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January 2011 Minutes

Minutes for 1/8/11 Meeting


Minutes of the Jan.8, 2011 Annual Meeting

Meeting location: Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Attending: Sign-up sheet attached to secretary’s copy of minutes.

Also attending: Jan Kirwan, MVBSP Staff

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Bob Hull, President

Officers and Board Members attending were recognized for identification.

Bob presented his Power Point summary of the past year’s activities carried out by the Friends group.  Susan will mail a copy to Darcie Schalip in Santa Fe.


1. Motion to approve the minutes of the Dec. 6, 2010 meeting (Bob Hull) seconded (Annette Slater), unanimously approved.

2. Treasurer’s report: Jerry reported that the balance in the Friends’ account as of 1/8/11 is $6,068.59, of which $1,000 is earmarked for educational purposes, and $100 is a loan to the Park to make change for  visitors.

3. The current officers signed the Coop agreement (4 copies). Susan will mail the copies to Darcie Schalip in Santa Fe.


1. Election of officers and board members for 2011: The slate of candidates was sent to the membership via e-mail and the Newsletter. A copy of the ballot is attached to the file copy of the minutes. Bob Hull presented the slate of candidates. Kim Morgan moved to accept the slate as proposed; Alice Ward seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously by voice vote.

New Officers: President: Sylvia Hacker

Vice President: Bob Hull

Secretary: Susan Ansara

Treasurer: Jerry Moser

Board Members: Officers listed above, plus

Vic Crane

Winifred Jahnke

Jackye Meinecke

2. Announcement of Friends’ meeting schedule change: The Friends will discontinue monthly evening meetings in favor of roughly quarterly meetings focused on specific projects. The first meeting will be the “Rio de Vida” event in May, co-sponsored by the Audubon Society.

3. Report from the Park Superintendent: Jan Kirwan reported on work being done at the park and additional events being considered for implementation in 2011. These include raising the levee, which is about to start; the salt cedar reduction program; the Rio de Vida event in May. Friday evening events are being planned. LuAnn Tafoya is developing a Junior Ranger program. Volunteer training will be undertaken. Among the challenges facing the park: departing rangers will not be replaced; the current staff of three (Jan, LuAnn, and Ken) will remain.

4. Move to adjourn at 10:45 a.m. (Jackye Meineke) seconded (Kim Morgan) passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ansara, Secretary