Upcoming MPOC Meetings
Tuesday March 2nd MPOC Business Meeting at 7 PM in
Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in North Mankato
April 16th “Waterfalls Sampler in Southern Minnesota" by Dr. Robert Douglas Professor Emeritus in Geography Gustavus Adolphus, 7 p.m., at Belgrade Methodist Church.
MPOC March 2019 Meeting Minutes Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church
CALL to ORDER: President Mark Bosacker called the meeting to order at 7:05 p. m.
MEMBERS present: Pres. Mark Bosacker, Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg. Also, Vice-President Brad Nawrocki and Debra Malmanger.
APPROVE SECRETARY's minutes of Feb. meeting: Debra Malmanger moved to approve. Seconded by Brad Nawrocki. Consensus approval.
TREASURER's report: George Fasnacht said we have $ 1,595.45 in Club's checking account. He also noted we have 89 carry-over members from 2018 and 44 paid members in 2019.
Brad said he enjoyed guest Paul Ebbenga's talk at the February meeting. Others seconded Brad's remark.
LAST MONTH's events:
Brad said he liked Eric Koser's program about life on a NOAA research ship in Alaska coastal waters. That was our off-water program for February. Twenty-two attend Erik Koser's presentation.
FUTURE CALENDAR events:
Debra Malmanger announced our March program will feature a presentation by WERT members. Water Emergency Rescue Team is operated by the Blue Earth Co. Sheriff's Dept. Program is set for
Tues. 19 March, 7 p. m. with equipment for inspection outside before the formal program.
A conversation developed about three different people who might be asked to do April's program. No decision ensued.
Another conversation followed concerning whether the Club should do a boating safety program in April. No decision was reached, though Pres. Mark mentioned focusing on a VCR tape done by famous Canadian paddler, Bill Mason.
Brad asked Pres. Mark about one of his email notes. This concerned the question of getting youth involved in outdoor activities. Brad will email the Boys' and Girls' Club director to assess that organization’s interest.
Cookies for the 19 March off-water program was the topic !! Mark asked the Club to approve $10.00 to be paid to Brad for baking chocolate-chip cookies, a specialty of Brad's. Voice vote heartily approved the expenditure. Pres. Mark said he will purchase 12-18 non-chocolate cookies to also be served on 19 March.
Equipment: No report
Archives: No report
Hospitality: See New Business
Membership: See George's Treasurer's report
Pres. Mark proposed that our Club conduct a cleanup of area river access sites two weeks after the 2019 fishing "opener." Favorable comments followed.
Paul Ebbenga in conjunction with his group, Blue Earth project, have the responsibility for cleaning the Blue Earth Gorge river portion. This assignment is allied with Adopt-a-River program formerly operated by the Mn D N R. Now that assignment is managed by the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa.
ADJOURNMENT: George moved to adjourn. Debra seconded.
Consensus approval followed at 8:14 p. m.Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary
More Upcoming Events
April 1, 2019, Soil Health Cafe Chat 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Amboy Cottage Cafe, 100 E Maine St, Amboy, MN 56010
Brief Description: Returning this spring are SFA's popular Cafe Chats, free events featuring area farmers who are practicing soil health principles like cover crops, more diverse species, reduction in soil disturbance and adding livestock. During each Cafe Chat, featured producers share their soil health experience, followed by open questions and discussion. SFA's Kent Solberg will discuss soil health at each event, typically alongside area SWCD personnel. Event is free and open to all and includes coffee and rolls!
This Cafe Chat is Mon., April 1, 3-6 p.m., Amboy Cottage Cafe, 100 E Main St, Amboy These events are free and open to all and include coffee and rolls; no RSVP is required.
Tuesday March 2nd MPOC Business Meeting at 7 PM in Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in North Mankato
April 10, 2019 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Water Action Day
Location: Minnesota State Capitol & Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55103
Brief Description: Join us for the Third Annual Water Action Day, Minnesota's day to let our lawmakers know we care about our water! This event will include a free breakfast followed by briefings from experts on policy goals and trainings on how to influence your legislators. Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.
Contact us at WaterActionDay@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with our registration organizer (Emma). She'll get you all set up.
April 16th “Waterfalls Sampler in Southern Minnesota" by Dr. Robert Douglas Professor Emeritus in Geography Gustavus Adolphus College 7 p.m., at Belgrade Methodist Church. Waterfalls in southern Minnesota that are largely unknown to most folks. He has tracked down these waterfalls over the last 30 years and has also written a book about them.
April 20, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Geocaching Egg Hunt
Location: Ney Nature Center
Brief Description: Learn the basic of geocaching and use your new skills to search for eggs hidden along the trails. All equipment provided. Ages 5+. Price: $5 for members. $8 for nonmembers. $15 for member family of 3+. $24 for nonmember family of 3+.Saturday, Reservations required.
April 22, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Earth Day Celebration
Location: Blue Earth County Library
Brief Description: Join us for our annual Earth Day Celebration! Kids of all ages can make crafts from recycled materials, see live animals from the Reptile and Amphibian Zoo, have a snack, learn fun facts about helping the earth and much more!
Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St. Mankato, MN 56001
April 27th Three Rivers Float Meet @ Belgrade Methodist 10:30 AM
April 27th Midwest Mountaineering Canoe Auction 11: AM 309 Cedar Ave. So. Minneapolis. for more info www.auctionmn.com
MPOC 2019 Trip Schedule
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
January, 1st 7 Mile Creek Bon-Fire/hiking/snowshoe Noon/Potluck
January 8th Belgrade Methodist Church Election of Officers 7 p.m.
( Please note that this is the second Tuesday instead of our usual 1st Tuesday!)
January 15th Williams Nature Center Favorite Trip Nite/Potluck 6 p.m.
February 19th Belgrade Methodist Church Eric Koser – Summer on a NOAA Ship 7 p.m.
March 19th Belgrade Methodist BE County Water Emergency Response Team 7 p.m.
April 16th Belgrade Methodist Waterfalls of Southern Minnesota 7 p.m.
April 27th Three Rivers Float Meet @ Belgrade Methodist 10:30 AM
May 4th River Float Specific details to be determined
May 21st Belgrade Methodist Church Swan Lake Nature Cruise 5:30 p.m.
June 8th River Float Specific details to be determined
June 18th Hiniker Pond Boat Trials Potluck 5:30 p.m.
July 16th Belgrade Methodist Church Blue Earth Gorge Trip 10:30 a.m.
July 20st River Float Specific details to be determined
August 20st Lake Elysian, Janesville MPOC Picnic/potluck/paddle 6 p.m.
September 14th Belgrade Methodist Church Moon Light Paddle 6-10:00p.m.
October 12th Red Jacket Park / Fall colors cruise Belgrade Methodist Church 1 p.m.
November 19th Belgrade Methodist Church Speaker to be determined 7 p.m.
December 7th 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 Brad Nawrocki 340-4459
Treasurer George Fasnacht; Secretary Michael Sponberg