Friends of Santa Teresa Park Zoom Meeting, 11/5/20


    • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kim Garland, Steve Crockett, Gus Letona, Ron Horii, visiting Rob McDonnell
    • 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 December 3, 2020, 7 pm on Zoom.
    • Ron showed a slideshow: Old scanned pictures: County Parks volunteers picnic at the Pueblo Area 10/7/00, FOSTP picnic and hike to Bernal Hill 8/17/01. Video presentations: Jenny Clendenen's talk about Maria Zacarias Berreyesa and Rancho San Vicente, the County Parks Trivia Night contest (one of the questions was on the founding of Rancho Santa Teresa, submitted by Ron Horii, who won the previous contest). Our visit and hike at the Vanderveen's Ranch on 10/17/20.  Views from Countryview Drive just outside the park of a huge house that's been under construction for years and the site of a new house. Santa Teresa Park pictures: Coyote Peak, Bernal Ranch garden and landscaping, Santa Teresa Spring, Bernal Ranch, Norred Trail. 
    • There were screws sticking up on the walkway at Santa Teresa Spring, presenting a tripping hazard. Rob said he would report that to Maintenance.
    • Rob McDonnell is a new County Parks interpreter. He works under Carolyn Schimandle at Martial Cottle and covers Martial Cottle and the Bernal Ranch. Carolyn loaned him out recently to make a video on the mercury legacy of the Almaden Mines. The interpreters make and edit their own videos. He's been helping with live Zoom videos. He's originally from San Diego County, graduated from UCSC, and worked in outdoor education, camps, Nature Bridge, and school districts. He got EMT training at Texas A&M. He served as a health technician at Walden West and the Wolf School in Aptos. He surpervised problem kids and wrote COVID protocols for Walden West.
    • Rob is working on another video on nature journaling. He's working on cataloging artifacts from the Bernal Ranch.
    • The other park interpreters besides Rob are Travis Trinh, Victoria Heyse, Luke Bailey, and Jan Shriner. Rachel is new. She's extra help. Elizabeth Evans is on maternity leave.
    • We want to have a monthly work day, like the first Friday of the month, with an on-going volunteer permit. Greg will work with Jeremy Celaya of Park Maintenance on it. We need to wait until we hear back for Jeremy before we a work project. 
    • Treasurer's report: We got a refund of $275 back from our 501c3 application. We don't qualify for the lowest cost application fee. When we apply for 501c3 status, it will cost more. Mike is working on the 501c3 application. There's a Youtube video on how to fill out the forms. We have $1822.70 in the bank.
    • Our Beautify San Jose Cycle 3 Grant end date has been extended to 12/31/21. The final report is due 1/31/22. Cycle 4 will start 1/1/22. We have to make our Cycle 3 funds last through next year.
    • We could do a National Night Out next year, but we don't know if it will be allowed.
    • Ron saw a virtual National Night Out put on by the San Jose PD.
    • Mike took our logo to Kinko's. It would cost $50 to modify it to make it B&W for printing. Ron said he could do it. It needs to be modified so the white lettering is easier to read in black & white.
    • Our next meeting is December 3. It will be a recognition meeting.
    • We usually have a dinner in January. If we have a meeting, it would be on January 7. We could have a socially-distant get-together.
    • Measures S and T passed. S funds Valley Water. T funds the Open Space Authority.
    • Ron said he went to check out a new trail. It's called the Saratoga to the Skyline Trail. It runs from Saratoga Skyline Park to Sanborn County Park. Since Sanborn connects to Skyline Blvd., and the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail begins on the other side of the road, the new trail provides a trail route from Saratoga to the sea.
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       Created 11/8/20 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
    Funding provided by a Beautify San Jose Grant