Attendees: Greg Chasko, Rick Boucher, Rich Chmiel, Pete Revicki, Chis Samorajczyk, Wil Iturrino, Joe Alix, Jackie Alix, Clint Herdman Summary of this year’s banquet: (Chris Samorajczyk)
About $10k was made at the dinner
120 people attended
Ladies table brought in $260
Suggestions for next year:
Hand out cards with numbers to help with the live auction
Keep track of what raffle items were popular to monitor interests
Life Membership raffle
Search for additional Wildlife artists for donations
Discussed need to focus on increasing CWA membership, including establishing member benefits:
Look into Duck Stamp purchasers for membership targeting
Sponsor Membership with page on CWA website
T-shirts for new members
Free Junior membership
New CWA window decal, Pete Revicki will look into this
Member survey with entry in raffle for submitting
Greg Chasko made suggestion that Board members take lead on Projects
Hartford Sportsman’s Show: (April)
Possibility of sharing a booth with Delta
Shotgun Clinic: CWA will work with CT DEEP in the upcoming Shotgun Clinic on July 14 for instructors, and Aug/Sept (open to public) with focus on waterfowling Sporting Clays Shoot – October 7 in Guilford, gift cards have been purchased CWA owned properties:
11 acres in Pomfret, will need to find where the “right of way” is located
2 properties in Western CT, Rick Boucher to look into the status/conditions of properties
Board made recommendation that the Junior Duck Stamp winner be used as the CT State Duck Stamp
Possible donation to school where the winning student attends
CWA will team up with Delta to create a dam for waterfowl hunting/habitat in the north end (Keeney Rd area) of the Nehantic State Forest
CWA will present a plaque of appreciation to Chet Reneson for his support
Minutes from CWA Board Meeting January 24, 2018
CWA had 5 Board Members and 8 guests present, our best attendance ever. Thanks to all who attended!
Banquet: Chris Samor with the help of other Board Members have things well underway. We are looking good!
Newsletter: We should have a draft ready by mid-February.
Website: Because of the great efforts of Web Master Joe Alix, the Website is looking great! We have gone from 30 unique visits per day during 8/17 to 54 visits per day during 1/18! We rock!
Reneson original painting raffle: We have sold 30 tickets already and we still have not tapped all our sources of advertisement. Folks need to purchase their tickets soon or they will be gone!
CWA Properties: VP Rick Boucher and President Greg Chasko will visit the three sites in early summer when aquatic vegetation is up. From there, we will decide how to proceed.
Scholarship Fund: No applicants yet, but attendee Jackie Alix provided a website that we can use to spread the word. Stay tuned.
Membership: The Board decided to maintain April 15, as the annual renewal date. CWA should do a group email to members in February to remind folks that Membership dues are due.
Treasurer’s Report: CWA funds are in the black. We are committed to spending $2,500.00 on the DEEP’s Wildlife Division’s Papineau Marsh restoration which will not be a problem.
Future Events: Wood Duck Box building Day had to be cancelled as wood is not available. However, last year’s building day was so successful that the Wildlife Division has all the boxes they need for this year. We’ll get back at it, next year. Planning for the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest, Training Day and fall Sporting Clay shoot is in order.
July Elections: President Chasko will be stepping down 6/30/18 after a two year term. He will remain very actively involved in CWA. Three Board Members were designated as a Nomination Committee to develop a slate of candidates for officers and Board Members. Any member who is interested in getting involved needs to let CWA know their interest. You can do this on our Website.
Mentor Program: We got a few Mentees out this year. The Board agreed to recognize all Mentors who have participated at the banquet this year.
Minutes from CWA Board Meeting November 8, 2017
Attendees: Chris Samor, Rich Chmiel, Rick Boucher, Greg Chasko, Clint Herdman, Dakota Flis (guest)
Banquet Pricing: Board decided to price tickets at $55/adult; $80/couple. Early purchasers at $50/adult; $75/couple. Tickets will be available online at the CWA website.
Sporting Clays Shoot: Set for Sunday October 7, 2018 at Guilford Sportsmen’s Association. We need to get 50 shooters!
Membership: Board decided to maintain April 15 as the renewal date as this date is close to when we hold the Banquet. If someone joins late in the cycle (after November 1, their membership will run until the following April). Our Web Master is looking into Programs that will facilitate tracking Membership and renewals.
Reneson original painting raffle: Board decided to limit ticket sales to 100 at $50.00/apiece Next steps are to have tickets printed and advertise the raffle. Winner to be drawn at the April 15, 2018 Banquet.
Mentor Program: No new applicants this year, but we have several holdovers from previous years that Mentors will try to get out.
CT Carver’s page: All carvers who are CWA members were contacted to submit some photos of their decoys and a short resume. To date, Rich Chmiel has responded and his info is up on the Website.
Cabela’s Program for donations/discounts to non-profit conservation organizations: Necessary paper work has been submitted. Waiting to hear back from Cabela’s.
List of Sponsors: Need to get our list of Sponsors logos up on our Website. Current sponsors include: Mossberg, Final Approach, Primos, Sitka, Tangle Free, Wild Edge, Baron, Harris Outdoors, Conquer the Call, Carl’s Custom Calls. Let’s be sure that we have not omitted anyone.
Waterfowl Mounts for the Barn for Artistic Youth (BAY): CWA obtained several mounts through a personal connection and delivered them to the BAY. The BAY submits many painting to the Jr. Duck Stamp contest. Check out our Website in the “News” section for a photo and details.
Handicapped Waterfowl Hunting Blind: CWA will work with the DEEP’s Wildlife Division to repair the existing handicapped blind at Babcock Pond WMA in East Haddam. Also, to find a better location for another handicapped accessible blind.
Winter Newsletter: We should get another Newsletter out January or February.