Friends of Daley Ranch Annual Planning Meeting
Fred Woods, Dick
Althouse, Jim Schafer, Jerry Harmon, Rick Paul, Colleen Mackinnon, and Rick
opened the meeting at 9:15 a.m. at Jimís home. Rick P had prepared a print
out of the treasurerís report. It includes several recent donations, some of
which are quite generous. Rick P said that FODR has a few options for
investing our funds. He will check with Mission Federal Credit Union to see
what they may offer.
Rick M moved
to reimburse Fred $290 for payment of the annual Word Press Engine hosting
fee. Jim seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Colleen will inquire to
Don Piller about an additional bill of $290 for Dot 5 hosting, to see if it
is still needed. Dave Woods wrote a letter to the FODR Board concerning
needed website modifications. Rick M moved to approve Daveís recommendations
for an update to the FODR website. Colleen seconded and the motion passed
unanimously. The Board asked Fred to thank Dave very much for his generous
offer to do this work pro bono.
The Board thanked Colleen for handling FODR Facebook messages.
is preparing the winter newsletter for publication this month. Articles will
include Rick Mís feature on Diania Caudell (Native American volunteer),
Denise Harterís piece about the tracking team, and Colleen will write a
brief summary of Novemberís annual picnic. FODR plans to continue its
quarterly schedule for newsletters.
reported that FODR has received $3500 so far in donations for this
ďmatchingĒ campaign to purchase open space near Daley Ranch. Rick M agreed
to spearhead a mailing for this purpose to all FODR members this March. He
will send letters on FODR letterhead and enclose pre-printed return
envelopes supplied by TECC. Colleen said she would work on designing and
printing mailing envelopes with the FODR logo and our return address. Rick M
will also work with TECC to facilitate transfer of received donations, as
well as the $50K pledged by FODR, to TECC at some point in the future.
organized 11 school trips from all five Escondido middle schools, plus the
new Quantum Academy, between March and May. He is working smoothly with a
new Transportation Director at the school district. He also is in contact
with a new presenter for the raptor learning station. FODR has enough money
from previous grants to fund this yearís program. Fred will soon be
attending a Rotary lunch to receive their $2000 grant. Jerry mentioned that
Escondido Kiwanis Club is looking for a speaker, and he hoped that Fred and
Rick M might work with them to establish a connection.
led a discussion about possible efforts to continue FODRís program of
renovations and restorations of historic structures at Daley Ranch. At this
point Dick feels that we should wait before trying to build a cage-like
supporting structure for Building 4. When and if this project goes forward
it would probably need to be signed off by a structural engineer. The Board
also expressed an interest in shoring up the historic barn. All agreed this
would be important, but also expensive and time-consuming. Jim offered to
contact Steve Van Wormer, who identified the barn as historically
significant in an earlier assessment, to see what steps might need to be
taken. Rick M mentioned that the Escondido Historic Preservation Commission
might be motivated to help in this effort.
Dick is most interested in re-building the old ďResidence,Ē the structure on
the hill across from the ranch house. It has a large stone
fireplace/chimney, but virtually nothing else is worth saving. Dick feels
like a new building on this site could potentially serve an interpretive
center, and even as a place for scouts or other groups to use for overnights
or learning centers. Dick will consider what steps must be taken, and how to
proceed. The Board is also excited about this project.
Harter is getting a very positive response to her tracking team training
session set for March. She is requesting that FODR help pay for the packets
each participant will receive. Rick M moved to fund these packets up to a
total of $150. Jerry seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
is in the process of obtaining period-appropriate furnishings and other
items for the foremanís quarters that Dick and other volunteers rebuilt.
When Colleen has acquired more items, she will work with the City to open
the quarters to the public, presumably on Second Sundays when rangers are
already on duty at the ranch house.
M hopes to revive efforts to purchase a display case for the ranch house.
Funds are available, but leadership is needed. Jerry and Dick said that
locking wheels could be added to the legs of a glass-topped case.
Stanley Peak , Kiosks and Plant
Jim and his son Dave are continuing to build new panorama panels
for the top of Stanley Peak. Jim is also working on improvements to the
existing kiosk at the main entrance to DR. Rick P will research the cost of
a proposed Caballo Trailhead sign, at which time the Board may consider
funding for it. Colleen is still working on repairing and/or replacing
damaged or missing signs for plant species along the trails. Sunrise Rotary
may again assist.
planned a categorical budget for 2017, item by item, inserting new dollar
figures. The budget will be presented at a subsequent meeting.
New Board Member and Board
Colleen moved to invite Su Scott to officially join the
Board. Rick M seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick P moved to
adopt the following elective positions for FODR: PresidentóColleen;
Vice-PresidentóJim; SecretaryóRick M; TreasureróRick P. Jerry seconded and
the new slate was elected unanimously. The Board thanked Fred for his 10
years of excellent service as president, and he was presented with a
commemorative plaque. He will continue as a Board member and school trips
Akin Trust Legacy Gift:
the Boardís invitation, Nina Akin and Andrea Douglas met with the Board for
a few minutes during the meeting. Nina and Andrea are the daughters of Royal
and Perla Akin, who designated FODR as a beneficiary in their trust. The
Board thanked them for their parentsí generosity and asked them to share
their thoughts about what drew Royal and Perla to Daley Ranch. Both loved
the outdoors, with Royal interested in botany and birdlife, and Perla
enjoying hiking and environmental pursuits. Nina and Andrea were fine with
FODR honoring their parents publicly, in our newsletter and possibly with a
new scholarship for high school seniors majoring in environmental studies.
The sisters were also very happy that a large portion of the Akin legacy
gift is going toward purchasing open space habitat corridors via our
Save1000Acre campaign. The Board expressed its appreciation for the sistersí
meeting with us, and hoped for an ongoing relationship with them.
regular meeting will be on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Train
Depot in Grape Day Park, Escondido.
Rick Mercurio, secretary