2013 Annual Membership Meeting Report

The Lakeway Friends of the Parks held their Annual General Membership meeting Thursday, January 31 at the Lakeway Activity Center. Registration and a BBQ dinner started the event followed by the business meeting. Six people donated a variety of desserts and helped set up and serve the line. We had a great team! - Judy. Fifty seven people were in attendance.

Bernie Reding called the meeting to order and the minutes of the January 26, 2012 were displayed and approved. The treasurerís report was given by Treasurer Jerry Cooper for year 2012 and approved. She stated that a large portion of donations received came from the Marv Hein Memorial Fund.

Board members were introduced and are Bernie Reding (Chairman), George Blume (Vice Chair), Ken Parmerter (Secretary), Jerry Lynn Cooper (Treasurer), Bill Freas (Past Chairman), George Ferrie (Director), Kelly Heath (Director), Cindy Berdan (Director) and Pat McDermott (Director). A nomination from the floor to fill one vacancy on the board was received resulting in the nomination of Bob Schooler and he was unanimously approved by the membership.

A PowerPoint presentation with narration was given by Bernie Reding showing the major accomplishments of FOP for the year 2012. The drought played an important part of what FOP could and could not do during the year. It was good weather for building trails but bad for the trees. Much time was spent in City Park removing trees as they died.
    2012 Project Highlights
  • New Canyonlands Storage Shed
  • New Mt. Lakeway Trail
  • New Hamilton Greenbelt Parallel Trail
  • City Park Erosion Control
  • Removal of dead trees and stumps in City Park
  • Replacement of Agave at City Park Entrance
  • Canyonlands Cactus Garden Cleanup
  • Bamberger Ranch Tours
  • Hamilton Greenbelt Trail Drainage Improvements
  • Removal of Brush/Cedars by Fences of Homes on Laden Ln.
  • City Park Tree Trimming
  • Workday picnic lunches
  • City Park Butterfly Garden
  • City Park Trails Cleanup
  • Removal of China Berry Trees from City Park
  • Wilderness Run
Pat McDermott made a presentation on the upcoming Wilderness Fun Run and Walk on April 27. Pat asked for and received many volunteers for the event. Wayne King talked about what it would take to make Lakeway a Firewise community. A federal grant could be obtained for brush removal if certain commitments are met by the City.

George Blume gave a PowerPoint presentation with maps that indicated completed and proposed remaining portions of Mt. Lakeway trail. Views from Google Earth gave an approximate representation of what it would look like from viewpoints along the trail.

After the meeting was adjourned, the guest speaker, Leif Dove, took the floor. Leif Dove, Past VP of Austin Ridge Riders (bicycling club) owner of the Texas Trail Blazers (Trail building consulting and construction.) Mr Dove spoke about the features of Reimer's Ranch County Park and his trail building experiences within the Park.

Read the Lake Travis View article about his story.

More photos from the meeting here.
Gathering for the meeting (click to enlarge) Servers (click to enlarge)
Enjoying the meal (click to enlarge) Bernie opens the meeting (click to enlarge)
Jerry Cooper (click to enlarge) Bob Schooler (click to enlarge)
Bernie Reding (click to enlarge) Pat McDermott (click to enlarge)
Wayne King (click to enlarge) George Blume (click to enlarge)
Leif Dove (click to enlarge) Biking Fun (click to enlarge)


Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Meeting

The Lakeway Friends of the Parks will hold their Annual General Membership meeting Thursday, January 31 at the Lakeway Activity Center. Registration will begin at 6PM with a BBQ dinner at 6:15, followed by the business meeting at 7 and the guest speaker presentation at 7:30. This is open to the public so all are welcome. However, you must make reservations by January 28 if you are having dinner, by calling or emailing Jerry Cooper at 512-608-9554 or coop.jerry@gmail.com. The BBQ is free to all current paid family members and $10 for non members. Annual membership of $15/family can be paid at the door. The guest speaker will be Leif Dove, Past VP of Austin Ridge Riders (bicycling club) owner of the Texas Trail Blazers (Trail building consulting and construction.) Mr Dove will speak about the features of Reimer's Ranch County Park and his trail building experiences within the Park.

Leif Doves Bio Guest speaker Leif Doves (click to enlarge) Working at outdoor camps in Tennessee, Leif began his actual "in the dirt" education about trail building. Constructing trails to connect cabins, climbing walls, and camp amenities was one of his first jobs. Once he returned to Central Texas to settle down and raise a family, he built a home in Spicewood and started exploring the reported trails at Pace Bend Park.Disappointment turned to inspiration when Leif discovered a wealth of overgrown, disorganized paths leading through the 700-acre interior of the park. Earning the trust of the Park staff and management, he proceeded to clean up the existing trails and teamed up with Austin Ridge Riders to expand the network of trails into top-notch trail system. Leifís association with Austin Ridge Riders brought him into various leadership roles for the organization, including Vice President, Trail Steward, and currently At-Large Board Member. In the Spring of 2012, Leif took the leap to enter the trail building business, Texas Trail Blazers, full-time and took on a private client, South of Stonewall, TX. Leifís career before trail building has revolved around various project management roles in the construction industry from environmental erosion control and re-vegetation to commercial masonry to home building. The structural knowledge he has is brought into the problem-solving tasks of crossing creeks (bridge building), traversing steep sections (erosion control), and mechanized trail building (power tools and equipment operation). Leif is still actively involved with Austin Ridge Riders through volunteer coordination for trail building, event safety, and strategic planning.

submitted by Bill Freas
Photos here.

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