KAMO July Newsletter
This is KAMO President Mark Walters with my part of The Newsletter
First, I want all BOD members to remember that we have a teleconference on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. I am asking that any members of KAMO send your thoughts for this meeting to Mike Brown for our agenda. At this point I cannot see anything that is real pressing so this should be a very simple meeting.
There is one important matter that I should discuss. Ever since we created KAMO in 2007 I have been President. I do enjoy the job and do my best given my capabilities and the time that I do have. My present term expires in March of 2020. I am asking that everyone in KAMO thinks about someone taking my place. In all honesty, I think with the right fit a change would be really good for KAMO.
As most of you are aware, I am self employed in the newspaper industry and have been since 1989. Since I became President I have put most of my spare time into trying to make KAMO the best it can be and my income has suffered simply because I do not have the time to market my column like I used to.
I will say this, being the President of KAMO is very cool, though there is no paycheck, but actually there really is, I do not regret one minute of it. I am not giving an ultimatum and if we cannot find the right person I will take another term. If we can find a President, I will help this person and that will make a huge difference.
I have spoken with members of four chapters in the last week and all four of them had very nice stories about recent experiences in getting our youth into the outdoors.
As always, I want to thank you for all that you do for KAMO!
There were 266 visits to the site the last 30 days. This is an average that changes constantly and has been as high as 360 the past couple weeks.The percentage of first time visitors is dropping,an indication that the number of return visitors is growing. Some pictures from Northwoods and Coulee were added this month.
As Mark mentioned, here will be a Board of Directors Teleconference coming up at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 24th.
An ongoing need we’ve had has been is state secretary. I have been enjoying the role, but am also willing to give it up to someone else at any time. That person will get support from me until they get established.
The D.N.R. will be organizing its mentored hunt on Sandhill in mid-August. There are 48 hunting pairs signed up. I talked to their manager, Darren, today and he said with those kinds of numbers, the need could arise for a backup mentor or two. That’s exactly what happened last year when Tom St. Clair and I went to fill in. The deer were in full rut. Tom’s kid got a buck for the ages. If the need arises, I’ll send out a notice.
The Baraboo chapter had its monthly meeting at Kevin Seymour’s house as our normal meeting place gets too busy during the summer months. It was very obvious talking to the other guys that the summer months are extremely busy for everyone. We were supposed to get together with the Lake Wisconsin chapter for a fishing night, but it was cancelled due to lack of participants. We have another fishing night planned for August, so we hope it will work out this time.
We started talking about this years Joe Hunt and the need to start getting a kid lined up. We will need to start getting our properties secured, and get our schedule for meals as Jeff and Patty will only be doing 2 meals with Chef AJ taking care of the rest. Very happy with the state picking up most of the expenses for this years hunt with the exception of lodging, which will still be the responsibility of each chapter.
The MacKenzie Center is supposed to be doing some nice improvements to the kitchen area with hot and cold serving bars, Get out and enjoy this time of year as it seems to be flying by once again.
CouleeCoulee held it annual pontoon riders on a hot July afternoon. Sixty five riders came in. A couple pontoons couldn’t make it at the last. Fortunately, we brought in a fish casting practice set and sidewalk chalk to keep kids occupied. A few families went to a Loggers game we were invited to by the Sara Rose Hougom Foundation.
Some kids and a mentor went to the Youth Outdoor Festivalat Veterans Park on the13th. Randy ran the geocaching station forUSGS. The kids especially enjoyed the zipline, the re tile display, the archery and B.B. gun stations, and the kayaking.
We are currently planning a trap/ pigeon shoot for August 24th.We are trying for a second event in the Hokah area in August related to nature drawing.
We have been invited to bring a group on the Best Dam Fishing Float near Dresbach for free. If another chapter is interested in this, please let us know.
No report this month
We had 4 members present at our July meeting. Several members were on vacation/work travel.
We discussed ways to improve the air rifle shooting night that was held in June. Bill puts a lot of time, effort and $ into the activity and we believe we should have more kids attending.
In the past few months, we have discussed the possibility of creating a scholarship for a student entering into the field of study that would support our KAMO initiatives. The concept is to create a situation where the student is “giving back to KAMO” with the education received through KAMO support. This topic will remain on our August meeting agenda
We received a donation of ice fishing gear from a local individual. Not a lot of details on what the items were but will have more info for our August report.
Activities going forward include:
Youth deer hunt at Aaron’s
Pheasant hunt at Woods and Meadows
Submitted by Bob Nicksic
A beautiful day awaited a great group of children, volunteers, parents and guardians for the Kids Hooked on Fishing outing sponsored by KAMO at Lake Emily on Saturday July 13th.
The grounds were manicured, the fish cooperated, and the mosquitoes took the day off. A highlight of the event involved the making of discarded fishing line containers to be placed at county landings to keep the unused line out of the waters and will be recycled. Special thanks go out to Whistlers Outdoors for donating the bait, Land Conservation Dept for their goodies, our financial supporters, and the fleet of boat captains from Lake Emily who take everyone out fishing.
No report fromYellow River this month