Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Rick Paul,
Jerry Harmon, Dick Althouse, Jim Schafer and Rick Mercurio
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report: Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Jerry in Escondido. The June minutes were approved by consensus. Rick P has emailed his treasurer’s report, which has been received and filed. Mike turned in $34 from the iron ranger.
Building Restoration: Dick has been continuing to lead regular work parties at the foreman’s quarters. On Friday he plans to nail down the floor with Jim. He has made cabinets and window frames, and will install these soon. The exterior also needs to be painted with a clear coat. Rick M led a discussion about a county grant for which we plan to apply, to help pay for the other buildings including the barn, plus informational signage. He will investigate the time requirements of the grant, and will seek the City’s input. He will also contact Bob McQuead to see if he can offer his expertise about the barn. Dick, Jim and Jerry can help with estimates of costs for materials. Jim has already learned about quality informational signs we could use; he especially likes the signs used by the San Dieguito River Valley, which utilize a photographic process with formica, are UV resistant, are laminated on plywood, and can bolt into metal supports. Jim said the signs have shown little wear and tear over the years.
Newsletter: Rick M said we are on schedule for our August 1 newsletter. Wendy should have received all the needed images and articles. We will monitor the email recipients to make sure everyone receives them.
Escondido Roundtable: FODR is represented at the Roundtable by Fred, Jerry and Rick M. They are sponsoring a candidate forum for Escondido council and mayor on September 25 from 6-9 p.m. They are also brainstorming ideas for ecotourism in an effort to bring more visitors to Escondido.
School Visits: Fred and Rick M were the featured speakers at the Escondido Rotary Club meeting on July 8. They spoke about the school visits and the building restoration project as photos were projected on screen. We are awaiting word on our grant proposal with Rotary which would help fund the school visits.
El Caballo Park: Rick P explained the Day in the Park event to be held Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of the proposed El Caballo Park. Demonstrations will be presented in the arena, including equestrian, canine, and folklorica. Organizations will also have booths, including FODR. Jim will bring most of the materials, and Fred, Rick M and Jerry will also help work the booth.
Plant Guides: Fred has investigated price and quantity options for plant guides. We may be able to “sell” some guides to other organizations who want them, although we are unable to change any wording on them. Rick M moved to purchase 10,000 guides at a cost of $2438, plus tax. Jerry seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Dick generously offered to store them.
Professional Photos: Rick M has been working with professional photographer Sandy Zelasko. She has displayed six images of Daley Ranch at the Ecosystems of San Diego County exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Now that the exhibit is over, she is willing to work with FODR to sell images and split the proceeds with us. She is locked into the price schedule until at least November. Rick M made copies of half page flyers detailing sizes and prices, and we will distribute these at our El Caballo and Grape Day booths. We also have possession of the full size, framed images, which we may also display. Zelasko gave us one set of six greeting cards with the images, including envelopes, which are for sale for $24. After much discussion we agreed to direct potential customers to her website to complete these transactions. Rick M will explore options for lower prices after November.
Jack Pomeroy Bench: Jerry generously offered to construct a memorial bench in honor of long-time FODR member and docent Jack Pomeroy, who passed away last January.
Grape Day: FODR has paid for a booth at the Grape Day event on September 6. Rick M is still awaiting the notification for the morning parade.
Mirriam Mountain Project: Fred distributed information about public workshops relating to a proposed housing development in the large open space northwest of I-15 and Deer Springs Road. The developer, Newland Sierra, will hold the meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, July 22 and 23, at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center. The previous proposal was narrowly defeated by the Board of Supervisors a few years ago. Details on the new plan are not yet available.
FODR Website: David Woods, who created our new website, recommends that we switch from Dot5 hosting to WPEngine. He cites security and back up features that make this the smart choice. This will allow Don Piller to be added as an administrator. Rick M moved to spend $290 per year for the WPEngine host. Jim seconded and the motion passed unanimously. We will probably need to hire David Woods for 2-4 hours to execute this switch in mid August. The Board thanked Rick P, who has been paying the current hosting fees from his own pocket over the past years.
Encuentros: Rick P has recently joined the Board of the local Encuentros organization, which is dedicated to helping Latino males in middle and high school. The group seeks to keep the boys from dropping out, and to inspire them to graduate and to attend college. They have already made significant inroads in the Vista schools, where a class is now offered. Oceanside and San Marcos also have utilized their services, but not at present in Escondido, which is why Rick P is getting involved. Encuentros offers scholarships, integrated curriculum that is culturally relevant, overnight college site visits, and Hispanic role models. The Board applauded Rick P and the group for its efforts, and hopefully FODR can support them in some way.
Next Meetings: The next regular meeting will be August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot. Dick offered to host the meeting on September 17 at 6 p.m.
Rick Mercurio, Secretary