Lunker Catfish Winners
The cool, windy weather did not keep the fishermen and women away. 72 participated in the 1st Lunker Catfish Tournament of 2017. The next one will be August 26 & 27, so mark your calendars. Congratulations to Louis Steiner, 1st place with 23.8 lbs, Jimmy Guinn Jr., 2nd place with 23.4 lbs. Jimmy also won the largest catfish at 10 lbs., and Armondo Morin, 3rd place with 18.2 lbs.
May 6, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The largest trout caught wins a Fieldtec soft sided tackle box. You must be a member and register your catch with the ranger, and fish must be legal size and alive.
With camping season starting, keeping the lake a safe and peaceful place is a job for everyone who visits the lake. The SBEA lake employees work very hard to make the lake a great place for our members. Most of our members are great and appreciate the lake and take pride in knowing they own part of a great organization. We are asking for your help in continuing to keep SBEA Lake a safe, clean and peaceful place for all members.
Please treat with respect the wildlife that shares your lake. Keeping all hooks and fishing line picked up because the hooks get caught up in the bird’s beaks and the fishing line end up wrapped around the birds causing great harm.
The docks must be kept clear of obstructions at all times to facilitate safe foot traffic. Please do not use a rock, stone or brick on the docks. Please help keep the lake and adjoining area clean by properly disposing of all trash and cigarette and cigar buts. Assistance in keeping the lake, facilities, docks, and shore clean is greatly appreciated.
For yours and your children’s safety, please no one under the age of 14 unattended around the water without an adult supervision.
SBEA is looking for members who want to learn what the SBEA mission statement is and want to invite members to come see how they can be a part of a wonderful organization. The Board believes that this work has never been more important than it is today. Serving on the board is an excellent way to have a substantial and ongoing impact in the SBEA’s growth and future. They would like to see active members feel and take ownership of part of the great association they are part of and commit to at least checking out what is involved in serving on the Board of Directors. Serving on the Board offers an opportunity to play a direct role in determining an organization’s overall direction and impact. There are currently 8 Board members on the Board of Directors now and they want to bring that number back up to 12 Board members. The amount of time you actually contribute can vary from just a few hours a month from participating in board meetings or committee meeting to several hours a week on special occasions. The Board would like for those that are interested to contact a current Board member (Board info can be found on SBEA’s Webb site) or the Executive Director (Trish) at 522-2996 and visit with them about the organization and the duties involved. They also want to encourage you to sit in on some of the Board meetings and see what is involved in being a Board member.
Our board members play an active role and pride themselves on supporting each other as a team. They also want our members to have an opportunity to learn and help shape the future of the SBEA. Contact Trish at 522-2996 if you would like to sit in on a Board meeting. Board meeting are always the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Blue Cats Being Stocked
We will be stocking the SBEA Lake with blue catfish in February of this year. The blue cats will be a catch and release only for a period of time to allow the blue cats to help eliminate any overpopulation we have of white perch. After June 15th members may keep the blue cats as part of their catfish creel. Blue cat or channel cat will be considered the same for creel counts and length limits will be the same. It is hard to tell the difference between the two fish so the gate and rangers will be educating members as they come in the gate and as our rangers do their creel counts. There will also be photo’s available in the lake store and gate that we will be showing the members to help show them the difference between the two types for fish. So please make sure you have a channel cat and not a blue cat before you put in on your stringer/basket. We are always working to keep your lake well stocked with fish for everyone.
Fire Pits available during camping season only May 26 – September 4
SBEA has fire pits available for rent in the lake store as well as firewood. You cannot set up a fire pit unless approved and okayed by the rangers. Cost per day will be $20.00 deposit, $5.00 rental with your own firewood or free rental if you purchase firewood from SBEA. Please check in with the lake store for a list of fire pit rules and application to sign. Absolutely no fire pits will be accepted on the docks or picnic areas at any time.
20% Off All Wicked sticky catfish dip bait
15% Off All Mitchell spinning reels
Holiday & Special Occasions: May can be a busy month full of graduations, birthday’s, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. SBEA stores will be happy to assist you with gifts for any of these occasions. Don’t forget we also carry gift card’s and gift certificates.
Wichita Riverfest Buttons: Riverfest is June 2 – June 10, the buttons are $7.00 to members and $10.00 to non members, kid’s $3.00. See store for availability.
Inventory red tag sale: Check out the red tag sale going on at all SBEA stores on housewares, toys, jewelry, etc.
Karmelcorn Popcorn: SBEA is selling Karmelcorn popcorn; $2.99 for small bags and $3.99 for large bags. This is the same popcorn you can get at the malls.
Stop in and check out the new merchandise that has arrived in the lake store. Also the lake store sells live bait, worms and other fishing bait as well as a great selection of tackle and fishing poles. Support your SBEA lake store by shopping for all your fishing needs.
Check out the special “Grab Bags” priced just right for our members.
Wed.- Sun. 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wed.- Sun. 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Lake & Store are both closed on Monday & Tuesday year round except for some holidays.
Lake Hours are open Fri. 7:00 a.m. until Sun. 10.00 p.m.
Memorial Day Lake Hours:
The lake will open on May 26 and stay open until 10:00 p.m. on Monday May 29.
Sometimes all it takes is a walk around the lake to clear your mind from the everyday happenings and a great way to de-stress from the world around us. The lake is small enough to make this possible, yet large enough for it to be a good exercise. Walking is a simple, natural and great low-impact way to burn calories and help your heart. One trip around the lake is one mile.
SBEA Return Check Policy
Due to the amount of returned checks we have received recently, we thought we would give a little reminder of our check policy.
- All returned checks will be charged a $35.00 service fee. (Subject to change)
- Stopped payments are the same as any returned check, with a $35.00 service charge.
- 2 returned checks will result in a 1 year suspension of your check-writing privileges.
- After the 4th returned check you will be placed on a no more ever list and will not be allowed to write any more checks to SBEA.
- Upon appeal, check-writing privileges may be restored at the discretion of the Board.
- If you do not pick up your returned check within 15 days your check writing privileges will be suspended for 6 months.
- If returned checks are not picked up within 60 days they will be sent to collections.
- If a check is sent to collections you will loose all check privileges forever.
- If you have an unpaid returned check you will not be allowed to do a payroll deduction. (Unless you want to pick up the returned check on a payroll deduction.)
- SBEA will not take any check that does not have your name and address printed on it or any check that does not have a printed number on it higher than 300.
- Members may only write one check a day for cash not to exceed $20.00.
- If your checks were lost/stolen, or returned in error, check with manager for details.
Just a little reminder, the daily creel limit for bass is 2, 12’ – 15’ in length. The daily creel limits are set up to help improve and maintain the special quality of fishing at the SBEA lake.
Save on your 2017 hunting, fishing or combo license. Combo license pricing will be going up starting Feb. 1, 2017 so get yours now at the early buy pricing. You can purchase them at the main store or lake store. Prices are: hunting license $24.75 (reg. $27.50), fishing license $24.75 (reg. $27.50) and a combo license Early buy before Feb. 1, 2017 are $38.25 (reg. 42.50). After Feb. 1, 2017 combo licenses will go up to $42.75 (reg. 47.50).
Spring turkey hunters can save by purchasing a Spring Turkey Permit Combo, which includes a Spring Turkey Permit and Spring Turkey Game tag, available only through March 31. A resident Spring Turkey Combo sells for $37.50. After March 31, you’ll spend $45 purchasing a Spring Turkey Permit and Turkey Game Tag separately.
Boating Season will begin around May 12. Check with the lake store for availability.
$1.00 per person/per 30 minutes. .50¢ per person for the next 1/2 hour.
12’ to 14’ fishing boats available for rent.
$2.00 per person/per hour.
SBEA provides a listing of merchants willing to provide discounts as a service to our members.
Visit https://beatoday.com/merchant-discounts/ to see more merchants willing to provide wonderful discounts as a service to our members.
Check your SBEA stores for new additional discounted merchandise.
SPIRIT EMPLOYEE’S WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON THE SBEA BOARD?
If you are interested in serving as a Board of Director or know someone who you think would make a good board member contact SBEA. If you have any questions about the duties of a Board member contact Trish at 522-2996 or ask any current Board member.
We recognize the value of our existing customers and we want to reward you for your continuous business. Each time you spend $10.00 or more a trip on clothing, tackle, merchandise or candy the clerk will take the customer loyalty card and date and initial 1 spot. After 5 separate visits where the member spends more than $10.00 in any SBEA store the clerk will sign and date the members SBEA Loyalty Card and have the members sign and add their BMIS number on the back of the card.
Once the Loyalty Card is full, the member will receive 20% off one (1) item of merchandise, clothing or tackle only, no other departments (one item only not the entire purchase).
20% off offer does not apply to tickets, candy, flowers, gift cards, tools, dues or bait.
SBEA Reaches Out To Its Members
With all the employment changes in the last few years at Spirit & Boeing, SBEA wants to ensure that our members know that they are eligible to keep their SBEA memberships when they retire or leave the company. You retain most of your membership privileges and still get all the discounts and perks that you had as a member. For a full list of SBEA membership opportunities go to www.beatoday.com and click on the “Membership” tab. It will tell you what type of SBEA memberships are available to you and what the cost will be.
Did you lose something the last time you visited SBEA? This past year SBEA has acquired quit a bit of lost items and would love to be able to return them to their rightful owners. We just need for the right owner to come in, describe what the item is that is missing. Please see Rebecca or Pat and they will be glad to see if the lost items are yours.
$5.00 Movie Tickets for SBEA Members- $5.00 movie tickets are good for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday only at Warren Old Town Theater. No other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted. Excludes Director’s Suite, or Sony movies (Sony Pictures does not allow discounts on their films). This offer is not valid on Christmas day. 3D Tickets are $8.00. Must present your current SBEA membership card.
White Perch Alert
Looking for Donations
To help maintain or repair the fishing docks, we are always in need of lumber to help with the upkeep of the lake. So if anyone has any lumber lying around or has finished a job and wants to get rid of scraps (3 ft or longer) please let Trish or Steve Maltibe know. SBEA would be grateful for whatever you would like to donate. 316-522-2996.