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January 2013 Minutes

Friends of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Meeting Minutes

General Meeting – January 19, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Meeting location: Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Vic Crane, President, called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.

Present: Sign-in sheet, maintained with secretary copy of minutes.

Approval of Minutes from Dec. 1 meeting:  Win Jahnke moved; Barb Sauter seconded. Passed unanimously

Treasurer’s Report: Not available at the meeting, but will be sent later and attached to minutes.

Old Business:

            Review of Friends’ Activities for 2012 calendar year (attached)

            Al Krueger expressed thanks to Vic for a successful year. Those present concurred.

Updates from the Park:

            Superintendent Jan Kirwan also expressed thanks to Vic, and to the Board, for the past year’s work.  She announced that the State is re-implementing its 14-day-max. camping limit (does not affect our Park as we have no overnight parking.)

New Business:

Events Planned for 2013:

1) Vic and Jan have met with the Balloon Club to discuss a possible event at the Park in March.

2) The Geo-cache group will plan another event this year at the Park, tentative date is Feb. 23.

3) The Camera Club would like to have another event and exhibit at the Park, probably in the fall.

Lu-Ann Tafoya will be leaving MVBSP for Living Desert Park in Carlsbad

            A going-away event is being planned, and details will be sent out soon.

Park Passes were distributed to those Friends who had earned them over the past year.

Volunteer forms were distributed to those present; all Friends are asked to complete and return the Friends Volunteer form; this will provide liability coverage for Friends who are working at a Park event.

“Best Friends” Awards were given to Pat Hulser and Mary Anderson this year.  A thank-you gift was given to Bob Hull and Jackye Meinecke for their years of service and founding of the Friends’ organization.


The election for 2013 officers and board members took place. The results are:

President:                Vic Crane

Vice President:        Pat Hulser

Secretary:                 Susan Ansara

Treasurer:                Pamela Crane

Board Members:   Stan Chioccio

                                     Winifred Jahnke

                                     Al Krueger

                                     Fred Yellon

                                     Walt Whitford

 New Projects:         Vic announced that we are looking to purchase 2 or more large water tanks for the wildlife at the Park, since the ponds have dried up.  Each one will cost in the range of $400-$500, and we will need to organize a fund-raiser for this.  More details to follow.

 Move to adjourn (Bob Hull), seconded (Annette Slater), unanimously approved at 9:50 a.m.

 Respectfully submitted,

Susan Ansara, Secretary