Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 10/2/14


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, and Ron Horii.
  • In order to get the CAP Grant, we needed to modify our vision statement to mention that our organization is for the benefit of the City of San Jose and the greater community. We agreed unanimously (by e-mail) on the new vision statement, which reads "Our vision is to help protect, enhance, maintain, and restore Santa Teresa Park through education, volunteer involvement, coordination, and communications with Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. There was no objection from the Friends group in the County Parks.
  • August's meeting minutes were approved. (There was no meeting in September.)
  • We have a balance of $166.16 in our account. We will get $1100 from the CAP Grant.
  • We need to record the volunteer hours for the CAP Grant.
  • The CAP Grant Cycle 28 application was submitted and approved for $1100 total. We will be getting a CAP Grant check. These are the budget items:
    • UNSCC membership: $200
    • FOSTP website: $200
    • Newsletter: $100
    • Coyote Peak event certificates: $10
    • Event insurance: $100
    • Refreshments for event: $100
    • Entertainment for event: $200
  • Coyote Peak sign and dedication ceremony: The CAP Grant will pay for the dedication ceremony expenses, but not the sign itself. We paid $300 for the sign design. We owe $300 for the sign fabrication. We need to raise money to pay for it. Can we have a silent auction to raise money? Greg will get food donations. Roxanne wrote a letter asking companies for donations for the ceremony: refreshments and raffle prizes. We should have a donation bowl at Fandango. We will have paper certificates as recognition awards. Rich Robertson has already started working on the metal sign stand. Park Maintenance will install the sign. We need to pay for insurance. We can get insurance from the UNSCC for the event, which the CAP Grant will cover. Alfonso Ramirez will tell Native American stories and deliver a blessing. Julie Lee will come to represent the County Parks dept. Mike will talk about the background of the sign. We can pass out flyers and newsletters. We'll get 3 park vans and drivers. They each hold 10 people, so we can transport 30 per trip. We don't know how many people will be coming. The vans will be picked up from the Casa Grande around 8 am. We will need to put tables and chairs on top of the peak, about 20 chairs. There will be free parking. We may need to pass out parking passes. How long does free parking last? Do we need a PA system? We need to pass out programs with donor logos. We to make a sign thanking the sponsors. We need to write thank you notes and pass them out at the event. The Bernal School Band will come to play. They will start at 9:30 as the guests come in. When the ceremonies move up to the peak, some people should stay at the Pueblo Area all the time to keep an eye on things.
  • Fandango is Saturday 10/4 from 3 to 6 pm. Get there by 2 to setup our table. Roxanne said 5-6 students from Bernal will be available to help. They can help man the crafts tables, roping, and branding. Mike and Ed will staff the FOSTP booth. Sam and Kitty will be at the Bay Area Ridge Trail event at Almaden Quicksilver, so they won't be able to help.
  • The Oak Grove School cross-country meet was held on 9/18. The students did service hours in exchange for free parking at the event. They worked at Coastal Clean-Up and Movie Night at Santa Teresa.
  • Kitty reported on the Park Commission meeting. They said that interpretation is 1/4 to 1/3 of the park budget.
  • Ron's photo class is this Saturday 10/4 at 10 am to 1 pm at the Bernal Ranch.
  • Ron showed pictures of the cattle fencing, the new bridge and trail segment on the Rocky Ridge Trail, the top of Coyote Peak, and movie night at the Pueblo Area.
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    Created 10/22/14  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park