Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 9/1/16


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Ron Horii. 
  • Ron showed pictures of Fandango, the Volunteer Recognition BBQ at Martial Cottle, our trip to Monterey and Salinas, movie night/campout in the Pueblo Area, cattle grazing in the park, the Norred Trail, the Pyzak Ranch, the Bear Tree Lot, the Bonetti Ranch, the route of our proposed trail, and plant growth around Santa Teresa Spring.
  • Dorothy Wuss came to Fandango. She thanked us for the article about her in the newsletter, but she's actually 95.
  • Senior Ranger Phil Hearin will be moving from Hellyer to Calero, but not until January. There is no ranger assigned to replace him.
  • We have $818.50 in our bank account.
  • Our CAP Grant Cycle 30 application for $1150 has been approved. We asked for grant money to pay for our UNSCC membership, website, newsletter, PO Box, and event expenses, including Fandango and National Night Out in 2017. Ron, Mike, and Kim attended the CAP Grant class for Cycle 30, which fulfills our class requirement.
  • The final report for the current CAP Grant Cycle (29) is due this month.
  • From Sept. 2015 to Aug. 2016, we put in 1069 volunteer hours, which at $23.29/hour is worth $24,899.
  • We passed out our newsletter at Fandango and Mark Stone's breakfast at the Casa Grande. We got compliments on it.
  • Andrew from Boy Scout Troop 227 wants to take on the Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way Trail as an Eagle Scout project. We need a project lead on our end.
  • We took a field trip to Monterey County. We sampled clam chowder on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, then toured the Custom House and Pacific House. We then went to Salinas to a barbecue at the Boronda Adobe. Barbara Brown, head of the Monterey County Historical Society gave us free tickets for the lunch. Mike donated $60 to their organization. We toured the Boronda Adobe and their archives vaults. Afterwards, Mike, Kitty, and Ron toured the Santa Rita cemetery and church site and saw graves of Berryessas.
  • On 8/30, Ron, Mike, and Kitty met with County Parks director Robb Courtney to talk about plans for the development of the Santa Teresa Historic Site. $600K was allocated for building trails in the historic site. The money is still there and will stay there. It will not be used for widening the street. Robb said that's the city's job, but the County will work with the city. We talked about grant opportunities with the Open Space Authority. There are also Safe School Route grants. Future development of the site will depend on long-range capital plans that the Parks Department will be working on.
  • As a UNSCC member, we are eligible to buy event insurance. Mike wants to get insurance for walking tours in Santa Teresa and New Almaden. He will pay for it. The description of the events can be made general enough so that the insurance covers multiple events.
  • The Volunteer Recognition Barbecue Picnic was held on 8/27/16 at Martial Cottle Park. 
  • Melissa Hippard is the new manager of volunteer programs.
  • There is or will be a new online program for entering volunteer hours.
  • 9/10 is the Coyote Valley Farm Feast at Coyote Valley OSP from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • 9/10 is the New Almaden Jump-In Parade and Community Day at the New Almaden Community Club, starting at 11 am.
  • 9/10 is Micro Zoology Night at the Bernal Ranch at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm.
  • 9/24 is Chitactac Family Day from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • 9/25 is A Taste of Archery at the archery range in Santa Teresa at 8:30 and 10:3 am.
  • 10/1 is the Harvest Festival at Martial Cottle Park from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • 10/8 is Sam's geocaching class at Almaden Quicksilver on the Wood Road Trail. It runs from 9-12.
  • 10/8 is also Pioneer Day at the Casa Grande.
  • 10/15 is stargazing and movie night at the Bernal Ranch from 7 pm to 10 pm.
  • 11/12 is Ron's photography class at the Bernal Ranch from 10 am to 1 pm.
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   Created 9/5/16  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park