Friends of the Parks Annual Meeting

Serving line (click to enlarge) Thursday, January 27, 2011 was the date for the Annual Business meeting for the Friends of the Parks of Lakeway. We were served Bar-B-Que from Buster's with all the trimmings by Judy Hazen, Cindy Berdan, Donna Ferrie and Clare Freas. In addition Judy & Fred Hazen, Cindy & Marty Berdan, Clare & Bill Freas provided potato salad, drinks and desserts.

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The annual business meeting was conducted by FOP President Bill Freas. Minutes of 01/26/10 Annual Meeting were approved without review. FOP Treasurer Bernie Reding presented the membership report of 73 families for 2010 and the reviewed expenditures Roof proposal for Overlook (click to enlarge) and income for 2010. Recognition was given to Lorraine Tallent for three years of serving on the FOP board. Jerry Cooper was elected to a two year term on the FOP board. George Blume made presentation on a design for a roof for the Hamilton Greenbelt Overlook project and requested funding for the project. Membership approved the request. George Ferrie gave an overview of changes to FOP's by-laws, engaged in discussion and the membership approved the changes. Then Bill announced the 2011 Wilderness Run co-chairs who are Sheryl Kelly and Pat McDermott. Andra Streety voiced the City of Lakeway's appreciation for FOP's contributions to the parks, greenbelts and trails in Lakeway. Finally Bill gave the 2010 year in review by showing slides of various undertaking by FOP volunteers.

Our speaker was Matt Warnock Turner, Ph.D. He is the author of Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives (University of Texas Press 2009) which you can order at: He is a naturalist, teacher and a free lance writer who works at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. An active member of Guest speaker Matt Turner (click to enlarge) the Native Plant Society of Texas, he has published both scientific and popular articles on botanical topics. He has given presentations, as well as, nature walks at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. He recently appeared as a guest on PBS's Central Texas Gardener. He is a native of Austin, where he resides and is a Fifth-generation Texan!

The discussion was from his book, Remarkable Plants of Texas. Matt explored a selection of Texas plants, that included the history, material, medicinal, culinary, archaeological, shelter, cultural and economic subsistence from sixty-five common native trees, shrubs, and flowers. Matt started talking about common prickly pear and tuna, yaupon leaf black tea and native American rituals, jimson weed and other delightful Texas area plants. He then concluded by answering questions from the audience.

Submitted by Lorraine Tallent and Jim Dunn

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