Dec 2015 Newsletter

Leavenworth Bass Club

Newsletter and General Membership Meeting Minutes


December 7th, 2015

2016 Officers

President: Steve Read (816) 233-8474
Vice-President Larry Stoafer (913) 240-5254
Treasurer: Ken Hackworth (913) 240-4884
Secretary: Bill Horvath (913) 306-1110
Webmaster: Brent Goss (913) 775-2063
Youth Director: Bill Horvath (913) 306-1110
Members at Large: Bill Frederick (913) 547-2458
Members at Large: Ray Cates (816) 588-8351
Tournament  Director Randy Kenton (913) 927-6777
Tournament Committee Ray Cates (816) 588-8351
Tournament Committee Dennis Edwards (913) 683-3195
Tournament Committee Bob Jorgensen (913) 683-1708
Tournament Committee Steve Read (816) 233-8474
Tournament Committee Larry Stoafer (913) 240-5254


The next Club get together will be the annual banquet on January 23rd, 2016 at the Leavenworth Eagles Club. Watch the website forum for details from John.


The website is located at the following address:  if you need assistance signing up for the forum, contact the webmaster.


The General membership Meeting Minutes follow:


Welcome: The Leavenworth Bass Club held its monthly meeting on December 7th, 2015 at the Ft Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club.  There were 20 members present. The president called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.


Secretary’s Report:

  • The November newsletter was emailed to all members. The current roster is posted on the web site. The secretary’s report was approved as presented.
  • Reminder that all members must pay their dues before they fish their first tournament.
  • To sign up for Bassmaster Classic passes available to BASS Nation members only, go to:

  • Signup for the Marshal program at:


Treasurer’s Report:  The club checking account had a starting balance of $3,265.55 and an ending balance of $2,665.60. The Fishing for Freedom checking account had a beginning balance of $23,756.88 and ending balance of $23,596.88. PAYPAL account has a balance of $1580.70. The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented.


Conservation Committee Report:  Danny reported he sent a 20 lb.+ box of used plastics to  Whopper Baits.


Youth Director Report:

  • 3 members attended the NWMSU fishing club fund raiser in Maryville on Friday December 4th.
  • Dennis and Bill are in discussion with the Leavenworth High School about starting a fishing club for their students. More information to follow.


Banquet Committee Report: 

  • The menu is set for the banquet, but John will try to get the price reduced to $15.00 or less, even if that requires cutting out some of the meat dishes. John went over some of the things that other members provide for the banquet also. John asked for volunteers to help setup the Eagles Club and numerous folks volunteered, with a show-up time of 3:00 PM. The banquet will start with a no host bar at 5:00 PM.
  • The club members finalized a decision to get Bass Pro gift cards for the awardees. The request was passed along to Bass Pro in Olathe. One gift card per member.
  • Larry requested to add a short presentation to the agenda about the state team results.


Webmaster Report:  No report. Brent was requested to post the final year end standings on the web site, and to continue research for a calendar.


Vice President’s: Larry discussed the proposed presentations for the meetings next year:


February        Dennis Edwards – basic rod & reel maintenance

March             Larry Stoafer – A Rigs & jerk baits

April                Stephen Smith – jig fishing 101

May                 Gary Burton – fishing Smithville Lake

June               Dennis Edwards – fishing lake Hudson

July                 Jim Wyatt – keeping fish alive

August           Bob Greene – the panic box

September     Someone  – successful strategy for team tournaments

October          Someone  – successful strategy for multi day tournaments


President’s Report:  No report.


Fishing for Freedom:  No report.


Old Business:

  • The members present discussed which club events count toward the number of tickets a member earns for the bigger prize drawings at the annual banquet. Another lively discussion followed and the members present determined that any club event which is open to ALL members, would count. The tally for 2015 as an example, was provided to all members in a separate mailing.
  • The final lively discussion concerned determining what the award would be for the next (2016) tournament year. Ideally it could be announced prior to the 1st tournament of the year so all members would know what they might be fishing for, but after another  (lively) discussion, the members present decided NOT to announce the selected award until closer to the end of the tournament year, due to the uncertainty of what a sponsor may or may not choose to donate.

New Business:  None.

By-Law changes. We discussed the proposal to change the bylaws on how we determine “who” is eligible to hold office. The proposed change for SECTION 6: ELIGABILITY FOR HOLDING OFFICE read as:

(b)  Have attended at least 50% of all regular chapter functions for the preceding year.


The club members present discussed the proposal in lively detail, and the vote was NOT to accept the proposed change. The committee of Bill Horvath, Larry Stoafer and Bill Gevedon suggested changing the same section to read:


Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office


            To be eligible for an office, a member must:

  • Have paid dues prior to the first tournament of that year.
  • Have attended at least 50% of all chapter functions for the preceding year.
  • If an officer does not attend 75% of the club meetings and 75% of the chapter functions, the Board of Directors can vote him out.
  • Have shown an active interest in all chapter functions.
  • No member on probation shall be allowed to serve as an officer or on a committee.


This change will be discussed and voted on at the February meeting.


New Members: Welcome to Mark Stadel as the third new member for the 2016 tournament year. Mark’s sponsor is Bill Gevedon. Mark is an avid hunter and fisherman. Welcome to the club, Mark


New Equipment Report:   No report


Outside Activities: No report


MOBASS News: The next quarterly meeting will be held January 9th, 2016 in Columbia Warsaw. Larry and Steve Read plan to attend.








Tournament Director’s Report:  The results from Pomme de Terre:


Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Larry Stoafer 10.04 5
Hayes Edwards 9.75 3
Dennis Edwards 8.29 4
Bill Gevedon 8.20 5
Stephen Smith 7.89 5


1st Boater Big Bass Dennis Edwards 3.91
2nd Boater Big Bass Mark Luna 2.95
1st Co Angler Big Bass Hayes Edwards 5.51
2nd Co Angler Big Bass Todd McGowan 2.34



Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Steve Read 10.24 55
Dennis Edwards 10.04 5
Ray Cates 9.55 5
Larry Stoafer 8.94 5
Stephen Smith 8.66 5


1st Boater Big Bass Dennis Edwards 3.44
2nd Boater Big Bass Stephen Smith 3.10
1st Co Angler Big Bass Steve Clark 4.04
2nd Co Angler Big Bass Ray Cates 3.44


The 3rd tournament of the 2016 season will be at Table Rock on December 12/13, 2015. This counts as 1 tournament, not two. Trailering is allowed. 15” limit, 5 fish per angler.


Saturday, December 12th, 2015   Take off @ 6:45 AM or safe light. Weigh in at Schooner Creek @ 3:00 PM



1 Rich  Pearl
2 Jeff Sell
3 Mike Brooks Bill Frederick
4 Larry Stoafer Lou Engler
5 Bob Jorgensen Mark Luna
6 Steve Clark  
7 Stephen Smith Frank Carroll
8 Dennis Edwards Ray Cates
9 Kenny Hackworth Bill Horvath
10 Bill Gevedon Eric Verburg


Sunday, December 13th, 2015     Take off @ 6:45 AM or safe light, Weigh in at Schooner Creek @ 2:00 PM. Off limits determined by the tournament director.



1 Bob Jorgensen Mark Luna
2 Kenny Hackworth Bill Horvath
3 Stephen Smith Frank Carroll
4 Larry Stoafer Lou Engler
5 Rich  Pearl
6 Dennis Edwards Ray Cates
7 Mike Brooks Bill Frederick
8 Jeff Sell
9 Bill Gevedon Eric Verburg
10 Steve Clark


The free tournament entry was won by Bob Jorgensen


Door prizes were won by: Kenny Smith (2), Bill Gevedon, Eric Verburg, Randy Kenton, Mark Stadel, Stephen Smith, Lou Engler, Brent Goss and Ray Cates.


There being no further official business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM


After the meeting Bob Jorgensen gave another outstanding overview, this time on the “secret” baits he guarantees will catch fish at Table Rock. He even included a short video of setting up and how to use your electronics to catch deep fish. Unbelievably helpful and appreciated.



SUBMITTED BY:                                          APPROVED BY:


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Bill Horvath                                                   Steve Read

Secretary                                                       President

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