Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kim Garland, Steve Crockett, Gus Letona, Ron
Horii, visiting Rob McDonnell
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.
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.
were screws sticking up on the walkway at Santa Teresa Spring,
presenting a tripping hazard. Rob said he would report that to
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.