Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Marilyn August, Steve Crockett, Joan Murphy, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
Ranger Aniko Millan retired. She was a Mounted Ranger at one time. The
Horseman's Association gave her a retirement party.
Luke Bailey lost his home in the CZU Fire, as did former Park
Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator Heidi McFarland and her husband
Eric McFarland, who works on the Park Trail Crew. They have online
funding sites to help them with expenses. Kitty already sent a card and
gift to Luke from NAQCPA. We can send cards and donations from FOSTP.
showed a slideshow.
Some highlights: With the hot weather and smoke in the air, the
park, which was much busier than normal the previous month, has been
much less busy. The air has been unhealthy on some days. Visibility has
been poor, with smoke obscuring views of the surrounding hills. On
8/19/20, there was a small vegetation fire, possibly set by a homeless
person, along the base of the canal from the Bear Tree Lot to the
Bonetti Ranch. It came close to buildings, but none were damaged. There
were online virtual programs by the park interpreters. Rob McDonnell
did a program on the history of Rancho Santa Teresa, the Bernal Family,
and the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. He showed historic photos and a
video interview of Patrick Joice. Luke Bailey and Mason Hyland talked
about the use of fire for resource management. Victoria Heyse did a
program on woodpeckers. Travis Trinh did a program on pond scum.
report (Greg): We have $1547.70 in the bank, the same as last month.
All checks have cleared. We have $970 of the $2480 Beautify San Jose
Grant to spend.
SJ Grant: Mike talked to Ken Podgorsek about the grant. The end date
may be changed for the current grant. There's no news about next year's
grant (Cycle 4). The Cycle 4 grant application form is not available
yet. It's normally due in July-August. The city is looking at serious
budget deficits next year, so the grant amounts may be smaller, if
there is a grant.
could not hold our National Night Out Event in August and will
not be able to hold any events in the park until the COVID-19
restrictions are lifted. There is no way to predict when that might be,
so we can't plan for events.
- Mike, Greg, and Ron met online to talk about our budget and our grant. For the grant, we under-spent
on events and over-spent on communications. We won't be able to hold
events, so we can't spend any more on them. We need to request moving
the balance in the event category to communications. We can spend the
money on business cards, trifold brochures, bifold flyers, and
pay up to $15 per shirt for T-shirts, including tax and setup fees. If
they cost more than that, we would have to cover the balance out of our
pockets. Greg talked to Gus about it. Gus didn't think he could get
T-shirts for under $15 in time for this year's grant. We already have
our own T-shirts. We can't sell them without a license. We can't give
them away at events, since there aren't any planned. We can look at it
we don't get a grant next year, we can do fund-raising, which will be
easier if we're a 501c3 non-profit. Even if we don't do events or
publish anything, we still need money for our UNSCC membership, which
includes meeting insurance, our website, and our PO box. If we can't
have live meetings, we have less need for meeting insurance, but we
don't know when we can meet again.
said NAQCPA might be
able to donate to FOSTP. NAQCPA has $12K in the bank, but it hasn't
been able to do any activities, including publishing a newsletter,
because of the shutdown and members becoming infirm. She doesn't know
when or even if NAQCPA will be able to become active again.
- The Volunteer Coordinating Council hasn't been dissolved, but the
Volunteer's Office hasn't been doing much. Volunteer activities are
suspended. The office is closed. Patricia Vasquez is doing contact tracing.
Julie Lee has been re-assigned to work on housing. Julie Kahrnoff (now
Abbatelli) left to work for the Water District. Debra King is temporarily handling office matters. Melissa Hippard is
still in charge.
- The Volunteers picnic, which was moved from April to September because of COVID-19, has been cancelled.
need to make a newsletter. The newsletter needs to be published by
the end of September. Ron will
edit it. He got articles from Mike, Greg, Roxanne, and Kim. Mike wrote
an article about Jenny Clenenden's book, "Mine," about Maria Zacarias
Bernal. Mike found a story about Dottie's Pond (Santa Teresa Spring)
that was written by an 8-9-year old student from one of his summer
school classes. Ron got some material from John Dorrance. One is the
script for a video about Santa Teresa Spring, which can be turned into
are invited for a socially-distanced tour of the Vanderveen's ranch on
Bailey Avenue, tentatively on Sunday 10/25. Roxanne will confirm with
- Mike is doing a ghost tour on 10/24.
- The next meeting will be on October 1, 7 pm on Zoom.