GCWG Spring Member's Meeting Minutes 4/23/06
Members met at the YMCA Summit Building at Adams Camp for a potluck, followed
by the meeting.
63 people attended the potluck and meeting.
Marshall Haith called the meeting to order at 7:05PM and welcomed all the
Marshall presented the nominees for the board: Toni Wujek, Carolyn Manly (for
a 2nd term), and Jim Moat. Honor Ulveling motioned that the nominees be
approved; the motion was passed unanimously.
Carolyn M. noted that the treasury was down to the lowest in a long time, but
that approximately $300 in membership fees and shirt sales had been taken in
during the evening.
Al Rothenbach reported that the group had 132 members before the evening. He
introduced the new members who were present.
Joyce Clair displayed the various GCWG shirts that are for sale, as well as
Smokey Bears, and a few tote bags. .
Cabin Hosting: Marshall thanked Dieter Becker for hosting Junco cabin and Ann
Feucht for hosting Monarch cabin last year. He mentioned that Dieter is
resigning his position and that he will be contacting people to get someone to
takeover Junco. Donn Manly gave an overview of cabin hosting and invited new
members and older members who have not hosted to orientations. The Junco cabin
orientation is set for Saturday, July 1st, and the Monarch cabin orientation is
scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st. Donn will confirm these dates via an
e-mail to members closer to the dates. Last year, 60% of our members hosted at
least once; this year, we are hoping for 90% involvement. Hosts are needed at
Monarch on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7th through September 14th. Junco is
hosted on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays, from June 24th through September
Trail Hosting: Tara Jamison gave an overview of trail hosting and started
around a sign-up sheet so that individuals could volunteer to hike specific
trails on specific dates.
Volunteer Hours: Sue Jackson reported that, last year, the group had over 4000
volunteer hours. She gave an overview of how to count hours and noted that the
Forest Service wants the hours reported to them on a quarterly basis. Mike
Ricketts of the Forest Service said that the hours go into a national database
and that the district gets credit based on these hours.
Registration Boxes: Jim Moat described the registration boxes that the group
maintains at 7 trailheads and what adopting a box entails. He posted a sign-up
sheet for anyone interested in adopting a box. Carolyn Manly suggested that
the list of boxes and adoptees be added to our website.
Trail Maintenance Day: Jim Moat announced that the group will get together to
do maintenance on the Junco trails on June 28th. This date is weather
Bulletin Boards: Roger Shaw reported that, last year, with the help of the
Forest Service, the basics of 9 trailhead signs were constructed and 3 were
installed. We will be doing more this summer; workdays will be announced via
e-mail. Carol Kitts announced that photos are needed for the Vasquez and Lake
Evelyn trailhead signs. She requested that anyone hiking these trails take
their camera along and get any successful pictures to her via a .jpg file or
Art Fair: Joyce Clair announced that the group has a booth at the art fair in
July and indicated that she had a sign-up sheet if anyone wanted to volunteer
to help man it.
Newsletter: Joan Shaw solicited members to act as reporters for the
newsletter. Marshall acknowledged the fine efforts of the out-going newsletter
editor, Anne Ginsberg.
Grant Application: Donn Manly reported that the group has applied for an NFF
grant to be used to provide NFS volunteer shirts and caps for all our trail
hosting members. We will know the results of the application at the end of May.
Group Camping: Marshall talked about the group Arches trip, which took place
at the beginning of April. Mike Braddy solicited pictures from the trip; he
will assemble all the pictures and create CDs for the participants.
Summer Events: There are several upcoming events that have not been scheduled
yet: Daisy Days (Judi Shetler organizes a noxious weed removal day at
Monarch); the Milk Can Picnic, probably in August; a Spring Bird Walk led by
Al Rothenbach, and various hiking and backpacking opportunities, to be
Habitat Hobble: Marsha Braddy reported that the Habitat Hobble, a fund-raiser
for that group, is taking place on June 17th and that the GCWG usually fields
several walking groups. She put a sign-up sheet on the membership table for
anyone interested in participating.
Al Rothenbach reported that the group's website is up and available at
www.gcwg.org. He took a problem from Dieter Becker, who could not print the
Junco cabin schedule
Mike Ricketts of the NFS gave a Forest Service update. He mentioned that
August 9th is Smokey the Bear's 62nd birthday. Ray Miller will be back as a
wilderness ranger this summer, and the Forest Service may be hiring a 2nd
wilderness ranger. He talked about the 10-Yyear Wilderness Stewardship
Challenge Elements and what the Sulphur District is doing to participate. He
reported that the 1st year focused on wilderness education, and that now the
district is focusing on noxious weed management, to be followed by a fire plan
and campsite management. He noted that the registration box statistics will be
helpful here. He also mentioned that the ANRA Work Your Pass Off workday is May
Mike Braddy gave a presentation on the purpose and achievements of the Middle
Park Land Trust. Mike is the president of the MPLT Board of Directors.
At the conclusion of Mike's talk, Marshall read a letter from Craig Magwire, a
district ranger, thanking the GCWG for all its efforts in support of the Forest
Joan and Roger Shaw presented Marshall with a gift, in appreciation for his
service as president of the GCWG this past year.
Marshall announced that we will have a booth at the MPLT celebration on June
Ed Jackson motioned that the meeting be adjourned; Vernie Tupa seconded the
motion. The meeting adjourned at 8:40PM.
Toni Wujek, Secretary