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2022 – FCS Meetings Reports

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6/7/22 FCS Meeting and Shrimp Boil

Seven participants had a good time at the 6/7/22 FCS Meeting at Wayne Weilnau’s home.  The meeting featured an appetizer of sourdough bread, deer summer sausage, an assortment of cheeses, a shrimp boil (jumbo shrimp, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, and jalapeños), a cream-filled chocolate dessert, and sweet and unsweet tea.  Thanks to Wayne Weilnau for buying all the food and doing all the cooking.  Randy Rowley presented the devotional Sharing His Harvest.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 4/7/22 we had one man join the Club, eight members renew their memberships, and two first-time guests.  We presently have 90 supporting members, which is a record.

Events – since our last meeting on 4/7/22, we had four events with an attendance of 25 people, which is an average of 6.25 people per event.  We have eight events planned from 6/8/22 until our next meeting on a date TBD in July.  See our Events Calendar for details.

Shrimp Boil Recipe by Randy Rowley

Usually, I buy the following (per person; and in order of popularity):

  • 12 oz. jumbo or large (if you can’t get jumbo) shrimp
  • 6 oz. beef sausage
  • 2 mini-corn-on-the cob
  • 2 – 4 red potatoes (depending on size)
  • 2 jalapenos (some won’t eat them and others will want more than 2, but it should average out)

For the group (per cooker/pot):

  • 8 lemons (cut in half and squeezed)
  • 4 shrimp boil packages (Zatarain’s or Louisiana Fish Products)
  • 2 large disposable aluminum foil pans
  • 2 squeezable margarines (Parkay)
  • 2 regular cocktail (red) sauces
  • 2 spicy cocktail sauces

One thing I’ve noticed over the years, as the group has aged and our metabolisms have slowed down, is we don’t eat as much as we used to.  We often have leftovers at shrimp boils (that guys happily take home with them).  Still, I’d rather have too much than not enough.  Also, potatoes don’t seem to be as popular as they once were.  I’ve seen guys put mushrooms, onions, and okra in shrimp boils, but I’m not a fan of them.  It’s easy to overcook them and too many veggies distract from the star of the show.  If you get a shrimp boil at a restaurant they usually keep it simple and don’t put anything more than what I listed above.

I always cook the potatoes first, then the corn, then the sausage and jalapenos, and lastly the shrimp.  It doesn’t take shrimp long to cook if the water has a good boil – two minutes at most.  Many guys overcook it.  The secret is that it will keep cooking while it’s bunched up in the aluminum foil pans, so if it’s cooked until it’s well done, it will become tough and lose a lot of its taste.  I’ll pull a shrimp out of the cooking pot after around one minute.  If it peels easily and has a white color, it’s done.

4/7/22 FCS Meeting and Fajita Dinner

Eight participants had a good time at the 4/7/22 FCS Meeting at Monalisa Almanza’s home.  The meeting featured steak fajitas, adobo chicken, grilled onions and peppers, homemade rice, refried beans, and brownies.  Thanks to Monalisa for donating the chicken and making the rice.  Randy Rowley, along with several members of the audience, made a training presentation on Great Hunting Gizmo’s.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 2/10/22, we had one man join the Club and three first-time guests.  We presently have 89 supporting members.

Events – since our last meeting on 2/10/22, we had nine events with an attendance of 46 people, which is an average of 5.11 people per event.  We have seven events planned from 4/8/22 until our next meeting on 6/7/22.  See our Events Calendar for details.

3/7/22 FCS Officers Meeting

Seven officers attended the 3/7/22 Officers Meeting at Dos Salsas restaurant in Cedar Park.  The following items were discussed:

1.  2021 Past Events, Membership, and Finances Report (most include a comparison with the previous three – five years), and 2022 Upcoming Events Report

Randy Rowley presented the following:

PAST EVENTS

  • Our attendance was 300 people, 38 more people (14.5%) than in 2020, and our 18th best.
  • We had 52 events, eight fewer events (13.3%) than in 2020, tying our 11th best.
  • We averaged 5.77 participants/event, 1.4 participants/event (32%) better than 2020, and our 32nd best. This is not a significant concern.  I took people on 18 events in my boat (12 Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips, five Self-guided Inland Duck Hunts, and a Self-guided Inland Teal hunt).  As I can only fit four people in my boat, counting me, those trips (which amounted to 35% of our events) contributed to making our overall average low (averaging 2.89 people per event).  As did the four sporting clays tournaments we had, which averaged 2.75 people event.
  • We had record attendance at a Guided Duck and Goose Hunt (3 participants on 1/22/20).
  • Our Bay (Chartered and Self-chartered) Fishing Trip category attendance set a new record with 28 participants, and our Guided Duck and Goose Hunt category set the record with 3 participants.

Events Summary

Event

Number

 

Self-chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips

12

 

FCS Sporting Clays Shoots

7

 

Self-guided Inland Duck and Teal Hunts (one was a Blast and Cast)

6

 

Meetings

6

 

Sporting Clays Tournaments

4

 

Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trips

2

 

Self-guided/chartered Coastal Blasts and Casts (Duck Hunts and Bay Fishing Trips)

2

 

Semi-guided Dove Hunts

2

 

Chartered Bay Fishing Trip

1

 

Chartered Hybrid/Striped/White Bass Fishing Trip

1

 

Family Banquet

1

 

Guided Duck and Goose Hunt

1

 

Guided Inland Duck Hunt

1

 

Guided Upland Bird Hunt

1

 

Ministry Event (Wild Game Dinner)

1

 

FCS Officers’ Meeting

1

 

Self-guided Hog Hunt

1

 

Semi-guided Deer and Hog Hunt

1

 

Semi-guided Hog Hunt

1

 

Total

52

 
   

Category Summary

 

Category

Number

 

Hunts (includes two Blasts and Casts)

16

 

Fishing Trips (Freshwater and Bay)

16

 

Sporting Clays Shoots and Tournaments

11

 

Meetings

7

 

Banquet

1

 

Ministry Event

1

 

Total

52

 

Events Comparison

Year

Total Attendees

Number of Events

Average Attendees per Event

Banquets

     

2021

23

1

23.00

2019

25

1

25.00

2018

29

1

29.00

Hog Hunts

     

2021

6

2

3.00

2020

30

13

2.31

2019

10

2

5.00

Regular Sporting Clays Shoots

     

2021

44

7

6.29

2020

62

8

8.43

2019

96

11

8.73

NSCA Sporting Clays Tournaments

     

2021

11

4

2.75

2020

8

4

2.00

2019

56

23

2.43

Dove Hunts

     

2021

22

2

11.00

2020

5

1

5.00

2019

28

1

28.00

Bay Fishing Trips

     

2021

28

3

9.33

2020

4

1

4.00

2019

26

3

8.67

Freshwater Fishing Trips

     

2021

47

13

3.62

2020

55

18

3.06

2019

46

10

4.60

FCS Meetings

     

2021

61

6

10.17

2020

17

2

8.50

2019

76

6

12.67

FCS Officer Meetings

     

2021

8

1

8.00

2020

7

1

7.00

2019

5

1

5.00

Ministry Events

     

2021

7

1

7.00

2019

10

1

10.00

2018

9

1

9.00

Guided Pheasant, Chukars, and Quail Hunts

     

2021

7

1

7.00

2020

9

1

9.00

2019

12

2

6.00

Guided Inland Duck Hunts

     

2021

4

1

4.00

2019

4

1

4.00

2018

20

4

5.00

Self-guided/chartered Blasts and Casts (Duck Hunts and Bay Fishing Trips)

     

2021

12

2

6.00

2020

16

2

8.00

2019

7

1

7.00

Self-guided Duck Hunts

     

2021

18

6

3.00

2020

14

4

3.50

2019

47

13

3.62

Yearly Attendance and Events

     

2021

300

52

5.77

2020

262

60

4.37

2019

458

77

5.95

     

MEMBERSHIP

New Members Summary

Year               Number

2021              20

2020              9

2019              10

Membership Renewal Summary

Year               Number

2021              28

2020              25

2019              30

Supporting Members Summary

Year

Number

End of 2021

89

End of 2020

70

End of 2019

67

First Time Guests/Members Summary

Year

Number

2021

16

2020

22

2019

29

FINANCES

This is for the Fiscal Year ending 8/31/21.  It includes the balances per category.  The prepaid trip was for lodging  for a Blast and Cast and was reimbursed.  We now require lodging and guide fees be paid in full.  Fees for lodging and most guides will be paid to the FCS account.   The lodges and guides will then be paid from the FCS PayPal account, which is linked to our checking account.

Row Labels Sum of Total Amount           
General Fund                       3,466.91   $2,758.84 is for future year memberships
Ministry Fund                             1,318.56          
Trip Prepay                                104.39          
Grand Total                             4,889.86          
 
FINANCES        
During Fiscal Year 2020 (9/1/20 – 8/31/21) we took in $1453.46 in membership dues which is for single and multiple year renewals of 2, 3, and 5 years. 
Allocated 2021 membership revenue is $1216.62.  We spent $1032.79, for a net profit of 183.83.  
For the ministry fund, we took in $86.77 and spent $791.21, for a net loss of ($704.44).
           
Finances Summary        
Year Income Expenditures Profit or loss    
Checking (for budgeted items)      
FY 2021 $1,216.62 $1,032.79 $183.83    
FY 2020 $1,142.04 $1,204.17 ($62.13)    
FY 2019 $1,142.05 $1,135.93 $6.12    
FY 2018 $1,000.00 $955.00 $45.00    
FY 2017 $877.05 $952.58 ($75.53)    
Savings (for the ministry fund)      
FY 2021 $86.77 $791.21 ($704.44)    
FY 2020 $60.46 $164.28 ($103.82)    
FY 2019 $565.58 $282.30 $283.28    
FY 2018 $650.00 $472.00 $178.00    
FY 2017 $669.69 $252.46 $417.23

2.  2022 Events Calendar Report

We have 57 events planned for this year, including:

Events

Number

Sporting Clays Tournaments

9

Self-Chartered Freshwater Fishing Trips

8

Self-Guided Inland Duck/Teal Hunts

7

FCS Sporting Clays Shoots

6

Meetings

6

Chartered Hybrid/Striped/White Bass Fishing Trips

Chartered Largemouth Bass Fishing Trips

3

3

Guided Duck Hunts

2

Self-Chartered Bay Fishing Trips

2

Self-Guided/Chartered Coastal Blasts and Casts (Duck Hunts and Bay Fishing Trips)

2

Self-Guided Dove Hunts

2

Chartered Bay Fishing Trip

1

Family Banquet

1

Guided Upland Bird Hunt

1

Ministry Event (Wild Game Dinner)

1

Officers’ Meeting

1

Semi-Guided Deer and Hog Hunt

1

Semi-Guided Hog Hunt

1

Total

57

 

Category Summary

 

Events

Number

Fishing Trips

17

Hunts

16

Shoots and Tournaments

15

Meetings

7

Banquet

1

Ministry Event

1

Total

57

3.  Brainstorming session on our Annual Ministry Event.  What are the current local government’s restrictions on group gatherings?  How can we draw more members to get involved and give back and serve different demographic groups with different needs, such as partnering with other non-profit organizations and donating our time and resources to introduce more young kids to the outdoors, and help them develop skills and have a good time.  Should we serve a group something other than wild game, that they will enjoy and appreciate?

Randy presented the following:

From my research on governmental restrictions, I couldn’t find any current governmental restrictions on gatherings.  The current RESOLUTION AND ORDER OF THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT MANDATING CONTINUED COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY ORDERS AND ADOPTING CRITERIA FOR DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH NUISANCE doesn’t mention any.  In addition, on 3/2/21, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100%.  The Order, which went into effect on 3/10/21, rescinded most of the Governor’s earlier executive orders related to COVID-19.  Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.  See https://www.huschblackwell.com/texas-state-by-state-covid-19-guidance.

Regarding getting more people involved, we promote these events well, plea for volunteers, and state exactly what we need volunteers to do.  Two newbies at last year’s Ministry Event – Jim Miller and Tim Zyla were the grill masters.

Regarding trying to partner with other non-profit organizations and donating our time and resources to introduce more young kids to the outdoors, and help them develop skills and have a good time, we’ve done four sporting clays shoots with youth groups from Great Hills Baptist Church (27 participants), KOZ (Kids Outdoor Zone; 24 participants), First Baptist Church of Pflugerville (15 participants), and Great Hills Christian School (approximately 25 participants).  We paid for a round of sporting clays or two rounds of skeet for each kid and provided two boxes of shells, which made it one of our more expensive devourers of our ministry fund.  Also, the last time I sent out a plea, on 10/2/15, to the FSC members and guests for ideas on other groups to serve via a Youth Sporting Clays Shoot, we didn’t have any fruit born.  One member proposed his church’s youth group, but his church’s leadership wasn’t interested in sending their kids to participate (probably because we don’t have their name in our name – e.g., the AAA Church Hunting Club or similar).  Another member proposed two church youth groups, but when he took it to their respective leaderships it met obstacles (he didn’t specify, but it was probably the same obstacle we encountered at the first church I mentioned).  A guest proposed his kids’ boy scout troop, but I never could pin him down on a date and eventually gave up.

Regarding serving a group something other than wild game, that they will enjoy and appreciate, at last years Ministry Event we served the Northgate folks hamburgers and hot dogs in addition to wild game, as a large number of the 32 people who we served were kids.  The adults weren’t used to eating wild game either.  Many of the birds we cooked weren’t eaten.  However, the St. George’s Court folks have always gobbled up wild game.  Although, they probably won’t allow group events until Covid is no longer considered a pandemic, if then.  Also buying hamburger meat, hot dogs, etc. is expensive.  We spent in excess of $300 doing that last year.

Binh Chu proposed the following:

  1. Look for opportunities to promote and implement additional ministry events/activities.

Wayne Weilnau proposed the following:

  1. Give an incentive to those who participate in ministry events, such as first in line for Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trips.  

The officers agreed with these proposals and, for the purpose of this incentive, “participate” involves working before or at an event(s) and donating to the event (e.g., wild game and monetary).

Randy will begin highlighting other ministry opportunities in his weekly ENews.

4. Brainstorming session on our Annual FCS Family Banquet

One officer has graciously volunteered to fund the awards.  The awards will continue with possibly minor modifications.  The officer will also add up to two door prizes.

There was a proposal to begin having the Annual FCS Family Banquets earlier in the year.  The officers agreed with this proposal.

5.  Follow-up from last year’s meeting: 1. Implement an FCS Deer Lease and 2. Implement training classes using local gun trainers, fishing guides, boating trainers, and field medical trainers.

Randy presented the following:

Regarding implementing an FCS Deer Lease, 17 people expressed interest/responded to Steve Fusco’s poll.  Out of those, no one I’m aware of made any effort to find a Club lease – I was the only one who sent out group emails about leases I found on Facebook.  As I surmised last year, the leases I found were looking for eight or fewer spots to be filled.  I supplied a list of Facebook groups for people to join and websites for folks to look for leases.  Steve asked for volunteers to monitor those Facebook groups and websites and got none, the last time we dialogued about it.

Steve shared with me the names of those who were interested.  Only four who expressed interest had attended an FCS event, two of whom were already on deer leases.  Therefore, the vast majority were FCS prospects who probably just wanted someone else to do all the legwork of finding a deer lease for them.  Based on their inaction in helping looking for leases, it probably wouldn’t have boded well if we had pulled it off – as those who were interested didn’t participate in doing the legwork involved in looking for a lease, it’s doubtful if they would’ve helped put up stands and feeders, keep the feeders full, cleared shooting lanes, and make other improvements to the property.

Randy will continue to send information on leases he finds to the group.

Regarding implementing training classes, since last year’s (3/10/21) Officers Meeting we have had six training classes, including:

  • 4/6/21 FCS Meeting and Training Presentation on Bass Lure Basics, by Randy Rowley
  • 6/17/21 FCS Meeting and Training Presentation on Bay Lure Basics, by Kevin McConnell, Randy Rowley, Daryl Shipper, and Wayne Weilnau
  • 8/5/21 FCS Meeting and Training Presentation on Deer/Hog Hunting Backpack Basics, by Darrel Barnette, Flint DeShazo, Ken Miller, and Randy Rowley
  • 10/14/21 FCS Meeting and Deer Shot Placement Training Presentation, by Troy Fowler of Kifrau International
  • 12/2/21 FCS Meeting and Duck Blind Bag Training Presentation, by Randy Rowley
  • 2/10/22 FCS Meeting and Training Presentation on Choosing a Shotgun for Bird Hunting and Clay Shooting, by Randy Rowley

Also, on 7/16/21, Randy sent the following email as a follow-up to this agenda item on the 3/10/21 officers meeting:

As I was surfing FB today, I found the below ad:

BOAT SAFETY/NAVIGATIONAL TRIPS

Have a house and boat down in the Seadrift/Port O’Connor, and Rockport areas, and aren’t sure about how to run the bays and back marsh safely, or just want to learn more water and new areas?  Let us show you how to enjoy a safe day on the water with your friends and family, by taking your boat and showing you how to navigate the waters to and from your fishing hole.

I went to their website and discovered that the above trip is a 4 hour minimum trip at $150 per hour or $600.  We’ll be paying less than that ($500) for a guided bay fishing trip with Captain Marty and another captain next Friday at Port O’Connor.

Therefore, my opinion at that meeting that such classes would be too expensive, at least in regard to boating trainers, is validated.  I’m positive having such a class is beyond what most of our members are willing to pay, especially comparing it to the price of a typical bay fishing trip.

Wayne replied, “There are many guides who do this navigational trip.  They go in your boat and run around for you to record tracks.  Might be interesting for the captains but not what others would want.”
 
Steve replied, “That’s probably true.  I still do think that there are deals to be had for groups, like the sporting clays training we did down in San Antonio with the instructor students.”
 
Randy will send out a poll to establish the value of the training sessions we’ve had at the last six meetings.  I’ll encourage only those who attended one of the meetings to respond and will disregard responses from people who didn’t attend those meetings.  This will help me as the Meeting Czar to determine whether to continue them or go back to leading devotionals.
 
Regarding implementing training classes using local gun trainers, fishing guides, boating trainers, and field medical trainers I don’t think we should actively pursue them with the exception of possibly another student instructor/student sporting clays shoot with the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, another gun training class with KR Training near Giddings (based on interest), etc.  The student instructor/student sporting clays shoots have been well attended, averaging 8.50 people per shoot.  For six years they were an annual event.  Then the National Shooting Complex stopped doing them for eight years.  Their last shoot was in 2020, so I now regard them as sporadic.  I’ll continue to check with them annually, but don’t hold your breath.  On 5/20/06 we had two people attend a KR Training Beyond the Basics: Pistol Class and on 10/14/06 we had eight people attend the same class.  Since 10/14/06 no one has asked me to put another training class with KR Training on our Events Calendar.  In 2006 several FCS members got their concealed handgun licenses, so there was an increased interest in training at that time.  I won’t pursue another training there unless I have people contact me who want us to put together one.  Training classes using local fishing guides, boating trainers, and field medical trainers would be costly and I sincerely doubt if there would be much interest.  Of course, if someone came forward and wanted to be the Event Coordinator for such a class, I’d allow them to pursue it.
 
The officers agreed with Randy’s proposals.
 
6.  Guided Striped/White Bass and Largemouth Bass Fishing Trips.
 
Daryl Shipper presented the plan for hybrid/striped/white bass fishing on Lake Buchanan and largemouth bass fishing on Lake Fayette with Kevin McConnell.

2/10/22 FCS Meeting and Wild Game Dinner

Eight participants had a good time at the 2/10/22 FCS Meeting at Burl Fulenwider’s home.  The meeting featured grilled deer and duck, deer and domestic pork link sausages, chili, pork sausage and sauerkraut, potato salad, coleslaw, and apple pie.  Randy Rowley made a training presentation on Choosing a Shotgun for Bird Hunting and Clay Target Shooting.  Thanks to Burl, Jonathan Fleming, Randy, and Wayne Weilnau for contributing wild game and Bret Mercer for contributing pork link sausages.

President’s Report

Membership – since our last meeting on 12/2/21, we had five men renew their memberships and three first-time guests.  We presently have 89 supporting members, as of 2/10/22.

Events – since our last meeting on 12/2/21, we had 11 events with an attendance of 52 people, which is an average of 4.73 people per event.  We have 16 events planned from 2/11/22 until our next meeting on 4/5/22.  See our Events Calendar for details.

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