In 2022 Administration did some maintenance to the office. We installed new exit signs, smoke detectors, fire extinguisher cases and labor law poster. Administration is also in the process of updating the computer system. The income for BRC increased by 6.2% from 2021, expenses also increased by .8% and continue to increase every year. I would like to thank Jen and Lois for all their hard work this year along with Scott and the Area crew.
Thank you, Russ Toler Administration Director
The AREA CREW did an awesome job maintaining all the buildings, servicing equipment, repairing the picnic tables, and keeping up with cutting grass. I appreciated all the extra work Area did planting trees and bushes throughout the club.
Sincerely, Bud Montana, Area Director
I’d like to start off by saying we had a pretty successful 2022 fishing season. We started the year off with the annual ice fishing tournament which continues to grow each year and I really think it’s a great thing for the members of this club and there were some really nice fish weighed in! Trout opener we had another pretty good turnout, and it was good to see a lot of younger members of this club out catching fish! I was even happier to see the numbers of the kid's fishing derby increase a little from the previous year and there were some really nice fish caught that day. AGES 6-11 1st. Amelia Favero 49.9 lbs. 2nd. Lilly Davis 37.7 lbs. 3rd- Ryland Toler 35.0 lbs. Biggest Fish Amelia Favero 20.4 lbs.
I know the kids look forward to that all year, so it’s always a great event to be able to provide, thank you to everyone who helped out that day and Mrs. Koslowski for helping pass out trophies again.
Since I took over it’s been a trend of increasing fish prices, and more and more distributors closing their doors, so to be honest, sometimes it’s a lot tougher than it seems to be able to get the fish you’re after, but we’ve relied on two-four distributors for the most part and they have really came through for us. This spring we stocked an abundance of bluegill, perch and crappie as well as our smaller fish for the rearing ponds to raise, followed it up with catfish a little later and then another round of walleye, perch and bluegill from the rearing ponds this fall. I know the fishing council will agree with me, I can’t say enough about the value of us getting those rearing ponds back up and running and being able to raise some really nice fish as well as save the club a bunch of money. The numbers I did this fall were saving at least 60-70 percent on total cost just by raising what we can in those ponds. I’m also very happy to announce that we have been seeing a good growth spurt in the walleye this year so hopefully in the next 2-3 years members are able to catch limit size walleye like they were able to years ago. In my honest opinion, I believe some of that growth comes from the structure program we started up 3 years ago. To this day we’re at 92 wooden, 27 plastic and 64 brush pile structures placed in various lakes, and I believe if we keep it up it will help in the long run. if we continue to stock the right fish, keep up with the structure and reduce the huge number of stunted bass in all lakes, with that, the fishery in this club will really take off! I’d like to take this time to thank the fishing council for all their hard work, I don’t have all the free time in the world, so these guys really take some of the pressure off me! Some of these guys have been fishing council members for 10 plus years, some for over 20 and Scott Favero who’s been a fishing council member for over 40 years. So, it really goes to show you the dedication these guys have for the fishery at this club. Another huge thanks to Scott who’s always available to help grab checks and really helps out when we have early morning deliveries while I’m at work, that helps me out a bunch. Thanks to Jen and Lois in the office for helping with all my orders and the crazy number of things I need printed! Bud for always helping us out a bunch with structure and bank fishing spots and the rest of the board for helping out whenever you can, thanks again for that! Also, The Braidwood lions club and Jackson landscaping for their leftover Christmas tree donations, we’re at almost 50 trees just from their donations alone so thanks to them. I hope everyone enjoyed the fishing season this year and the club as a whole-looking forward to having a great 2023. As always please continue to fill out the catch cards, obey the catch and size restrictions and please watch your speed through the club.
Thank you. Tyler Geiss Fishing Director
Pro Shop 2022
The Pro Shop had a great year. A busy year, 11 golf outings / fundraisers. A couple of Leagues Scrambles and Night Golf. Play was up from last year.
Had a nice turn out for Matt Leimbach playing acoustic guitar on the Pro Shop Deck.
Installed a fuel tank in cart corral for the golf carts, instead of filling them with 5-gallon cans. Also, expanded golf cart pen to have room for outdoor storage in the summer.
I would like to Thank Lois and the Pro Shop Staff for all their hard work this season.
Sincerely, Mike Foster Membership & Activities Director
This was my 6th season on the Board of Directors. 2022 was a hard year to find employees for both janitors and concession. Thankfully Lois found some girls to work the concession. I hired Judie as head Janitor, and she was able to find girls willing to work as janitors. I would like to give a special thanks to all the Board Members who were always willing to help when needed. The club would not run as smoothly as it does without each of them.
Sincerely, PJ O'Reilly 2022 Concessions Director
Camping 2022 2022 was another good year for camping.
I saw a lot of new campers out here this year. Once again the 4th of July weekend was very busy. So busy, that we ran out of 30-amp breakers right before the holiday. We had some on order weeks before, but they never arrived on time. So, I had to scramble and find some from another electric store that I was able to get by the next day. It cost us more, but we needed to have them a.s.a.p. for campers. We ended up going through 18–30-amp breakers and 6 plugs total this year. So just a reminder to those camping, when you are on a 30-amp electric site don't run two air conditioners and your water heater at the same time because it overloads the breakers and can also damage your camper. You may want to switch your water heater over to gas at that time. Another reminder to all those camping whether in a tent or a camper, everyone has to turn in a copy of your camping permit to the guard house. Turn in the soft copy to the guard house and the hard copy should be displayed in your window. We had several people who violated the rule of not staying in their camper or tent overnight. They would just set them up and leave them unattended for days at a time, taking up prime spots that other campers could of enjoyed. Especially during peak camping weeks. 3 of them, who due to their prolonged length of time of being gone, were brought up before the board and were reprimanded. For those that have an emergency and are unable to be at your camper overnight please be sure to contact the office, pro or the gate house and they will then notify the camping director so he is aware of your problemed encamp. In closing, I would like to thank Scott and his crew, Jeff Shaw and Troy Ehringer for all their help in changing out breakers and plugs in the electric boxes whenever needed.
Respectfully submitted by; Rich Bolatto 2022 Camping Director