Present: Fred Woods, Rick
Paul, Mike Whalen, Irene O’Neill, Carol Stanford, Dick
Althouse, Jerry Harmon, and Rick Mercurio
President Fred Woods opened
the meeting at 7 p.m. at the train depot in Grape Day Park,
Escondido. Rick Paul moved to approve the minutes from the April
meeting, compiled by Mike Whalen. Fred seconded, and the motion
Rick Paul delivered his
treasurer’s report: $7563 in US Bank, $19,693 in our Ivy
account, and $9585 in the DRVA account. Two renewals and iron
ranger cash brought $116 in new income. Also, we received a check
for $100 toward the Sally Thomas Memorial Fund. The Board decided
to establish a new sub-account for this fund. The new El Caballo
Park Conservancy will be using FODR’s non-profit status for
their initial fundraising activities. Therefore, Rick Paul moved
to open a separate checking account for this purpose. Mike
seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Rick Paul said that
the post office requires a credit card, or possibly a debit card,
to automatically pay the annual fee for our post office box. US
Bank has not been willing to issue us a card previously.
Therefore, before opening the new accounts, Rick Paul and Fred
will investigate whether to “negotiate” with US Bank
or possibly open a new account at Mission Federal Credit Union.
Fred said that Don Piller is
continuing to work on updates to FODR’s website. Mike
suggested that he rotate different “cover” photos from
Daley Ranch every so often, to literally open up eyes to the
beauty of the ranch. Fred also reported that the plant guide order
of $1699.22 was paid and delivered today. Thank you to Mike for
The Board discussed the
ongoing utility building restoration project. Mike had drawn a
plot plan showing how the buildings could be aligned with the
road, and therefore be far enough away from the creek to avoid
permits to shore up the bank. Dick said that the foreman’s
residence should be the next priority. Jerry and Dick will arrange
the necessary paperwork, and then will schedule an outing to
create drawings and to ascertain the next steps.
Irene brought up recent land
use issues with the property north of the Deer Springs Monastery.
Jerry said that the Escondido Creek Conservancy has recently
negotiated some acquisitions, together with the monastery, to
protect the land. Talks are continuing.
The next newsletter should
come out in late May or early June. We want to remember Sally with
a photo and an article, which Rick M agreed to draft. Irene had
already submitted a “nature” article, Fred will write
a President’s Message, and Rick M will write a brief request
for a social media volunteer coordinator in order to handle
The Board will attend the
memorial for Sally on May 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jerry will speak
on behalf of FODR. Rick P and Irene also plan to speak. Sally
served on the FODR Board from September of 1999 until her passing
last month. She was our president from May 15, 2000, until
February of 2007. She was a passionate defender of the ranch’s
wildlife and natural wonders, and she will be sorely missed. The
Board discussed possible memorials to Sally at the ranch. Rick P
suggested a bench and plaque at the Caballo Trailhead. Mike
thought that a bench and plaque might also be fitting at Middle
Pond, where there is a great view of Stanley Peak for which Sally
fought hard. These ideas will be presented at the May 26 event,
where attendees may consider contributing to Sally’s
Rick P said that the
Northeast Gateway Coalition has been renamed as El Caballo Park
Conservancy, and is meeting frequently as they organize. The FODR
Board fully supports this new organization, and Fred suggested
that we place our mission statement and possibly plant guides with
another iron ranger at this location.
Rick M expressed his opinion
that we always need a thorough “vetting” before
communicating sensitive or critical comments from FODR to other
groups, particularly the City of Escondido. The Board agreed, and
will henceforth use the Daley Ranch email, rather than an
individual’s email, when official messages are sent.
Mike has been working on
changing Google Map’s incorrect labeling of Daley Ranch as
Lake City Park. After many unsuccessful attempts, he finally
achieved success through the 11 layers of map zooming. Thank you,
Mike, for your persistence!
Rick M reported on three
companies’ estimates for panorama signs. The latest is from
EZ Signs in Escondido, which quoted $233.56 for a laminated sign
on aluminum. The Board was enthusiastic about this possibility.
Rick M and Mike will continue to pursue this option.
The next Board meeting will
be on June 21 at 6 p.m. at the home of Dick Althouse.
Rick Mercurio, Secretary