Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner,
Steve Crockett, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Gus Letona, Sam Drake, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. The Santa Teresa Golf
Course is closed, and we are under a shelter-in-place order due to the
coronavirus crisis, so we can't meet in person.
- All park events
and volunteer activities are on hold. Park administration workers and
interpreters are working from home. Park offices are closed. Rangers
and maintenance are still working. Park trails and restrooms are open.
- We decided to keep our board membership and officers the same.
need to have an accession plan for the board. We need to mentor people
to pass on the jobs. We need a basic description of the jobs and
solicit among members volunteers willing to do them. Our 501c3
application has a procedure for succession.
- We have our articles of incorporation and by-laws for the 501c3 application. Ron recommended we delay our 501c3 application application until the
coronavirus crisis is over, as situations could change. The others
wanted to keep going.
emailed 10 pictures: There was a CNPS hike on the Stile Ranch Trail on
March 8. Woody and Ron helped with it. The gates of the Santa Teresa
Golf Course are locked, since all golf courses are closed. However,
people were walking on the road through the golf course. The trails are
still open , and there's a trailhead in the golf course. There are new
social distancing signs at trailheads. The Norred Trail has been very
busy. It's narrow, making it difficul to maintain social distancing.
There is a sign on the Bernal Ranch House, saying all playgrounds,
group areas, and visitor centers are closed until further notice. There
are closure signs and yellow caution tape around picnic tables in the
Pueblo Area and the Bernal Ranch. Ron hiked up to Coyote Peak. The
trail was not crowded. He showed views from the peak.
talked to Ken Podgorsek of UNSCC about our Beautify SJ Grant. Ken sent
a letter to grant recipients. He said that all neighborhood events are
considered ineligible for the grant because of the coronavirus
shutdown. Parts of our grant do not have anything directly to do with
events, so should still be covered: UNSCC membership, website fees, and
publications, like our newsletter. Mike suggested we make a book or
calendar with Ron's pictures that we could sell to raise funds. Ken
suggested that we have a community celebration once the coronavirus
crisis is over.
- We want to have a community party with a BBQ in
the park, but we would need permission from the parks. All group events
are on hold for now, with no date of when they will be allowed, so we
can't plan for it.
- We want to sponsor talks by Mike Cox on the
New Almaden Mines, Basim Jaber on the Almaden Air Force Station, Paul
Bernal on the Bernal Family, and James Delgado on his archaeological
digs. We could charge or ask for donations for these talks.
Volunteers Picnic was to be on 4/25 at Hellyer's Buena Vista Group
Picnic Area at noon. It has been postponed until 9/26. Award
certificates, pins, and a booklet were sent out to volunteers.
Application forms for a free annual parking permit were sent to
volunteers who had sufficient hours and do not have a senior pass.
Camping passes given as awards in the past may not be transferable.
Ranger Rich Bender gave a park report. The archery range and the golf
course are closed. Parking fees in the Pueblo Area are waived. There
have been breakin's in the Pueblo Area, so visitors should not leave
anything valuable in their cars. That park has been busy.
report (Greg): our bank balance is $2936.84. There's a new form for
purchases that lists items that are eligible for the grant.
- We don't know if we'll be able to hold our National Night Out in August, but we can at least start the paperwork.
- We got a letter of support from Mike Wasserman.
get-together and hike at Judy and Alan Vanderveen's ranch is on hold,
at least until the coronavirus stay-at-home order is lifted.
- Sam is in Nevada. He's staying there for now and telecommuting.
- There were mattresses dumped on Bernal Road near the park entrance. They are gone now.
- Roxanne's family pulled weeds in the Bernal Ranch garden beds.
- Ron attended live video events at Open Space Authority preserves. All live OSA events and activities are on hold.
- Our May events will probably be cancelled: our pre-Mother's Day hike on the Stile Ranch Trail and Ron's photo class and hike.
- Our next meeting is May 2. It will probably be a Zoom meeting. Mike
will send instructions out to the current email list. If anyone new
wants to join in, they need to email Mike.