Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Sam Drake, Ed
Jackson, Maureen Kluska, Kitty Monahan, Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii.
- Mike's neighbor has a large
format photo printer. Mike had him print up some of Ron's pictures.
He'll give some to Jim McGrath for the Santa Teresa Golf Course.
- Volunteer hours: 39.5 hrs last
month, 665.48 YTD.
- Last month's minutes were
- Current balance: $494.95. All
bills are paid.
- Mike and his daughter Michelle
went to a class for non-profits. They learned about the rules and laws
for non-profits. For example, we are not exempt from sales tax.
- "Santa at the Ranch" will be on
12/17 at the Bernal Ranch.
- John Dorrance reported that the
foundation for the east barn at the Bernal Ranch has been poured. It
has earthquake supports. The framing is 1/4 done. Construction should
be done by January.
- The barn will be used as a goat
enclosure. 4H will have a use agreement. It will only be used for
animal husbandry, which will take 3/4 of the space. 1/4 of the space
will be used for storage.
- People with dogs have been
cutting through the ranch.
- Gangs have been tagging at the
ranch, but it has been slowing down.
- Rich in Park Maintenance is
- John Dorrance recommends
recognizing Cait Hutnik, Chuck Rambo, and Rick Leonard. We should
invite them to our meeting for thanks. Ron suggests inviting them to
our January dinner and give them certificates and pictures.
- Ranger Aniko Millan said that
there have been car break-ins at the IBM and corral parking lots. Some
thieves were arrested at New Almaden, but not the same group.
- The Parks department has a new
director: Rob Courtney.
- Gloria Gill has a new office
specialist for the volunteer program.
- Volunteers are recognized if
they have >50 hours, get a parking pass if they have >100 hours.
- Mike sent a letter to the
Muwekmas requesting input for the sign on Coyote Peak.
- There's a potluck dinner at
Mike's house on 1/5 at 6:30.
- Next year is our 20th
anniversary. We need to celebrate with an event. We can promote the
park with arts and literature. We can bring photos. We can have
presentations at the library, ghost stories, talk about the park, have
kids activities, art, painting, and poetry. No date set yet.
- Mike will make a presentation to
retired Oak Grove teachers in January at Sonoma Chicken Coop. He'll
talk about Almaden and will make a presentation on getting kids to
participate in local parks.
- Maureen says we should get
people to walk on the Norred Trail.
- The Open Space Authority has
trail walkers. The County Parks has a Trail Watch program. We have an
informal park watch.
- We don't necessarily have to
have hikes on the County Parks calendar. We can do our own hikes, like
- There will likely be no money
for the CAP Grant next year. Mid-year report is due. We need money for
the UNSCC membership, which gives us meeting insurance, and our
website. We pay $12/month for our Bank of American account.
- We are in need of a finance
committee if we can't get a CAP Grant next year. Mike and Ron will do
- Sam said that there will be a
Bay Area Ridge Trail event in the spring. There will be three events
for hikers, bikes, and equestrians. One of them is a family hike in
Santa Teresa. The entire route starts at Lexington, runs through
Almaden Quicksilver, and ends at Santa Teresa. The whole route is 21
- Sam said that Hollister Hills
SVRA is interested in setting up a geocaching program. They want to
have a formal policy and will coordinate with other SVRA's.
- Mike is trying to setup a trip
to New Idria in Hollister. It had a quicksilver mine.
- Sam did a 3-day 25-mile trip in
Henry Coe. The trip report is on sammydee.net.
- Ed said that the rangers and
sheriffs have been responsive at the spring. There have been some
- Kitty said the VCC has been
working on Adopt-a-Trail. They are looking at how to publicize it.
- Gloria Gill said they would like
to help the park friends groups. They can help duplicate publications
and brochures on signing up for the groups. They can create links to