2012 Annual Membership Meeting Report

Call to order (click to enlarge) The Friends of the Parks of Lakeway (FOP) held their annual business meeting on Thursday, January 26 at the Lakeway Activity Center. Over sixty members and guests were in attendance. The evening started with BBQ brisket, turkey and sausage followed by dessert. The meeting was called to order by President Bill Freas. Minutes of last year's meeting and a special fall meeting were approved. The treasurer's report was given and approved. Our biggest source of income is our annual Wilderness Run event held in April of each year. President Freas reviewed the volunteer activity of FOP during the 2011 calendar year which included work in City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and the Canyonland Primitive area. Recognition was given to Dave Ferry and George Blume for outstanding support of FOP in 2011. Out-going board members Michael Smith and Jim Dunn were thanked for their years of service. Nominations for board officers were presented and the membership elected the following people to lead FOP during 2012 and 2013.
Photos of the meeting are here.

FOP Board Members (click to enlarge) President : Bernie Reding
VP : George Blume
Secretary : Ken Parmerter
Treasurer : Jerry Cooper

Upcoming events were announced including a tour of the Bamberger Ranch on March 15 and the 2012 Wilderness Run in April. Meeting was adjourned and the guest speaker Bill Reiner was introduced.

2012 Annual Membership Meeting Report

Bill Reiner speaking (click to enlarge) Bill Reiner, who is a biologist on the staff of the Wildland Conservation Division of the Austin Utility Water District, gave a presentation on the south west district of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve. This is the district where Bill is currently assigned and the headquarters is the Reicher Ranch located north of Highway 620 between the cities of Lakeway and Bee Caves. He talked about the history of the Reicher Ranch which was founded by and named after Bishop Louis Joseph Reicher. Next he proceeded to give an overview of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in Travis County. We listened to his description of the golden-cheek wabler and how it depends on a closed canopy forest of a mixture of ashe juniper and various oaks for protection and attracting the various insects that the warbler feeds on. The black-capped Vireo and several small cave dwelling insects on the endangered species lists that inhabit the Balcones Canyonland and surrounding areas were discussed. Various volunteer activity within the Balcones Canyonland Preserve were described. Finally the role of larger mammals, birds and insects was detailed, including the warning that the mating season of skunks starts in February.
Photos here.

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting


All Lakeway residents and interested folks are cordially invited to attend the annual membership meeting of Lakeway Friends of the Parks on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Lakeway Activity Center. Registration begins at 6:15 PM. A BBQ dinner will be served at 6:30 PM followed by a business meeting and speaker at 7:00 PM.

The meeting is open to the public and the BBQ dinner will be free for all paid members. Family membership dues are $15 per year and may be paid at the door. Non-members and guests fees are $10 per person. Please make reservations by noon on Monday, January 23 via email to Cindy Berdan at cpuglvr@gmail.com or by calling Cindy at 608-9244.

Guest speaker Bill Reiner (click to enlarge) Bill Reiner, a Biologist on the staff of the Wildland Conservation Division of the Austin Utility Water District, will be the featured speaker. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in Environmental Monitoring Assessment. He served on the staff as a biological technician at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge from 1999 to 2005. In addition, he writes for the Travis Audubon Society’s newsletter and leads tours and workshops at the refuge. His presentation will include information on the natural history (animal and plant) unique to this area and the historical Reicher Ranch.

This is a great opportunity for the Lakeway community to learn more about our local habitat and the continuing efforts of the Lakeway Friends of the Parks. Membership is open to anyone interested in working with this dedicated volunteer group of men and women as they strive to maintain the parks and greenbelts in Lakeway. They build and maintain natural hike and bike trails, bridges and overlooks throughout the park system.

Come and meet these folks and enjoy a wonderful evening of good food and an interesting program. Do consider membership in Lakeway Friends of the Parks for the whole family to support the efforts of this dedicated volunteer group! For additional membership information, contact Bernie Reding at 261-5633 or visit our website at www.lakefop.org .
Photos here.

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