Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner,
Steve Crockett, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Woody Collins, Ron
- Last month's meeting was a special meeting due to Kitty's presentation. We had 29 people attending.
report by Greg: Our bank accont balance is $625.30 at the moment.
are expecting to get our Beautify SJ Cycle 3 Grant check. The City
Council has to approve the release of the funds. We will be getting
$2480, $100 more than
Cycle 2. Receipts for grant expenditures need to have descriptions
of the items.
- We have $397 earmarked for our 501c3 application. Kim is preparing letters to 6 public officials asking for endoresements.
- Mike had a list of
suggested, but not committed, projects that he is going to submit to
the Parks Department. We approved them. Mike will be setting up a meeting with the Parks Dept. to discuss them, just for FOSTP.
- Remove the dirt and blackberries from around the Santa Teresa Grotto. It's getting overgrown. Maybe do the cleanup in March.
- La Fuente or other type of annual event supported. It could use more community participation. We could help with the publicity.
- National Night Out event - partnership with the Park’s Department
- Ron’s photo classes as needed -TBA
- Replace the cross at the Pedro Bernal house. Maybe put an interpretive sign there. It has an important history (see below).
- Clean-up, gardening , and graffiti removal - as needed -TBA. We could help with park beautification projects.
- Fundraiser – TBD. Roxanne said the schools did a fun run at Martial Cottle and raised $15K.
Mother’s Day Hike and various other hikes. We need to schedule
them. We need to find out the deadline for submitting events.
- Trailwork – as needed -TBA
- Farm equipment, Bean sprayer, & grist stone signage – advise a Boy Scout to do the project
- Promote educational/historical activities at BGJ events - as needed -TBA
- FOSTP celebration for volunteer projects at Santa Teresa Park- as needed -TBA
- Whopper Tour
asked Nancy Bonetti what she knew about the cross behind the
Bonetti/Pedro Bernal House across from Bernal School. Nancy grew up in
that house and was friends with the Joice's. It looks like there
are stories behind it. It was there until recently. It's gone now.
Maintenance may have cleaned it up. Here's what Nancy said: "The cross
was originally on top of our hill. After my father died, the
family moved it to where it is in this picture. It was placed on the
hill when a priest said mass on the hill during the Rogation days,
where he also blessed the crops of the season. It was done on a
hill where you could see the crops in the valley. One was placed
high on the Joice’s property a few years before ours was done, but it
was later stolen. The priest was Father Donald McDonnell.
He was a unique individual who truly lived the life of poverty and
lived very frugally. He drove an old Jeep and would say mass in
the fields for the Mexican farm workers. He was a major influence
on Cesar Chavez. Once, he showed up at our house late at night,
hungry, and asked for a meal. You will find info on him on the
Internet." Here are some links: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150613978869318, https://tinyurl.com/sttf8q7
gave his photo class on Nov. 10. The class was 30 reservation slots.
They filled up. 10 more slots were added. They filled up. However, only
8 people showed up. They watched as he gave a slideshow in the barn.
Ron's son Chris took pictures of the class in the barn. Joan Murphy and
Kim Gardner came to help with the walk after the slideshow. The class
walked around the ranch and went to Santa Teresa Spring.
showed pictures: Since he didn't have time to show pictures at the last
meeting, he showed pictures from October-November. Our tour of Grant
Ranch, led by Ranger Lisa Pappanastos; La Fuente; raptor pictures;
people flying gliders from the Joice Trail; Mike's ghost tour at the
Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Spring, the Bear Tree Lot, Pyzak Ranch, and
Bonetti Ranch; last month's meeting, showing how many people
attended; the press conference at City Hall announcing the Coyote
Valley purchase; Ron's photo class; sunset and storm cloud views; a
school visit to the Bernal Ranch; rainbow views; Santa Teresa Spring
- FOSTP has a Yahoo Groups site, with pictures,
files, and messages. Yahoo has changed their policy. All files and
pictures will be eliminated. It will only be used for group email
messaging. Ron got an archive of the files and pictures uploaded to the
site. He has been recreating some of the albums on Facebook, such as
Santa Teresa Spring over the years (Ron showed the album), and put
links to them on our website.
- Lynda Will's husband is now head of Park Maintenance.
- There will be no meeting in
January. There will be a potluck dinner at Mike's house on Feb.
6, 2020 at 6 pm.