Attendees: President Greg Chasko, Vice President Rich Chmiel, Joe Alix, Treasurer Chis Samor, Acting Secretary Rick Boucher The meeting was called to order by President Chasko at 6:15PM Old Business Jr Duck Stamp: discussed & will be in place for 2020. Rick B will meet with CT Art & Science Associations to promote interest. Training Day: 10/9 Wallingford Gun Club: will be manned by Greg C & Joe Alix. Additional support is needed. Discover Outdoor CT (formerly NHFD): 10/22 Franklin Swamp WMA: Manned by Rich C. possibly Joe A, & Bill Embacker. Additional support is needed. Joe A. to send email requesting help at the event. Sporting Clays Shoot: 10/7 Guilford sportsman Association: Joe A & Rick B will man the event. Rick B to MC & score. Joe A to manage registration. Rick B will draft 2 email blasts for Mid Sept & late Sept for Joe A to send out. Additional support is needed. Wood Duck Box Making: 10/21 Flaherty Field Trial Area: Coffee & doughnuts provided. More to follow. Newsletter: Joe A is crafting approximately 9 pages. CWA Apparel: New hats are in Greg C to send info to all.
New Business Hartford Sportsman Show: March 29-31 Show Convention Center: It was agreed that CWA would exhibit & try to participate in a demo alone or with Delta. Approximately booth cost $250.00. Support team to be made. Habitat Projects: Nehantic Forest & Pomponum. It was agreed that CWA will support DEEPs efforts & have signage at both sites. This could happen in 2018, but most likely it would be 2019.
Membership: Greg C will request HIP email list from Waterfowl Division & do an email to all listed. Q River Issue: HELP!! Greg, please write this….short & to the point. Mention Hunt Smart. Whale Bone Cove Issue: Greg C has been very active in this topic. This very tight shooting area was discussed. Possible illegal shooting is happening. CWA will support DEEPs efforts to control illegal hunting. Friends of Whale Bone Cove will educate neighboring home owners. Brochure: It was agreed that CWA needs at least one piece of literature. To start, Joe A will send Rick B the template for 8.5x11 trifold. Rick B will draft copy. CWA Stickers: Rick B will source exterior water-resistant labels & report at next meeting.
Minutes from CWA Board Meeting July 25, 2018
Attendees: Greg Chasko, Rich Chmiel, Pete Revicki, Chis Samor, Wil Iturrino, Joe Alix, CWA Sponsors
Looking for sponsors to advertise on CWA website
With member benefits in return
Looking for person to take the lead
* Action Item: follow up on sponsorship; Joe has intro email for sponsorship Discussions Closure of Quinnipiac River
Closure is justified due to a newly created children’s park, safety concerns
CWA Board & Officers to support closure of lower Quinnipiac River
Motion was made by Joe Alix, seconded by Rich Chmiel, all voted to support closure of lower Quinnipiac River, area of concern.
JR Duck Stamp
Discussed using winner for the CT State duck stamp
CWA will submit letter to CT DEP (Min) addressing benefits to schools and students
Greg Chasko to send letter, CWA Board will review letter prior to submission
Waterfowl Novice Training Day
Instructors and cooks needed
Shotgun Shooting Skills Seminar
Greg Chasko attended
Discussed having evening session, open to the public
CWA to consider being a sponsor for this event
Discussed having similar events for CWA members
Need names of participants
Prizes to include, gift cards, prints, cooler discounts, decoy
Will use Lewis System to determine winners
National Hunting & Fishing Day
September 22, Franklin Wildlife, 10AM-4PM
Bill Embacher to provide silhouettes for kids to paint
Hartford Sportsman’s Show
CWA to have a presence
Pete Revicki will look into pricing for new decals
Will try to get one out in August
Nehantic State Forest Wetland Project
Will possibly be flooded by October
CWA owned properties
Still pursuing information
CWA Mentor Program
Greg Chasko will contact mentors
Greg Chasko will look into getting new hats
Will attempt/look into getting emails of HIP purchasers for CWA mailout
Wood duck Box Building Day
Possible day in October, 14th or 21st
Minutes from CWA Board Meeting May 29, 2018
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.