Friends of Daley Ranch Minutes

February 18, 2010

Present: Fred Woods, Sally Thomas, Mike Whalen, Rick Paul, and Rick Mercurio

President Fred Woods opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park, Escondido. Rick Paul presented his treasurer’s report. As of December 31 the Ivy fund had over $17,000 and we had $5362 in the bank. Fred said that the January meeting did not have a quorum and therefore no minutes were written.

The board discussed the need for a newsletter. Sally suggested that each board member write a blurb about why we joined FODR and what it means to us. She thought that a personal note such as this might help inspire others to join us. We agreed this was a good idea. Mike suggested including an item about trail maintenance at the ranch, the ongoing situation as well as any upcoming events. We also want to continue to publish docent-led hikes scheduled for the following month. We would also love to get Irene to write one of her wonderful “features” for the newsletter.

Fred said that he will be providing Bob McQuead more information in order for Bob to generate specific plans for the utility buildings at the ranch. We may also want to invite Bob to our “retreat” on Feb. 27.

Bear Valley Middle School is scheduled for student visits to the ranch on March 3 and 10. Sally moved to expend up to $125 to provide lunches for the volunteers on those two days. Rick Paul seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The board discussed the Feb. 27 retreat. We will continue to plan the next newsletter and the utility building program. We also will decide which plant species we want for the sign/labels that the Rotary Club has agreed to make for us. The other major item for the meeting will be how to increase membership and board participation.

The retreat will be hosted by Fred Woods and will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27. The next regularly-scheduled board meeting will be hosted by Rick Mercurio on March 18 at 6 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, secretary