Friends of Santa Teresa Park Zoom Meeting, 10/1/20


    • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kim Garland, Steve Crockett, Joan Murphy, Ron Horii.
    • This was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
    • The next meeting will be on November 5, 2020, 7 pm on Zoom.
    • Ron showed a slideshow: visibility and the color of light during smoky days from the Bernal Ranch and the Norred Trail, weed cleanup on the Coyote-Alamitos Canal and the Bonetti/Pyzak Ranches and the Bear Tree Lot, views from Coyote Peak, brambles and mud around Santa Teresa Spring, interpretive signs at the Bernal Ranch that need cleaning, garden boxes that need weeding, rattlesnake on the Joice Trail, park Zoom video events, Zoom volunteer social.
    • Ron talked about our latest newsletter, which is complete and online.
    • POST is hosting an online interview with Jenny Clendenen, author of Mine: El Despojo de Marķa Zacarķas Bernal de Berreyesa. She will discuss her book, which tells the story of the woman who was a member of Rancho Santa Teresa's Bernal Family and married the founder of Rancho San Vicente. Her life was full of tragedy and triumph.
    • Mike said that according to Lynda Will, the staff are working on a plan to re-open the Casa Grande.
    • Mike talked to Ken Podgorsek about our Beautify SF Grant. We can move money around between our categories. Zoom is an eligible expense. The Cycle 3 Grant (our current grant) period has been extended to 12/31/21. The final report is due 1/31/22. Cycle 4 will start 1/1/22. This means that we need to make our remaining current Cycle 3 funds last throughout all of 2021. We have to use them to fund our essential expenses. 
    • National Night Out (NNO) has been moved nationally to October 6. We're not going to be able to host an event this year.
    • Mike and Greg got together to discuss the plans for next year's budget. Our Cycle 3 grant award was $2480. So far, we have spent $1709.51. That leaves $770.49 that we can spend. We anticipate the following expenses for $2021: $200 for the UNSCC membership, $100 for postage and the PO box, $162.52 for web hosting, and $149 for a Zoom subscription. We can allocate $100 for printing and copying and $65 for event expenses, like popsicles for NNO. That would be a total of $776.52, which take up all the remaining grant money and $7.03 more.
    • We have $1547.70 in the bank. We got a $300 for our 501c3 application because we didn't qualify for the discounted rate. We need to pay $600 to apply for 501c3 status. If we spend $776.42 as planned and apply for the 501c3, that leaves us with $171.18 in the bank.
    • If we do an event like NNO, we would need to pay for event insurance, which is about $100. We won't have enough grant money to cover it, so it would have to come out of our account. That includes other expenses for putting on the event. We could do fund-raising or apply for other grants. We don't necessarily need to do an NNO event in Santa Teresa Park. We could do it at someone's house in the neighborhood or a nearby park, like the Albertson Parkway. We would still need insurance for NNO no matter where we do it. We might be able to have an information table at another organization's NNO, but we still might need insurance.
    • Mike talked to Teri Rogoway, who is the educatioanl programs coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. She wants to come talk to us about possible partnership opportunities. The OSA could provide funding. 
    • We allocated $100 of our grant money to spend on printing. Kim and Mike worked on the design for the trifold broochure. It's one page, double-sided, in-color. Printing it in color would cost $128 for 50 copies. Mike has a color printer and could print it at home. He also has a bifold design. Ron has a design for a business card. It can be printed at Costco for $21.99 for 500 cards. Leave space for a name in case people want to write their name on it when handing it out. 
    • Greg has been talking to Jeremy in Park Maintenance about letting FOSTP members work on projects in the park on a regular basis, like once a month. It would be on-going and pre-approved, so we wouldn't have to get approval each time. We propose a monthly work day of the first Friday of the month from 9-12. Greg will take the lead on this proposal.
    • We will meet at Judy and Alan Vanderveen's ranch on 10/17 for a hike around the property and a picnic afterwards. 
    • Ron said that a neighbor reported seeing a tent on the hill above the Norred Trail for about a week. Ron went to take a look on 10/1, but it wasn't there.
    • Greg wants to get rid of the unused power poles that used to supply the now-demolished relay station on Coyote Peak. We don't know who is reponsible for them or who would pay to remove them. Greg should ask Don Rocha.
    • Ron said he saw Anderson Reservoir one last time on 9/30. Draining the reservoir starts on 10/1, and most of the park will be closed for 10 years. The Coyote Creek Trail and visitor center should stay open.
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       Created 10/2/20 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
    Funding provided by a Beautify San Jose Grant