Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kim Gardner, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Woody Collins, Marilyn August, Ron
Horii. Greg was calling in remotely from Delaware.
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. The Santa Teresa Golf
Course banquet facility and clubhouse are closed, and we are under a
shelter-in-place order due to the
coronavirus crisis, so we can't meet in person. (Restaurant
alternatives are also closed.) Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
- Ron showed the minutes from our July meeting.
showed a slideshow (subset posted on Facebook).
Some highlights: Norred Trail weeding has widened
the trail. There are lots of invasive trees of heaven growing at the
Pyzak and Bonetti Ranches and by the Norred Ranch barn. The garage at
the Pyzak Ranch has been tagged. The sign at Santa Teresa Spring was
tagged, but it's been cleaned off. There is still some graffiti on the
fence rails by the spring. The shrine and font at the spring are mostly
clear of brambles, but could use some clearing away of mud and
leaves. The sign to the closed trail on the Hidden Springs Trail by the
Ridge Trail junction has been tagged. The picnic table at the Stile
Ranch Trail entrance has been tagged. There were serpentine sunflowers
and van houtte's columbines blooming at the bottom of the Stile Ranch
Trail. There are soaproots, yampah, marsh baccharis, naked stem
buckwheat, and hayfield tarweed growing on the Joice Trail. There was a
cleanup by young volunteers along Heaton Moor across from Bernal School
(saw it on Next Door). There's termite damage to the steps and porch of
the Bernal Ranch House. [Ron reported it to Maintenance and rangers.]
The garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch are looking good. The butterfly
box needs tending. Weeds and plants need to be cleared from around the
farm equipment by the barns at the Bernal Ranch. The canal below the
Joice Trail has been tagged. Rocks and the rock wall on the Rocky Ridge
Trail have been tagged.
- The County Parks & Rec. Commission had a virtual meeting. This was the agenda. Mike was the only non-staff or commission person attending.
grazing licenses have been issued for Santa Teresa, Rancho San Vicente
(Calero), Coyote Canyon at Anderson, and Tulare Hill. There will be funding for building more cattle fences.
Hippard, Strategic Partnerships Manager, gave a report on the Volunteer
Program. They lost staff in the Volunteer Office. Julie Abbatelli left.
Julie Lee is helping with the County's housing program. Patricia
Vasquez is helping with COVID-19 contact tracing. [Debra King is
helping temporarily in the Volunteer Office.] The number of volunteer
opportunities doubled from 2017 to 2020. Martial Cottle has been
operating for 5 years with over 70 long-term volunteers.
- The department expects a budget deficit next year.
Interpretive Department has 2 new interpreters: Rob McDonnell and
Travis Trinh. Luke Bailey and Victoria Heyse are still there. Chris
Carson retired. Jan Shriner is doing COVID-19 contact tracing. Kelsi Ju
and Dan LaFlash left. The interpreters have been doing virtual programs.
- On 8/20 at 6 pm, new Park Interpreter Rob McDonnell will be giving a virtual program, called "Santa Teresa Spring Across Generations." It will be about Rancho Santa Teresa and the Bernal Family.
- On 8/26 at 12 pm, Park Interpreter Luke Bailey and Natural Resources Coordinator Mason Hyland will be giving a program called "Fire as a Land Steward." Using the recent Santa Teresa controlled burn as an example, they will talk about the use of fire in parks.
- Treasurer's report (Greg): We have $1547.70 in the bank.
SJ Grant: Mike talked to Ken Podgorsek about the grant. The grant will
pay up to $15 per shirt for T-shirts. We have to cover the balance. We
can give them away. We need to submit a change request to move money
around. Banners, business cards, trifold brochures, and flyers are
covered. Giveaways are not covered.
- We were awarded $2480 for
our grant. We spent $2131.51. That leaves $348.49. However, much of
that money was allocated for events that we can't have, like National
Night Out and La Fuente. We have to apply to move the funds around, or
we'll have to give the money back.
- Jim Beseau said he has the
materials to make keychains and bookmarks with our logo stamped
on them. He bought the materials for Martial Cottle and Pioneer
Day events, but since those won't be held, they are surplus. He'll make
them up for us for free. We need to give him a design for our logo so
he can have a stamp made. The design may need to be modified so it
looks good as a 1-color stamp.
- We need to make a design for the trifold brochure.
need to make a business card. They cost $22 for 500 at Costco. We need
a generic card for the organization. Mike will decide what to put on
it. Greg and others may want personalized cards. We'll order generic
cards now, personalized cards later when needed.
- There's a
weekly farmer's market at Oakridge behind Sears. Non-profits can
display there up to once a month. They need to fill out an application
and be approved. We could display there. We'd have to see if insurance
is required and get it. We could hand out our newsletter, trifold, and
keyrings. We could have non-contact games. We could setup tables. We
have the tablecloths and a runner with our logo on it.
- We need
an 8'X10' banner to hang at the back of our booth on a canopy. It costs
about $150-$200. The grant should pay for it (need to confirm). We'll
need a picture to put on it. Ron will provide one.
- Mike got a
letter from the California Secretary of State acknowledging our
non-profit status. That allows us to apply for federal 501c3 status.
need to make a newsletter. Tentative deadline for articles: mid-August.
The newsletter needs to be published by the end of September. Ron will
edit it. Ideas: impact of the pandemic on activities in the park, park
usage, littering, parking, etc. Ron will write about personnel changes
in the park. Mike can write historical articles, like about the Battle
of Santa Teresa and about the book "Mine" by Jenny Clenendon on Maria
Bernal Berryessa. We could talk about some of the park virtual
activities, such as Neighborhood Naturalists, which had people doing
volunteer projects. We could have pages for kids coloring or
activities. The mining museum has coloring pages. The Bernal Ranch had
a teacher's guide that may have some activities in it.
- The next meeting will be on September 3, 7 pm on Zoom.