PRESIDENT’S LETTER

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July – August 2019

Lake Association Members,

As our last meeting in August nears, it is hard to believe how fast another Lake Association year has passed. July weather at the lake has been very rough on many property owners around the lake. The most significant damage hitting near Arrowhead Bible Camp and the homes/ resorts and cabins from the Ohmart Wet Land area back into the back bay of Chain Lake. In some ways, when you see the damage that hit the surrounding areas of New Auburn and Chetek, overall, we came out quite well.

However, that doesn’t take away the devastating effects of property damage for those impacted so greatly in our area.

As we wrap-up our meeting season for 2019, we have lots to be proud of as an association. As President, I am especially proud of how we continue to focus on our mission, to educate, and protect, maintain, and enhance our lakes and recreational activities that take place on our lakes. However, I also understand we have much more to do. Having said that, I want to extend an invitation to members to share what issues are important to you and what issues you want the organization to focus on. At the August meeting, we will be having a “Priority Issues Box” for each of you to share the issues that impact and that are important to you. The Association Board and I will then compile all your priorities and use these during the off season to plan and prioritize how we focus and spend our time in 2020 and beyond. I realized that not all of you will be able to attend the meeting at Hawks on

August 10th at 10 AM so I ask that me your “Priority Issues” to me by email at Karlnordin61@gmail.com . Please do not respond to the email with the newsletter – please send a separate email with your priority issues so it doesn’t get lost.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the contributions of members sharing their time, talents and/or treasure with the association so that we could have another great year. 2018 showed a large membership, but we were able to surpass that number in 2019! We continue to grow in the direction of my personal goal which would be every property owner being a member of the organization.

Additionally, it was great to see committee membership up and seeing their efforts work on various projects that continuously enhance the quality of Chain of Lakes. Ie. Continue progression with purple loosestrife management, continued work maintaining hazard buoys and channel markers, continued planning meetings for the Walleye committee to make sure we take meaningful next steps in fish habitat and vitality. Thanks also to the on-going support of the lake establishments for hosting our monthly meetings during the summer. It continues to be an honor to serve our organization as your president.

WE WANT YOUR LEADERSHIP!!

Elections will be held at the August meeting for Treasurer, Vice President, and Chain and McCann lake representatives. At this time, we are still looking for someone interested in running as Vice

President. Please let me know if you have the desire to be part of this active Board.

***MEMBER EDITORIAL***

About our Shores – Carol Hakala – McCann Lake

Ted and I have a sign hanging in our garden: “If you are lucky enough to live on the lake – you are lucky enough.” I like that, and I am sure that this resonates with any/all of us that live here on our lake chain. No matter what activities you enjoy here at the lake, I think that we can agree that it is a gift that we all share.

Part of the magic of our chain of lakes is the clarity of the water. Clear water allows us to enjoy all the various activities that living on a lake brings. Swimming, skiing, paddling, hearing the call of the loon, or fishing – all are best when we have clear, clean water. As we cruise around the lake we see many properties that are restoring the shoreland to it’s natural state and we see beautifully manicured lawns. Yes, the manicured lawns are lovely. However, the natural shoreline offers interest and beauty that is also beneficial to our water. Natural shoreline helps maintain clear water, and all that comes with it. In fact, studies show that when we change the natural shoreline to a traditional or conventional landscape (lawns extending down to the lakeshore) we experience more runoff. Runoff adds phosphorus, which in turn lowers water quality and encourages weed growth. It also raises the temperature of the lake, which in turn encourages weed growth. Establishing a traditional lawn that extends all the way to the lake can cause 7 times the amount of phosphorus and 18 times the amount of sediment to enter the water compared to natural shoreline. Natural shorelines act as filters – and keep our water clean and clear.

Here are several reasons to maintain or establish a natural shoreline:

1. It keeps our water clean

2. It helps to prevent erosion

3. It keeps the geese off your lawns (who likes stepping in goose poop on your way to the  lake?)

4. It makes the fisheries healthier

5. It offers a beautifully natural way to enjoy the lake.

Please consider leaving the shoreline as natural as possible or restoring your shoreline to include “buffers” of natural vegetation. These buffer zones can include beautiful native flowers, as well as shrubs. And they give the bonus of filtering out the pollutants before reaching our lake.

Let’s think outside of the box of the landscapes that we are used to in our lives away from the lake. Consider including a buffer zone on your shore. Want more information? Please refer to this site:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ShorelandZoning/documents/FH-429.pdf 

(Carol and Ted Hakala moved to McCann Lake in 2005 as year-round residents)

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Thank you, Carol and Ralph DeLuga for all your service to Our Lake Association! This wood carving was presented to them at the July Brat feed. Carol served many years as the Association Secretary up until 2018 and Ralph was a past VP of the organization. Over the years they have assisted with many projects, housed the Association’s pontoon,and headed up the buoy placement many years. They were also instrumental in the work on the Ohmart wetland acquisition project. Thanks for all your years of hard work and dedication and continued support.

Final thought…even though I don’t want to wish the rest of summer away, I hope that everyone has a fantastic fall and enjoys the colors autumn brings. Thank you, again, for being a part of this amazing organization and I look forward to seeing you at Hawks on the 10th at 10am, and to quote

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Carol Hakala’s member editorial…

June/July 2019 Newsletter

Lake Association Members,

We are rapidly approaching the 4th of July holiday, a time of great activity on the lake and a time for those of us who live on the lake to realize we live where people vacation over the holidays. Personally, feel that one of the best things about owning a lake home is the ability to share the experience with others, entertain, and pass on the love of lake life to someone else. Some of my best memories as a child were when we visited friends at the lake over the 4th of July, being out on a boat, and to this day one of my favorite activities still is being able to sit around a campfire, telling stories, sharing laughs and even a song or two. This being said, with the increased activity and boat traffic on our lakes, it also means it is a time that we all need to practice caution to have another safe boating season. Please, also make sure that you are cautious and courteous with your personal fireworks displays to make sure no one is hurt, and no property damage is caused by the fireworks. Last, when heading out on the lake for the great fireworks make sure to double check your equipment before heading out. Be sure to check that you have enough life jackets, that your lights are working, and most importantly, when the shows are completed take your time returning home. Special thanks again to the guys who got the new Buoys out in the channel. These will assist greatly for the night time travel to watch the fireworks.

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Invasive Species Members, Left to right Kirsten Gierhart, Sandra Seiheimer, and Tom Frankprepping the beetles for the next phase of Purple Loosestrife Control Project

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Lake Association Members,

If you stayed in Wisconsin for this past winter, I am fairly sure you are welcoming DECKS, DOCKS and FLIP FLOPS SEASON at the lake. As the snow melts, and hours of daylight getting longer, it is apparent the launch of the Spring/Summer season 2019 is just around the corner. It is so great to hear and see the birds in their spring frenzy singing and gathering for nests. It seems to be their way of notifying those of us who listen, that it is time to start anew. It is sort of funny as this time of year also marks the

Wisconsin competition known as the, “Did you spot your first Robin Yet?” It can be heard as your out in about in public spaces, “Yep, I saw my first Robin on Tuesday, guess we will now have three more snows.” Here is hoping that by the time this newsletter processes and reaches your home we are talking abpit the date the ice went out.

The Board and I are looking forward to a great 2019. As in past years, we are glad to extend this newsletter our to current and future Lake Association Members. Thanks to Linda Carpenter and her husband John Kowalewski(Chain Lake), for maintaining the lake home addresses to assist us in sending this mailing. The Board and I, are pleased to be able to share membership information with you and we encourage you to renew, or if you are not a member, to join this year. Be part of the group that advocates to ensure we protect, maintain, and enhance the beautiful Island Chain of Lakes where we are lucky to live and/or recreate. In this first newsletter of our 2019, I want to share some completed projects, some on-going projects, and some things to look forward to in 2019.

Aquatic Invasive Species Committee: One of the highlights of the 2018 Association year, was the culmination of the Invasive Species Committee, made up of very active members, under the outstanding leadership of Kent Gierhart. Please refer to summary of their activities submitted by the committee later in this newsletter. You will see the committee’s plans to continue forward in 2019 to tackle invasive species locations that were identified, and mapped in 2018. If interested in helping with this committee please reach out to Kent Gierhart at Khghart@yahoo.com,

Walley Committee: 2018 the Walley committee elected Rod Steege (Island Lake/McCann Lake-Channel), the new Chairperson of the Walleye Committee. Rod had the opportunity this winter to meet with several other Lake Associations, and a DNR fish biologist and walleye specialist to discuss how we can best move forward on our Chain of Lakes to help support the DNR’s walleye restocking, and overall improvement of fish habitat and spawning areas on the chain. In the past, it was suggested that we could add rocks to our deteriorated crib structures to try to make them functional again, however after committee discussions, and input from association members, we have aborted that plan and are working with our local fish biologist to plan our next steps. If you are interested in this project please reach out to Rod Steege at bpkey2@gmail.com .

DNR Fish Hatchery: Fall 2019, our chain of lakes is scheduled to receive 10 walleye per acre over our entire chain of lakes from the DNR fish hatcheries. As long as the DNR funding of the Walleye stocking programs continue, we will continue on this schedule during odd years. I am happy to hear reports that more and larger walleyes have been getting caught by anglers which seems to present evidence that our efforts in working closely with the DNR on this project are working.

Calendar Project: Linda Carpenter (Chain Lake) has created the second Association May 2019-May 2020 Calendar is slated to be completed for our May meeting. The calendar has area events, association meetings schedule, and is filled with beautiful pictures of our Chain of Lakes. Thanks to John Kowaleski (Chain Lake) for getting 4 sponsors to assist in offsetting the calendar costs. The sponsors are: Bischel’s Septic Service, K & L Prop Repair, TSB Lakefront Restoration and Diving, and Woods and Water Realty.

This year, if you come to a meeting and pay your membership, the Association will be giving you a free calendar. If you would like to be a part of this Committee in the future to help obtain adds, events etc. please reach out to lcarpenter_design@att.net.

Area Lakes Days, 2019 : Unfortunately, this event needed to be cancelled for 2019. This was due to inability to schedule a weekend with our host facility Arrowhead Bible Camp. Our hope is to bring this event back in 2020.

We are now a 501c3: I would publically like to thank Dan Borreson, (Member/Chain Lake) for his hard work, and guidance during the application process to become a 501c3. What this means for you…? Should you wish to donate to the organization for future projects any donation now over $50 dollars will be considered a tax deductible gift. This process also has allowed us to become incorporated.

Lake Association Store: We will continue to work with Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods (CVSG)to have an online store for hats and clothing. My wife, Mary, has again agreed to be the contact person for this. She can be reached at mbbaldesh@gmail.com or 715.829.2542. In order to have an online store, we need at least 12 pieces ordered for CVSG to proceed with our orders. Right now, the plan is to have the store “open and close” three times during the summer. The store has to “close” in order for the merchandise to be ordered and embroidered. Please contact Mary with questions.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s): I am pleased to report that Hawks, Backwoods and Shep’s have received new AED’s purchased by the Lake Association. This completes our 2018-2019 goal of total replacement at these locations. We hope that no one will need to use this life-saving technology, but are thankful that the bars have agreed to house them if an emergency arises.

Elected Another Outstanding Board: Al Christensen (Island Lake) was newly elected as secretary at our August meeting. Al has big shoes to fill, he succeeded Carol Deluga (Chain Lake), who faithfully served many years as the association Secretary. I would like to Welcome Al and thank Carol for her many years of service. Additionally, Tom Slowinsky (Clear Lake) has been elected as Clear Lake’s Lake Representative, replacing Tom Creviston (Clear Lake). When I asked Tom, how many years he served as the Clear Lake Lake Representative he stated he believed it was since we added lake reps to the Association by-laws. Thanks Tom for your service and help. Rick Krahn(Island Lake) and Ron Ottum (Chain Lake) were both was re-elected as Lake Representative of their respective lakes. Karl Nordin (Island Lake) was re-elected as President.

Also remaining on the board is Mark Schmidt (Island Lake), he continues his term as Vice President, Bea Burnap, (Chain Lake) continues her term as Treasure, Ron Ottum (Chain Lake) was re-elected as Chain lake Representative, and Ted Hakala (McCann Lake) as the McCann Lake representative.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Letters sung best by Aretha Franklin, but hold great importance to Lake Property owners. As people who live and recreate on this chain of lakes, we hold the key and responsibility for the health and culture of our lakes.

Respect can be measured by in many ways, here are just a few…

Respecting our shorelines: How do we respect our land and shorelines to the waterways that connect us all? We can ask the question, will we as property owners take action to ensure we do what we can to reduce runoff, pollutants and fertilizers don’t leach into our lakes? Will we as conscientious property owners take steps without regulation to ensure our septic systems are functioning properly? These actions, if respected by all will help in reducing nutrient counts down that negatively impact weed growth and algae blooms.

Adhering to a culture of respect to other boaters and recreators. This means we are respectful of all recreation, and as conscientious users of the lake we respectful of the rules that regulate those activities ie. respecting slow no wake areas, speed restrictions from other boaters, and shorelines. Last, making sure we are respectful and understand the impact our boat wakes make to land, water and others recreating.

Together let’s make R-E-S-P-E-C-T our mantra and culture that is expected on our chain of lakes. This will ensure another safe year and enhance the recreation experience for all.

Newsletter Contributions: I always find the newsletters much more interesting when we get articles and submissions from our members. If you are interested in being a contributor either regularly or even once in awhile please reach out to me at karlnordin61@gmail.com and let me know what you might want to share.

 

June/July 2018 Newsletter

What says you have arrived at summer more than warm temperatures, brats, and celebration of our Nations Independence with the 4th of July? This year’s fireworks will be Saturday June 30th sponsored by Shep’s Northshore Bar on Island Lake and July 4th on Chain Lake, put on the Higgin’s family. On behalf of the Lake Association members I would like to extend my gratitude to these groups for providing great fireworks shows. As you head out on the lakes this year for the 2018 fireworks, plan extra time, be patient and courteous of the other boaters, make sure you plan ahead and have enough life jackets. Let’s make sure it is another safe and enjoyable holiday for all.

Mark your calendar to attend the annual Brat Feed/Meeting on July 14, remember that this meeting starts an hour later at 11. Note in the invasive species meeting minutes later in this newsletter they will be meeting prior to the July 14th meeting so if you are interested in being part of the committee or learning more about invasive you can come early and meet with the group.

As an observer, and participant, of lake life living on this Chain of Lakes since 1992, one of the things I have always enjoyed about touring our lakes in a pontoon or other watercraft is that “Lake People” in general seem happier. Maybe it is that we slow down at the lake, maybe it is because we stop thinking about all the tasks on our to-do list for a moment, maybe it is because we pause from our electronics to talk to our family and friends. Whatever it is, one constant that I have enjoyed of all these years is the wave.Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 9.53.22 AM

This got me thinking about “waves.” The wave that I was particularly talking about is the wave from one boat to another. A simple gesture, but it is usually accompanied with a smile, and you can almost feel your lake friends and neighbors saying, “hope you have a great day.”

However, as I was thinking about waves, I couldn’t help but also think about the waves our boats make. It was a reminder to myself that as we boat we need to be conscious of the waves our boats make as well. If we don’t pay attention to our waves they can cause erosion ie.

Driving too fast near shorelines or in slow now wake zones. Our waves can cause harm to the nature on our lakes by disturbing their habitats, impair the efforts of birds especially that loons that build nests just inches away from the water. Our waves can also impact those out trying to enjoy the water in kayaks, or paddle boards.Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 9.53.53 AM

So let’s make sure we pay attention to our waves this summer. Keep the happy waves rolling and be conscientious of the other waves so that everyone including our land, wildlife and other boaters can enjoy their time at the lake.

Karl Nordin, President Karlnordin61@gmail.com

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By: Jeff Scheier, DNR Fish Biologist jeffrey.scheirer@wisconsin.gov

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative began in 2013, but walleye stocking in the Island Chain started in 1999. The attached file outlines the walleye stocking history for the four lakes in the Island Chain.Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 9.55.24 AM

The information is based on electronic records of stocking receipts entered into our statewide database for fish stocking events dating back to 1972. The first worksheet tab (labeled Summary) has the annual totals by each of the three walleye age categories (fry, small fingerling, and large fingerling). The second worksheet tab (labeled Records) includes the breakdown of walleyes stocked into each lake each year in each age class.

Statewide, WDNR and its cooperating private fish farms stocked 881,977 large walleye fingerlings into 142 lakes in 2017 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative. In 2016, they stocked 797,815 walleyes into 151 lakes.

Funding for the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative comes to the Department as a budget item approved by the Governor. It’s my understanding that this funding now will be automatically, continuously and indefinitely requested and approved. I’m not aware of an ending date for the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative; however, based on the results of the ongoing evaluation of walleye stocking under the

Initiative, some changes may eventually take place to assure that we’re achieving our objectives. In a limited scope of lakes where we’ve seen little or no survival of stocked fingerlings to yearling size (after one summer of growth in the hatchery and one summer of growth at large in the lake), changes could occur after the 2019 production cycle. But, most changes would not take effect until after the assessment of adult population status that is scheduled to continue through 2026. For the foreseeable future the Island Chain should continue to receive large walleye fingerlings stocked at a rate of 10 large fingerlings per acre in odd-numbered years. The DNR will continue to do annual electrofishing surveys in fall before any fish are stocked in that year to evaluate the contribution of natural reproduction to the walleye population.

Along with about 28 other northern Wisconsin lakes, the Island Chain is also part of the ongoing evaluation of largemouth bass-walleye interactions. As lakes enrolled in the bass-walleye interaction study, the Island Chain has high priority for walleye stocking in the event that our hatcheries and cooperators experience production shortfalls and cannot meet the statewide demand for large fingerlings.

Our electrofishing survey in fall 2016 captured 5.1 yearling walleyes per mile, which translates to about 18% survival of the large fingerlings stocked in fall 2015. The fingerling to yearling survival rate was similar between 2012 and 2013. We’ll return in fall 2018 to assess the survival of the fingerling stocked in fall 2017. Ideally, we’re looking for catch rates of 8 yearlings per mile in our fall surveys, but the 5.1 per mile rate that we documented in 2016 will certainly be helpful towards creating an improved walleye fishery. Statewide survival from fingerling to yearling age varies so much (from 0% to more than 50%) that an average has little meaning. In some lakes stocked fingerlings are doing very well, and in other lakes none are surviving.

Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point are continuing the research on why natural walleye recruitment has failed in so many northern Wisconsin lakes where populations were once sustained by natural reproduction. The last updates I heard in December, February, and March 2018 suggest that the losses are occurring at or before the fry stage. Earlier results suggest that direct predation by largemouth bass is not implicated as the cause of suppressed walleye recruitment, though additional work is planned to evaluate indirect competition between largemouth bass and walleye for essential resources. The studies continue, but at this point we do not yet have a good answer, and stocking large walleye fingerlings continues to serve as a band-aide fix until we can figure out the root cause.

I hope that I covered your questions and that the members find this information interesting.


ICOL logoMay/June 2018 Newsletter

Association Members,

With ice on the lake till May, I thought we were maybe going to have to switch to a support group instead of an association.  For many weeks, I was thinking we were going to be ice fishing for the Wisconsin fishing opener rather than being out in our boats.  When the ice finally melted, nature was in a frenzy trying to catch up with its spring time duties.  Finally, the trees have leafed out, the flowering trees are starting to bloom, and flowers are showing of their long overdue flashy spring colors. 

May also brought the migratory birds back to the chain; some making our lakes their home and others just doing touch downs in their flights to recharge and keep flying north.  The channel between McCann and Island Lake has been deafening with the sounds of cranes and honks of geese.  A happy sight for many was welcoming our loons back to the chain as well.  Personally, I feel nothing says summer like the sound of the loon call.  I guess, friends, we can finally say we made it!!  Spring is officially here—and with the heat and sun of Memorial Day weekend, I think it’s safe to say the unofficial start of summer has also arrived!

In addition the ritual ice out countdown, the association welcomed in spring with our second annual Area Lakes Day on April 28, at Arrowhead Bible Camp.  The turn-out was excellent, the knowledge the speakers dispensed was great, and the vendors were thrilled to share their goods with those who attended.  (Please refer to the gratitude page for thank you to all those who assisted with making the day great.)  

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Loon Dress up- Thanks for being a good sport.                  

Teresa Germain- Spoke on Estate planning

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Great Vendors- Pictured here the Association Invasive Species Committee booth.  With Chair Person Kent Gierhart

ASSOCIATION MEETING SCHEDULE:

Meetings are always the second Saturdays of May, June, July and August.

June 9, 2018 – 10 AM at the Backwoods Resort

July 14, 2018 – 11 AM at Sunny’s Bar (field)

                          (July meeting will be followed by our Annual Brat Beed)

                                           August 11, 2018 – 10:00 at Hawk’s Bar

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Dead Fish

Jeff Scheirer, WDNR was contacted due to a number of dead fish being found on the chain after the Ice went out.  He indicated a winter kill is expected and this winter was particularly hard.  He also stated that unless there are hundreds of thousands being found, our lake remains healthy.

GRATITUDE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Making a difference one member at a time…

THANK YOU to the following people for their Area Lake Days assistance: 

Bill Burnap – planning, getting fliers from the printer and delivering to Lake Holcombe Marina, set-up, tear down, finding the loon speaker, and bringing in the “Get the Lead Out” from Loon watch. 

Bea Burnap – planning, set-up, tear down, welcoming people at the association table and taking memberships. 

Linda Carpenter – creative and artistic magic with promotional fliers.

Carol DeLuga – planning and making follow-up calls to the majority of perspective vendors.

Ted Hakala – planning, set up, tear down, and speaker introductions.

Rick Krahn – initial planning, set up, tear down, hauling signs, and parking.

Curt Madson – set up, tear down, and parking.

Ron Ottom – set up and parking,

Mark Schmitt – set up and initial planning.

Mary Baldeshwiler Nordin -  putting up with months of Lake Day stuff on our dining room table as I planned, for proofreading documents, selling calendars and having the “gym” voice (microphone problems)  to announce “5- minute warnings” to let guests know when the next speaker would start.

Kent Gierhart – organizing and chairing the Invasive species committee and for answering questions at the Invasive Species information table at Area Lakes Day. 

Tom Frank and Chuck Christopherson  - who also assisted with the Invasive Species table. 

ASSOCIATION PONTOON WINTER STORAGE:  Special thanks to Ralph DeLuga and Carol DeLuga for housing, and providing basic maintenance to the association pontoon. 

BUOY WINTER STORAGE AND INSTALLATION:  Thanks to Mark Schmitt, Steve Prusilla, John Kowaleski and Ralph Deluga for storing the navigational buoys.

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE:  Dan Borreson, Bill Burnap, Mark Schmitt, Mike Higgins, Ted Ohmart.  Thanks to all for reviewing and presenting by-law changes to the organization for the purpose of the 401 c 3 application process. 

Walleye Committee: Thanks to Tom Frank, Bill Burnap, Rod Steege, Mike Cousino, Mike Kasel and myself (Karl Nordin) who met on Saturday, May 19th to discuss and plan this summer/fall/winter projects.

Walleye Wagon Storage:  Thanks to Sandy Seilheimer for continued storage of the walleye wagon.

And last, but not least, thank you to all the Bar owners who have allowed us to hold our monthly meetings at their locations. 

By-Laws:  The by-laws to follow have been updated to meet the format required for us to move the 501c3 application process forward.  These will be voted on for approval at the June meeting.

BY-LAWS

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC.

Article I – PURPOSE

The purpose of the Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc. is to serve as an advocate for the natural beauty of Island, McCann, Clear and Chain Lakes by exhibiting knowledge, appreciation and respect for these abundant natural resources. The mission of this association is to provide education about these lakes,water quality and water related issues as well as to protect, maintain and enhance recreational opportunities on these lakes.

Article II – STATUS AND LIMITATIONS

To carry out the program of the Association and to make effective representations on behalf of its members, the Association shall be organized as a non-profit, non-stock corporation under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes. (Sections of the Statutes are cited throughout these bylaws.) No asset of the association shall benefit any officer or member. The Association shall not participate in partisan political activity.

Article III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – ELIGIBILITY: Membership in the Association shall consist of (a) lakeshore property owners of Island, McCann, Clear and Chain Lakes, and  (b) any other, individual, family, business, or organization. Voting membership is limited to lakeshore property owners in good standing (dues paid for the current calendar year) and shall be limited to one vote per membership, regardless of number of owners or properties.  Non-voting membership is open to anyone that wishes to have knowledge of the activities of the Association.


Section 2 – DUES: Dues shall be determined annually by the Board and paid on a calendar year basis.

Article IV – VOTING

Section 1 – VOTING: Each paid membership (as defined above) may cast only one vote on any question called to a vote.  (181.0610)
Section 2 – CASTING BALLOTS: A member, representing a paid membership, must be present at the meeting at the time the vote is called in order to vote. No member may vote by proxy or absentee ballots.  All votes shall be counted by a show of hands unless otherwise specified in these By-laws.

Section 3 – REFERENDA: The Board of Directors may at any time solicit reactions from members through a mail survey. The Board resolution authorizing the referendum shall indicate whether the results shall be considered advisory or binding on the Board. The annual meeting may initiate an advisory or a binding referendum and shall specify the exact wording of the question and the required follow-up action by the Board. Members shall have 30 days to return response forms. Results of the referendum shall be announced at a membership meeting or in printed form within 90 days of the response deadline.

Article V – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Section 1 – ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of the Association shall be held in the vicinity of the Island Chain of Lakes as the last regular meeting of each year.  The agenda of the annual meeting may include elections, discussion of projects, adoption of a budget, member concerns, and an educational program. [ 181.0701]

Section 2 – REGULAR MEMBER MEETINGS: The Association shall hold at least four regular meetings for the transaction of business in the months of May, June, July and August, usually on the second Saturday of the month. The time and place of regular meetings shall be determined by the President with notice given to the members no less than two weeks before such meeting.

Section 3 – SPECIAL MEETINGS: A special meeting of the Association may be called at any time by the President, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, or by written request of one-twentieth of the members or six members, whichever is greater. The agenda of a special meeting may include any items properly brought before an annual meeting. Only those matters described in the notice shall be discussed at the meeting. [181.0702]

Section 4 – INFORMATIONAL MEETING OR SOCIAL EVENT: The Association may sponsor a variety of meetings and events designed to provide educational, recreational, or social opportunities for its members and their guests. It may also sponsor fund-raising activities. If business is to be conducted at such events, the notice requirement for special meetings must be met.

Section 5 – NOTIFICATION: Every annual or special meeting must be preceded by notice to paid members and members from the preceding year who have not yet renewed their membership. Notification may be by hand delivery, email or by mail at least 30 days, but not more than 50, prior to annual meetings and at least 15 days, but not more than 50, prior to special meetings. The notice shall summarize any proposed changes in the By-laws, shall highlight any proposals to dissolve the Association, and shall include a description of the matter or matters for which the meeting was called. [181.0705]

Section 6 – QUORUM: No formal business may be conducted at membership meetings unless at least one-twentieth of the paid-up members or 15 members, whichever is less, are present. (9) [181.0722]

Section 7 – PROCEDURE: Roberts Rules of Order, in the current revised edition, shall be in force at the meetings of the Association, of the Board of Directors, and of the Association committees unless required otherwise by Wisconsin Statutes or these By-laws. Non-members of the Association may be recognized to speak at Association functions at the discretion of the presiding officer who shall also serve as parliamentarian.

Article VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS (OFFICERS AND LAKE DIRECTORS)

Section 1 – AUTHORITY: Subject to directives of annual and special meetings and these By-laws, the Board of Directors shall have authority over the activities and assets of the Association [181.0801] with expenditures in excess of $10,000 being subject to REFERENDA as described in Article IV, Section 3.

Section 2 – COMPOSITION: The Board of Directors shall include the President, Vice-President, Secretary Treasurer. and four other property owners, one from each lake. [181.0803]

Section 3 – ELECTIONS: The Board of Directors (or committee designated) shall nominate one or more members for each vacant position on the Board. Additional nominations of members, present at the annual meeting and willing to serve, shall be taken from the floor. All contested (where more than one person is nominated for a board position) elections for the Board shall be conducted by secret, written ballot at each annual meeting. [Wis. Stats. s. 181.0804]

Section 4 – TERMS OF OFFICE: Directors are elected for two-year terms. Their terms shall expire upon the election of new Directors. The terms of office of President, Secretary, and Lake Representatives for Island Lake and Clear Lake shall expire in even-numbered years. The terms of office of Vice President, Treasurer and Lake Representatives for Chain Lake and McCann Lake shall expire in odd- numbered years. [Wis. Stats. sec. 181.0805]

Section 5 BOARD MEETINGS: The new Board shall meet within 60 days of the annual meeting. Regular meetings may be held at places, dates, and times established by the Board. Special meetings may be held on the call of the President or any four Directors after at least 24 hours’ notice by telephone, mail, email or personal contact. Five directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The meetings shall be open to the members. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of directors present, with the President voting only to break ties. Between meetings, the President may solicit decisions from the Board through written communications. [Wis. Stats. ss. 181.0820, 181.0824]

Section 6 – VACANCIES: Any director who misses two consecutive meetings without good cause, does not substantially support the mission of the association, has committed a felony, or otherwise acted in an inappropriate manner, as determined by the Board, may be removed from office by a super majority (66 2/3%) of directors present at an appropriately called board meeting as described above. Any vacancy may be filled for the remainder of the term by the affirmative vote of a majority of the association members at the next meeting following the vacancy. [Wis. Stats. 181.0808; 181.0811]

Section 7 – COMPENSATION: Directors shall not be compensated for their time and effort. The Board may authorize officers, directors, and committee members to be paid actual and necessary expenses incurred while on Association business.

Article VII – OFFICERS

Section 1 – PRESIDENT: The President shall preside over all membership meetings and Board meetings. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association, responsible for day-to-day administration of the affairs of the Association and supervision of any employees or
contractors. The President shall appoint all committee members who shall serve until the end of that President’s term. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees. [181.0841] The President shall prepare or assign the creation of any publicity, newsletter, emails, website updates or other communication deemed necessary and reasonable to communicate Association information.

Section 2 – VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President should that office become vacant and shall preside at meetings when the President is unable to attend. The Vice President shall arrange for the educational segment of the annual meeting and carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Section 3 – SECRETARY: The Secretary shall maintain the official records of the Association as well as any archives. The Secretary shall record and distribute the minutes of member meetings and Board meetings. The Secretary shall maintain a current record of the names and addresses of members entitled to vote and shall send out notices of membership meetings. The Secretary shall serve on the Membership Committee if it has been created. The Secretary shall carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Section 4 – TREASURER: The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the Association and shall sign all checks. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual financial statement and proposed-budget to a regular meeting or the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall serve on the Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Article VIII – COMMITTEES (Activated when desired)

Section 1 – MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: The Membership Committee shall initiate plans for recruiting of new members and retention of members.

Section 2 – SOCIAL COMMITTEE: The Hospitality Committee shall provide refreshments at  meetings and, after receiving Board approval, shall organize and publicize other social events to be sponsored by the Association.

Section 3 – FINANCE COMMITTEE: The Finance Committee shall recommend fund-raising activities to the Board and, after receiving Board approval, shall organize such activities. The Finance Committee may also annually audit the financial records of the Association, and may also assist the Treasurer in fulfilling responsibilities when requested.

Section 4 – LAND USE COMMITTEE: The Land Use Committee shall represent the Association at local public hearings and informational meetings relating to zoning, sanitation codes, subdivision ordinances, pollution sources, and changes in land use which might affect water quality. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding land use issues.

Section 5 – BOATING SAFETY COMMITTEE: The Boating Safety Committee shall represent the Association at local public hearings and informational meetings relating to water safety patrols, lake use ordinances, and obstacles to navigation. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding water use issues.

Section 6 – FISHING AND WATER QUALITY COMMITTEE: The Fishing and Water Quality Committee (includes Walleye Project) shall represent the Association at Department of Natural Resources hearings and at local meetings relating to in-lake water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and water levels. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding water quality monitoring and ecological management of the fishery.

Section 7 – AQUATIC PLANT AND ALGAE COMMITTEE: The Aquatic Plant and Algae Control (includes Invasive species) Committee shall represent the Association at Department of Natural Resources hearings and at local meetings relating to the control of nuisance plants and to the protection of desirable vegetation. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board for a vegetation management plan and may be delegated responsibility to implement such a plan.

Section 8 – OTHER COMMITTEES: The President may appoint such other committees as are deemed necessary to support the efforts of the Board.

Article IX – MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Section 1 – INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS: As provided by Wisconsin law, the Association shall indemnify any officer, director, employee, or agent who was, is, or may be involved in legal proceedings by virtue of his or her good faith actions on behalf of the Association. [ 181.0872] (13)

Section 2 – FISCAL YEAR: The records and accounts of the Association shall be maintained on a fiscal year basis, beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.

Section 3 – ACCOUNTS AND INVESTMENTS: Funds of the Association shall be promptly deposited at a financial institution designated by resolution of the Board of Directors. Funds not needed for current operations shall be deposited in investment accounts or certificates as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 4 – INSURANCE: The Board of Directors will determine annually the appropriate level of general liability, Board of Director liability and any other insurance coverage the Board of Directors deem appropriate.

Article X – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

These By-laws, and any amendments thereto, may be adopted at any annual, regular or special meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of members present and entitled to vote after first being presented for discussion at the prior regular meeting of the Association. Proposed amendments to the By-laws must be summarized in the notice for the annual, regular or special meeting at which the amendments are to be voted on. [181.1002-181.1021]

CERTIFICATION

These By-laws were adopted by vote at the Association meeting on June 9, 2018

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC

MEETING MINUTES May 12, 2018

President Karl Nordin called the meeting to order.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting to the first meeting of 2018.   The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  The roll call of officers was taken and all officers were present.  The August 12, 2017 meeting minutes were approved as written. The Treasurer’s report was given and approved as read.  New members were recognized and welcomed to the meeting. 

The following items were discussed:

Karl discussed the success of our second annual Lake Days.  Lots of people worked very hard on this event and everyone who attended agreed the event was a great success.  Attendance was up and the speakers were outstanding.  It was agreed that we should repeat the event next year. 

  • We discussed our progress in applying for 501c3 status.  Before we could proceed with the 501c3 process we need to incorporate and to incorporate we need to change our name to Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc. This process has been completed and our official name is Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc.
  • The next step in attaining 501c3 status is to review and update our by-laws to coincide with by-laws necessary for 501c3 status.  The By-Laws committee (Bill Burnap, Mike Higgins, and Ted Ohmart) have worked on this and with recommendations from Dan Borreson, who is handling this process for us, the update has been completed and the new By-Laws will be voted on at the June meeting.  The revised by-laws will be posted on our web site and will be included with the next newsletter. 
  • Our logo has been updated and appears on our communications and on our web site.   Since our logo has changed Mary Nordin has worked with Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods to create some new gear for us.  If you go to https://chippewavalleysportinggoods.itemorder.com  Sale Code: island18  you can order new shirts, etc.  If you have questions contact Mary Nordin mbbaldesh@gmail.com or Dawn Benning dawnslife62@gmail.com
  • We were able to purchase two new AED’s last year (one for Hawks Bar and one for Backwoods).  Also, 17 AED’s were purchased around the lake by property owners.  We have also been informed that a helicopter landing pad is going to be built on Highway 40 and D (near the propane tank).  Chippewa Valley Energy has donated the property.  This pad will allow the medi-vac helicopter to land at any time of the year. 
  • Kent Gierhard has volunteered to Chair our Invasive Species Committee.  The goal of the committee is to help educate us on invasive species and eradicate them when necessary.  To do this we need to develop a lake m-anagement plan.  If you are interested in helping please contact Kent at 715/864-2056 or khghart@yahoo.com.  In the meantime there is purple loosestrife growing on the shores of our lakes.  It is very invasive and must be removed.  Please check your property.  This plant has a purple flower and a square stem.  It grows on the edge of the water and then blocks out all the surrounding vegetation until it is the only plant left.  Call Kent if you have questions. 
  • Our first Lake Calendar is available.  It is full of great pictures from around our lakes.  Cost is $5.  A big thank you to  Linda Carpenter and Lynette Flunker for a wonderful job!
  • We continue to work with the WRA on the crib project.   We need to identify the exact location of the cribs we want to fortify.  We will continue to work with the DNR and the WRA on this project. 
  • Since we are involved in a Lake Study Project with the DNR we are scheduled to receive walleye fingerlings every two years.   Our next batch will be delivered in the fall of 2019.
  • We discussed the fireworks Scheps Resort and the Higgins family provide for us and agreed that we should make a donation to both.
    • A motion was made by Linda Carpenter and seconded by Darryl Bauman to donate $200 to each with an additional $25 to Scep’s because they have to get a permit.  All agreed and the motion was passed.
  • Important Phone Numbers
    • Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues
    • DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911
    • Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Door prize winners were Tom Frank, Todd Steege, Kent Gierhard, John McReil, Tim Stowasser

Our next meeting will be June 9th at 10 AM at Backwoods.  Hope to see you all there.       

May/June 2018 Newsletter

Association Members,

With ice on the lake till May, I thought we were maybe going to have to switch to a support group instead of an association.  For many weeks, I was thinking we were going to be ice fishing for the Wisconsin fishing opener rather than being out in our boats.  When the ice finally melted, nature was in a frenzy trying to catch up with its spring time duties.  Finally, the trees have leafed out, the flowering trees are starting to bloom, and flowers are showing of their long overdue flashy spring colors. 

May also brought the migratory birds back to the chain; some making our lakes their home and others just doing touch downs in their flights to recharge and keep flying north.  The channel between McCann and Island Lake has been deafening with the sounds of cranes and honks of geese.  A happy sight for many was welcoming our loons back to the chain as well.  Personally, I feel nothing says summer like the sound of the loon call.  I guess, friends, we can finally say we made it!!  Spring is officially here—and with the heat and sun of Memorial Day weekend, I think it’s safe to say the unofficial start of summer has also arrived!

In addition the ritual ice out countdown, the association welcomed in spring with our second annual Area Lakes Day on April 28, at Arrowhead Bible Camp.  The turn-out was excellent, the knowledge the speakers dispensed was great, and the vendors were thrilled to share their goods with those who attended.  (Please refer to the gratitude page for thank you to all those who assisted with making the day great.)   

ASSOCIATION MEETING SCHEDULE:

Meetings are always the second Saturdays of May, June, July and August.

June 9, 2018 – 10 AM at the Backwoods Resort

July 14, 2018 – 11 AM at Sunny’s Bar (field)

(July meeting will be followed by our Annual Brat Beed)

August 11, 2018 – 10:00 at Hawk’s Bar

   

Dead Fish

Jeff Scheirer, WDNR was contacted due to a number of dead fish being found on the chain after the Ice went out.  He indicated a winter kill is expected and this winter was particularly hard.  He also stated that unless there are hundreds of thousands being found, our lake remains healthy.

GRATITUDE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Making a difference one member at a time…

THANK YOU to the following people for their Area Lake Days assistance: 

Bill Burnap – planning, getting fliers from the printer and delivering to Lake Holcombe Marina, set-up, tear down, finding the loon speaker, and bringing in the “Get the Lead Out” from Loon watch. 

Bea Burnap – planning, set-up, tear down, welcoming people at the association table and taking memberships. 

Linda Carpenter – creative and artistic magic with promotional fliers.

Carol DeLuga – planning and making follow-up calls to the majority of perspective vendors.

Ted Hakala – planning, set up, tear down, and speaker introductions.

Rick Krahn – initial planning, set up, tear down, hauling signs, and parking.

Curt Madson – set up, tear down, and parking.

Ron Ottom – set up and parking,

Mark Schmitt – set up and initial planning.

Mary Baldeshwiler Nordin -  putting up with months of Lake Day stuff on our dining room table as I planned, for proofreading documents, selling calendars and having the “gym” voice (microphone problems)  to announce “5- minute warnings” to let guests know when the next speaker would start.

Kent Gierhart – organizing and chairing the Invasive species committee and for answering questions at the Invasive Species information table at Area Lakes Day. 

Tom Frank and Chuck Christopherson  - who also assisted with the Invasive Species table. 

ASSOCIATION PONTOON WINTER STORAGE:  Special thanks to Ralph DeLuga and Carol DeLuga for housing, and providing basic maintenance to the association pontoon. 

BUOY WINTER STORAGE AND INSTALLATION:  Thanks to Mark Schmitt, Steve Prusilla, John Kowaleski and Ralph Deluga for storing the navigational buoys.

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE:  Dan Borreson, Bill Burnap, Mark Schmitt, Mike Higgins, Ted Ohmart.  Thanks to all for reviewing and presenting by-law changes to the organization for the purpose of the 401 c 3 application process. 

Walleye Committee: Thanks to Tom Frank, Bill Burnap, Rod Steege, Mike Cousino, Mike Kasel and myself (Karl Nordin) who met on Saturday, May 19th to discuss and plan this summer/fall/winter projects.

Walleye Wagon Storage:  Thanks to Sandy Seilheimer for continued storage of the walleye wagon.

And last, but not least, thank you to all the Bar owners who have allowed us to hold our monthly meetings at their locations. 

By-Laws:  The by-laws to follow have been updated to meet the format required for us to move the 501c3 application process forward.  These will be voted on for approval at the June meeting.

BY-LAWS

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC.

Article I – PURPOSE

The purpose of the Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc. is to serve as an advocate for the natural beauty of Island, McCann, Clear and Chain Lakes by exhibiting knowledge, appreciation and respect for these abundant natural resources. The mission of this association is to provide education about these lakes,water quality and water related issues as well as to protect, maintain and enhance recreational opportunities on these lakes.

Article II – STATUS AND LIMITATIONS

To carry out the program of the Association and to make effective representations on behalf of its members, the Association shall be organized as a non-profit, non-stock corporation under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes. (Sections of the Statutes are cited throughout these bylaws.) No asset of the association shall benefit any officer or member. The Association shall not participate in partisan political activity.

Article III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – ELIGIBILITY: Membership in the Association shall consist of (a) lakeshore property owners of Island, McCann, Clear and Chain Lakes, and  (b) any other, individual, family, business, or organization. Voting membership is limited to lakeshore property owners in good standing (dues paid for the current calendar year) and shall be limited to one vote per membership, regardless of number of owners or properties.  Non-voting membership is open to anyone that wishes to have knowledge of the activities of the Association.


Section 2 – DUES: Dues shall be determined annually by the Board and paid on a calendar year basis.

Article IV – VOTING

Section 1 – VOTING: Each paid membership (as defined above) may cast only one vote on any question called to a vote.  (181.0610)
Section 2 – CASTING BALLOTS: A member, representing a paid membership, must be present at the meeting at the time the vote is called in order to vote. No member may vote by proxy or absentee ballots.  All votes shall be counted by a show of hands unless otherwise specified in these By-laws.

Section 3 – REFERENDA: The Board of Directors may at any time solicit reactions from members through a mail survey. The Board resolution authorizing the referendum shall indicate whether the results shall be considered advisory or binding on the Board. The annual meeting may initiate an advisory or a binding referendum and shall specify the exact wording of the question and the required follow-up action by the Board. Members shall have 30 days to return response forms. Results of the referendum shall be announced at a membership meeting or in printed form within 90 days of the response deadline.

Article V – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Section 1 – ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of the Association shall be held in the vicinity of the Island Chain of Lakes as the last regular meeting of each year.  The agenda of the annual meeting may include elections, discussion of projects, adoption of a budget, member concerns, and an educational program. [ 181.0701]

Section 2 – REGULAR MEMBER MEETINGS: The Association shall hold at least four regular meetings for the transaction of business in the months of May, June, July and August, usually on the second Saturday of the month. The time and place of regular meetings shall be determined by the President with notice given to the members no less than two weeks before such meeting.

Section 3 – SPECIAL MEETINGS: A special meeting of the Association may be called at any time by the President, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, or by written request of one-twentieth of the members or six members, whichever is greater. The agenda of a special meeting may include any items properly brought before an annual meeting. Only those matters described in the notice shall be discussed at the meeting. [181.0702]

Section 4 – INFORMATIONAL MEETING OR SOCIAL EVENT: The Association may sponsor a variety of meetings and events designed to provide educational, recreational, or social opportunities for its members and their guests. It may also sponsor fund-raising activities. If business is to be conducted at such events, the notice requirement for special meetings must be met.

Section 5 – NOTIFICATION: Every annual or special meeting must be preceded by notice to paid members and members from the preceding year who have not yet renewed their membership. Notification may be by hand delivery, email or by mail at least 30 days, but not more than 50, prior to annual meetings and at least 15 days, but not more than 50, prior to special meetings. The notice shall summarize any proposed changes in the By-laws, shall highlight any proposals to dissolve the Association, and shall include a description of the matter or matters for which the meeting was called. [181.0705]

Section 6 – QUORUM: No formal business may be conducted at membership meetings unless at least one-twentieth of the paid-up members or 15 members, whichever is less, are present. (9) [181.0722]

Section 7 – PROCEDURE: Roberts Rules of Order, in the current revised edition, shall be in force at the meetings of the Association, of the Board of Directors, and of the Association committees unless required otherwise by Wisconsin Statutes or these By-laws. Non-members of the Association may be recognized to speak at Association functions at the discretion of the presiding officer who shall also serve as parliamentarian.

Article VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS (OFFICERS AND LAKE DIRECTORS)

Section 1 – AUTHORITY: Subject to directives of annual and special meetings and these By-laws, the Board of Directors shall have authority over the activities and assets of the Association [181.0801] with expenditures in excess of $10,000 being subject to REFERENDA as described in Article IV, Section 3.

Section 2 – COMPOSITION: The Board of Directors shall include the President, Vice-President, Secretary Treasurer. and four other property owners, one from each lake. [181.0803]

Section 3 – ELECTIONS: The Board of Directors (or committee designated) shall nominate one or more members for each vacant position on the Board. Additional nominations of members, present at the annual meeting and willing to serve, shall be taken from the floor. All contested (where more than one person is nominated for a board position) elections for the Board shall be conducted by secret, written ballot at each annual meeting. [Wis. Stats. s. 181.0804]

Section 4 – TERMS OF OFFICE: Directors are elected for two-year terms. Their terms shall expire upon the election of new Directors. The terms of office of President, Secretary, and Lake Representatives for Island Lake and Clear Lake shall expire in even-numbered years. The terms of office of Vice President, Treasurer and Lake Representatives for Chain Lake and McCann Lake shall expire in odd- numbered years. [Wis. Stats. sec. 181.0805]

Section 5 BOARD MEETINGS: The new Board shall meet within 60 days of the annual meeting. Regular meetings may be held at places, dates, and times established by the Board. Special meetings may be held on the call of the President or any four Directors after at least 24 hours’ notice by telephone, mail, email or personal contact. Five directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The meetings shall be open to the members. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of directors present, with the President voting only to break ties. Between meetings, the President may solicit decisions from the Board through written communications. [Wis. Stats. ss. 181.0820, 181.0824]

Section 6 – VACANCIES: Any director who misses two consecutive meetings without good cause, does not substantially support the mission of the association, has committed a felony, or otherwise acted in an inappropriate manner, as determined by the Board, may be removed from office by a super majority (66 2/3%) of directors present at an appropriately called board meeting as described above. Any vacancy may be filled for the remainder of the term by the affirmative vote of a majority of the association members at the next meeting following the vacancy. [Wis. Stats. 181.0808; 181.0811]

Section 7 – COMPENSATION: Directors shall not be compensated for their time and effort. The Board may authorize officers, directors, and committee members to be paid actual and necessary expenses incurred while on Association business.

Article VII – OFFICERS

Section 1 – PRESIDENT: The President shall preside over all membership meetings and Board meetings. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association, responsible for day-to-day administration of the affairs of the Association and supervision of any employees or
contractors. The President shall appoint all committee members who shall serve until the end of that President’s term. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees. [181.0841] The President shall prepare or assign the creation of any publicity, newsletter, emails, website updates or other communication deemed necessary and reasonable to communicate Association information.

Section 2 – VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President should that office become vacant and shall preside at meetings when the President is unable to attend. The Vice President shall arrange for the educational segment of the annual meeting and carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Section 3 – SECRETARY: The Secretary shall maintain the official records of the Association as well as any archives. The Secretary shall record and distribute the minutes of member meetings and Board meetings. The Secretary shall maintain a current record of the names and addresses of members entitled to vote and shall send out notices of membership meetings. The Secretary shall serve on the Membership Committee if it has been created. The Secretary shall carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Section 4 – TREASURER: The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the Association and shall sign all checks. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual financial statement and proposed-budget to a regular meeting or the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall serve on the Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall carry out other assignments at the request of the President. [181.0841]

Article VIII – COMMITTEES (Activated when desired)

Section 1 – MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: The Membership Committee shall initiate plans for recruiting of new members and retention of members.

Section 2 – SOCIAL COMMITTEE: The Hospitality Committee shall provide refreshments at  meetings and, after receiving Board approval, shall organize and publicize other social events to be sponsored by the Association.

Section 3 – FINANCE COMMITTEE: The Finance Committee shall recommend fund-raising activities to the Board and, after receiving Board approval, shall organize such activities. The Finance Committee may also annually audit the financial records of the Association, and may also assist the Treasurer in fulfilling responsibilities when requested.

Section 4 – LAND USE COMMITTEE: The Land Use Committee shall represent the Association at local public hearings and informational meetings relating to zoning, sanitation codes, subdivision ordinances, pollution sources, and changes in land use which might affect water quality. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding land use issues.

Section 5 – BOATING SAFETY COMMITTEE: The Boating Safety Committee shall represent the Association at local public hearings and informational meetings relating to water safety patrols, lake use ordinances, and obstacles to navigation. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding water use issues.

Section 6 – FISHING AND WATER QUALITY COMMITTEE: The Fishing and Water Quality Committee (includes Walleye Project) shall represent the Association at Department of Natural Resources hearings and at local meetings relating to in-lake water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and water levels. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board regarding water quality monitoring and ecological management of the fishery.

Section 7 – AQUATIC PLANT AND ALGAE COMMITTEE: The Aquatic Plant and Algae Control (includes Invasive species) Committee shall represent the Association at Department of Natural Resources hearings and at local meetings relating to the control of nuisance plants and to the protection of desirable vegetation. The Committee shall offer proposals to the Board for a vegetation management plan and may be delegated responsibility to implement such a plan.

Section 8 – OTHER COMMITTEES: The President may appoint such other committees as are deemed necessary to support the efforts of the Board.

Article IX – MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Section 1 – INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS: As provided by Wisconsin law, the Association shall indemnify any officer, director, employee, or agent who was, is, or may be involved in legal proceedings by virtue of his or her good faith actions on behalf of the Association. [ 181.0872] (13)

Section 2 – FISCAL YEAR: The records and accounts of the Association shall be maintained on a fiscal year basis, beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.

Section 3 – ACCOUNTS AND INVESTMENTS: Funds of the Association shall be promptly deposited at a financial institution designated by resolution of the Board of Directors. Funds not needed for current operations shall be deposited in investment accounts or certificates as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 4 – INSURANCE: The Board of Directors will determine annually the appropriate level of general liability, Board of Director liability and any other insurance coverage the Board of Directors deem appropriate.

Article X – ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

These By-laws, and any amendments thereto, may be adopted at any annual, regular or special meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of members present and entitled to vote after first being presented for discussion at the prior regular meeting of the Association. Proposed amendments to the By-laws must be summarized in the notice for the annual, regular or special meeting at which the amendments are to be voted on. [181.1002-181.1021]

CERTIFICATION

These By-laws were adopted by vote at the Association meeting on June 9, 2018

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC

MEETING MINUTES May 12, 2018

President Karl Nordin called the meeting to order.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting to the first meeting of 2018.   The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  The roll call of officers was taken and all officers were present.  The August 12, 2017 meeting minutes were approved as written. The Treasurer’s report was given and approved as read.  New members were recognized and welcomed to the meeting. 

The following items were discussed:

Karl discussed the success of our second annual Lake Days.  Lots of people worked very hard on this event and everyone who attended agreed the event was a great success.  Attendance was up and the speakers were outstanding.  It was agreed that we should repeat the event next year. 

  • We discussed our progress in applying for 501c3 status.  Before we could proceed with the 501c3 process we need to incorporate and to incorporate we need to change our name to Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc. This process has been completed and our official name is Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc.
  • The next step in attaining 501c3 status is to review and update our by-laws to coincide with by-laws necessary for 501c3 status.  The By-Laws committee (Bill Burnap, Mike Higgins, and Ted Ohmart) have worked on this and with recommendations from Dan Borreson, who is handling this process for us, the update has been completed and the new By-Laws will be voted on at the June meeting.  The revised by-laws will be posted on our web site and will be included with the next newsletter. 
  • Our logo has been updated and appears on our communications and on our web site.   Since our logo has changed Mary Nordin has worked with Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods to create some new gear for us.  If you go to https://chippewavalleysportinggoods.itemorder.com  Sale Code: island18  you can order new shirts, etc.  If you have questions contact Mary Nordin mbbaldesh@gmail.com or Dawn Benning dawnslife62@gmail.com
  • We were able to purchase two new AED’s last year (one for Hawks Bar and one for Backwoods).  Also, 17 AED’s were purchased around the lake by property owners.  We have also been informed that a helicopter landing pad is going to be built on Highway 40 and D (near the propane tank).  Chippewa Valley Energy has donated the property.  This pad will allow the medi-vac helicopter to land at any time of the year. 
  • Kent Gierhard has volunteered to Chair our Invasive Species Committee.  The goal of the committee is to help educate us on invasive species and eradicate them when necessary.  To do this we need to develop a lake m-anagement plan.  If you are interested in helping please contact Kent at 715/864-2056 or khghart@yahoo.com.  In the meantime there is purple loosestrife growing on the shores of our lakes.  It is very invasive and must be removed.  Please check your property.  This plant has a purple flower and a square stem.  It grows on the edge of the water and then blocks out all the surrounding vegetation until it is the only plant left.  Call Kent if you have questions. 
  • Our first Lake Calendar is available.  It is full of great pictures from around our lakes.  Cost is $5.  A big thank you to  Linda Carpenter and Lynette Flunker for a wonderful job!
  • We continue to work with the WRA on the crib project.   We need to identify the exact location of the cribs we want to fortify.  We will continue to work with the DNR and the WRA on this project. 
  • Since we are involved in a Lake Study Project with the DNR we are scheduled to receive walleye fingerlings every two years.   Our next batch will be delivered in the fall of 2019.
  • We discussed the fireworks Scheps Resort and the Higgins family provide for us and agreed that we should make a donation to both.
    • A motion was made by Linda Carpenter and seconded by Darryl Bauman to donate $200 to each with an additional $25 to Scep’s because they have to get a permit.  All agreed and the motion was passed.
  • Important Phone Numbers
    • Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues
    • DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911
    • Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Door prize winners were Tom Frank, Todd Steege, Kent Gierhard, John McReil, Tim Stowasser

Our next meeting will be June 9th at 10 AM at Backwoods.  Hope to see you all there.       

The meeting was adjourned at 11 AM   respectfully submitted:   Carol DeLuga

COMING SOON:

The Walleye Committee is making monofilament fishing line recycling centers for each of the boat landings.  This is an effort to keep this line from causing possible harm to the birds, fish, or other water life in our chain.  The line once collected will be taken to one of the DNR recycling centers for proper disposal and reuse. 

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Island Chain of Lakes Association Members and Perspective Members,

Recently I was asked, “Karl, if you could live anywhere in the World, and bring the people most important to you where would you live?”  I gave the question some thought, I pondered the places I have traveled, and responded, “I wouldn’t move anywhere!!  I love living on our chain of lakes.”  Granted, when it is April, and the ice is still thick and it is still accumulating snow, my mind does drift off to a warm tropical beach somewhere.  However, at the end of the day, I feel those who are able to call our chain of lakes home, or home to recreation, are truly blessed and fortunate. 

This winter was a busy for many Association members working on a variety of projects. In this newsletter, I would like to share where we are with some old projects, and introduce you to some new and exciting projects for this upcoming spring/fall season. Your Association Board and Lake Reps are pleased that we can share this newsletter with as many property owners on the chain of lakes that we have been able obtain addresses for.  Please check with your neighbor’s and share a copy in case we don’t have their address.  I know a great number of homes sold in this past year, so we have many new potential members. 

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

AREA LAKES DAY:  I am pleased we will be hosting our second annual “Area Lakes Day” on April 28th, 2018 9AM- 2 PM at Arrowhead Bible Camp.  I, along with many of your Board Members and Lake Representatives, have been working hard to bring you another outstanding day. There will surely be something for everyone.  Make sure you put this event on your calendar as this will be an event I am confident you won’t want to miss, please see the attached flier!!  Special thanks to Woods and Water Realty, First Choice Recycling, and private donors for sponsoring this year’s speakers. 

INVASIVE SPECIES COMMITTEE:  IT IS FINALLY A REALITY!!  We have been in discussing this committee for a long time and now we have Kent Giehart, who has agreed to chair this committee.  It would be great to have your participation!  Please see article from Kent later in this newsletter. 

OUR FIRST ASSOCIATION CALENDAR:  An immense thank you to Linda Carpenter who collected your photos, and put her magic to work in the artistry of this calendar.  Thanks also Lynette Flunker who assisted on the project and obtaining area events.  We had an outstanding response last year from members who submitted photos for potential publication.  You will see the calendar was able to capture a snap shot of the beauty that surrounds us.  If you missed out on sharing your photos this year, keep your cameras focused and shooting.  We hope to make this a yearly project.  The calendar is priced at only $5, and also includes dates of events and happenings in our area and will be available at the Lake Association table in the vendor area at Area Lakes Day and then at our Association meetings throughout the year.  (FYI, you we will also be taking membership dues at Area Lakes Day too)

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WE BECAME INCORPORATED! NEW NAME  AND LOGO:  In fall 2018, our new name “Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc.” was accepted by the state of Wisconsin.  With our name change being approved we also finalized our new Logo that was voted on in Fall of 2018.  It is  featured (in black and white) at the top of this newsletter and in color on the Area Lakes Day flier. 

501c3 APPLICATION PROCESS:  As an Association, it was voted and approved to take the necessary steps to obtain a 5013C status, and the first of multiple steps in this process was becoming incorporated.  The next steps we will need to take, are updating, revising, and voting on the necessary bylaw changes, and submitting the application to the state of Wisconsin for approval.  As President, I am hopeful that these steps can be carried out timely so we can gain tax exempt status by 2019.

CRIB PROJECT:  The Walleye committee was not able to make the progress we hoped as we closed out fall of 2017 on our crib project.  This upcoming year, the committee’s focus will be on identifying more cribs, marking their locations with GPS, and to document the crib health based on assessment by divers. 

Once completed, the committee will determine where our focus should be for crib restoration.  The committe will also need to secure permits from the DNR, and then collaborate with the Wildlife Restoration Association, (WRA) to move forward with this project.  If all tasks above get completed, we will be able to move forward with applying rock to a small select group of cribs that are no longer providing habitat due to them being empty inside.  This project has been done successfully on Fireside Lake with positive outcomes. 

WALLEYE:  The Association continues to support the collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR in the Walleye restocking efforts on our chain of lakes.  Each odd year in the fall we are provided 10 walleye per water acre for our entire chain of lakes.  That is slightly more than 12,000 new walleyes.   

HELICOPTER LANDING ZONES: In March, the Township of Big Bend passed a vote to put in a paved helicopter landing zone at the corners of Hwy D and Hwy 40 next to the large LP Holding tanks.  This is a great compliment to the landing zones established by the our association last year at Arrowhead Bible Camp Field, and The Paul and Lisa Prince Field off of Park Drive.  With the Big Bend location being paved, and maintained year round so it will be a great benefit to our lake community and the goal of enhancing rapid access to medical care when needed.  If you would like to assist financially with this project and help with the cost of paving please e-mail the Big Bend Township to learn how you can help.  bigbend@brucetel.net

AED’s REPLACMENT PROJECT:  The association has begun its update process for the older automated defibrillator devices (AED’s) at each of the bars on the lakes.  Fall of 2018, we were able to purchase two replacements and hope to finalize this project in 2018.  Additionally, I am pleased to report that we had such a great response from individual property owners who also purchased AED’s for their cabins or homes on the lakes.  This is one device you certainly hope to never have to use, but I can personally state from using them they are life saving devices. 

BOAT LANDING MESSAGE CENTERS:  The last message centers have been installed, and all the boat landings look outstanding.  Thanks for the hard work of all who assisted with this project. It was so fun to see this project finalized and to have such a great group of volunteers assisting to make this a reality.  Sadly we damage secondary to vandalism at our Clear Lake location.  Please help us in protecting these signs to maintain a professional look at our landings.  The better our landings look the more I believe visitors will respect and protect our lakes when using them. 

None of the above projects, or future projects the association take on can be done alone.  We are blessed to have so many amazing talented individuals that live on our chain of lakes- some who are involved and some who are not.  It baffles me, that a group as important as our chain of lakes, falls short of my goal of 100% participation by property owners.  For this reason, I encourage you to make this year you become a member and become involved.  Be part of the movement to maintain, protect and enhance our lakes and the surrounding land and remember more hands, equal less work, and more production.     

Enclosed, is this year’s membership form for your convenience.  Membership is $10 dollars for a family membership but additional donations are greatly appreciated and are put to work by the association to carry out the mission of the organization.  We welcome any way you can support the organization.   Consider how you might best spend your time, talent or treasure.  We look forward to having you join us for one of our upcoming meetings listed below.

Karl Nordin, Association President

E-mail: karlnordin61@gmail.com / Phone:  715-577-8692/ Web Site: Islandchainoflakes.org

As you launch your boats remember the following…

Prevent the spread of Invasive Species you must do the following

Inspect:  Boats, trailers and equipment for invasive species

Remove:  All attached aquatic plants and animals

Drain: All water from boats, vehicles and equipment

Never Move: plants or live fish away from a waterbody

Invasive Species Committee:  Written by Kent Gierhart

Last summer, I agreed to chair a committee with regard to invasive species.  I have recently retired and would like to put some of my newfound time into protecting the waterways and adjacent lands of the Island Chain of Lakes from non-native -invasive plants and animals.   I do not have any background with regard to invasive species, but I am in the process of increasing my knowledge base. 

My first step will be to meet with AJ Leiden, the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, Wisconsin.  He is willing to provide some basic education on invasive species.   I will be meeting with him in early April to discuss what would be some possible initial first steps for our association.

From the reading I have done, the managing of invasive species involves…

1.) Education-both the landowners around the lakes and those who enjoy what the Island Chain of Lakes has to offer.

2.) Monitoring-what invasive species are currently documented as part of our lakes and shorelines and what invasive plants and animals we should be looking for, so that with early identification they might be eradicated or at least controlled.

3.) Reporting on the progress of the committee to the association and the DNR.

4.) Controlling or eradicating current or newly identified invasive species.

My first priority is education and to find out who has similar interests in the monitoring of invasive species and water quality and would be willing to join the committee or at least learn more about what this might involve.

If you would like to be a part of the Invasive Species Committee, and would like to attend the meeting with AJ Leiden or would like more information, please contact me at 715-864-2056 or gierhart.kent@yahoo.com

Kent Gierhart- Invasive Species Chair Person

ASSOCIATION MEETING SCHEDULE:

Meetings are always the second Saturdays of May, June, July and August.

May 12, 201810 AM at Shep’s Northshore Bar

Please don’t park on the grass as the ground will be very soft and we don’t want to leave ruts

June 9, 201810 AM at the Backwoods Resort

July 14, 201811 AM at Sunny’s Bar (field)

(July meeting will be followed by our Annual Brat Beed)

August 11, 201810:00 at Hawk’s Bar

Membership Form

Name__________________________________________________________

Mailing Address________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip___________________________________________________________

Phone_________________________________________________________

Lake Address if different________________________________________________________

Circle your Lake: Clear Lake /  Chain Lake / Island Lake /  McCann Lake

Newsletter delivery preference:

____E-mail Newsletter (RECOMMENDED- also receive periodic important notifications)

E-Mail address___________________________________________________

(Please Print)

____ U.S. Postal (Will use primary address above if USPS is selected)

I am interested in helping with:

_______Invasive Species Committee (NEW 2018-2019)

_______Boat Landing Maintenance

_______Newsletter editor- completing mailings

_______Interested in running for committee or board position

_______Other ______________________________________________________________

_______YEARLY FAMILY MEMBERSHIP $10.00  _______________

ADDITIONAL DONATION ______________

Please make checks payable to: Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc.

Mailing To…

Bea Burnap. Treasure

N404 Park Drive

New Auburn, WI 54757

715-967-2452

Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc. (P.O.A)

Winter 2018 Newsletter

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Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners,

October 27, 2017 brought the first blanket of snow in the Northwoods. It appeared we were on our way to an early lake freeze and early winter. Despite those early signs of winter, things all changed with a warm November leaving the ice only teasing the shore lines. As we celebrated the New Years, Mother Nature, ushered in 2018 with a extended sub zero blast. The lake, now frozen, has the hardy taking advantage of the winter recreation. Ice houses are dotting the lake like mini eskimo villages, snowmobiles are buzzing, skating rinks are being shoveled, and if you listen close you can hear the laughter as kids, grandkids and adults make winter memories, forgetting about their cell phones and work lives if only for a moment in time. If you take time to observe, you would swear Terry Redlin was creating a magical winter painting right outside your cabin/house window.

Fall of 2017, the Island Chain of Lakes took delivery of Walleye from the Wisconsin DNR. We received 10 Walleye per acre for each lake on the Chain. Unfortunately, the DNR did not inform the Association when they were coming, so we were not able to take part in, or get any pictures of the process. DNR Fish Biologist, Jeff Schier, who works with us has shared that our Chain of Lakes will continue, as long as the Walleye rearing ponds remain funded, with every odd year stocking. Due to us being in this stocking/study program we as an association are not able to pay to obtain Walleye.

Also, in late Fall, our new message center at Clear lake suffered some vandalism. Evidence at the scene make it appear a low caliber rifle was used to shoot out the glass of the message center. For

the winter, the sign was wrapped and will be repaired in Spring. If you have any information on this vandalism please report this to the Rusk county Sheriff’s Department.

Coming again in April 2018, the Association will again be hosting Lake Day at Arrowhead Bible camp. Mark your calendars for April 28, as you will not want to miss it. This day is a great way to kick off the spring and summer season. Come check out speakers, vendors, and maybe even score a sweet deal on some new merchandise for your lake home, ie, docks, boats, etc. More details on vendors, times, etc. will be in the early spring 2018 newsletter.

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Newsletter by…

Karl Nordin, President 715-577-8692

***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MY E-MAIL CONTACT***

karlnordin61@gmail.com

DNR FACTS ON OUR CHAIN OF LAKES

1217 = Total Acres of water our Chain of lakes covers

543 = Number of acres of Island Lake

126 = Number of acres of McCann Lake

454 = Number of acres of Chain Lake

94 = Number of acres of Clear Lake

54 = Max depth per WI DNR in Island Lake

38 = Max depth per WI DNR in McCann Lake

74 = Max depth per WI DNR in Chain Lake and Clear Lake

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WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!!

Work is underway on the Lake Association Calendar- we would like to feature photos and events of the lake and/or nearby nature pictures. If you have a high resolution photo, 300 DPI or greater (jpeg) please submit it to the committee for consideration.

Linda Carpenter @ lcarpenter_design@att.net

Subject: (Calendar Photo)

If your business would like to advertise in the calendar, please also let us know this too.

THINGS TO DO TRAILS

Cross Country Skiing
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Blue Hills Trail System 

715-532-6595

Bluehillstrail.com

Christie Mountain

Downhill Skiing and Tubing

Christiemountain.com

Hickory Ridge ski Trails

Skihickoryridge.com

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

Trails open to snowshoeing, hiking, and cross country skiing in the winter- Not Groomed

Search Chippewa Moraine State Recreation area on WI DNR site

SNOWMOBILING

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Back 40 Snowmobile Club

back40trailriders.com

Neighborly Snow Goers

(search facebook)

Association Name Change

As a continued effort to apply for and obtain our 501 (c)3 tax exempt status we had to

apply for Articles of Incorporation. These documents were completed under the

guidance of Dan Borreson and in October we were notified that our application was

accepted for Incorporation. We were able to get our first choice of names that was

voted on by the membership. This incorporation will now allow us to completed the

necessary bylaws changes and allow us in 2018 to apply for the 501 (c)3.

We are now officially named..

Island Chain of Lakes Association, Inc.

PLEASE NOTE: This does not change our website Islandchainoflakes.org.

Crib Restoration Project

The crib restoration project was temporarily put on hold for this winter. This fall we were able to get a diver, thanks to a friend of John Kowalewski and Linda Carpenter. He was able to accurately locate GPS coordinates and determine the crib structures of 4-6 cribs, but more work needs to be done and DNR permits need to be obtained before this project can be completed. We will work to get back on the WRA project list for next year.

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July 2017 Newsletter

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association (P.O.A)

July 2017 Newsletter

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From the President, Karl Nordin…

It is definitely true when they say, “Time flies when you are having fun!!”  Here we are, rapidly approaching August, and our last Lake Association meeting of the year.  2017 has been an exciting, eventful, and successful year for the Association.  In this newsletter, I would like to take a moment to recap, highlight, and celebrate the accomplishments of the association this past year. 

Lake Day…The Association organized and executed our first ever “Lake Day” event.  Attendees were treated to an outstanding day of stimulating speakers and vendors.  Due to the great response and success of this first “Lake Day” we plan to do this event again in 2018.  The event also sparked the interest of other area Lake Associations who have expressed a desire to collaborate with us for the 2018 Lake Day.  Watch for dates, as I know you won’t want to miss it.

Boat Landing Message Centers…On July 9, 2017, a great group of volunteers worked at the boat landings of McCann and the two Island Lake Boat landings to finalize the installation of the message centers.  Special thanks to Rick Krahn who used his skid steer to dig the holes, this allowed us to greatly expedite the process and install three message centers in the time we put up one sign in last year.  Thanks to all who assisted in the installation: Rod Steege, Rick Krahn, Bill Burnap, Mike Kasel, Dan Lien, and myself.  Thanks to Ted Ohmart for ordering all the signs, and Mary Baldeshwiler-Nordin who helped me in getting the postings up.   

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July 2017 Newsletter

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From the President, Karl Nordin…

It is definitely true when they say, “Time flies when you are having fun!!”  Here we are, rapidly approaching August, and our last Lake Association meeting of the year.  2017 has been an exciting, eventful, and successful year for the Association.  In this newsletter, I would like to take a moment to recap, highlight, and celebrate the accomplishments of the association this past year. 

Lake Day…The Association organized and executed our first ever “Lake Day” event.  Attendees were treated to an outstanding day of stimulating speakers and vendors.  Due to the great response and success of this first “Lake Day” we plan to do this event again in 2018.  The event also sparked the interest of other area Lake Associations who have expressed a desire to collaborate with us for the 2018 Lake Day.  Watch for dates, as I know you won’t want to miss it.

Boat Landing Message Centers…On July 9, 2017, a great group of volunteers worked at the boat landings of McCann and the two Island Lake Boat landings to finalize the installation of the message centers.  Special thanks to Rick Krahn who used his skid steer to dig the holes, this allowed us to greatly expedite the process and install three message centers in the time we put up one sign in last year.  Thanks to all who assisted in the installation: Rod Steege, Rick Krahn, Bill Burnap, Mike Kasel, Dan Lien, and myself.  Thanks to Ted Ohmart for ordering all the signs, and Mary Baldeshwiler-Nordin who helped me in getting the postings up.   

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AED’s A vote was passed that we will start the process of upgrading the AED’s at the bars on the lakes.  Also, we are extending discount pricing to any person, family or groups of families on the lakes that would like to have this life saving technology at your home/cabins.  If you wish to obtain more information on pricing please contact Deb Krahn at 1-715-495-7923 or debkrahn@gmail.com.  Before the end of 2017, we will be placing an order so get your request in soon so you too will get discounted pricing. 

Emergency Landing Zones This spring, Brian Murley, one of the Mayo One Flight Nurse out of Eau Claire Wisconsin assisted our organization in setting up two designated landing zones on our Chain of Lakes.  These areas have now been communicated and mapped for the emergency personal in the case of emergency this should allow those in need quicker access to emergency care.  Locations are at Arrowhead Bible Camp field and the Paul and Lisa Prince Property. 

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Ohmart Wet Land Purchase Spring 2017,  our organization  was able to successfully bid, and purchase, the last remaining 40 acres of land that buffers our Chain of Lakes from Long Lake, ensuring this land will be protected for generations to come and this purchase brings the total protected land greater than 750 acres.

Fireworks We again provided donations on behalf of the Property Owners Association to Shep’s Bar and the Higgins Family to assist with their excellent fireworks displays that make the time around the Fourth of July so festive.  Special thanks to them for putting on exceptional displays over the Fourth of July week.

Mailing list and E-mail Linda Carpenter and John Kowalewski have been working diligently to develop the most comprehensive address and e-mail list the association has ever had.  I apologize for some early snags related to sending e-mails.  I believe we have figured this out and it should be smooth sailing going forward.

Annual Brat FeedWe again held another great brat feed thanks to Sunny’s Bar for hosting us.  Thanks to Shaddick’s of Bloomer for the beer trailer, and all the many volunteers who worked very hard to put it all together:  Bill and Bea Burnap, Donna and Mike Cousino, Ron Ottum, Tom Creviston, Rick Krahn, Sandy Seilheimer, Kathy Seilheimer, Ron Hoepner, Darrell and Janet Baumann.

WRA Silver Sponsor This year our association again was a Silver Sponsor at the annual WRA Banquet.  We continue to support, and collaborate with this incredible organization of Rusk County.

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Upcoming/Future Projects:

In addition to all these things we have done or have in the works there are projects that are being planned. 

501c3 The budget committee has initiated the process to incorporate the organization, as well as update by-laws and complete the application process to change our financial status to 501c3 tax free.  Additionally, a budget was developed and passed for the 2018 year. 

Association Logo Linda Carpenter designed an updated logo for the association.  Logos focused on representing our area by the type of trees she picked, as well as the loons and Eagles.  Due to the Incorporation process we have to ensure we get a name that is not already copyrighted.  Once this process is completed the logo can be finalized and approved. 

Association Calendar Linda Carpenter and Lynette Flunker are making plans to develop an association calendar that would feature pictures from the lakes.  We hope to also get business sponsors to help offset the cost. 

Walleye Stocking Fall 2017In the odd numbered years our Chain of lakes gets our delivery of Walleye from the DNR fish hatcheries.  I am told by our DNR fish biologist that will be getting of 10 walleye per acre for the entire chain of lakes. It is exciting hear more Walleye are being caught and some are even reaching the legal limit.

Fish Crib Rejuvenation…WRA has agreed to work with us this winter to rejuvenate a selected number of cribs on the lakes.  The process will all depend on WRA availability come Winter and our Lake Associations ability to pin point with GPS coordinates the cribs we wish to up-grade as well as be able to obtain the permits needs to complete this process. 

Invasive Species Committee This continues to be a need for our association but this is currently on hold, awaiting someone willing to chair this committee.

Bob Reding TributeThe association is working to establish a Bob Redding (Walleye Man) tribute the Landing Road Boat Landing for his tremendous time and contributions to the Lake Association especially in the area of walleye restocking before he passed away September 5, 2015.

New Merchandise Once our 501c3/incorporation status name is approved we will be ordering new merchandise with our updated logo.

LAST ASSOCIATION MEETING: 

August 12 Hawks Bar

10 AM

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After our last Association meeting August 12…

Support the Back 40 Trail Riders (Snowmobile Club)

Corn Feed 12:30-5 PM at Fireside Bar

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What are those lights???

Some of you have maybe seen and wondered, what the heck is out on the lake at night with all the lights.  You might even think that an alien space ship has landed.  DO NOT FEAR…This is one of two things…

The DNR will come onto our lakes at times to do different studies.  Often when they are on the lake they are doing fish counting with a shocker.  If you observe closely you will see they have lines going down into the water providing electronic shocks which temporarily shock fish and allow the DNR to document and study the fish species and the health of the fish on our lakes. 

Second it is people bowfishing.  What is bowfishing you might ask?  Bowfishing is the act of using specialized archery equipment to shoot and retrieve rough fish ie carp/gar using a reel mounted to a bow.  Bowfishing is growing in popularity and recently the DNR passed laws that allow bowfishing at night.  In the late 1990’s, a Bowfishing Association was formed in Wisconsin- for more information about bowfishing and this association please visit www.wibfa.com.   According to the Wisconsin Bowfishing website, the benefits to this activity is that it removes fish that have a negative effect on lakes and river ecosystems.  This in turn benefits native game fish. 

Recently, an incident on our lakes was shared with me, in which people were out bowfishing when someone apparently took exception to what the bowfisher people were doing.  In opposition to the bow fisherman the boater continually and closely circled the boat with their boat.  This action of this boater circling the bow fishermen that were perfectly legal was extremely dangerous and illegal and must be stopped for the safety of all. 

Safe Boating

Is

No Accident!!

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News Letter by…

Karl Nordin, President    715-577-8692    knordin@dovehealthcare.com

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association (P.O.A)

June 2017 Newsletter

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From the President, Karl Nordin…

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners,

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On June 9, 2017, I was out for a cruise, and came across this flotilla of tethered pontoons on Island Lake.  I stopped by to see if they would allow me to include their picture in the Newsletter.  As you can see, they were happy to raise their glasses for a toast to the Lake Association. 

A great bond that unites “Lake People” is their love of the water.  It doesn’t matter if you pontoon, fish, water ski, tube, or just take in the beauty from the dock we all share this bond.  Likewise, I find that most people enjoy being able to share lake time with non-lake owners.  One of my favorite lake stories, of sharing lake experiences with a non property owner, was when a friend brought up her son to the lake.  The boy had great day fishing off our dock, and at the end of the day after cleaning the fish for supper, he looked at me with excitement and exclaimed, “Wow, I have never had dock fresh fish before.”  It is moments like these that help you realize what we might take for granted, is often times a special first for someone else. 

As we pass the longest day of sunlight of the year, and approach the 4th of July, remember more people will be taking the opportunity to get out on the water.  For this reason please be cautious, as this means we are in the peak of boating and/or recreational season.  Be alert, respectful, and courteous to others.  Make sure you have your life jackets, and all your safety gear functioning- ie horn, lights, fire extinguishers, etc.  As property owners, we must demonstrate what we expect from boaters… slow down in the channel, make sure to follow the slow no wake rules, keep the boat landings clean, and make sure the pride we have for our lakes shows.  Together, we will ensure that 2017 is another safe summer.

I would like to say thank you and recognize a few individuals I haven’t thanked so far this year.

  • Mark Schmitt- Our Vice President who ran the June meeting to allow me a weekend to get together with high school friends for a fund raiser.  Additionally, thanks for winter buoy storage for Island Lake.
  • Steve Prusila –for maintaining the buoys in the slow no wake area between Chain and McCann Lakes and winter storage
  • Sandy Seilheimer– for continued storage of the Walleye Wagon and fyke nets
  • Marilyn Morelli– for allowing us space to dock the Association’s Pontoon and winter buoy storage.

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Invasive Species Committee

We continue to seek a person willing to step up and chair our Invasive Species Committee.  We have had a good number of people express interest in being on this committee, but we need a committee chair to move forward.  If this person is you, please let Karl Nordin know.  Knordin@dovehealthcare.com or 715-577-8692

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION

MEETING MINUTES – June 10, 2017

Vice President Mark Schmidt called the meeting to order.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting.   The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  The roll call of officers was taken and President Karl Nordin and Treasurer Bea Burnap were absent.  The May 13. 2017 meeting minutes were approved as written. The Treasurer’s report was not given since the Treasurer was absent .  New members were recognized and welcomed to the meeting. 

Our guest speaker for this meeting was Rod Gont from the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Center.  He discussed the topography of the area and how it was formed .  We learned  about glaciers and the effect they had on this area.  If you have not been to the Ice Age Center you are missing out on a great experience.  If you have been there it is certainly worth going again.  Rod Gont is a great resource if you have questions about the area. 

The following items were discussed:

  • We were reminded that the channels on our lakes are No Wake Zones.  The DNR has been out enforcing this regulation.  Please slow down in the channels .
  • The signs have arrived for the boat landings and we need help with installation.  If you can help please call or email Karl Nordin.  Knordin@dovehealthcare.com 715-577-8692
  • We will further discuss with  WRA regarding our collaboration on winter crib restoration projects.  We will keep you posted on this project.
  • We discussed the possibility of selling something other than shirts at our meetings.  It was agreed that hats would appeal to a great number of members. 
    • A motion was made by Sharon Knot and seconded by Shelly Borreson that we add hats to the merchandise we sell.  All agreed and the motion was passed.
  • There was also a suggestion that a calendar be investigated.
    • A motion was made by Michael Neimeyer and seconded by Lynn Bobb that we develop a Calendar with photos of the lakes and then offer the calendar to area businesses for sponsorship.  All agreed and the motion was passed.
  • Since we are adding merchandise and investigating a calendar it was agreed that the time is right for a new logo design.  Linda Carpenter has been working on this project and agreed to bring sample designs to the July meeting.  Don’t miss the opportunity to voice your opinion on the logo at the July meeting.
  • We discussed the benefit of applying for 501 c3 status.  It was agreed that it is worth the $275 application fee. 
    • A motion was made by Ralph Heuschle and seconded by Ted Ohmart that we spend the $275 and apply for 501 c3 status.  All agreed and the motion passed .
  • Remember to check out our web site islandchainoflakes.org.  Stephanie Barber, continues to update the site.  Send any pictures or information you want posted to stephanie@raubarber.com.  We also want to post a list of people who do lawn service, home repairs, boat repairs, dock service, etc.   Let Stephanie know so we can get the names and phone numbers on the website.
  • Invasive species continues to be a threat to our lakes.  We want to form a committee to stay on top of this so it does not become a problem.  If you are interested in leading or being part of this group please contact Karl.  We have a company we can hire if we identify a problem too big for us to handle. 
  • After a budget discussion it was pointed out that there is enough money allocated in the budget to purchase two new AED’s since the cost on the type we need is less than expected .  We will be voting on the proposed budget at the July meeting and will finalize this purchase at that time.
  • The next Lake Association meeting is Saturday, July 8th at 11 AM.  This is our Brat Feed meeting.  Come join us for lunch. 
  • Important Phone Numbers
    • Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues
    • DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911
    • Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Door prize winners were Sandy Steege, Susan Schaffer, Jan Bauman and Connie Kozlak

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 AM.

Respectfully submitted:   Carol DeLuga

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Lake Association Merchandise will continue on close-out at the July Meeting- Don’t miss out

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***Fireworks 2017***

Shep’s Bar Island Lake:  July 3rd, At Dark

Higgin’s Family Fireworks – Chain Lake on the July 4th at Dark

Lake Association Merchandise will continue on close-out at the July Meeting- Don’t miss out

2017 Association Meeting Calendar

July 8, 2017:   Sunny’s Bar 11:00 AM (Annual Association Brat Feed)

$5.00 Adult       $3.00 children

NOTE:  Please note the July meeting starts an hour later due to the Brat Feed

August 12, 2017: Hawks Bar 10:00 AM

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News Letter by…

Karl Nordin, President    715-577-8692    knordin@dovehealthcare.com

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association (P.O.A)

May 2017 Newsletter

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From the President, Karl Nordin…

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners,

As most of you know, Barron and Rusk Counties were hit hard by aggressive tornadoes on May 16, the Island Chain of Lakes saw a great deal of wind and rain, but were lucky to escape the devastation that was seen around the Barron/Chetek/Hwy 8 areas. If you or your families were affected by this devastation, on behalf or the entire Island Chain of Lakes POA, I would like to extend our thoughts to you and your loved ones.  Words cannot describe the destruction that was left behind by these massive storms. 

As you saw in the April newsletter, the association started out spring of 2017  with “Lake Day.”  To quote the movie, Field of Dreams… “If you build it they will come.”  Such was the case with our first, and extremely successful “Lake Day.” Attendees were showered with give-a-ways from the vendors and left with brains packed with information on the “Newest and Greatest” lake toys, ATVs, docks, insulation technology, alternative and efficient energy technologies, prop repair, real estate, and knowledge of insurance companies that can cover it all. 

Speakers stimulated the minds of attendees on shoreline restoration ideas, wildlife ecology in Wisconsin, solar and invasive plant identification and prevention.  From the feedback attendees provided, the breakout sessions were found to be extremely educational and informative.  Thanks to Patrick Goggin, (WI DNR Lake Specialist), Christian W. Cold (WI, DNR) Steve and Ellen Terwilliger (Solar Specialists) and Kris Larson (WI DNR, Water Resource Management). 

To promote the establishment of emergency landing zones on our Chain of Lakes, Mayo One Helicopter flew during the event and landed on the Arrowhead field.  Thanks you to Arrowhead, and Paul and Linda Prince for allowing your property to be used for emergency landing zones for the good of all.  Mayo One staff completed the emergency zone identification in May, and have now recorded, and reported the coordinates and provided aerial maps to surrounding helicopter services and surrounding emergency personnel.  See enclosed aerial snap shots of the identified landing zones.

Have to also thank the following…

  • The New Auburn Fire and Rescue team, under the direction of Fire Chief Thomas Bischel whose staff helped ensure ground safety
  • Brian Murley, Mayo One Flight Nurse, who came to Arrowhead during Lake Day to assist, and ensure ground safety during the Mayo One Fly, and worked with me to coordinate the landing zones and the fly-in.
  • Jeremiah Harder, and his entire staff at Arrowhead Bible Camp, whose team graciously spent their Friday and Saturday of Lake Day graciously assisting us.  They also served all the food reporting over 150 meals served. 
  • The Backwoods Bar, and Grill, and Sheps Northshore Bar and Campground for allowing us to give out 2 for 1 Drink tickets for those who donated at the event
  • And most of all the group of Association Members who assisted during the planning and/or during the implementation of Lake Day, Ie. set up, breakdown, parking, etc. Bill and Bea Burnap, Rick and Deb Krahn, Mark Schmitt, Ralph and Carol Deluga, Ted Hakala, Tom Creviston, Ron Ottum and Mary Baldeshwiler-Nordin. 

This was truly an outstanding day, and I can say without hesitation to those if you did not attend, you really missed out and need to plan to attend next year. 

Together ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results!!

Designated Landing Zones

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“Arrow Head Bible Camp Landing Zone” 

“Park Drive Landing Zone” Paul and Lisa Prince Field

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WETLAND PURCHASE

Believe it or not, there was more going on in the month of April besides Lake Day.  In early April, I was notified by Chippewa County that last remaining 40 acres in the Lowell Ohmart Wetland area was going to sell in a closed bidding process.  Upon learning this, the Lake Association Board sprang into action to submit a bid on behalf of the Lake Association.  Mark Schmitt was able to get the bid and check from the organization to the County and we were informed that our bid won!!  By achieving this land purchase, we ensure that the head waters and natural filter system between Long Lake and Chain Lake will remain wild and protected for us and for generations to come.  The money used to purchase this land came from the land acquisition account of the Island Chain of Lakes POA set aside years ago specifically for the remaining land in the Ohmart wetland area.  This land, like the last land purchase by the organization and the Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Alliance (CVORA) will now be donated to the CVORA and eventually, be donated to the DNR to attach to the previous 720 acres surrounding this new 40 so we would have a total of 760 acres in DNR protected land.  This will truly be a lasting legacy for our Property Owners Association and kudos for those with the vision years ago and to have the foresight to ensure money was set aside to capture this property when we had the chance.

OHMART WET LAND DNR WEBSITE LAND DESCRIPTION

Situated within a large glacial lake basin between Long Lake and Chain Lake, Lowell Ohmart Wetlands supports an extensive wetland complex of marsh and forested wetland with scattered upland “islands” of northern white cedar. This site lies within the Chippewa Moraine glacial landscape and provides a natural link to other protected county and state lands. Running through the site is Cedar Creek, a low-gradient muck-bottomed stream and inlet to Chain Lake where it provides spawning ground for musky and northern pike. The stream also feeds an extensive emergent marsh that supports beds of wild rice and is heavily used by ducks and other waterfowl. Surrounding the stream is sedge meadow intermixed with drier hummocks that support black ash, tamarack, spruce, white pine, and white cedar. To the east are uplands of alder, ash, and balsam fir. Lowell Ohmart was responsible for acquiring and preserving this wetland-that was subsequently acquired by the West Wisconsin Land Trust (WWLT). The wetland complex was protected through the combined efforts of the West Wisconsin Land Trust, local citizens, the Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Alliance (CVORA), Local Lake Associations, and the Ohmart family. Funding was provided by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund, Chippewa County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, & CVORA. WWLT transferred the property to the Department of Natural Resources and the site was designated a State Natural Area in 2011.

DISCUSSION WITH THE DNR

Will the Island Chain of Lakes be stocked with Walleye in the fall of 2017?

From Our DNR Fish Biologist, Jeff Scheirer

Yes, the four lakes of the Island Chain should each receive 10 large walleye fingerlings per acre again in fall 2017 as part of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative and the ongoing evaluation of largemouth bass – walleye interactions.  The budget proposal for the next fiscal biennium (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019) did include funding to continue the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative.  The budget proposal is finalized yet, but if this allocation remains intact, there should be sufficient funds to produce and stock walleyes in the next two years.

Will the DNR be doing any spring netting on our lakes?

From Our DNR Fish Biologist, Jeff Scheirer

No, we completed the Island Chain’s scheduled netting and electrofishing surveys in 2016, and except for the annual fall electrofishing samples to monitor walleye recruitment in Island and Chain lakes, the Island Chain will not come up again in the survey rotation until fall 2021 and spring 2022 at its 6-year survey frequency.

Was their any spearing activity on our Chain of lakes this spring?

From Kendal Patrie, DNR

As of Tuesday 4/18/17 No spearing has taken place on the Chain of Lakes. Yes, they do have to check in with the DNR so we do get daily reports of spearing.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO THESE VENDORS

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LAKE DAY PICTURES

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Invite Someone to the Lake for some Fishing… Or take a hike!!

June 3-4 Free Fishing weekend and free admission to state parks in Wisconsin

On these two days, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails for free.

It’s that time of year again. Watch for turtles.

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News Letter by…

Karl Nordin, President 715-577-8692 knording@dovehealthcare.com

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2017 Association Meeting Calendar

June 10, 2017: Backwood’s Bar 10:00 AM

Speaker: Rod Gont from the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

July 8, 2017:   Sunny’s Bar 11 AM (Annual Association Brat Feed)

NOTE:  Please note the later meeting due to the Brat Feed

August 12, 2017: Hawks Bar 10:00 AM

It’s that time of year again.  Watch for Turtles

Islandchainoflakes.org

News Letter by…

Karl Nordin, President 715-577-8692 knordin@dovehealthcare.com

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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From the President, Karl Nordin…

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners,

I would like to start by wishing you all a happy spring.  To quote the words of the late great Robin Williams, “Spring is Nature’s way of saying let’s party!”  Personally, I find it to be such an exhilarating time of year, a time when we can open up and air out houses and cabins, and a time for us hearty folk, that don’t leave for the winter, to emerge from under our cocoon parkas, and pontificate philosophies of how Wisconsin Winters build character. 

It seems nature also holds a special affection for spring too, with awesome displays of the migratory birds, the budding and flowering of the fruit trees, and the emergence of spring flowers with their vibrant and flashy colors.  Last, spring marks an exciting time as it means its time to re-launch our boats in time for the fishing opener and/or the first of many leisurely pontoon cruises.

The Lake Association Board has again decided to extend the Spring News Letter to all of the Chain of Lakes Property Owners.  Thanks to Linda Carpenter and John Kowalewski for their continued work at streamlining our membership list and for making on-going tweaks to the Property Owners Spreadsheet, and Ralph Deluga for maintaining the e-mail list and sending the e-mails.

In this news letter, I will share upcoming lake events, projects, and areas in which you can become involved as a property owner.  For your convenience, I have included a Membership Form so you can join/re-join and continue to receive the Association updates. I look forward to having each of you at the Association meetings, but I know that isn’t always possible, because life happens.  However, even if you can not attend a meeting or meetings, know that your membership dues are still at work, and are essential to our organization. Additionally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those of you who frequently provide additional and generous financial donations above and beyond cost of dues. These donations allow the Association to move beyond operating costs and allow us the flexibility to take on and support projects for the betterment of our lakes.

Finally, as you fill out your membership form, I would strongly encourage that you select e-mail for communication.   The e-mail option has greatly improved the association’s ability to provide information in a timely manner.  For example, in late fall a bog broke free and was a major hazard as it floated just under the water surface on Chain Lake.  A member took a picture of the bog, reported it, and we were able to post this information on the website and e-mail property owners in to prevent a potentially dangerous situation. 

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“Lake Day”

Mark your Calendars for April 29

April 29th (9AM-2PM) will mark a first, for our Property Owners Association, we have collaborated with Jeremiah Harder, and his staff at Arrowhead Bible Camp to bring you “LAKE DAY”.  (See flier)  This idea was spawned in early 2016, and with a lot of planning and coordination by a great group of volunteers it will be reality.  Lake Day will be a day filled with great speakers, vendors and a Mayo one fly in, and lunch opportunities. 

Allow me to take a moment to recognize the committee members and others who have assisted in making this event happen: Bill Burnap, Bea Burnap, Ted Hakala, Carol Deluga, Ralph Deluga, Rick Krahn, Tom Creviston, Ron Ottum, Mark Schmitt, and myself.  Additionally, Linda Carpenter provided her advertising expertise to create top notch advertisements.  Last, my wife Mary, who has listened to me (willingly) talk what seems to be non-stop about my visions for this event, and has been a great person to bounce ideas off of. 

About the Speakers:

10:00 AM Patrick GogginShoreline Restoration and Native Plantings. 

Patrick Goggin, received a Master of Science in Natural Resources degree, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, following undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before joining the UW-Extension Lakes team in 2008, Patrick was a county conservationist for the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department in the lake-rich country of NE Wisconsin for 6 years.  He resides in Phelps, Wisconsin with his wife, Quita Sheehan and their three dogs.  Patrick spends his free time growing and planting native plants, native plant seed collecting, vegetable gardening, and home cooking. 

11:00 AM Christian W. Cold  Wildlife and Plant Ecology in Wisconsin

Christian Cold is a wildlife technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Wildlife Management based in Ladysmith, he also serves as a mobile, non-formal educator, who travels extensively throughout Wisconsin offering programs on wildlife and related topics of natural history to schools and adult audiences. His presentations typically include the display and interpretation of live, native animals which he maintains for this purpose. Christian is a 1991 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management & Wildlife, with an emphasis in Environmental Education.  He is a licensed falconer (since 1970) and former bird bander (28 years).  In his spare time, he maintains the birds used in his presentations, takes nature hikes, hunts, fishes, wades & snorkels in area streams, reads natural history, and collects fossils, insects and other natural history objects. He lives near the Flambeau River with his wife Susan.

12:00 Noon Steve and Ellen Terwilliger:  Chippewa Valley Affordable Solar 

Steve and Ellen are a husband and wife duo representing Chippewa Valley Affordable Solar.  They are part of a group of citizens from the Chippewa Valley who are advocates for promoting solar energy.  Their work has included: Education to schools, churches, and community groups, participation in Sustainability Fairs, spreading information through the media on the benefits of solar power and they have partnered with Chippewa Valley Technical College to provide statewide Solar Power Wisconsin Conferences.   See more about their group at www.solarpowerwisconsin.com or Facebook Page “Affordable Solar Chippewa Valley”

1:00 PM Kris Larson Identification and control of Invasive plant species. 

Kris Larson, has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a Marine Biology emphasis and a minor in Computer Science.  As part of his studies, he also spent a year in Denmark studying the fishing industry of the Scandinavian countries in the North Sea.  Not finding a job as a Biologist after graduation, he found employment as a systems analyst doing quality control work on the software for computers which went into submarines.  Following that he worked as a Quality Manager at several companies that manufactured explosives before starting his own Quality Control consulting business.  After years of travel across the U.S. and Puerto Rico he found work near home at the DNR.  Once again doing biology work, Kris is the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Citizen Lake Monitoring program and also works as an aquatic invasive species specialist.  He helped develop the Clean Waters/Clean Boats program.  He was one of the early monitors for zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil and has specialized in invasive snails.  Mr. Larson has been with the DNR for over 18 years. 

Vendor Show

We are also doing a vendor show!!  The Lake Day Committee has recruited a full room of great vendors focusing on “Lake People” hobbies and needs.  At this time as the newsletter goes to print, the vendors are:  Sport Motors Harley Davidson, Adventure Awaits Wedding and Event Venue Barn, TSB Lake Front Restoration, Zacho Sports Center, K and L Prop Repair, TNT Insulation, Chippewa Valley Electric Co-op, A and D Docks and Services, LLC., Woods and Water Realty, INC., Kelly Realty, Water Source Heating and Cooling INC., Next Step Energy LLC., Cleary Buildings, Mower Insurance, and State Farm Insurance.

Mayo One Fly In

As many of you saw in the Winter/January 2017 Newsletter, I have been working with the Eau Claire Mayo One flight team to establish landing zones around our lakes so that lake owners will have expedited access to critical care hospitals if a crisis would occur.  Arrowhead Bible Camp field has been designated as our first landing zone and Mayo One has scheduled a potential fly-in around noon during Lake Day to let people see the aircraft, talk with the flight crew and pilot, ask questions about the landing zones etc. 

Please note that weather and emergency situations could delay or cancel their arrival. 

Special Thanks to…

Arrowhead Bible Camp:  For donating the facility to house the event

Lake Holcombe Marina: For mailing out 500 event fliers with their spring new letter at no cost to us.

Citizens Connected Telephone: For donating the printing of the full page color advertising posters

Mayo Health Systems:  For coordination of Landings zones and providing a fly in for Lake Day

ASSOCIATION PROJECTS:

We will be finalizing the new boat landing message boards.  If you received the Winter Newsletter you are aware that we are underway with this project and have already completed the message center at the Clear Lake landing.  The remaining message centers, two Island Lake boat landings, and one at the MCCann Boat Landing will be completed in spring/summer of this year.  We are always open to more helpers, so if you would like to assist us in completing this project please call or text Karl Nordin at 715-577-8692 or e-mail to knordin@dovehealthcare.com

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Invasive Species Action Committee

We are looking for interested members to start an Invasive Species Committee.  This group would be sub committee of the Property Owners Association, and would work to identify threats to our Chain of Lakes, educate on these threats, and propose plan action to the membership.  If you are interested in being on this committee, or being a Chair Person of this committee, and/or want to be notified of future projects related to this topic forward you contact information and what you are interested in to Karl Nordin at 715-577-8692 or Knordin@dovehealthcare.com

AED’s (Defibrillators) on the Lake

As voted on by the membership, this year we will start the upgrade process for the AED’s located at the bars on the lakes until all are replaced. 

Don’t forget to visit our website…  Islandchainoflakes.org

Need help with something at the lake?  Don’t forget to check the “Resource” page on the website

2017 Association Meeting Calendar

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LAWN CARE CAUTION!!!

As spring rolls around, I know many are excited to get your yard looking nice.  Please be mindful of the impact your choices have on the water quality for all.  The use of chemicals and fertilizers used on your lawn greatly impacts the weed and algae growth in our lakes even when advertised as organic, or safe, they still have the make up to stimulate growth- that is why they are used by landscapers and home owners.  Many members will testify that as more people have started creating weed free lawns on our Chain of lakes we have exchanged green perfectly groomed lawns, for dense weed population and poorer water quality as a whole.  Weeds have accelerated now to the point it affects boat motors, swimming, sailing, fishing, water skiing and more.  So please stop killing lawn weeds in exchange for ruining the recreational opportunities and devaluating lake property values for all.  Let’s work together to ensure protect our lakes and ensure a life time of health for us and for the future generations.

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August 13, 2016

Website:  Islandchainoflakes.org is maintained by stephanie@raubarber.com

  1. Call to Order – Karl Nordin
  2. Pledge of allegiance
  3. Role call of officers  - Present-Karl Nordin, Mark Schmitt, Bea Burnap   Absent – Carol Deluga
  4. Secretaries Report – Minutes sent out and can be found on the web site.  Tom moved and Bill Burnap seconded.  Approved and passed.
  5. Treasures report  Bea Burnap provided report – Motion passed to accept the report.
  6. Old Business

Membership committee – continues to update and expand property owner listing.  If you have new neighbors, please let us know so we can send a welcome to them from the association. 

Walleye Sub Committee reported: – Ted Ohmart spoke, goal is to increase walleye population.  Plan for this is threefold.  First, STOCK – DNR is responsible for and is currently stocking every other year, second is the HABITAT.  According to DNR, Island Chain of Lakes habitat is good for the walleye.  Finally, we must EDUCATE about walleyes.  Education is the number one priority of DNR.  If we reduce largemouth bass population, that will increase to walleye population due to largemouth being the number one predator of walleyes.  Ideally, we should Catch and Keep largemouth bass as opposed to catch and release.  Committee wants to spend up 4500 to create weatherproof MESSAGE centers to be placed at each boat landing. Message centers are made of recycled plastic guaranteed up to 25 years. Message Centers would contain: maps of chain of lakes, pictures of largemouth and small mouth bass and walleyes along with limits of each.  Other information will be posted as well.

Motion. Ted Ohmart motioned to  “Authorize use of up to $4500 monies of the walleye fund to create message centers for the boat landings.”  Judy Ferber seconded.

AED Update – It is time to start updating AEDs.   With current AED problems contact Tom Hall … thall@ruskcountywi.us.  He has batteries and pads available.  Tom was present and informed members that the Helicopter is the fastest way to transport from these lakes so make sure 911 is called promptly.  He shared to use an AED is simple- turn it on and follow the prompts and picture guides.  There is NO liability due to Good Samaritan law.  First 5 years of a new AED do not require a service plan. 

Motion. “Evaluate the AED’s at the bars and maintain what we have” Jan Lindahl first, Ted seconded

Motion Amended:  “Use lake association funds to replace one AED a year until they are all up to date” Tom Meisner motioned.  Shelly Borreson seconded. Motions  passed

  • Bill Burnap spoke about loons.  This year no loons were hatched.  Stephanie watches on Island Lake. 
  1. New Business

Elections were held and current officers were all unanimously voted in for another term.

President – Karl Nordin, Vice President – Mark Schmitt, 

Secretary – Carol Deluga, and Treasurer – Bea Burnap

Discussion about bylaws and having officers run in alternate years. 

  1. Opportunities/Events/ Announcements- Please share if you know of something happening in our area.

Concerts available.

  1. Door prizes winners: corn feed, Rod and Sandy Steege and Petermans

6 pack soda– shelly Borreson, 6 pack of beer – Ron Ottum , Mailbox holder – John Layde

  1. Motion to Adjourn the meeting – moved and seconded

Speaker- Tom Hall Ambulance Service Director/ Q and A

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association Membership Form

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Mailing address Bea Burnap

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Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

Winter Newsletter 2017

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Happy New Year Lake Association Members; I hope you enjoyed the holidays, and got to spend some with family up at the lake.  For those of us, lucky enough to live year round on our chain of lakes we were treated with a very unseasonably warm fall, that was until December, when it fell rapidly into the deep freeze.  The warm fall resulted in an absence of early ice, but when the frigid temperatures arrived, ice formed quickly with total freeze over mid month. 

Each year as the first snows flies, I am in awe at the beauty of the snow is as it stick to the trees (despite always being sad when the time comes to pull and winterize the boats). It seems each season has its special way of reminding us how blessed we all are to call Northern Wisconsin home. 

As I type this newsletter, people are dotting the lake with ice houses in search of a school of Crappies or other great fish.  Snow is being cleared for the ice skaters, cross country skiers and snowshoer’s are out enjoying the “Whisper Sports” on the playground our lakes become in the winter.  Snowmobiles and four wheelers can be heard buzzing the vast trail systems on and around our lakes.  The transition from summer–> to fall–> to winter takes us from a time of great activity to a period of calm and quiet.  This segment of the year with its increased darkness seems to call us to gather around the fire, play board games, and pour up a hot drink or two.  Now that the calendar has flipped to January, it is a time of New Year’s Resolutions, optimism, and reflection. 

As I spend time reflecting on our Lakes Property Owners Association, I am impressed with the work of those prior to my presidency, and I am pleased with the direction we are continuing to go.  I look forward with great optimism and I am excitemed for the projects and events we are planning for 2017.  We had some great meetings with stimulating discussions, engaging speakers and education topics in 2016.   It was awesome to see our association make front page of the Ladysmith newspaper for our meeting on the new zoning regulations in June.  I am enthusiastic, as I reflect on the members that have become active with projects and tasks such as:  the boat landing sign project, the walleye stocking project, the lake property owner mailing list, the property owners e-mail list, the brat feed, the placement and maintenance of hazard and navigation buoys, the maintenance and storage of the association pontoon, the sale of association merchandise, the labeling and mailing of newsletters, the planning and seeking of vendors for “Lake Day”, and those who have become Lake Representatives, and board members.  It is a pleasure working with, and planning projects with those of you who share my passion, and the association’s mission to protect, maintain, and enhance our chain of lakes.  It is inspiring what we can accomplish when we pool the talents of our members.  We can/we have/and we will, continue to undertake projects and tasks for the betterment of our lakes, our properties, and our recreational opportunities.  In this newsletter, I will share future opportunities where you can become involved and events planned that I hope you attend. 

BOAT LANDINGS:  The Walleye Committee has begun the boat landing encasements.  This project was initiated to enhance to overall look of our landings, and provide the association a place to communicate and educate residents of the lakes, as well as visitors to the lakes.  Last fall, we installed the first of four boat landing encasements.  The first boat landing completed was Clear Lake (see pictures on later pages), and we plan to complete the remaining three encasements on McCann and two on Island lake in Spring/Summer of 2017.  I encourage you to stop by the Clear Lake Boat landing and check it out in person.  Thanks to all the members of the Walleye committee for their efforts and help on this project. Mike Kastel, Rod Steege, Ted Ohmart, Bill Burnap, Mike Cousino and myself.  (Thanks also to Rod Steege’s son, Todd Steege, for a lot of muscle).  I would like to extend bonus kudos to Rod Steege and Ted Ohmart.  Rod worked with his company AECOM out of Middleton, WI to create the lake map you will see in the encasement. AECOM also donated the materials and printing costs.  Ted Ohmart, found the company that manufactures the weatherproof encasements, and did the ordering for the project.  Additionally, I would like to thank the Rusk County Forestry Department who donated all the treated posts to complete the signs and for getting the zoning permission we needed.  Last, thanks to the entire Association for passing the vote at our August 2016 meeting so we could proceed and get this job accomplished.  If you would like to be contacted to help next Spring/Summer with the final three encasements please contact Karl 715-577-8692 or Knordin@dovehealthcare.com and I will gladly call you so you can assist us.

“LAKE DAY” COMING THIS SPRING…SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, April 29th 9 AM- 2 PM.  We will be holding our first “Lake Day.”  This day will be filled with great speakers and vendors.  So far the committee has booked speakers on:  Invasive Species, Shoreline Restoration, and Birds of Wisconsin, and we are working on an Alternative energy speaker for the fourth speaker.  A more detailed flyer will be mailed along with the spring newsletter.  This day is open to the public and we want many to attend so spread the word and plan to attend.  The cost is a free will donation. 

INVASIVE SPECIES GROUP:  In 2017, I want to coordinate a group of individuals interested in invasive species.  The goal of this group will be to educate property owners on invasives, prevent the spread of invasives, and to develop an action plan to eradicate invasive threats.  Please contact Karl, if you are interested, even if you have shared interest previously.  Please also let me know if you would be willing to chair this group.

AED’S:  It was voted and approved to start replacing the AED’s the Association purchased as they are aging out.  If you would like to make a donation to this project or other projects please let me know.  Also if you would like information about purchasing an AED for your home Deb Krahn has been spear heading this in our neighborhood and has some great information on how you could own this life saving device.  Deb can be contacted for more information at debkrahn@g-mail.com or phone at 715-495-7923. 

LANDING ZONES:  At our August meeting and presentation by Tom Hall, (Emergency Personnel Director), Tom made the statement that quickest way to emergency care from our lakes was via helicopter.  Due to this statement, I have been working with Mayo Helicopter staff to establish, and designate landing zones around our lakes.  My college roommate is one of the flight nurses, and has spent time recreating on our lakes, and a second flight nurse from that base has a summer home on Chain Lake.  This process is in its infancy, but once completed these established zones will increase the safety and access to quicker medical care for all of us who live and/or recreate on this chain of lakes.

It remains a privilege to serve you as your President. 

Karl Nordin, President- Contact at 715-577-8692 or Knordin@dovehealthcare.com

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Remember to see our website for membership information, pictures, DNR studies, lake updates.

If you want to submit a picture to the website send them to stephanie@raubarber.com

Islandchainoflakes.org

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association Meeting – Hawks Resort

August 13, 2016

Website:  Islandchainoflakes.org is maintained by stephanie@raubarber.com

  1. Call to Order – Karl Nordin
  2. Pledge of allegiance
  3. Role call of officers  - Present-Karl Nordin, Mark Schmitt, Bea Burnap   Absent – Carol Deluga
  4. Secretaries Report – Minutes sent out and can be found on the web site.  Tom moved and Bill Burnap seconded.  Approved and passed.
  5. Treasures report  Bea Burnap provided report – Motion passed to accept the report.
  6. Old Business

Membership committee – continues to update and expand property owner listing.  If you have new neighbors, please let us know so we can send a welcome to them from the association. 

Walleye Sub Committee reported: – Ted Ohmart spoke, goal is to increase walleye population.  Plan for this is threefold.  First, STOCK – DNR is responsible for and is currently stocking every other year, second is the HABITAT.  According to DNR, Island Chain of Lakes habitat is good for the walleye.  Finally, we must EDUCATE about walleyes.  Education is the number one priority of DNR.  If we reduce largemouth bass population, that will increase to walleye population due to largemouth being the number one predator of walleyes.  Ideally, we should Catch and Keep largemouth bass as opposed to catch and release.  Committee wants to spend up 4500 to create weatherproof MESSAGE centers to be placed at each boat landing. Message centers are made of recycled plastic guaranteed up to 25 years. Message Centers would contain: maps of chain of lakes, pictures of largemouth and small mouth bass and walleyes along with limits of each.  Other information will be posted as well.

Motion. Ted Ohmart motioned to  “Authorize use of up to $4500 monies of the walleye fund to create message centers for the boat landings.”  Judy Ferber seconded.

AED Update – It is time to start updating AEDs.   With current AED problems contact Tom Hall … thall@ruskcountywi.us.  He has batteries and pads available.  Tom was present and informed members that the Helicopter is the fastest way to transport from these lakes so make sure 911 is called promptly.  He shared to use an AED is simple- turn it on and follow the prompts and picture guides.  There is NO liability due to Good Samaritan law.  First 5 years of a new AED do not require a service plan. 

Motion. “Evaluate the AED’s at the bars and maintain what we have” Jan Lindahl first, Ted seconded

Motion Amended:  “Use lake association funds to replace one AED a year until they are all up to date” Tom Meisner motioned.  Shelly Borreson seconded. Motions  passed

  • Bill Burnap spoke about loons.  This year no loons were hatched.  Stephanie watches on Island Lake. 
  1. New Business

Elections were held and current officers were all unanimously voted in for another term.

President – Karl Nordin, Vice President – Mark Schmitt, 

Secretary – Carol Deluga, and Treasurer – Bea Burnap

Discussion about bylaws and having officers run in alternate years. 

  1. Opportunities/Events/ Announcements- Please share if you know of something happening in our area.

Concerts available.

  1. Door prizes winners: corn feed, Rod and Sandy Steege and Petermans

6 pack soda– shelly Borreson, 6 pack of beer – Ron Ottum , Mailbox holder – John Layde

  1. Motion to Adjourn the meeting – moved and seconded

Speaker- Tom Hall Ambulance Service Director/ Q and A

A special thanks to Ralph DeLuga, Mike Kastel, Mark Schmitt, Mike Cousino and Ron Pricilla for taking out the hazard buoys at the end of the season.  Thanks to Ralph and Carol Deluga who took out the Association pontoon, provided motor preventative maintenance and storage for the winter.  When it was pulled from the lake this year, Ralph learned that it had some small holes in the pontoons and was taking on water. This has since been professionally repaired and pressure tested so it will be ready for the 2017 summer. 

                 The Island Chain of lakes Property Owners Association

Invites the public to..

LAKE DAY

SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017

9AM-2PM

Speakers/Vendor Show

COST:  FREE WILL DONATION

Arrowhead Bible Camp

30765 117th St. New Auburn, WI 54757

Please mark your calendar to join us!! 

Clear Lake Boat Landing Project

    

Keeping the birds Happy

          Homemade Bird Suet Recipe   

 

(Substitute seeds or bird food for specific species)

Author: Today’s Creative Blog

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Bacon Fat (substitute with lard or shortening)
  • ½ Cup Peanut Butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup bird seed – Black Sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Melt peanut butter and bacon fat in the microwave for a minute or so, mix well.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. Spoon into paper cups and place in the freezer or refrigerator
  4. Once it’s cooled completely, tear the cup away from the suet and place into the mesh bag.
  5. I tied twine around the opening end and secured it enough to hang from a tree.

Remember to see our website for membership information, pictures, DNR studies, lake updates.

If you want to submit a picture to the website send them to stephanie@raubarber.com

Islandchainoflakes.org

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association Meeting – Hawks Resort

August 13, 2016

Website:  Islandchainoflakes.org is maintained by stephanie@raubarber.com

  1. Call to Order – Karl Nordin
  2. Pledge of allegiance
  3. Role call of officers  - Present-Karl Nordin, Mark Schmitt, Bea Burnap   Absent – Carol Deluga
  4. Secretaries Report – Minutes sent out and can be found on the web site.  Tom moved and Bill Burnap seconded.  Approved and passed.
  5. Treasures report  Bea Burnap provided report – Motion passed to accept the report.
  6. Old Business

Membership committee – continues to update and expand property owner listing.  If you have new neighbors, please let us know so we can send a welcome to them from the association. 

Walleye Sub Committee reported: – Ted Ohmart spoke, goal is to increase walleye population.  Plan for this is threefold.  First, STOCK – DNR is responsible for and is currently stocking every other year, second is the HABITAT.  According to DNR, Island Chain of Lakes habitat is good for the walleye.  Finally, we must EDUCATE about walleyes.  Education is the number one priority of DNR.  If we reduce largemouth bass population, that will increase to walleye population due to largemouth being the number one predator of walleyes.  Ideally, we should Catch and Keep largemouth bass as opposed to catch and release.  Committee wants to spend up 4500 to create weatherproof MESSAGE centers to be placed at each boat landing. Message centers are made of recycled plastic guaranteed up to 25 years. Message Centers would contain: maps of chain of lakes, pictures of largemouth and small mouth bass and walleyes along with limits of each.  Other information will be posted as well.

Motion. Ted Ohmart motioned to  “Authorize use of up to $4500 monies of the walleye fund to create message centers for the boat landings.”  Judy Ferber seconded.

AED Update – It is time to start updating AEDs.   With current AED problems contact Tom Hall … thall@ruskcountywi.us.  He has batteries and pads available.  Tom was present and informed members that the Helicopter is the fastest way to transport from these lakes so make sure 911 is called promptly.  He shared to use an AED is simple- turn it on and follow the prompts and picture guides.  There is NO liability due to Good Samaritan law.  First 5 years of a new AED do not require a service plan. 

Motion. “Evaluate the AED’s at the bars and maintain what we have” Jan Lindahl first, Ted seconded

Motion Amended:  “Use lake association funds to replace one AED a year until they are all up to date” Tom Meisner motioned.  Shelly Borreson seconded. Motions  passed

  • Bill Burnap spoke about loons.  This year no loons were hatched.  Stephanie watches on Island Lake. 
  1. New Business

Elections were held and current officers were all unanimously voted in for another term.

President – Karl Nordin, Vice President – Mark Schmitt, 

Secretary – Carol Deluga, and Treasurer – Bea Burnap

Discussion about bylaws and having officers run in alternate years. 

  1. Opportunities/Events/ Announcements- Please share if you know of something happening in our area.

Concerts available.

  1. Door prizes winners: corn feed, Rod and Sandy Steege and Petermans

6 pack soda– shelly Borreson, 6 pack of beer – Ron Ottum , Mailbox holder – John Layde

  1. Motion to Adjourn the meeting – moved and seconded

Speaker- Tom Hall Ambulance Service Director/ Q and A

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

August Newsletter 2016

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It seems it was just days ago that I sat down to write the spring newsletter and now I am already writing the last for newsletter for 2016.  I appreciate those who came up after the last meeting and shared how much they appreciate the news letters and the information that is shared. I am considering a Winter newsletter due to the recommendations and comments I received. 

In this letter I would like to share the accomplishments of the association.

  1. Improved communication- Thanks to the hard work of Linda Carpenter, Bea Burnap, and Ralph and Carol Deluga we continue to update the most comprehensive lake address listing, and e-mail list the association has ever had.  We have collaborated with Linda Greifsheim, Realtor and Association member to assist in identifying new property owners on our lakes so that we can officially welcome them. 
  2. We have continued to improve and enhance our website Islandchainoflakes.org to include valuable information to our membership. 
  3. We have provided excellent education at each meeting which has included water quality information and testing, zoning information and changes, boating regulation reviews by the Sherriff, and our last meeting will be a presentation from Tom Hall, the Emergency Medical manger for Rusk County.  There was also a plethora of great lake information and brochures that were made available at our Brat feed meeting for the membership.   
  4. We have a very active group working on bringing forward recommendations to the association for projects to support and enhance the DNR walleye stocking efforts on our lakes.  We will not be getting any new walleyes delivered this fall, as we these are scheduled for our chain every other year. 
  5. A group is working on possibilities of a Lake/Vendor day in early 2017.
  6. Finally, we have group of volunteers who have expressed interest in lake invasive species projects- so please stay tuned for opportunities in this area. 

I am so pleased and want to share my sincere thank you for the increased member involvement and show of support to enhance and protect the shorelines and our lakes. 

Thanks also for the tremendous turnout at this year’s annual brat feed.  I was told the count at the time the meeting started was 85+ and there were still people coming.  This was certainly a very well organized event, and I want to extend my gratitude again to all who assisted with, buying supplies, bringing tables, recruiting helpers, cooking the brats, picking up the beer wagon etc.  I know it was enjoyed by all.  Please see the minutes for names of those volunteers that assisted in making this such a remarkable event. 

Last, Thanks to Sheps, and the Higgins and Bonacorda families for great fireworks shows!!

Karl Nordin, President- Contact at 715-577-8692 or Knordin@dovehealthcare.com

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The Backwoods, Sheps, and Hawks (New to Hawks) all have AED’s.  The association will also research to determine life span of current AED’s since the county has told us our models will no longer be able to be updated. 

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BUY YOUR OWN AED

Check out these websites for more information….

AEDsuperstore.com

Heartstart.com

Cost range- $800.00 Pre-Owned Refurbished – $1200.00 and up for new

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Something for the Kids Young and Old…

Make a clay pot light house… FROM PINTEREST

Lighthouses are a popular decorating motif not only because of their nautical roots, but because they symbolize safe harbor and protection. This lighthouse made from terra cotta clay pots is surprisingly easy to assemble, and it even features a lantern on top to cast a warm glow. You can place it in the garden as a decoration, or use it as a centerpiece for a beach gathering.

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  • 4 clay pots (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small, 1 extra small)
  • 2 clay saucers, small
  • Outdoor acrylic paint in your choice of colors
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Glass votive holder
  • Flameless battery-operated tea light
  • Paint brushes

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Please Remember To Boat Safe, And Be Respectful Of Others, And Our Natural Resources

ISLAND CHAIN OF LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION

MEETING MINUTES – July 9,2016

President Karl Nordin called the meeting to order.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  The roll call of officers was taken and all officers were present.  The June 11, 2016 meeting minutes were approved as written.  Treasurer Bea Burnap gave the treasurer’s report and it was accepted as read.   

A motion was made by Linda Carpenter and seconded by Jack Amans that the meeting minutes be included in the hard copy of the newsletter that is mailed to our members who do not receive our on line email.  (It was noted that this will increase the cost of postage.)  All agreed and the motion was passed. 

The following items were discussed:

  • Karl thanked the Higgins family and Schep’s for their great fireworks displays.  They both do such a great job every year. 
  • Karl read a thank you note from the Higgins family for the donation the Lake Association made.
  • Linda Carpenter, on our Membership Committee, continues to work to compile a complete list of property owners on the chain.  Linda Greifsheim, of Coldwell Banker Brenizer Realtors said she will advise us of any property sales that occur on our lakes.  This will help us welcome new property owners and keep our records current. 
  • Our Walleye Committee is working on ways to improve our walleye population.  We cannot buy fish since we participate in the DNR program that gives us fingerlings every other year.  So the committee is looking at education opportunities and signage improvements that will help.  The committee will report back to us when they have recommendations to make.   Karl reminded us that the Fish report from the DNR on the netting done in the spring is posted on our web site. 
  • Remember to check out our web site Islandchainoflakes.org.  It is constantly being updated.  We are still looking for area service people to add to our list.  Please let Stephanie know at stephanie@raubarber.com so we can get the names and phone numbers on the website.
  • We are continuing to work with the WRA on our signage issues at the boat landings. 
  • Karl Nordin and Bill Burnap continue to work on a Lake Day in 2017.  The Arrowhead Bible Camp has advised us their schedule is very busy in the summer and the best time for our event would probably be early May.  Karl and Bill will continue to update us on the progress of this event. 
  • Mary Baldeshwiler has taken over the shirt sales for the organization.  T-shirts are $10 and Polos are $20.  Shirts are on sale at the meetings or you can contact Mary at mbbaldesh@gmail.com.

NEW BUSINESS

  • People have expressed interest in the Invasive Species Topic.  We need suggestions on project ideas and a focus for this group.  If you have suggestions please send them to Karl.
  • Election of Officeers    terms are up for all the officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary).  All officers have agreed to stay on. However, if you are interested in running for any of these offices please let Karl know.  We are always interested in having new people and fresh ideas on the Board. 
  • Karl thanked the committee that once again provided us with a great lunch.  The brats were delicious.  Thank you to the organizers Bea Burnap and Donna Cousino, and the cooks, Bill Burnap, Mike Cousino, Ron Ottum Roger Bollinger and Tom Creviston.  And a big thank you to all the others who helped out serving, moving picnic tables around, clean up and all the other things that need to be done to have a successful event.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!
  • Our guest speaker at this meeting was Burt Zielke, Sherriff Rusk County.  The sherriff went over some basic boating regulations.  For example:  Slow No Wake means as slow as you can go in a no wake area; If your boat is over 16 feet you must have a throwable life preserver out and available; if you ride a jet ski you must go slow no wake 100 feet from boats and 200 feet from shore; if a boat is anchored on the water you must go slow no wake within 100 feet of that boat.  We were also reminded that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 needs to take a boater safety course before they can drive a boat by themselves.   The Sherriff answered questions and provided lots of helpful information.  The Lake Association recommends you go to DNR.WI.GOV and search for boating regulations for the complete boating handbook.  The handbook is in PDF format and can be down loaded.  We all need to practice safe and courteous boating when on the water.  If you have concerns about activities on the water call the Rusk County Sherriff at 715/532-2200.
  • The next Lake Association meeting is Saturday August 13th and our guest speaker will be Tom Hall, Rusk County Ambulance Service Director.   
  • Important Phone Numbers
    • Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues
    • DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911
    • Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Door prize winners were Kelly Bjorstrand, Pam Gunderson, Dorice Cichon. Cindy Ohmart, Tammy Zastro, Jack Amans, Joan Bjorstrand, Lorraine Bishop, Ray Wojtowicz.   

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 AM and then our Guest Speaker was introduced. 

Respectfully submitted:   Carol DeLuga

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

July Newsletter 2016

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Letter from the President

Our Lake Association makes front page news!! ladysmith paper At our June Association meeting, the Ladysmith News paper covered the presentation CeCe Tesky, the Rusk County Zoning administrator.  The Article was in the June 14th edition of the paper.  It was a thorough article on all that was covered during the presentation, and it shed light on our organization as an instrument for disseminating critical information to lake property owners.  I was informed that there will be a public hearing coming up on July 7th at the Ladysmith Library for those wishing to hear more about the lake shore zoning and to comment on the zoning rules.  Contact the Rusk County Zoning office at 715-532-2156 for more details regarding the event.  Thanks to Mark Schmitt for running the last meeting. 

Here is an opportunity for you to get involved…We are looking for an Association member willing to step up to the plate at our Association meetings and sell Association merchandise.  Please contact Karl Nordin @ Knordin@dovehealthcare.com or 715-577-8692.  Also we still have not heard from anyone that might be able to identify new Lake Property owners for us.  If you are a Realtor or someone you know might be able to help us obtain that information please notify me of that as well. 

For those of us lucky enough to have property on our beautiful Chain of Lakes we all know the many and share in the joys that lake ownership brings.  One of those joys, is watching our Wisconsin Turtles lay their eggs, and the sight of the new born fawns at this time of the year.  This past month I felt as if my yard was a labor and delivery ward due to the number of turtles that venture up onto the yard to lay eggs.  I have been surprised more then once walking across the yard or my garden to find a turtle with its backside buried in the sand or dirt laying eggs.  I have yet to see them hatched and returning to the lake, but I hope to see that sometime.  In this news letter, I am including some turtle facts for you to enjoy. 

Another joy on the lakes is the fantastic fireworks put on by Sheps Bar on Island Lake and the Higgins Family on Chain Lake.  This Year Sheps fireworks will be on Saturday, July 2nd and Higgins will have their fireworks on Chain on Monday, July 4th.  As we head out this Independence weekend celebrate our great country, remember to show your patriotic spirit, and be safe.  We have more boaters on the lakes that week and weekend then any other and we want to ensure another safe year.  Use caution when traveling at night, take your time, be courteous, and make sure to let the fireworks display locations know how much you appreciate the shows!! 

Karl Nordin Island Chain of Lakes Property Owner Association President

Knordin@dovehealthcare.com   715-577-8692

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Wisconsin Turtles

By: Tanya Rothe

Article from:  http://www.wisconsin-wi.com/turtles-of-wisconsin.html

There are around 11 different varieties of turtles in the state of Wisconsin. Turtles have been known to be the longest living creature on the planet. Many have lived over 100 years of age. All turtles are considered cold blooded with their only heat source being the sun. The turtle species that you will most often see over the others in Wisconsin is the painted turtle. They are the most common and can be found in or near water. The turtles of Wisconsin take up 4 of the total turtle families including mud & musk, snapping, box & water, and soft shells. There is only one completely land inhabiting turtle in Wisconsin and that is the Ornate Box Turtle.

An interesting fact is that 10 out of the 11 different types of turtles in Wisconsin actually spend their time during the Winter season under water either under the bottom of the dirt or right on top of it. They start resurfacing to the land once it is at least 50 degrees out. Also, the turtles in Wisconsin have shells on their bodies that are made up of around 60 different bones. This helps protect them for weather conditions and predators. One thing that you will find out about turtles in this state is that they have a thick, scaly skin that helps to keep water from entering their body. Like snakes, Wisconsin turtles also shed their skins annually. The easiest and most common places you will find turtles are on floating logs and other objects in the water.

  • Habitat: On land and in water, 1 species is completely on land.
  • Diet: water vegetation, algae, and smaller water creatures
  • Behavior: sunbathe most of the day, very slow moving on land, stay under water during winter season.
  • Reproduction: lay eggs on land, dig nests in ground, some nest twice a year, small turtles lay 3-5 eggs and larger lay 30-80 eggs.
  • Predators: habitat loss, humans, automobiles, cats, dogs, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes.
  • Life Expectancy: up to 100 years or more.

No one person can save the world or the water. But in creating alliances,

bringing people who care together, and creating projects that can have an impact,we start to slowly protect and build up the most

important natural resource.

-Unknown

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Lake Property Owners Association Meeting Calendar

SAVE THE DATES!!

July 9, 2016 11:00 Brat Feed at Sunny’s Bar

August 13, 2016 10:00 Hawks Bar (Board member Elections at this meeting)

Reminder:  The annual training week for the visiting ski team will be at Arrowhead bible camp will take place on July 16-22. 

For the Kids…Young and old

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Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

June Newsletter 2016

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It was a delight to see a great turn out at our at our first lake meeting in May.  It was a wonderful mix of new and past members.  We had a lot on the agenda, and it was great discussions that took place.  Special thanks to Dick Martin for speaking on the water quality testing he is doing on our lakes.  It was a great presentation.  I look forward to continued dialog and your involvement with projects throughout the year.   By becoming a member it shows your desire to support the mission to maintain and enhance the beauty and longevity of our lake resources. 

Thanks to Linda Carpenter, and Bea Burnap for their work and collaboration on compiling all Lake addresses for our Chain of lakes.  Each of them spent many hours on this project over the last year and a half and their efforts are greatly appreciated.  We still are in need of a Lake Member or “Friend of the Association,” that might be able to provide us information of changes of ownership on the lake.  We want to be able to welcome new home/or property owners and invite them to become Association members.  Ie. A Realtor would be ideal.   If you are this person please contact me. (715-577-8692) 

For those not at the first meeting, I want to continue to plug our website.  It continues to transform and is really looking professional and has a great deal of information.  Log on and check us out at Islandchainoflakes.org or scan the above QR Code above to be routed to the site.  The site looks great from your computer or phone!!  Thanks Stephanie!  We encourage you to send pictures and services ie (people who have done good work for you ie, landscaping, general construction etc. to stephanie@raubarber.com (Our website guru!) to add to the website.  This Web site is for you so please let us know what you would like to see, and how we can make it more valuable to you as a member. 

Check out the website to see the newly appointed Lake Reps. too-  Rick Krahn representing Island Lake, Ted Hakala representing McCann, Tom Creviston, representing Clear lake, and Ron Ottum representing Chain lake.  Thanks to you all for stepping up to this duty.  Pictures have been uploaded to the web site so you can put a picture to the names.  We only were missing one picture and we hope to catch him and get his picture up loaded soon.  Thanks Stephanie for your continued progress and work on the web site. 

A message for safety…. As the days warm, and the boat traffic picks up, please make sure we continue to advocate safe boating on our lakes.  A vote was taken at the last meeting to continue to offer $100.00 reward for anyone leading to information that leads to the arrest of people damaging the buoy’s on our lakes.  It is encouraged if you have your cell phone or camera that you take a picture and get identification of the person/boat causing the damage as proof.  The police will need this to take action against these individuals. Damage to these buoys, by moving them off a hazard, knocking out the lights etc creates dangerous boating for all.  Make sure that you slow down in the channel between Island Lake and McCann when meeting an oncoming boat.  This area is not a slow no wake area, but it is law to slow to no wake when meeting another boater or watercraft.  Also, make sure we are following the guidance of the slow no wake areas.   The WI- DNR web site defines slow not wake as… “The minimum speed required to maintain steerage.”  Lets make sure we are all demonstrating what we expect of boaters on the lakes and we will ensure another safe summer of recreating.

Last, I missed two thank you acknowledgements at the last meeting and wanted to recognize them.  One to Kathy Seilheimer for continued storage of the Walleye Wagon and the nets, and to Mike Casel who also helped install the buoys on the Chain of lakes this spring.  Thanks to both of you.

Karl Nordin President – Contact information Knordin@dovehealthcare.com  715-577-8692

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks…John Muir

Clip and post on your Fridge… Important Phone Numbers

    • Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues
    • DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911
    • Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Lake Property Owners Association Meeting Calendar

SAVE THE DATES!!


June 11, 2016 10:00 Backwoods Bar- Meeting will be run by Vice President Mark Schmitt

Speaker:  CeCe Tesky Rusk County Zoning Administrator – Will share information on some of the differences between Rusk and Chippewa Counties

July 9, 2016 11:00 Brat Feed at Sunny’s Bar

August 13, 2016 10:00 Hawks Bar (Board member Elections at this meeting)

Ski team:  The annual training week for the visiting ski team will be at Arrowhead bible camp will take place on July 16-22.  Hope you will enjoy watching their activity during the week.  We have worked hard with them to build a constructive relationship with this group.  I’m sure this year we will continue this trend. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

You can control mosquitos naturally by what your plant around your home or cabin.  Additionally, many of the plants that repel mosquitos are herbs.  So not only can you reduce your number of mosquitos you can add robust flavors to your favorite dishes in the kitchen.  Here is a list of some plants to try…

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Spring Netting Summary On our Chain of Lakes for 2016, and 2015 Loon Summary is posted

Go to

Islandchainoflakes.org

and click on “Lake Info and Studies”

If you are viewing the DNR lake netting information you need to click on the attachment that starts with your lake name then will say SN2 2016  Example: (Clear SN2 2016)

Fun for the Kids, young and old- how many tracks can you identify around the lake?

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Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.40.19 AMThe Association budget was presented for comments at the meeting in May.  A vote to approve the budget will be called for at the June meeting.  I have attached the budget for those who were not at the meeting so you will be prepared to vote. 

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

May Newsletter 2016

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President’s Note…

  Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2016.  I am excited that the Lake Association Board Members have approved sending this first news letter out to all the Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners.  This is a great way to make you aware of the group, and encourage you to become a member, if you are not already. 

  In this news letter, I will share a snap shot of what we have been doing and what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year(s).  I have also attached the 2016 Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners meeting schedule, and membership registration information.  Please come and be a part of a great organization and make it even stronger with your voice and contributions.  Protecting and supporting the vitality of our lakes now and for the future takes all hands on deck. 

  Spring never falls short of amazing on our chain of lakes.  It is remarkable watching, and hearing the changes around the lakes as the ice melts, the migratory birds pass though, and the boats start being launched.  If you’re like me, I’m sure many of you were searching, and listening for that first Robin.  Another great sound is that of the Sandhill Cranes that populate the channel between McCann, and Island Lakes.  Each spring they, loudly, and proudly proclaim that spring has arrived. 

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  Why do you love the lake?  I’m sure everyone has a different reason they love the lake- Maybe it is because we take more time to relax in the serenity of the lake, maybe it is because our friends and family stay longer when they come to visit you at the lake.  No matter what it is that brings you happiness when at the lake, you probably would agree that there is a common sense amongst “Lake People” that we are just friendlier at the lake.  When you take a boat cruise down the lakes you are frequently met with smiles, waves, or a tip of a cocktail, etc. I feel that the pontoon/or other water craft- is to water, what the front porch was to houses of the past.  It beings me joy, when I am on the lake, and I see families tethering up with other families/friends for a laugh, a cocktail, or jump in the lake.  The time we take to reconnect with one another at the lake, is such a gift.

  So this year, its time to become a member or renew your membership to the organization that will work to ensure a healthy chain of lakes, and healthy eco system for now and for the future.

Karl Nordin, President /Phone: 715-577-8692 /e-mail: knordin@dovehealthcare.com

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DNR/Island Chain of Lakes Walley Stocking Update

  The following graph was provided to us by the WI-DNR after they came to our lakes and worked with lake members stocking Walleyes.  All lakes were stocked based on fingerlings per acher.  Special thanks to the association members who were able to assist with this project. 

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Jeff Scheirer the DNR fish biologist that serves our lakes and his team were on our chain of lakes shortly after ice out to net and collect fish data.  I will work to obtain information later in the year from Jeff on what his team learned from this project. 

Did you know???

From The Wisconsin DNR Website: DNR.WI.GOV

Some Educational information on Walleyes

Common name: Walleye

Scientific name: Sander vitreus (Sander refers to the German common name of the European relative) and vitreus means “glassy”, referring to the large eye.

Distribution: It is believed that the walleye was originally confined to the larger lakes and waterways in Wisconsin. The extensive stocking of walleye fry and fingerlings that occurred early in many Wisconsin waters partly obscured the original distribution of the species. Today the walleye is present throughout Wisconsin.

Spawning: The spawning migration of walleye begins soon after the ice goes out, at water temperatures of 38 – 44º F. Spawning in Wisconsin generally occurs between mid-April and early May, although it may extend from the beginning of April to the middle of May. Walleye spawning ordinarily reaches a peak when water temperatures are 42 – 50º F. The walleye is not a territorial fish at spawning time; they usually broadcast their eggs and exercise no parental care.

Angling: The walleye is one of the most highly prized game fishes in Wisconsin. Thousands are caught each year during their spring spawning runs. Walleyes are primarily minnow feeders, but leeches, small bullheads, night crawlers, and various small plugs are favorite baits. In clear waters, walleyes usually stay in deeper areas during the day, moving into the shallows at night. In more turbid waters, they can be caught throughout the day. The large, unusual eyes of the walleye are designed to help them easily find their prey

Please remember this before your fertilize your lawn

It all adds up

Healthy lawns, trees and shrubs add to the beauty and value of a home.

They also keep our lakes and streams clean by allowing rainwater to filter

into the soil rather than running into storm sewers.

Many fertilizer materials contain nitrogen and phosphorus. When these nutrients wash into lakes and streams they will:

• promote unsightly algae blooms and aquatic weed growth,

• lower dissolved oxygen levels in the water, and

• may release ammonia – which is toxic to fish.

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Why should you choose E-Mail News letters vs. Mailed News Letter?

As time has passed many organizations no longer offer the options for a mailed news letter.  We continue our efforts to move in that direction as well, but you still may opt for the mailed news letter if you wish.  However there are some significant benefits to you as well as the organization when you choose to get your news letter via e-mail.  Here are a few…

  • Save money…How…through postage, conservation of paper and printing costs.
  • Immediate notification…If you select e-mail news letters and notifications we can get information out to our membership immediately which a news letter can not do.  For example, this past winter there was theft around the lake.  We were contacted by the Sheriff department and were able to send out immediate notification to our membership on what was taking place.  Those who choose to get the news letter only would just be learning of the theft now months later.
  • Opportunities- Occasionally events come to our knowledge that we want to make the membership aware of but before the next news letter comes out the even would have passed.  Ie.  WRA events etc. 

Make this the year you choose an electronic news letter

Select:  “I desire e-mail news letter” on the membership form attached

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Fun For the Kids, Young and Old…

Create a sailboat with one of those pool noodles sitting around the cabin. 

Happy Sailing

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Lake Property Owners Association Meeting Calendar

SAVE THE DATES!!

May 14, 2016 10:00 Shep”s Bar- Speaker Dick Martin: Water Quality Testing

PLEASE USE BAR PARKING LOT – MAY GO IN TOWARDS THE CAMPGROUND

DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS ALONG RIGHT AWAY ROAD

June 11, 2016 10:00 Backwoods Bar- Meeting will be run by Vice President Mark Schmidt

July 9, 2016 11:00 Brat Feed at Sunny’s Bar

August 13, 2016 10:00 Hawks Bar (Board member Elections at this meeting)

What has the Association done for me lately?

  • Provided education on topics of interest to property owners- Ie. Loons, CPR, Invasive species, water quality, walleye education and DNR data from lake shock testing to name a few.
  • We work collaboratively with environmental organizations both in Rusk and Chippewa counties to support our lakes and other environmental projects
  • Buoy placement, maintenance on all our lakes to keep us all safer
  • Collaborate with the Forestry department on our boat landings upkeep
  • Maintained and stored the Lake Association Pontoon for lake projects
  • Worked collectively with the WI-DNR supporting the Walleye Stocking projects and studies
  • Send out notifications about concerns or events to property owners via e-mail
  • AED’s were purchased by the association and distributed to establishments around the lakes- A life saving measure- Located at the Backwoods, Hawks, Sheps, and Bayview Campground
  • Raised funds to buy and protect the wetlands at the end of Chain Lake
  • Yearly Donations to firework displays on the lakes

So make joining the Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association part of your commitment to the future of our lakes.

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Contact  NANCY BOLLINGER at 715-967-2497 to place an order or see her at the next meeting

I would publically like to extend my thanks to Nancy for coordinating and selling shirts, and polo’s at each of our meeting.  Nancy you are greatly appreciated for all your work!!

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

Membership Form

Name___________________________________________________________

Mailing Address__________________________________________________

City, State, Zip___________________________________________________

Phone___________________________________________________________

    Lake Address____________________________________________________

Please Check           Clear Lake           Chain Lake Island Lake       McCann Lake

Please indicate method of correspondence

____E-mail news letter (Immediate notifications and cost savings)

E-Mail address___________________________________________________

(Please Print)

____ U.S. Postal (2-3 day wait period)

I am interested in helping with:

_______Put Buoys in (spring) and Out (fall)

_______Interest in control of invasive lake plants

_______Boat Landing Maintenance

_______News letter editor- completing mailings

_______ Interested in running for committee or board position

_______Other ________________________________________________________________________

YEARLY DUES $10.00 

DONATION ______________

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED ______________

____I wish to have my donation applied to ________________________________________________

____I don’t have a specific project I want my donations applied to.

Please make checks payable to:   Island Chain of Lakes P.O.A.

Mailing address Bea Burnap

N404 Park Drive

New Auburn, WI 54757

715-967-2452

We are on the web…..    Scan QR Code with mobile device to go to the websitewww.islandchainoflakes.org

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

August Newsletter 2015

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From the President…

It was great to have such a tremendous crowd at this years Brat feed at Sunny’s Bar.  Please see the minutes from the last meeting thanking list of members who contributed their time and talents to make this day such a success.  Thanks also to the DNR Fish Biologist, Jeff Scheirer, for coming and providing information on projects and studies being done or completed in the last couple of years on our lakes.  I know the information sparked discussion around the lake and that is excellent. 

I am guessing, that I am not the only one that can say that August really snuck up this year.  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to writing to welcome everyone back to the lakes, and the ice going off and now I’m writing the last news letter for 2015.  That being said, I am proud of what the association has accomplished this year and I look forward to another great year next year in 2016.  The new membership committee has been in discussions the past month, and we will be continuing discussions to investigate ways we can grow the association, make new property owners feel welcome on the lakes, evaluate our current communication to the membership, as well as continue to look at ways in which we can build community around the lakes as we evaluate the implementation of the Lake Association Directory. 

Thanks to the association member’s contributions to the Web site- If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you all to visit Islandchainoflakes.org, there were some incredible pictures submitted to the website of the Higgin’s Family fireworks, and are worth the visit to see these incredible photos.  Additionally, check out the fun pictures of pontoons sporting some great 4th of July spirit, and of our brat feed.  Just as a reminder we are trying to build a page for services that people use around the lake- ie, lawn mowing, plumbing, septic work, electrical, etc.  If you provide one of these services or could share who you have used for these services that would be greatly appreciated.  Please send             e-mail with the service to Stephanie Barber at stephanie@raubarber.com

Hope to see you at our next meeting August 8th, at 10 AM at Hawks Bar on Chain Lake.  We will be offering Hands Only CPR review before and/or after this meeting.  Therefore, there will be no scheduled speaker.  All are welcome to come and learn.  This is not a certification, but will give you the information and skills necessary to provide help in an emergency on the lake.  Please see that attached poster for details on this training.  There is no cost, and it will only take you about 15 minutes.  The session before the meeting will start at 9:30 and will be offered after the meeting as well until everyone has a chance to learn that wants to. 

See the attachment from the American Red Cross to learn more about why you should learn this method of CPR. 

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2014 Hands-OnlyTM CPR Fact Sheet

WHY LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR?

Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, over 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

· When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.

· According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

· Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.

BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

· 80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.

· Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.

· Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

MUSIC CAN SAVE LIVES

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

The AHA has collaborated with DJ Earworm to create a “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” of other popular songs that have the right rhythm to guide compressions for Hands-Only CPR, and coincidentally, have a life-saving message.

People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.

During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. The beats in both “Stayin’ Alive” and the songs in DJ Earworms’s “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” are a perfect match for this.

For the Kids…Karl 2 Karl 03

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

June-July Newsletter 2015

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From the president…

Thanks to the Backwoods Bar and Grill for hosting our June meeting and Vice President, Mark Schmitt, for running the meeting.  Thanks also to Bill and Bea Burnap for presenting on the loons.  I am aware of one couple on Island Lake doing loon monitoring due to their excellent presentation.  If you, would like more information on loons, and/or the Loon Watch Program, discussed at the last meeting log onto the following web site.image2

www.northland.edu/loonwatch                        

I hope that we will see a big crowd at our next meeting July 11 at 11:00.  Please remember to bring lawn chairs to this meeting as this is out outdoor meeting and Brat feed.  Cost of the brat feed is $5.00 for adult and $3.00 for children.  We will be honoring the years of service, of Wayne Pawlak at this meeting as well as well as having the a presentation from Jeff Scheirer, the fish biologist from the DNR talking about the fish shocking on our lakes, and other recent projects. 

Website update:  Much of the website remodel has been completed and we have updated contact information.  One request that I have gotten several times since president is who provides certain services around the lake.  We would like to add a page to our website for these services.  This is not a recommendation for any one provider it is simply an information only page for lawn services, septic pumpers, general maintenance etc.  So if you have services to provide or have a particular service that has done a good job for you and think people should know about them please send this information to Stephanie Barber at stephanie@raubarber.com Please indicate Services in the subject line.  Also, in the body of your e-mail please also indicate what services they provide.  Additionally, we are now welcoming your photos from activities around the lakes, wildlife, sunsets etc.  Please send those to stephanie@raubarber.com as well. 

FYI- The water skiers that annually stay at Arrowhead Bible Camp will be on our lakes July 18- 24.  Expect increased water sport activities during this week.  Please be respectful, as we will expect them to be of our lakes.  Enjoy watching their talent. 

Important Phone Numbers

Rusk County Sherriff 715/532-2200  Call with any lake abuse and/or boating and jet ski issues

DNR Satellite Office Ladysmith 715/532-3911

Forestry  Department 715/532-2113  Call with any boat landing issues

Karl Nordin Lake Property owner President 715-577-8692 e-mail Knordin@dovehealthcare.com

Here is a link to the Wisconsin Boating Regulations for your convenience.

http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/LE/LE0301.pdf

Please be safe and practice common sense when traveling on our lakes.  Reminder to all boaters traveling in the channel between McCann Lake and Island Lake when coming into 100 foot proximity of another boater slow your boat to slow/no wake. 

Please do not tamper with or move the channel markers or buoy’s.  This is for the safety of all. 

Interesting Wisconsin Water Facts

From the University of Wisconsin2013 Sea Grant Paper

Wisconsin Waters

About 6.4 million acres (2.6 million hectares) of Lakes Michigan and Superior and 95,000 acres (38,445 hectares) of the Upper Mississippi River lie within Wisconsin’s borders.

Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes and 13,500 miles (21,700 kilometers) of navigable streams and rivers.

Almost 3 percent of Wisconsin’s area—nearly a million acres (405,000 hectares)—is lakes.

Wisconsin has about 1.2 million billion gallons (4.5 million billion liters) of water underground—if it were above ground, it would submerge the state in 100 feet (30 meters) of water.

Nearly one-third of prehistoric, postglacial Wisconsin was wetlands. Nearly half of the estimated 10 million acres of presettlement wetlands have been lost.

Wisconsin’s 11 coastal counties contain more than 1.2 million acres of wetlands (486,000 hectares)—nearly a fourth of all of the state’s remaining wetlands. The wettest is Marinette County with nearly 228,000 acres (92,000 hectares)

FUN IDEA FOR YOUR LAKE HOME – Taken from www.thegardenroofcoop.com

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Flowerpot Bird-Feeder

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Supplies:

Terracotta or clay flowerpot and two saucers. I used an orchid pot (which has pre-drilled holes), but I also made one out of an azalea pot and drilled seed holes (any flowerpot that you have on-hand and want to re-purpose as a feeder will work). The saucer needs to cover the top of the flowerpot (as a lid). 

Glass and tile drill bits (1/2″ for seed openings, 1/8″ for hanging)

3/32″ vinyl coated wire rope (about 2 feet) 

1/8″ ferrule and stop set

Pliers

Start by drilling 1/8″ holes in the center of each saucer. It’s pretty easy to drill these holes with the appropriate drill bit. I also added 3 drainage holes in the base saucer with the same bit. Use the 1/2″ bit to drill three seed holes about an inch from the bottom of the flowerpot. Thread the wire rope through the top saucer, flowerpot and base saucer. Using pliers clamp the ferrule and stop onto the wire at the base and top.

DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

If you would like to be a news letter editor or contributor please contact Karl Nordin at 715-577-8692 or e-mail to knordin@dovehealthcare.com

Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association

May – June Newsletter 2015

Our 2015 Lake Association meetings kicked off the year with a great meeting on May 9th at the Shep’s North Shore bar.  I would like to thank the owners of Shep’s for their hospitality in hosting this meeting.  Please review the minutes of the last meeting in the attachment.  It was enjoyable to see so many members in attendance, and I look forward to growing attendance throughout the year.  Please join us at our the next meeting on June 13, at 10 AM at the Backwoods Bar.  Presentation will be by Bill and Bea Burnap on Loons.

REMINDER- Be smart when using products on your lawns, landscaping, or gardens around the lakes, these areas are a direct watershed into our lakes.  Please don’t use products that are going to leach into the water and promote unwanted weed growth and/or impaired water quality for all.

When I was elected President, I shared that I felt the President’s main purpose in an organization like ours is to advocate and lead the meetings.  I also shared that I felt the real success of our organization, and what we can accomplish, comes from the willingness of the membership to step up, assist with projects, and participate.  For this reason, I would like to extend a special thank you to all the members who have already volunteered to be board positions, lake representatives, and the bylaws committee.  Thanks also to those who have worked on projects such as putting in the buoys this spring, and the website remodel your efforts are greatly appreciated.  Last but not least, to those who signed in on the special interests boards at the last meeting, indicating your willingness to work on future projects.  I will continue to bring these special interest sign up boards to each meeting this year so you will have plenty of opportunity to sign up and share your talents to contribute to a healthy lake and lake association. 

During the last meeting, I shared that I am a Nurse at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire.  One of the true joys for me in caring for the elderly is the stories they tell. One consistent theme often shared by the elderly is, “Don’t live with regrets or should haves.”  They will express statements like… “If you want to travel do it now while you still can, don’t get to my age and wish you would have” – “Don’t waste your life not doing what you want etc.”   In the rest of this newsletter, I want to talk our future.

Do you like stories?  I personally love hearing and telling stories.  Stories are all around us.  They are told around our campfires on a beautiful star lit night.  They are told by artists through songs and dance.  Some are told by master story tellers like Garrison Keillor.  Stories come in all shapes and sizes.  At the lakes we have all heard the one about the monster fish that got away or tales of when we first learned to waterski.   Kids recall so many great stories from lake life, being allowed to drive the boat for the first time, catching their first fish, capturing fire flies, frogs and turtles, and who can forget the time that Uncle (fill in the blank) brought the awesome fireworks to the lake.  For many, your stories from our Chain of Lakes, goes back many years and even generations. For others, your story is just beginning to be written.   No matter what chapter you are on in your story I know, the words, “I’m heading to the lake this weekend” brings great joy.

Anyone on our Chain of Lakes that has been on the lakes for many years will tell you our lakes have changed.  Change is expected and unavoidable, but what kind of changes we see is strongly impacted by our actions as lake property owners.  Some changes have been positive, and others may be indicators that as property owners we, more then ever, have a responsibility to protect the health of our lakes.

So as President of our Property Owners Association, I ask “What is the story we are going to write together?”   We all need to feel equally responsible for how we adjust the sails and steer the rudder for the future of our lakes.  Let’s all do what we can to preserve our beautiful lakes, so we can enjoy its beauty without regrets.

Karl Nordin

President   

Phone 715-577-8692

E-mail Knordin@dovehealthcare.com

2015 Meeting Schedule

June 13, 2015 – 10 AM Backwoods Bar and Grill

Guest Speakers Bill and Bea Burnap – Discussions on Loons

July 11, 2015 11:00 Brat Feed at Sunny’s Bar

Guest Speaker: Jeff Scheirer- Fishery Biologist to talk about the Fish shocking project done last fall

August 8, 2015 10 AM Hawks Bar

Speaker: To be determined

FYI- Turtles are laying their eggs.  Please drive with care as you will see many crossing the roads in the next month. 

Island Chain of Lakes Lake Property Owners Association 

2015 Spring News Letter

I would like to welcome you all back to the spring/summer seasons at our beautiful lakes.  I’m sure many of you, like me, were anxiously awaiting to get back on the water in liquid vs solid form.  In front of my house, that date was April 2nd.  It has also been so exciting to see the return of the migratory birds, some passing though and others choosing to take up residence on our lakes.

As we enter April, it is time to start thinking about our upcoming meetings scheduled for the Lake Association.   It is humbly, and with great respect, that I take over as President of the Lake Property Owners Association.  I would like to say thanks to Wayne for his tremendous service to the Lake Association over the years, and the Lake Association Board for welcoming me, and helping me navigate into the role as President.

I am looking forward to an eventful 2015 year, and am anxious to meet and work with all of you for the common goals of lake and land conservation.  I would like to share the mission of the Lake Property Owners Association from the bylaws….

The members of the Island Chain of Lakes Property Owners Association serve as custodians of the natural beauty of Island, McCann, Clear and Chain Lakes by exhibiting our knowledge, appreciation and respect for our abundant natural resources.  The mission of this Association is to provide education about these lakes, water quality and water-related issues.

The board and I have been meeting to prepare for the 2015 year and I am confident that you will find something that will peak your interest and participation in the association. Come help protect the land we choose to live and recreate on.  A few areas of focus this year will be to continue the efforts of the walleye projects, working with the DNR to obtain 80 additional acres of land in the Omar wet lands and improving signage and display areas at the boat landings.  We will continue to look at opportunities to work with the Wildlife Resource Association- Rusk County (WRA), the Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Association-(CVORA) Chippewa County, our Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses, other conservation groups and most importantly, you, the members of the association to complete projects on our chain of lakes.  I would like you to personally invite you to attend the meetings listed below.

2015 Meeting Dates

 June 13th 10:00 AM at the Backwoods Bar and Grill

 July 11th 11:00 AM Brat Feed at Sunny’s Bar

 August 8th 10:00 AM at Hawks Bar

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” –Henry David Thoreau 

 

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