Friends of Daley
Present: Fred Woods, Dick Althouse, Jim Schafer, Colleen Mackinnon, and
Minutes and Treasurerís Report: Fred opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.
at the home of Rick M. Jimís minutes from February were approved by
acclamation. Rick P keeps FODR informed with his emailed treasurerís report
on a regular basis. Fred reported that on behalf of the Daley Ranch
Volunteer Association, the US Bank account was closed and their money moved
to a sub-savings account at Mission Federal.
School Visits: Fred has been busily organizing and planning for the
Expenses will include
student guides, the raptor program, the Native American program, volunteer
lunches, and some buses. Two trips have been successfully completed with six
more to go. Bus costs continue to rise. FODR is poised to submit an
application for 2016 school visits with the Escondido Charitable Foundation.
Active Transportation Grant: Rick P had forwarded a request to FODR
to submit a support letter for a proposed crossing at El Norte and the
Escondido Creek trail. The Board does support this idea, and after some
discussion it was decided to ask Rick P to draft the letter, using whatever
letterhead feature he chooses. Fred will sign the letter, and will send Rick
P a digital oak tree logo for possible use.
Newsletter: Rick M has written an article on the dying oaks. He will
also submit a photo for that piece. Colleen will write an interview article
featuring Linda Shipman, and possibly an item about renting the ranch house
if she can contact Teresa Collins. Fredís presidentís message will include a
request from readers for any Daley family information or photos. Rick M will
include a price list for Sandra Zelaskoís photos.
Building Project: Dick has been exceptionally busy working on getting
proper approvals for buildings 3 and 4. Dick was grateful to John Masson,
who owns an engineering company, for his referral to another structural
engineer who may be able to help. The engineerís wife is an architect, which
may be fortuitous. He is willing to donate 4-6 hours for our project, which
is very generous. Colleen will look into whether volunteered services can be
written off for taxes. Dick will continue to pursue building department
Zelasko Photos: Sandy Zelasko, professional photographer, has now
lowered her prices for the six images of the ranch. She is very generously
offering to give FODR half of the proceeds. She has other ideas of ways to
promote sales, including making postcards, and the sales of her beautiful
greeting cards. Attached to the minutes is a detailed price breakdown, and
Sandy says she is willing to make prints at other sizes as requested. We
will feature her photos at our upcoming booth events, which will hopefully
include San Diego Fair. Rick M will send Don Piller the new prices to post
on the website.
Oak Tree Information: Jim has done extensive research into the oak
die-off. He shared a specimen of the goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) along with
an oak piece that had been invaded, plus other printed materials about the
pest. Jim said the borer has devastated oaks in Julian and has encroached on
Ramona, but so far has not been spotted at Daley Ranch. In Idyllwild,
habitat managers have employed an expensive but effective way to slow the
spread of the GSOB by chopping up affected trees into small pieces. Jim
hoped that the City would be very aggressive in fighting the pest if it is
ever found on DR. He urged us to spread the word among users to be on the
lookout for signs. He will send information to Don and Linda to include on
the website and social media.
Informational Signage: Jim is working on preliminary steps for the
three signs, which will be funded by the county grant. He is seeking as much
information as possible about the utility structures, and is working with
ranger Greg Anderson to gather historical data. Jim will also connect with
James Dillane to learn more about the Engelmann oak habitat. Fredís
president message will be asking folks to send us anything they know about
Daley family photos or lore, some of which might help Jim.
San Diego Fair: Colleen has been gathering information about the
possibility of FODR sponsoring a booth at this yearís fair. For one day, it
would cost $35 for a 10 X 10 space in the Pavilion infield. She wants to do
ours on the same day as the 5K run, which would hopefully generate
sympathetic guests for our booth. Colleen wants our theme to be ďresponsible
recreation.Ē She shared ideas about creating a handout to promote FODR,
sharing info about the oak borer, having plant guides, and promoting
Zelaskoís photos. She will not know for certain whether we have been given
the booth until May, but we will have to begin more specific preparation
during our April meeting.
Faded Signage: Colleen noted that some of the signs for rules and
other information in the main entrance kiosk have faded badly. She learned
from Linda Shipman that the word docs for that signage should be in the
Dixon Lake ranger station computer. Rick M will contact Sue E and/or Dan H
to see if those docs can be found. If so, we have secured the volunteer
services of Ed Ruiz to print new copies free of charge.
Next Meeting & Agenda: Colleen
requested that the SD Fair and our membership policies be added to the April
agenda. Fred will also add to the agenda the Friends of Carrillo Ranch and
their programs, plus the idea of inviting Anne Fege to a meeting.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at the train depot
in Grape Day Park.