Friends of Daley
Annual Retreat, January 24, 2015
Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Jim Schafer, Rick Paul, Dick Althouse,
Colleen MacKinnon, and Rick Mercurio
Minutes and Treasurerís Report:
Fred opened the annual retreat
meeting at 9:30 a.m. at his own home. The minutes from the November meeting
were approved by acclamation. Rick P emailed his treasurerís report. He
mentioned that the US Bank was charging $5 per month for the Daley Ranch
Volunteers Association account. Therefore it was decided to move that money
out of US Bank and into a sub-savings account at Mission Federal under
FODRís general account. Mike moved to reimburse Rick M $198.55 for
newsletter printing and postage, and $290 to Fred for Word Press on the FODR
website. Jim seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Word Press will
allow for daily back up for the website and other benefits. The Board thanks
David Woods for helping us with this. The Board also thanked Dick for his
generous contribution of nearly $800 towards the building restoration
Fred said that all five middle schools have scheduled
a total of 10 trips this year, servicing about 1900 students. Besides
scheduling, Fred has taken on many details, including ordering lunches,
securing the Native American and Birds of Prey presentations, modifying and
printing the student learning booklets, and volunteering to speak to the
school board and maybe city council, offering a general invitation to see
for themselves our school field trip program. In addition, Fred and Rick M
have been working on an Escondido Charitable Foundation grant for the 2016
school trips. The letter of intent was submitted earlier this month, and in
February we will learn if we can proceed to the next step in the process.
Utility Building Project:
The Board is pleased to have received a
$12,500 grant from Supervisor Dave Robertsí county Neighborhood Reinvestment
Program for the utility buildings and informational signage. Rick M will
notify the City about our success. Dick will immediately begin the process
of planning, and securing needed permits from the City, since all funds must
be spent within one year. We may need to obtain the services of a structural
engineer, and Dick will look into this. Jim will take on the lead role of
the informational signs, and determine the exact intent of the grant, and
working with the City. We hope to include a sign about the Engelmann oak
woodland habitat. Jim will also contact Roberts with an offer of Daley Ranch
tee shirts for him and his family as a thank you.
Signs at the Ranch:
Rick M reported that a large number of the plant
ID signs are either missing or damaged, especially those on the Jack Creek
trail. Jim and Mike suggested using polycarbonate material, which would be
more resistant to vandalism. Fred will contact members of Sunrise Rotary to
see if they would again like to help with this project.
The Board also discussed the need for simple signs, in both English and
Spanish, displaying three important rules for DR: Do not remove plants, Stay
on the trail, and Keep dogs on leash. They ought to be posted fairly close
to the trailheads on Ranch House trail, Jack Creek trail and Cougar Pass
trail. Colleen will contact Dan Hippert about this idea, also mentioning
that FODR has a volunteer who may be able to make the signs for free.
Dan is currently looking into making signs to advertise the second Sunday
Rick P noted that the Daley Ranch Volunteer
Association has earmarked almost $10,000 for the creation of interpretive
displays at the ranch house. At the first opportunity, he hopes to ask DRVA
members whether they still wish to use these funds for that purpose.
The Board discussed the ongoing issue of membership. We could do another US
mail solicitation, as we did a couple years ago. We could also send
customized emails to members reminding them to donate, though this would be
a time-consuming proposition. We will continue this item to a future Board
Fred mentioned that Mission Middle School has an award-winning video
production program. He will contact the school to see if they might be
interested in creating a short video touting the wonders of Daley Ranch.
This could be posted on our website, and used in other promotional venues.
The Board decided to publish our next newsletter in mid March. Fred will
write a presidentís message about our successful grants; Rick M will contact
James Dillane to write an article on the oak tree die-off that is now
occurring at DR and in the region; Rick M will contact Dan to see if the
rangers have any information they would like to be included, and whether
ranger Greg might write an article on the second Sunday program.
Nominations for the four officer positions were
opened to the floor. All incumbents volunteered to continue serving in their
current positions, and no new names were submitted for consideration. Rick P
moved to approve the current slate of officers for another term. Jim
seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. The officers will continue to
serve as follows: President, Fred Woods; Vice-President, Mike Whalen;
Treasurer, Rick Paul; Secretary, Rick Mercurio.
The next meeting is slated for 7 p.m. on February 18 at
the Train Depot in Grape Day Park.