Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes
Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Rick Paul, Jim Schafer, Dick Althouse,
Jerry Harmon, and Rick Mercurio.
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report:
Fred opened the meeting at 7 pm at the home of Dick. Minutes from the
August meeting were emailed. Rick P delivered his treasurer’s report:
$8407 in checking,
$21,335 in Ivy account, $25 in cash box, and $14 new
cash from the iron ranger. Rick P said that the Daley Ranch Volunteer
Association has $9585, which they intend to use for interpretive
displays at the ranch house. We received a $1000 donation from Guy and
Mary Harman to help with the student visits, as well as a nice bench
from them to use at the ranch. Rick M will write
the Harmans a thank you
letter and hopefully deliver a FODR hat to them. Jerry will see about
picking up their bench. Rick M moved to reimburse Fred $57.77 for
supplies related to the new
display photos and boards for our booth, and
to authorize $78 toward renewal of the FODR post office box. Mike
seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Fred will contact the Escondido Charitable Foundation to seek permission
to keep the “leftover” funds from last year’s grant, in order to help
with this year’s program. Fred and
Rick P attended the ECF celebration a
few days earlier, where Fred spoke about the success of the school
trips. Next steps include getting middle school principals to sign up
for specific dates
for each school, and working with the superintendent
on getting schools to help with the costs. Fred will also try to
“leverage” the $1000 donation from the Harmans.
Utility Building Project:
Dick has been very busy working on this. He has drilled holes, put in
the bolts and epoxied them. He had to re-draw the plans and switch to
pressure treated lumber,
among many contacts with City officials. He
hopes to begin further construction within the next two days. Rick P
said that Mary Ann Dijak might know of some teens needing community
who could help. Dick will check with her about this. Rick P
moved to authorize $1000 for Dick to use to purchase
M seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick M will
applying for a county grant to help fund the restoration project.
Sally and Irene Benches:
Jerry has been in contact with the families of Irene O’Neill and Sally
Thomas. October 20 has been selected as a date to honor them. Jerry and
Jim will install the two
benches prior to that time. Jim has also
scouted the site to locate the appropriate placement of a low, curving
rock wall, to be built later. Rick P indicated that he would like to say
a few words
at the ceremony, as might Jerry and Fred. Jerry will contact
the families about their own wishes for that occasion. We will offer
transportation up the hill that day.
Watershed Alliance and El Caballo Park:
Jim, Jerry and Fred attended the last meeting of the Escondido Watershed
Alliance. This allows FODR to maintain a connection with surrounding
organizations and land use entities. Jim said the meeting provided
interesting information. Rick P said that El Caballo Park is making
solid progress. The City has hired landscape architect Tim
had been recommended by the El Caballo Board. The next workshop will be
October 10 at 6 pm at the East Valley Community Center. At that meeting
attendees will review Smith’s recommendations and offer their own input.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, FODR will be represented by Fred, Jerry and Rick
M at the first meeting of the Escondido Roundtable. This group will
provide a network of like-minded community
organizations, and be
facilitated by Jay Petrek of the City.
On Sunday, October 6 from 1-4 pm Escondido
will be celebrating its 125th
birthday. FODR is invited to participate with an interactive display.
Fred will check with Wendy on this. One idea
is to have a “game”
involving matching native plants to their description from our plant
On Tuesday, October 15 at 6 pm the Pioneer Room is having a local
history and archives expo at the Turrentine Room at the library. Fred
will look into setting up a FODR display for this.
On Tuesday, October 22 at 6 pm in the Turrentine Room, Bruce Coons will
present information on historic Rancho Guejito.
The next regular FODR meeting will be Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm in
the train depot. The November meeting will be at Jim’s home on November
20 at 6 pm.