2014 Annual Membership Meeting Report

The 2014 annual membership meeting was held January 30. A larger than anticipated crowd registered at the door. Jerry Cooper reported 68 people had registered. Of those, 66 opted to eat the barbecue dinner. This year the barbecue was purchased from “Its All Good Barbecue” in Spicewood. Everyone agreed it was some of the best we have ever had. Judy Hazen and crew of volunteer ladies took care of providing the side dishes and desserts. The business meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. Minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting were read and approved with one correction. Jerry Cooper read the treasurer’s report for year 2013 which showed FOP to be in good shape financially. The report was approved unanimously. Election of the new board followed. The nominating committee consisting of Bill Freas, Lamar Bolling , Dar Moneyhon and Jim Dunn nominated the following slate of officers: Ken Parmerter (Chairman), Pat McDermott ( Vice Chairman), Kelly Heath (Secretary), Bernie Reding (Treasurer), George Blume, George Ferrie, Bill Freas, Bob Schooler, Sheryl Kelly and Tony Mataya (Directors). Bill Freas motioned to accept the nominees as presented by the nominating committee. Kelly Heath seconded. The motion passed unanimously. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to outgoing treasurer Jerry Cooper by Bernie Reding in recognition of her serving a two year term as Treasurer. Bill Freas presented a plaque to Bernie Reding for serving as Chairman for a two year term.

Wayne King gave a recap of Firewise Community activities and announced an upcoming Assessment Training class.

Pat McDermott, 2014 Wilderness Run Chairman, discussed success of last year’s Wilderness Run and offered volunteer opportunities for the upcoming Wilderness Run to be held April 26.

George Ferrie presented a 2013 Year-in-Review Power Point slide show. Bernie Reding, Pat McDermott and Ken Parmerter provided narration as slides were being projected.

The Business meeting adjourned at 7:52 pm.

Guest speaker Blake Hendon of Texas Parks and Wildlife talked about Wildscape planting that will provide habitat for wildlife as well as being pleasing to the eye.

submited by Bernie Reding

Meal Report

I am so pleased with how everyone jumped in and helped make our annual meeting a big success. We've got a good team going. The desserts were wonderful, thank you for bringing those and helping set-up, serve and clean-up. (The LAC staff at the desk was a little disappointed to find there was no BBQ left. Are you kidding?)

submited by Judy Hazen

Photos from the meeting here.
Annual 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) New President Ken Parmerter (click to enlarge)
Wayne King and FireWise event (click to enlarge) Pat McDermott (click to enlarge)
George Ferrie (click to enlarge) Blake Hendon presents Texas Wildscapes (click to enlarge)
Blake Hendon guest speaker (click to enlarge) Blake Hendon's slide (click to enlarge)

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

Guest speaker Blake Hendon (click to enlarge) PRIVATE LANDS BIOLOGIST to talk on TEXAS WILDSCAPING - Creating a balance between plant and wildlife.

Blake Hendon will be the guest speaker at the LAKEWAY FRIENDS of the PARKS Annual Membership meeting January 30 at the Lakeway Activity Center. Blake has been with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 6 years and currently serves the Central Texas area.

Texas Wildscapes was developed by Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1995 to assist Texans in creating landscapes that are both visually appealing and attractive to appropriate wildlife. The program emphasizes using native plants in landscaped beds to provide critical components of habitat: food and shelter. By providing the elements of habitat (food, shelter, and water) in their gardens, Texans can attract an exciting variety of birds, butterflies, frogs, and lizards and bring the beauty and vitality of nature home. This program will examine the elements of a habitat appropriate for a Wildscape, provide examples of garden-hardy native plants, and reveal tips for creating a successful Wildscape.

The FRIENDS of the PARKS meeting is open to the public and will begin with registration at 6PM, a BBQ dinner at 6:30 with the business meeting at 7 followed by the guest speaker at 7:30. The dinner is free for all current paid members and $10 for non-members. The annual family membership dues of $15 can be paid at the door but everyone must make a reservation for dinner by calling or emailing Jerry Cooper by January 27. (coop.jerry@gmail.com or 512-608-9554.)

Friends of the Parks is a group of citizens who enjoy the rewards of volunteer service in the parks and greenbelts areas of Lakeway. Monthly Saturday morning work sessions provide opportunities for all levels of service, whether it is tree maintenance, general cleanup or tending memorial gardens at City Park. A few of the hardier members help build and maintain hiking/biking trails in the Hamilton Greenbelts and the Canyonlands Natural Area. For more information see http://www.lakewayfop.org/
submitted by Bill Freas
Photos here.

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