williamson stated the foundation’s budget has already been set and suggested we wait until after the cash raffle to determine the amount of funds available in the treasury. Unanimously agreed upon and this item will be placed on the Spring 2015 meeting agenda.

Oconto County Fair Booth
The fair will be held August 14-17, 2014. Motion by Matt Marty, seconded by Bill Dutton, that OCLAWA split the cost of a booth (82.50) with Oconto County as we did last year. Motion carried unanimously. Members were asked to sign up to work several hours at the booth.

Mike Winius stated that Amanda Strick will collect all Zebra Mussel traps on August 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverview Town Hall.

Kay Rankel of Berry Lake gave an update on the lake’s application to the DNR to install weed barrier mats. The mats are extremely successful. Kay stated the follow-up application will contain a clause for divers to install and remove the mats. The mats are anchored by PVC pipes (one filled with water and the other sand). Kay will send more information for inclusion on the OCLAWA website. Mats will last 10 years if cleaned and stored correctly.

Nancy Patrick of Maiden Lake reported on the Nicolet Resource Committee, stating funds and grants are available through this citizen’s advisory committee. Nancy gave an overview of the organization and will continue to attend their meetings and report back.

Valley Insurance Associates is one company writing proposing for liability insurance for lake associations; prices range from $500 to $5,000. Prices are based in part on the number of fund raising projects, number of people involved, etc.

Membership Meeting Schedules
Special Meeting October 11, 2014 at 9 a.m. at Riverview Town Hall.
Next membership meetings April 25, 2015 and July 25, 2015.
Next board of directors meeting October 25, 2014 and January 24, 2015.

- It was suggested that OCLAWA minutes be added to individual member association’s websites for better dissemination of information.

- Ken Darby announced the annual Kelly Lake Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, August 2.
- Members were asked to make suggestions for future speakers.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Judie Gowaski


April 26, 2014

President Mike Winius called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. April 26, 2014 at Riverview Town Hall.  Lake associations represented were: Bass Lake, Inland Lakes P&R District #1 Townsend, Townsend Flowage, Maiden Lake, Berry Lake, Kelly Lake, Archibald Lake, Paya Lake and Machickanee Flowage.  Also present was Ken Van Handel of Pickerel Lake, which has just formed a lake association.  At the request of the president those present briefly introduced themselves.  Speakers scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. were Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Sherman and WDNR Conservation Warden Lee Posusta. 


Motion by Mike Lavin, seconded by Jon Marsh, that Lillian Williamson be appointed Treasurer following the resignation of R.B. Hiebing.  Motion unanimously carried.  Motion by Dan Coopman, seconded by Kathleen Marsh, that Dennis Nelson be confirmed as the new board member.  Motion carried unanimously.  Mike Winius stated the association now has a post office box: P.O. Box 100 in Lakewood.  Cost is $66/year.  The secretary was directed to compose a Thank you letter to Dick. 

Minutes of the 27 July 2013 meeting have been posted on the website.  Motion by Ken Darby, seconded by Bill Lavin that the minutes be accepted as posted.  Motion carried.  The treasurer reported a checking account balance of $315.21.  Motion by Mike Lavin, seconded by Matt Marty, report accepted.


Bill Dutton reported the Lakewood SuperValu food booth fund raiser will be held June 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the store’s annual meat sale.  A signup sheet for workers was passed around. 


Matt Marty explained the requirements for obtaining a 501-C-3 tax status: Bylaws must contain a dissolution clause; application should have been made within two years of incorporation; costs vary from $200-$250 for an attorney to handle and the application fee is $400.  Ken Darby volunteered to help complete the application in-house rather than pay attorney fees.  Matt will continue the application process. 


Matt Marty reported our share of the grocery bags at Lakewood SuperValu will be $240 for about 100,000 plastic bags.  No logo could be printed because multiple colors are not cost worthy.  Bags will be available for use during the spring and summer.


Mike Winius and Mike Lavin offered for discussion the printing of 300 tickets at $10 each, with winning tickets drawn for $1,000, $500 and $250.  Discussion followed with many members recommending lower prize amounts.  Motion by Dennis Nelson, seconded by Matt Marty, that the association proceed to secure the proper license and with the printing of 300 tickets to sell at $10 each.  Motion carried unanimously. 


More brochures need to be printed.  The secretary will forward the brochure to Kathleen Marsh who will proceed with finding a printing source for 500 brochures. 


The last of the placemats were distributed to members for use by area restaurants.


Ken Darby of Kelly Lake reported the campground being run on the lake is turning into a trailer park.  A lake member sued the owners to open their books but the court denied the request.  The state supreme court then reversed the decision and the association is trying to proceed with the dissolution of a trailer park, back into a campground.  Spruce Township is trying to recover $57,000 in legal fees.  Zoning laws in the area are said to be very loose.

The two speakers were then introduced:  Lee Posusta (Hotline number 1-800-TIP-WDNR or lee.posusta@wisconsin.gov) the new WDNR Conservation Warden and Deputy Troy Sherman with the Oconto County Sheriff’s office (920/834-6900 or troy.sherman@co.oconto.wi.us).  Both men gave an extremely interesting account of a typical day on the job, the investigative work involved, and the dangers and frustrations they face. Warden Posusta announced a WDNR free boat safety inspection at the Lakewood Shell Station May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also spoke of the Oconto River Kids project.  Contact him for more information on this.  Warden Posusta also announced a National Loon Symposium to be held at Northland College October 25-26 attended by biologists from all over the country.  He also spoke of having jurisdiction over 150 lakes north of County Z; his office is the ranger station in Lakewood.  Deputy Sherman spoke of the marijuana being grown on state and county lands and how he and his fellow deputies track down the growers.  He also spoke of enforcing laws on ATV and snowmobile trails and the difficulties involved.  Both men also enforce the Clean Boats/Clean Waters precepts.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11 a.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Judie Gowaski 



March 29, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Winius at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Riverview Town Hall.  Present: Mike Winius, Mike Lavin, Lillian Williamson, Judie Gowaski, Kathleen Marsh representing Jon Marsh, Dennis Nelson.  


Mike Lavin suggested several fund raising ideas, including cash raffles and meat raffles, all with a limited number of tickets sold to make the raffle more inviting.  Kathleen Marsh had several ideas, including selling $100 tickets to win $1,000 (limit 250 tickets) and raffle gas cards.  The consensus among the attendees was CASH is the most attractive and lucrative fund raiser. 


Mike Winius stated he is pursuing this status but the association must amend our bylaws to include a “dissolution of organization” clause. This will be discussed at the annual meeting April 26. 


Judie Gowaski reported only a small number of brochures remain.  Judie was instructed to contact Samantha at Oconto County Economic Development Corp. to inquire if they have the means to print more brochures for us. 


Suggested were Troy Sherman (Recreation  Officer from Sheriff’s Department) to discuss enforcement, Lee Posusta, new DNR warden, Ken Dolata, County Conservation Department Head, Amanda Strick, County AIS/Lakes Coordinator.  All will be contacted.  Also discussed were speakers on land trust. 


Kathleen Marsh expressed concerns with how lake surveys/studies being conducted by various professional offices in the area. Kathleen suggested lake organization members should be most closely involved with contractors and become part of any lake surveys.  Jon Marsh will pursue this further. 


Mike Lavin requested to be replaced as Treasurer, explaining he thought it was an interim appointment.  Mike Winius then appointed Lillian Williamson as Treasurer.  Motion approved unanimously.  Appointment will be confirmed at annual meeting April 26.

The board directed a letter of thanks be sent to Dick Hiebing for his 15 years of service as Treasurer.

Items not discussed because of absence of key members: Super Valu food booth status - Grocery bag/AIS proposal status.   There being no further business the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Judie Gowaski



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