Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kim Garland,
Steve Crockett, Gus Letona, Woody Collins, Joan Murphy, Ron
Horii, visiting: Blair Pagano, County Parks Volunteer Program
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
- There was no meeting in December 2020. The next meeting will be on February 4, 2021, 7 pm on Zoom.
main purpose of this meeting was to talk to Blair Pagano about
volunteer work activities for FOSTP. We all introduced ourselves
- Blair is the new Volunteer Progeam Coordinator. She is
from San Francisco. She spent 20 years working for the San Francisco
Zoo as a volunteer, zookeeper, and ran the volunteer program. She ran 4
different volunteer groups.
- Julie Lee is still the
Volunteer Program Manager, but she is on temporary assignment as a
disaster service worker arranging emergency housing during the
pandemic. She may be back in the spring. Vanessa Clayton is doing 2
jobs as a ranger at Anderson and Interim Volunteer Program Manager
while Julie is out. The Muriel Wright Center is closed. The Volunteer
Program office may eventually move to the new County office buildings
on Silver Creek Valley Rd
- The only volunteer activities that
are currently allowed during the pandemic are land stewards, trail
watch, camp hosts, and tree watering.
- Blair hosted a
Zoom social event for volunteers on 12/11/20. She will be planning
more, which will be unstructured chats among volunteers.
trail days, pre-COVID19, volunteers could sign in through Samaritan or
just show up and sign in. During COVID19, they must sign in online.
Post-COVID19, volunteers will be encouraged to sign in online to reduce
staff workload, but they will still be able to sign in on paper.
contacted Jeremy Celaya in Maintenance about doing work in Santa
Teresa. Blair will talk to Vanessa about procedures and will get a
description of the scope of work from Jeremy.
- For entering
volunteer hours on Samaritan, it's only important to enter the date and
time, except for Trail Watch, where they want to know what you saw.
Watch is led by a ranger liaison. For Santa Teresa, that's Ruben
Suarez. For Land Stewards, the liaisons are project-dependent. Blair
can be the first contact for volunteer work in the park. She can tell
you who to talk to for more details.
- For long-term volunteers,
who will not need to be supervised by park staff, they need to have
Livescan fingerprinting (one-time only) and sign the outside employment
disclosure form yearly. These requirements are not necessary for
short-term or one-time volunteers who will be supervised by park staff.
One-time volunteers only need to sign the liability waiver form. They
can sign it online on Samaritan. They have to sign-in each time they
- Greg said that we are filling out a project proposal
for our work at Santa Teresa. It will list potential projects. Blair
said it should say that we have been working with Jeremy, and it should
have a list of volunteers. One of us can be the project lead and report
the hours for the group. However, if volunteers want to get credit for
their hours to earn an annual parking pass, they need to report their
hours in Samaritan separately. Blair and Greg will talk separately
about the procedures, after Blair talks more with Vanessa.
- Joan said that something that needs attention is the Bat Hotel at Calero. It needs to be cleaned annually.
- Greg said there has been no changes in our bank account.
showed a slideshow: views from the Vista Loop, Christmas lights on the
Joice Trail, a fallen bay tree on the Ohlone Trail that Woody helped to
clean up, the Zoom social for volunteers, sunset at the Bernal Ranch,
Vanessa's storytime Zoom program, Coyote Peak views and graffiti on the
back of our sign, a mini metal monument by the Rocky Ridge Trail, muddy
parts of the lower Rocky Ridge Trail, Victoria's Victorian Holiday
program at the Casa Grande, locked gates around the Bernal Ranch house,
the garden boxes, leaves on and around the ranch house, Santa Teresa
Spring, the Norred Trail, the Pyzak Ranch, and grass re-growing on the
burned areas of the Pueblo Area.
pictures showed some work opportunities: weeding in and around the
garden boxes, raking leaves on and around the ranch house, clearing the
mud and brambles from around Santa Teresa Spring, cleaning grafitti
from around the Norred Trail.