Upcoming Events

 

Summary of upcoming MPOC meetings and events, (followed by October minutes and a more detailed events schedule)

 

Thursday November 15th,   Lake Freeborn meeting at Freeborn City Hall from 6-8M pm.  This meeting will update the public on the progress of the lake restoration. 

November 20th   6 pm  Belgrade Methodist, MPOC business meeting at 6 Pm just before the program

November 20th   7 pm  Bo and Lynda Ernst will share photographs and stories about their 16-day canoe trip to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Red Lake, Ontario. 

 

M P O C  Oct.  Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 2 Oct. 2018 in 

Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church

 

CALL TO ORDER by President Mark Bosacker at 7:02 p. m.

MEMBERS present:  Pres. Mark, VP Joe DeLory, George Fasnacht, Treasurer and Michael Sponberg, Secretary Also Dennis Cassman, Vicki Demers, Gary Dingler, Chuck Draper, Debra Malmanger, Brad Nawrocki, and Myron Siemieniewski

 

APPROVE Sept. meeting Minutes:  Joe DeLory moved to accept as typed and emailed. Dennis Cassman  seconded. Consensus approval followed.

 

TREASURER's report:  Treasurer George Fasnacht reported our Club has $ 1,427.06 in our checking account.  As for memberships, he noted we have 98 names carried over from 2017 and 64 paid memberships

in 2018. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

George said he thought the recent Lake Emily paddling event and picnic was quite pleasant though  he wished for more paddlers. 

 

LAST MONTH's events:  See Announcements, above

 

FUTURE Calendar Events:

Fall Color Cruise is set for Sat. 13 Oct. from Red Jacket Park.  Brad Nawrocki will direct the event.

 

Speakers for November's Off-water-Season program will be Bo and Linda Ernst of No. Mankato. They'll describe their two Canadian camping and paddling outings. Presentation is Tuesday 20 November in Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church, starting at 7  p. m.

 

OTHER Outdoor education events: 

Fall Festival in Ney Nature Center, Sat. 6 Oct., 1-4 p. m.

 

Correction - Our notification of a Swan Lake presentation by Minneopa Park Naturalist Scott Kudelka, for Friday 19 Oct. in the Nicollet Co. Treaty Site History Center was an error.  That event occurred last year.  Somehow the information was mistakenly carried over to this year

 

Annual Christmas Program in No. Mankato Police Annex, Sat. 1 Dec. (Watch for announcements from Pres. Mark)

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Pres. Mark wonders if members want an event for trading or selling non-motorized watercraft and other equipment sometime during 2019.  There was some discussion but no decision made.

 

George noted that first Tues. of Jan. 2019 is January 1st (the date of our annual picnic outing).  He requests that Mark ask the Church if we can hold our monthly meeting  in the Fireside Room on Tues. 8 Jan. ?   Mark said he'd ask the Church Secretary.

 

Dennis Cassman noted that Tues. 6 Nov., our scheduled meeting night, is Election Day.  Vicki Demers  suggested we bump the Nov.

Club meeting to 6 p. m. on Tues. 20 Nov., just prior to the Ernst presentation (see above.)  All present agreed.

 

MISCELLANEOUS Reports:

 

No Archives report

 

Hospitality:  Prior to the program Tues. 20 Nov., Mark will purchase oatmeal raisin cookies  and bottled water.  Plans are also to brew coffee.  Brad graciously agreed to bake a huge number of chocolate-chip cookies

 

Conservation:  Mark reported that the LeSueur Watershed Alliance had a trip on Friday 28 Sept. The trip surveyed erosion near the LeSueur River.  Some politicians or their representatives participated.   Jessica Nelson, MPOC member, organized the event.

 

Membership:

George said people joining MPOC in August and later pay no dues the following year.     Also, Joe and Mark both noted there's a difference between MPOC Facebook page joiners and actual MPOC paid members.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Dennis Cassman moved to adjourn. Joe seconded. Consensus approval followed at 7:49 p. m.

 

MPOC Events Details  

Thursday November 15th,   Lake Freeborn meeting at Freeborn City Hall from 6-8M pm.  This meeting will update the public on the progress of the lake restoration.  Freeborn Lake is the source of our beloved Cobb River!   

November 20th   6 pm  Belgrade Methodist, MPOC business meeting at 6 Pm just before the program

November 20th   7 pm  Bo and Lynda Ernst will share photographs and stories about their 16-day canoe trip to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Red Lake, Ontario.  Come see the beauty of the northern boreal forest, the excitement of catching northern pike and lake trout, and the relaxation of enjoying a warm fire. There will be free refreshments after the program.

December 1st    MPOC Christmas Party Potluck at North Mankato Police Annex, eat at 6 pm. We will have entertainnment, including caroling and a gift exhange.  We have a club tradition of playing "musical gifts".  Members, who wish to participate, bring a small gift, worth $10-15.  Then, while Christmas music plays, we pass the gifts around in a circle.   When the music suddenly stops, the gift that you're holding is what you get!  Adult beverages are allowed in the Police annex, except for red wine!

December 4th     MPOC Business meeting  7 pm at Belgrade Methodist 

January, 1st    7 Mile Creek                 Bon-Fire/hiking/snowshoe              Noon/Potluck

 January 8th   Election of Officers 7 p.m. at  Belgrade Methodist Church. The fireside room will not be available.  We’ll meet upstairs  in the 2nd & 3rd grade Sunday School room.

 

 



 

 

 

MPOC 2018 Trip Schedule

 

This is the current Schedule of the MPOC’s 2017 paddling trips.  All trips are subject to water and weather conditions.  The meeting place is the parking lot of Belgrade Methodist Church, unless otherwise stated.  Please call the trip leader ( or one of the club officers listed below) if you are planning to come, especially if you want to use a club canoe.  If there are no calls the trip may be canceled. 

 

January, 1st            7 Mile Creek                      Bon-Fire/hiking/snowshoe              Noon/Potluck

 

January 2nd          Belgrade Methodist Church       Election of Officers                7 p.m.

 

January 16th           Williams Nature Center         Favorite Trip Nite/Potluck                    6 p.m.

 

February 20th       Belgrade Methodist Church     Speaker-Scott Kudelka        7 p.m.

 

March 20th                   Belgrade Methodist Church    Speaker- Bo & Lynda Ernst     7 p.m.

 

April 17th           Belgrade Methodist Church       Speaker- Jessica        7 p.m.

 

April 21st             Three Rivers Float cancelled due to low water temperatures

 

Sat.  5 May    Brad Nawrocki will lead a paddle on the gorge section of the Blue Earth River meet at "the Church"  at 10:30 a.m.  (This trip takes the place of the cancelled KCCC Youth Day)

 

May 15th       Belgrade Methodist Church  Swan Lake Nature Cruise                    5:30 p.m.

 

June 19th      Hiniker Pond                            Boat Trials   Potluck                            5:30 p.m.

 

July 14th        Belgrade Methodist Church              Blue Earth Gorge Trip    10:30 a.m.

 

July 21st        Saturday Float on beautiful Lake Emily!   meet at the public landing at 5pm 

                 

August 21st               Lake Elysian, Janesville         MPOC Picnic/potluck/paddle                  6 p.m.

 

September 22nd             Meet @ Belgrade Methodist         Paddle Lake Emily                     1:00 p.m.

 

October 13th            Belgrade Methodist Church      Red Jacket Park / Fall colors cruise      1 p.m.

 

November 20th          Belgrade Methodist Church         Speaker to be determined                7 p.m.

 

December 1st           Police Annex, No. Mkto.       Christmas Party/Potluck                          6 p.m.

 

 

Feel free to call a club officer about any questions or comments.

Officers: President Mark Bosacker 388-7023; VP Joe De Lorey  340-4459

Treasurer George Fasnacht;   Secretary Michael Sponberg