FAIR HILL NATURE
MONTHLY MEETING: APRIL
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETING
TIME! Meetings will now begin at 6:00 p.m., third Wednesday of each
NEXT MEETING : MAY
17, 6:00 P.M., FHNC
Members Present: Jo
Ann Dawson, Robert Carroll, Jerry Newman, Dennis Clower, Suzan
Doordan, Larry Klevans, Holly Hannum, William Lucas, Jerry Hendricks,
Doug Hill, Mario Gangemi, Jim Campbell, Angie Barnett
Approval of Minutes:
Minutes were reviewed by the membership. Motion #1. Motion was
made by Suzan Doordan, seconded by Mario Gangemi and unanimously
passed to accept the Minutes of March 15, 2000 as
Larry Klevans presented the Financial report which are filed as part
of these minutes. Motion #2. Motion was made by Suzan Doordan,
seconded by Jo Ann Dawson and unanimously approved to accept the
Financial Report as presented.
- Holly Hannum presented
information that there has been one clean-up in partnership with
University of Delaware Vista volunteers who are affiliated with
the Civil Conservation Corp/AmeriCorp. Dennis Clower will send a
thank you note to this group for their assistance. A second clean
up is planned for May 25.
- The school program
resume March 20th implementing a revised curriculum
developed in partnership with the public school staff. An
assessment was distributed for members review to be used by each
child participating in the school program. Data collected from the
surveys will be used to demonstrate achievement of goals and
objectives and will be useful data for grant applications. The
group discussed issues around quantifiable data, appropriateness
of the survey for grade level and how it will be implemented. The
survey will be a "work in progress".
- Holly reported, in
partnership with Jerry Newman, that Country Time Garden club wants
to donate three scholarships for summer camp on an on-going annual
basis. The scholarships will be offered at the $55 membership
- Summer camps are filling
up with the exception of the new offerings for older students,
ages 10 years and up. FHNC typically operates two (2) camps per
week, 24 students per camp session, for four (4) weeks. One week
there will be three (3) camp sessions.
- Bob Carroll provided an
update as follows: year-to-date membership renewals has brought in
$5220 with the goal of $7000. Mrs. Allaire duPont contributed $200
to membership. The Board members are encouraged to make their own
personal contributions to the Foundation by July 1,
- Discussion followed
regarding the process for achieving the goal for each Board member
to recruit two new members in an effort to increase membership.
Membership runs from January to January. Issues for further
discussion are (1) should we change to an anniversary renewal so
those who join later in the calendar year get a full years
worth of membership, (2) should we offer incentives, reduced
rates, or extended period of time if a new member joins in the
latter months of the calendar year, and (3) should membership dues
to be increased. Other consideration is the impact of United
Ways requirement to temporarily suspend fund-raising efforts
during U.W. campaign time on the Fox Trot Ball and membership
campaign that typically begins in November.
- Bob will provide each
member with two letters that they can use to recruit and verify
membership recruitment by Board members.
- Jerry Newman reported
that the grant was not approved.
- DNR is requiring FHNC to
install additional smoke detectors. It was decided that five (5)
smoke detectors which are electrically wired but have battery back
up will be installed. Home Depot will be asked to donate the
detectors. Motion #3. Mario Gangemi made a motion, seconded
by Bob Carroll and unanimously passed to authorize the payment of
any costs incurred in purchasing and installing the five smoke
detectors over and above what is donated.
- Jerry Hendricks reported
that the annual meeting will be held on the third (3rd)
Wednesday in June, 6:00 p.m. Board of Directors serve three (3)
year terms and are elected at the annual meeting. The terms for
Bill Lucas and Bob Carroll expire at this time and they have
agreed to serve an additional term.
- Board members are
encouraged to give thoughtful consideration for new honorary
members that could be recruited to serve on the Board of
Directors. Members Doordan, Gangemi, Newman and Simpers will be
actively recruiting new members.
- Corporate membership was
discussed and it was agreed that this would not be pursued at this
Suzan Doordan reported that
they have received 31 resumes to date for the Executive
Directors position. Applications are closed on April
30th and the committee will begin review next
Jo Ann Dawson reported that
representatives from the state-wide tourism industry will be touring
Cecil County on May 25th and will be coming to FHNC to
observe educational activities. This is an effort to increase nature
tourism in a joint effort with the local Tourism
- Jerry Hendricks had no
new report for fundraising.
- Jim Campbell agreed to
serve on the Civic and Community Organization
- Jerry requested the list
of United Way contributors so they can be placed on membership
- The meeting day (the
third Wednesday of each month) will remain the same but the time
will be moved up to 6:00 p.m.
- Board members met with
the new director of the Fair Hill State Park, Mr. Wayne
- There was discussion
about providing honorary memberships (free) to local and state
elected officials, members of state departments such as DNR, MDE,
etc., and the Lower Susquehanna Regional Greenways.
- Jerry Hendricks reported
that it is time to renew the Adopt-Highway program. The next road
clean up is April 22nd beginning at
- Jerry Hendricks brought
forward for the group to discuss posting minutes on the web-site.
It was agreed that this would be done for six to twelve months and
then we will determine if this is useful for the general
membership and for public relations.
For the Good of the
- Jerry Newman reported
that he would be working with other county volunteers to convert
the Woodlawn Landfill into a wildlife habitat when it is capped in
the near future. Jerry encouraged members and the Foundation to
support these endeavors.
- All Committees must get
their budget requests to Larry Klevans ASAP as he is preparing a
revised budget based upon the new fundraising
- No progress report from
Linda Walls on grant writing efforts.
- Discussion focused on
initiating and actively pursuing a partnership with the group who
is looking to develop Garrett Island as an environmental habitat
and educational program. This would be important to ensure we are
not competing for scarce and limited resources. There is the
possibility that by sharing teachers and administrative services,
both organizations would be able to hire and retain quality staff
by offering improved hours and wages, and administrative costs
could be shared.
Meeting was adjourned at