Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes
October 21, 2015
Present: Fred Woods, Rick Paul, Colleen Mackinnon, Rick Mercurio and Su
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report:
Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park,
Escondido. Colleen moved to approve the minutes from the September meeting
written by Su. Fred seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Rick P emailed the treasurer’s report earlier in the day, as well as
presenting a printed copy at the meeting. Rick P moved to reimburse Colleen
for expenses related to the postcard invitation to the Nov. 8 event: $87.50
for postage and $84.20 for printing. Rick M seconded and the motion passed
unanimously. Colleen moved to reimburse Rick M for expenses related to the
just-completed newsletter: $115.56 for printing and $73.50 for postage. Rick
P seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Fred requested that we
officially thank the ECF and SDG&E for their grants. Rick M will write
these; Colleen will create a letterhead.
The Board thanks
Bruce Swanson for stepping up and agreeing to become our newsletter editor.
He did a good job on his first issue, which was mailed and emailed this
week. Rick M hand wrote reminders on the addresses of newsletter recipients
who had last donated more than one year ago: “Time to renew,” with an arrow
to their renewal date. For recipients who signed up for a complimentary
newsletter he hand wrote “Please consider donating” with an arrow to the
comp line at the top of the address label. We shall see if this may bring in
Nov. 8 Event:
spearheaded organization for this event. She is monitoring rsvps in order to
buy the right amount of food and beverages. We will use picnic tables
already located near the ranch house, as well as other tables and chairs
supplied by Su. Rick P will lead a nature hike at 9:30. Fred worked with the
City who will supply a 20 passenger vehicle for shuttling. The Board hopes
the 4 hour time frame for that shuttle could be 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Rick M will ask Jerry Harmon to organize a program/speech, in addition to
remarks by Fred, to honor people who have contributed to FODR, either/or in
terms of money or efforts. For publicity, the Board thanked Colleen for
producing and mailing the postcard invitations. Rick M sent out press
releases to several newspapers. The newsletter has an article about the
event. And Rick P will send out another email blast to our membership in
about 10 days or so. The Board also brainstormed other people and groups we
may consider inviting.
County Grant Deadline:
noted that we have a February deadline for accounting purposes regarding the
grant we received from Supervisor Roberts’ office. At the November meeting
Fred would like to get input from Jim about the informational panel
progress, and from Dick about the restoration project, in order to determine
whether we may need to ask for an extension. Also, Fred would like to know
the date of the next work party for the utility buildings because publicity
photos may be requested.
Fred said that
currently 11 trips are scheduled for March, April and May. He attached the
proposed budget for funds received from the Escondido Charitable Foundation.
Fred and Rick M will meet with the Ranger staff on Nov. 6 to discuss
requests for capital expenses, and to plan this year’s program.
Su brought a copy of the curriculum standards for middle school. She is
willing to re-examine the goals and content of our six learning stations and
for the field trips in general, in order to make suggestions and to align
the program with the standards. Su said she believes the field trips mesh
well with the existing “Ecosystems” standards. She is also willing to
consider revisions to the student work packet. The Board brainstormed our
goals and the current program, and Su will report back her suggestions at a
subsequent meeting. The Board thanked Su for her help on this.
New Budget Procedures:
presented his new template for the FODR budget, after emailing it to the
Board and asking for, and receiving, input. The Board agreed with this
format, and Rick P will begin to use it as the Board establishes specifics
at the January retreat meeting.
Colleen unveiled a proposal for FODR to establish and maintain a budget,
including a timeline. Under this plan, a leader or committee would be named
for each separate project or task. The leader would complete a budget
proposal worksheet for that project by the November meeting, when the Board
would schedule a “hearing” to consider it. The individual project budgets
would be approved at the January retreat meeting, and putting them together
using Rick P’s new format, the FODR master budget for the upcoming calendar
year would be created. The Board liked Colleen’s proposal, thanking her for
her hard work, and will move forward with it. Colleen also presented a
document involving procedures and protocols for organizational change. The
Board will take a look at this for future consideration.
Escondido Creek Impact:
told the Board about an EIR that is being developed by the Olivenhain Trunk
Sewer Improvement Project. This involves developing new access to the
outfall water pipe that runs along, or near, Escondido Creek. Habitat may be
negatively affected depending on which option is selected, and how much
disturbance may result. FODR was notified since Daley Ranch lies within the
Escondido Creek watershed. Rick P is hopeful that the Escondido Creek
Conservancy will keep a close eye on this issue.
The next regular
meeting will be hosted by Su Scott at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18. Her
address is 1969 Quail Glen Road, Escondido 92029, located in Del Dios near
FODR will not hold a December meeting.
The January retreat is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 16, at 9
a.m. at the home of Rick M in Valley Center.