MPOC members,


In regards to the newest guidelines that have just come on by the governor MPOC will skip the April meeting and the April speaker for the safety of our group and to go along with what the governor and the president have put in place for our own safety and our health.


Stay healthy,




M P O C Monthly Business meeting Minutes

3 March 2020 in  "the church"


CALL to ORDER:  Pres. Brad Nawrocki called us to order at 7:10 p. m.


MEMBERS present:  Pres. Brad N., Vice-Pres. Mark Bosacker,  Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg.  Also, Vicki Demers, Gary Dingler, Peggy Kreber, Debra Malmanger, Dean Peterson, Ray Schmidt and Myron Siemieniewski


PROGRAM for March: Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Park naturalist, speaks Tues. 17 March at 7 p. m. CANCELLED for

medical reasons


APPROVAL of Feb.2020 meeting Minutes: Myron Siemieniewski moved to accept. Seconded by George Fasnacht.

Consensus approval followed. 


TREASURER's report:  Treasurer Geo. Fasnacht reported the Club has $1,399.90 in the checking account. He reported also Club expenses he paid out of pocket totaling $90.61, including $ 60 to Steven Losh, Feb. program speaker and for stamps and envelopes. He then paid himself with a check. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:  A member noted that former Pres. Dean Peterson will speak in VINE Faith in Action, Thursday

16 April about  his visit to China.  Dean added that he visited the P. R. of China 11 months ago.  He also spoke highly of the movie "Call of the Wild," which he viewed March 1st this year. 


LAST MONTH's events:  M S U-M geology professor, Steven Losh  narrated slides of a kayaking expedition with his wife in the Canadian Rockies. Prof. Losh also showed drawings with commentary about geologic events forming the Canadian Rockies. 30 people viewed the program. 


FUTURE CLENDAR events: Sean Bloomfield will discuss the canoe trip he and another 18-yr.old made several years ago. These two high school seniors left before graduation to paddle from Ft. Snelling, 2,200 miles to York Factory on Hudson Bay. The program is scheduled for Tuesday 21 April.



    Geo. Fasnacht proposed we pay Sean Bloomfield $ 100 for his presentation, considering  he lives in Chaska. Seconded by Debra Malmanger followed by consensus approval. 


    We all know Mark Bosacker's continuing interest in many outdoor activities, one of which is controlling water contamination.  Mark reported that the Minnesota River Congress is promoting a bill in the Legislature to fund 'Minnesota River Basin Water and Storage Program.'


    Mark raised the issue  about mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He outlined who in Minnesota favors such mining and who opposes it. He then proposed the Club contribute $ 100 to Friends of the Boundary Waters, a conservation group.  Gary Dingler seconded and consensus approval followed. Geo. will pass the check to Mark who will send it to the Friends' office in Minneapolis.


    In Oct. the Smithsonian Museum will present a display in the Blue Earth Co. Historical Society titled "We are Water."

Mark recently attended a meeting which focused on planning for the October 2020 display.


    Pres. Brad called for a volunteer to reserve the No. Mkto Police Annex for our annual Christmas party. A member then said 'why not consider the Floyd Roberts Pavilion in Land of Memories Park?'  Vicki Demers then asked Brad if he would investigate that possibility.  Brad agreed to. 





Membership:  George F. reported we have 76 members from 2019 on the rolls and 31 paid-up members for 2020.

Equipment: Geo. will check the roadworthiness of the boat trailer.  Mark said he will purchase the Club's canoe licenses.


ADJOURNMENT:  Vicki Demers moved to adjourn and Ray Schmidt seconded.  Consensus approval followed at 7:56 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary



Upcoming Events

 Tuesday March 31st  at 6 pm MPOC member Joe Kunkelís band, Bullypulpit Bluegrass will play Tuesday Tunes at the Mankato Brewery, Hosted by the Captain Gravitone & the String Theory.


Thursday April 16th,  MPOC member Dean Peterson will speak on his trip to China from 2-3 PM at VINE.  Register by the 14th. Members are free non-members are $5.



April 21, 7 p.m.,  SEAN BLOOMFIELD TWIN CITIES TO HUDSON BAY 2,200 MILES BY CANOE   49 DAYS IN THE WILD.  Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in the Fireside Room

A wilderness adventure is filled with a variety of emotions, oftentimes conflicting and sometimes simultaneous. From the thrill of shooting rapids far above our technical experience to the fear of finding oneself submerged to the neck in subarctic ice-water, or from the serenity of a heavenly sunset over glass-like water to the uncertainty of being stuck in the midst of miles of swamp at nightfall, emotions defined our 2,200 mile canoe adventure from the Twin Cities to Hudson Bay. As two overconfident 18-year-olds, the emotional rollercoasters were even more pronounced. Experience the emotions for yourself in this retelling of the adventure, complete with stories and photographs, an opportunity to ask questions, and a chance to purchase ďAdventure North,Ē the recently released book which chronicles the journey. Please join us at 7 p.m., April 21, 2020 Belgrade Methodist Church in the Fireside Room for this Free Presentation REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM







MPOC 2020 Trip Schedule

This is the current Schedule of the MPOCís 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.


DATE†††††††††††††††††† PLACE††††††††††††††††††††††††† EVENT†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TIME

Jan. 1st†††††††††††††† 7 Mile Creek††††† Bonfire/Hiking/Snowshoe&Potluck†††† Noon

Jan. 7th††† Belgrade Methodist Church†††††† Election of Officers††††††††††††† 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 21st†† Williams Nature Center†††††† Favorite Trip Night&Potluck†††††††† 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 18thBelgrade Methodist†††††† Steven Losh, Canadian Rockies†††† 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 17thBelgrade Methodist††† Program on MN State Parks†††††††††††††††† 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 21st†† Belgrade Methodist††††† Program on trip to Hudsonís Bay†††† ††††††††† 7:00 p.m.

May 2nd†† Belgrade Methodist 3 Rivers (LeSueur/BlueEarth/MN)††††††† ††††††† 10:30 a.m.

May 19thBelgrade Methodist Church†††††† Swan Lake Nature Cruise 5:30 p.m.

June 6th†† Belgrade Methodist Church†††††† Paddle River TBA†††††††††††††††† 10:30 a.m.

June 16th Hiniker Pond††††††††††††††† Kayak/Canoe Demos&Potluck††††††††† 5:30 p.m.

July 11th†† Belgrade Methodist Church†††††† Rapidan to Mankato Trip10:30 a.m.

July 18th†† Belgrade Methodist†††††††††† Judson to Land of Memories†††††† 10:30 a.m.

July 25th†† Eagle Lake††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Moon Light Paddle††† 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Aug. 18th Lake Elysian, Janesville†††††† MPOC Paddle&Potluck†††††††††††††† 5:30 p.m.

August 29th†††† Belgrade Methodist†† Moon Light Paddle†† 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Oct. 10thBelgrade Methodist Church Red Jacket Park/Fall Colors††† 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 17thBelgrade Methodist Church†††††† TBA††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† †††††††† 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 5th††† Police Annex, No. Mankato††††††† Christmas Party ††††††††† †††††††† 6:00 p.m.


Please feel free to call a Club Officer about any events with a question or comment

Officers: President, Brad Nawrocki--(507) 340-4459 VP, Mark Bosacker--(507) 388-7023†† Treasurer, George Fasnacht--(507) 388-1913Secretary, Michael Sponberg

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