Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Steve Crockett, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Gus Letona, Ron
- Julie Kahrnoff is temporarily replacing Elizabeth Evans, who is on maternity leave, as interpretive programs supervisor.
- Greg & Roxanne are still taking care of 2 garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch. The tomatoes are almost done.
should lead hikes again in the spring, like the Stile Ranch and Coyote
Peaks hikes that we did this year. Ron will give a photo class/wildflower
walk again. We'll do them as park events, helping as volunteers.
We need to find out when is the due date to submit them and what other
events are scheduled so we don't conflict. We can have picnics after the hikes.
Wildflower Scavenger Hunt at Almaden Quicksilver is on the second
Saturday of April (4/13/19), so we need to schedule around it.
- Mike gave a ghost tour in New Almaden the Sunday before Halloween.
- Mike Cox,
Mike Boulland, Art Boudreault, and Kitty Monahan gave a presentation about
New Almaden at the Ainsley House in Campbell on 10/12 at 6:00 pm. It was
called "A Taste of New Almaden." About 50 people showed up. Tickets were sold for the event.
submitted the final report for the Cycle 1 Beautify San Jose Grant. Ron and Mike worked on it. We
under-spent the grant, so we have to give money back. Mike sent a check
- We were approved for the Cycle 2 Beautify San Jose
Grant for $2380. However, we don't get the money right away. We may not
get it until February. We need to keep track of our expenditures and
hang on to receipts. We need to check that if we expect to charge
expenditures to the grant, that they are actually covered by the grant.
need a fundraising event, like a speaking presentation, maybe at Avenue
One. We can use NAQCPA or FOLAW as 501c3 fiscal agents. We need a San
Jose business license if we sell anything in San Jose. We can use NNO
for fund-raising. We'll have the insurance, permits, and a large
audience. We can do a fund-raiser during our meeting time in the
Banquet Facility. We're insured by UNSCC, and we don't get charged for
the use of the room. Gus will chair a fundraising committee. Roxanne
can help getting donations for a silent auction, if we have one.
attended a meeting of the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association at the Southside Community Center. Johnny Khamis and Sergio
Jimenez were there and gave neighborhood updates. The Open Space
Authority was there and talked their properties in the Santa Teresa
Hills. The keynote speakers were the San Jose Police and the Crime
Prevention Team, talking about the crime rate and what people can do to
protect themselves from being victims of crime. The room was full. They
had about 100 people there. STFNA is not a 501c3, but they collect dues
at the meeting or online. They have enough money to give out
scholarships. Here is their latest newsletter. They have a form on the newsletter for sending in donations.
talked about printing costs for our newsletter and other publications.
Gus said his school has a discount program at Staples for ink
cartridges. To print our newsletters at OfficeMax, we paid $302 to
print 400 color pages (50 newsletters) and 800 black and white
pages (100 newsletters). NAQCPA prints their newsletters at OfficeMax. They have a
discount card. They print 700 copies in
black and white, worth $523, and they pay $200. Mike has a discount card now.
- We need a
FOSTP table cloth, like the Parks' Department has for their table. Gus
will look into how much it costs. We also need a FOSTP canopy or a
banner to put on a canopy with our name on it.
- We need to
cleanup Santa Teresa Spring again. It's getting overgrown with
brambles. We need to ask Lisa Pappanastos, acting senior ranger for
Santa Teresa/Hellyer, for permission.
- We want to clean up Santa
Teresa Blvd. between Bayliss and the Coyote Valley. San Jose has a
litter pickup program. They will supply tools and pick up the trash.
Ron will look into what it takes to sign up for the program.
next meeting will be on December 6. NAQCPA is having a dinner at Mike's
house on December 12. We won't have a meeting on January 3. Instead, we
will have a dinner at Mike's house on January 10 at 6:00.
has stopped by the Muriel Wright Center several times, the last being
10/30. It's still under construction. The construction trailer is still
there. Workers are still out there working on it, but it doesn't look
like it's nearing completion.
- Ron showed
pictures: coyote above the Norred Trail, restored Nature Trail signs
and a new sign at the redwood tree, views from Bernal Hill, conditions
on the Norred Trail, Muriel Wright Center construction, plants
recovering from the fire above the Norred Trail, grafitti'd sign and
brambles at Santa Teresa Spring, and La Fuente.
participated in La Fuente on 10/27/18. It was organized by Kelsi Ju.
Our booth was near Barn 2. Kitty and Mike manned our booth. Gus and
Steve helped at the welcome table. Greg helped with parking. Ron took pictures and had his pictures on display. We had a raffle and gave away pumpkins. Everyone helped with setup and teardown.
need to work on our 501c3 application. Mike has a draft copy. Mike
& Steve will work on it. Gus' school's Home and School Club is a
501c3. It took them 6 months to get it finalized. NAQCPA became a 501c3
in 1979. They had a CPA who was a member at the time. We are a