2015 Annual Membership Meeting Report

Sixty people attended the Barbecue Dinner at FOP's annual membership meeting Thursday evening, January 29th. Bernie Reding and Jerry Cooper registered attendees at the door. Fred Hazen delivered the delicous barbecue dinner prepared by It's All Good BBQ. People donating beverages, cakes and fruit pies where Searcy Willis, Elmer Tyler, Donna Ferrie, Cindy Berdan, Doris McDermott, Marshi Young, Carlisle Pearson, Ximena Sauerman. Judy Hazen coordinated the kitchen and the dinner.

Chairman, Pat McDermott called the meeting to order with board members Bernie Reding, George Ferrie, Pat McDermott, Kelly Heath, Jim Dunn, Bob Schooler, Tony Mataya and Sheryl Kelly in attendance. Minutes of last year's January 30, 2014 meeting were approved by the membership as well as the Treasurer’s report. Members George Blume and Judy Hazen were recognized for their volunteer work over many years. Recognition of the FOP President Ken Parmerter who passed away in 2014. A plaque is in the works to be placed in memory of Ken and his work with FOP and the High School MTB team.

Year in review presented by Bernie Reding
January - Jim Dunn, Bernie, the new descent trail
February – City Park clean up, Summer and Mason Ard, Dar in Canyonlands, Jerry, Bob lunch, KP reporting.
March – City Park work, Canyonlands, new descent trail work, pizza lunch.
April – Bob spraying, Marty, Dave Cross, Dar at the park,
May – Summer, Dragon Park mulch spreading, Big workday after Ken Parmerter’s passing.
September – Mason Ard with the Bearcat, Brush removal at City Park, Briscuit the Dog, Bob Schooler (prepping for the Wildflower planting).
October – pole-saw masters, Bob Schooler, Dar loading a truck,
November – Wildflower seed planting, Bob Schooler, mixing the seeds, Map planting areas, 90 people,
December workday – Canyonlands work on new trail building. Creek work removing Luguistrom trees.

Sheryl Kelly gave updates on the Wilderness Run/Walk scheduled for April 18th and Bob Kirmse talked about an upcoming Firewise event March 13th.

The membership approved funding of up to $3000 for the bird blind project. The replacement of the Smith Greenbelt railroad tie bridge was discussed.

Replacement Board members were approved by the membership.
The entire Board for 2015 is Pat McDermott (Chairman), Kelly Heath (Vice President), Tony Mataya (Secretary), Bernie Reding (Treasurer), Bill Freas (Past Chairman), George Ferrie (Director), Sheryl Kelly (Director), Bob Schooler (Director), Jim Dunn (Director), Dar Moneyhon (Director).

Meeting photos here.

The guest speaker was Amber Ahrns Gosselin from the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and Land Management for Westcave. She covered the mission of Westcave to protect nature, allow people to enjoy the natural beauty, talked about the life of the brown-headed Cowbird and showed slides of the Westcave Murphy bird blind.
FOP volunteer Judy Hazen being recognized (click to enlarge)
Judy being honored for her volunteer services over the years with Friends of the Parks.
View more photos of the meeting here.


Annual Membership Meeting
Following is the schedule of events:
6PM - Registration
6:30 - BBQ dinner
7:00 - Business Meeting
7:30 - Guest Speaker presentation
8:00 - Q&A / Conclusion

Friends of the Parks of Lakeway Annual Membership Meeting will be held January 29, 2014 and is open to public. Amber Ahrns Gosselin, Land Manager for Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, will speak about the history, geology and ecology of their new Upland trails and bird viewing blind, at the Friends of the Parks (FOP) Annual Membership Meeting at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, Texas.

Amber Ahrns Gosselin (click for bio)
Amber Ahrns Gosselin
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Land Management
830-825-3174

Amber received her BS from Texas State University in Geography and Planning and worked as a Biologist with Travis County Balcones Canyon Preserve and Park systems managing all land management practices.

The program will begin with Registration at 6 p.m., with a BBQ dinner at 6:30 followed by business meeting at 7 and presentation at 7:30. The dinner is free for paid up members and $10 for non-members. Annual membership of $15 per family can be paid at registration. You must make a reservation for the BBQ by Sunday 3 p.m., January 25th by contacting Bernie Reding at 512-261-5633 or countyboy@aol.com.

FOP is an all volunteer 501(C)(3) non-profit organization of men and women that build and maintain trails and gardens in the City's Parks and Greenbelts. Workdays are held the 2nd Saturday of the month (excluding June-August) from 8-11:45 a.m. followed by a picnic lunch at the City Park Pavilion. FOP also holds its Annual Wilderness Fun Run/ Walk at Hamilton Greenbelt in mid April. Come join your neighbors in the great outdoors of Lakeway to help improve the parks and greenbelts for walking, hiking, jogging and biking.

Submitted by:
Bill Freas
Director Lakeway FOP
512 934-7171

Photos here.

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