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November 2007 Minutes

Minutes of November 9, 2007 Federation meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by President Tony Going. Treasurer, John Carlone and recording Secretary Nick Angiulo were not in attendance.

The following chapters were not in attendance: Bass Kickers; Bergen (excused); Berkshire Valley; Bladerunners; Catch & Release (resigned); Cullin Bass Six; Cumberland County; Essex County Bassmasters; Garden State Bassmasters; Hawg Stickers; Koba (excused) Lake Hopatcong Bassmasters; Mega Bass Six; Metro; Northern NJ Bassmasters; Predators; Salem County; Sunrise; Super Six; Swimming River; Tri State Bassmasters; Tightline Bassmasters; Woods and Water.

The Minutes from the October 12, 2007 Federation meeting were read by Secretary Bruce Stovall. The minutes were accepted via motion/second.

The Treasury Report was not presented due to the absence of Treasurer John Carlone.

The Tournament Report was given by Tournament Director Al Purdy’s. “The tournament series for 2007 is done”. Results are posted, Rookie of the Year is federation member Ryan Anderson. Congratulations go out to this young angler, watch out for him in the future! A BFL event is scheduled on Lake Champlain for the week before the Team tournament (June 26 and 27, 2008). Flexibility to the Team Tournament off limits rules to allow participants who want to fish that event are forthcoming. The federation is looking for someone with Marketing and Advertising skills to step up and help market the federation in order to seek out potential marquis sponsorship in order to increase tournament payouts. Contact Secretary Stovall if you are willing to work with committee.

Member Frank White asked a question that centered around the various funds held by the federation. So Tony stated, once again for all in attendance that no funds to operate the federation are taken from the tournament account. Separate accounts have been established in order to properly administer federation monies. There are 4 accounts presently in use by the federation they are:
1)Tournament Account-used to pay for tournament operations
2)Team Account-used to pay for Teams that go away to Team tournaments
3)General Account – Used to pay for the every day operations, supported through raffles, sale of items etc…
4)Youth Account – Used to pay for and support Youth events and participation at the National level.
Tony, also explained that over the past two years our board suggested to reduce the team account funds because they were much higher than they should be, so the Federation paid the entire Memberships dues to the TBF the first year (2006) and held a No Fee Team tournament (2007) in order to maintain account balances at the right level.

Forest Honeywell recapped the Youth State Qualifier held on October 6, 2007 at Picatinny Arsenal. Forrest and Mike Hart stated that the event was a tremendous success and that Dorothy Honeywell and the numerous volunteers were extremely helpful and thanked everyone once again. Forest also presented a Computer video for all in attendance to see. Forest stated that Nicholas Gobal and Frank Applucio would be at the December meeting for all to congratulate.

Chapter of the Year (COY) packages and Nominations for Person of the Year (POY) are due at the December meeting. Presentations for COY will be done at the February 2008 meeting. Selection for both COY and POY will also be made.

Tony reiterated that 35TH anniversary Federation patches are being made and given to every member. Hats with the patch were also being made and will be sold.

Mike Kozub is working hard on the “Reel to Reel” . So far this years Ads are below last years and continue to decline from the previous years. If you still want to give Mike an ad for the RtR please contact him directly.

Team Tournament paperwork was distributed by Secretary Stovall and is due at the December meeting. For those clubs not in attendance the paperwork may be downloaded from the website.

Secretary Stovall stated that TBF dues are the responsibility of each club directly, questions about TBF rosters can be addressed to Tonya Cartlidge at The Bass Federation website.

The American Legion is Sponsoring a Spagetti Dinner to help raise funds for a young child with Autism. This event is known as “Roberts Wings” and will be conducted from 4-8 pm on January 12th at a cost of $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 8 years of age. A discussion followed and a decision for the federation to donate $150.00 to the fund was agreed to by all in attendance. Please, come out and support the fundraiser on January 12th.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 p.m.
Submitted by Bruce Stovall, Secretary.