Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Steve Crockett, Greg Koopman, Jorge & Debi Porras, Ron
Quane, former ranger for Santa Teresa Park and Almaden Quicksilver,
passed away. He once lived in Englishtown in the house with the chimney
by the map house. He lived on Mt. Umhunhum.
- Supervising Ranger Jeffrey Cossins died suddenly of a heart attack. He handled the unit around Ed Levin.
Ranger Frank Weiland was promoted supervising ranger, so he moved out
of Hellyer. Head Ranger Matt Anderson retired. Super Ranger Flint
Glines took his place. Frank took Flint's place. Lisa
Pappanastos will be acting senior ranger for Hellyer/Santa
Teresa/Coyote Creek North for 2-3 months. Then Bryan Lue will take her
- Mike inquired about the sheriff's office at the Muriel Wright Center. They will maintain the same presence there.
Park Interpreter Kelsi Ju, who visited us last month, had Community
Volunteer Days to clean up the gardens and landscaping around the
Bernal Ranch House. Ron, Mike, and Elaine Drake helped out. (Ron showed
pictures). The Koopmans are still tending two of the garden boxes.
Ju invited us to participate in La Fuente, on 10/27 from 12-4. It will
be held at the Bernal Ranch and replaces Fandango. Kelsi is organizing
it. This is the description of it: Bernal Ranch is "La Fuente" or "The
Origin" for family histories, local economy, and a growing new
community. Join us to celebrate the different histories of "Santa
Teresa Spring," the original source of thriving communities from the
past to present day.
- We held our National Night Out
on August 7 at the Bernal Ranch. (Ron showed pictures and put them
online). Steve handled parking. We had 13 glasses left over from the
run of 36. We gave away glasses and patches. It was well-attended. Debi
counted 180 people, but more may have come. We ran out of ice cream. We
gave extra popsicles to the firemen. Our insurance covered under 200.
We had more than enough raffle items. Next year, we don't need so many.
talked about grazing the hills above the Bernal Ranch to reduce fire
danger. It's in the long-range plan, but the grazing in the rest of the
park is on a trial basis. If they like the results, they may extend
grazing to other parts of the park, but it will not be close to the
Bernal Ranch. They need to get funding.
- We have been
invited to set up a booth at Viva Calle SJ by Councilmember Jimenez's
office. Viva Calle SJ is an event where city streets are closed for
several hours to allow people to walk and bike on the route. There will
be activities and events along the route. There will be an activity hub
for District 2 at Branham and Monterey Road near the Edenvale Library.
We will be on Monterey Road north of Branham. Mike passed around a
sign-up sheet. We'll have 3 shifts. The city will provide the tables
and chairs. We need to bring a canopy and weights.
report: We have $2142.83. We have $128 to deposit from T-shirt sales
and donations for $2270.83 total. The bill for the patches is
outstanding. We spent $2254.33 on National Night Out. Any expenses not
covered by the Beautify SJ Grant can be used as matching funds, which
is required for the grant.
- We applied for the Beautify San Jose
Grant. We asked for the same amount as last year: $2380, but did not
request money for Fandango, since it won't be held again. Instead, we
put more money in communications and National Night Out. These are the
requests: UNSCC membership: $200, Website hosting: $180,
Newsletter/publications/communications: $450, PO Box: $100, National
Night Out and other events: $1300, National Night Out insurance: $200.
will be an ice cream social for volunteers at Vasona Lake on 9/22 at 2
pm. Meet at the Circle Group Site, which is near the annex.
- At the Parks Commission meeting, they talked about partnerships and friends groups. They mentioned FOSTP and NAQCPA.
- Mike said there is a Volunteers Guidelines book. It's online.
501c3 application is ready to go. It costs $800 to file it. It's filed
with the federal govt. We have California articles of incorporation and
an EIN, so we are OK with the County. 501c3 status is needed for
donations to us to be tax-deductible. It might make it harder for us to
get Beautify San Jose Grants, which are given to neighborhood
associations, and not to non-profit corporations. (Non-profits can only
apply for a $1500 beautification grant that is for a specific
beautification project and must be approved ahead of receiving
funding.) However, as a 501c3, we would be eligible to apply for many
other grants, like from corporations. If we make <$25K, the tax is
showed pictures: .National Night Out, Bernal Ranch cleanup, Santa
Teresa Spring, tarantula hawk, Stile Ranch flowers, Coyote Peak hikes
(one was ranger-led, one Ron led).