Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Jerry Harmon, Jim Schafer, and
New website: The Board met at the home of David Woods on
Hickory Street in Escondido from 7-8:15 p.m. The Board contracted
with David to create a custom FODR website, and he showed the Board
his progress to date. David began with his “building blocks” for the
site, including colors, fonts, photos, the logo, and the theme of
loving Daley Ranch. He also told us that he has made DR a “place” on
Facebook, where we now have 324 likes. Visitors may now broadcast to
others when they are on the ranch. David showed us his design for
the new homepage and sub pages. Other topics discussed were bumper
stickers for donation incentives, apps that the site can “advertise”
to help visitors with trails and landmarks, QR codes, credit card
use, merchandise sales (which David has concerns with), and other
features of the site. The Board was very impressed with the work
done so far, and unanimously approved of David’s design concepts.
Over the next few weeks David will email the Board with updates and
requests for any input for needed decisions.
Minutes and Treasurer’s report: The Board re-convened at the
train depot beginning at 8:30. Mike moved to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting. Jim seconded and the motion passed
unanimously. Rick Paul emailed the Board his treasurer’s report.
Since the last report he has received $62 from the iron ranger plus
another $20 cash. No checks have been received. The Board had
previously voted by email to approve $750.74 reimbursement to Mike
for the new tee shirts.
School visits: Fred presented a thorough update on the status
of the school visits and the grant money expenditures. The first of
12 scheduled day trips will be this Tuesday, Feb. 26, continuing
until April 24. Most of the budgeted items are coming in close to
the estimated amount. Printing costs, however, are considerably less
than predicted. We still have a few more capital expenditures. The
Board discussed a possible payment to the Native American presenter,
who has taken nothing over many years of volunteering, to reimburse
her for “show and tell” materials at her learning station. The funds
for this could come from the savings of $600 from the birds of prey
presentation. Rick M suggested that we supply a single page flyer
from FODR, including a membership form, to give to the teachers and
other adults during each visit. Fred said he would ask David to see
if he could put one together soon. The Board thanked Fred for all
the time he has been spending organizing the trips.
Utility Buildings: Dick Althouse is submitting design
drawings for the foreman’s quarters. The tarp over it is still in
good shape. We hope to make progress on this project soon.
Stanley Peak signs: Jim is ready to install the two panorama
signs. He said that Tony Smock is ready to help transport the
materials in a city “gator” vehicle. He is hoping to install them
March 5, although rain and trail conditions will be considerations.
Board members asked Jim to keep us in the loop so that we might help
that day. The Board is very grateful to Jim for the work he has
Tee shirts: Mike has worked closely with the company to order
several sizes of the new shirts. They will be delivered to his home
on Feb. 26. The Board is appreciative of Mike’s efforts with the
shirts and hats.
Newsletter: Rick M suggested assigning articles for the March
15 newsletter. He will write articles seeking volunteers for a
possible weekend booth at the entrance, as well as seeking input for
the website from members. He also hopes to have items from some of
the organizations he has contacted that may have articles from their
group for us. Fred will ask David to submit a “teaser” for the
upcoming website. Fred’s president message will touch on the school
visits and the generous grant from the Escondido Charitable
Memorial benches: Jerry reported that earlier today he had
received City approval for the bench dedicated to Irene O’Neill. He
also told the City about upcoming plans for a low rock wall. The
Board is asking Dick Althouse and Jim Schafer to help design that
wall. Jerry reminded us that we will need to invite family members
when both Sally’s and Irene’s benches are formally dedicated.
Next meeting: The next Board meeting will be Thursday, March
28, at 6 p.m. at the home of Rick Mercurio