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FOLA Meeting Minutes 3-9-16(v final).docx
Friends of Lake Apopka
Monthly Board Meeting
February 9, 2017
Materials from our meetings FOLA Public meetings Jan 2017 (pdf).pdf
Additional materials from the Winter Garden Meeting Marzolf - FOLA 170110.pdf
Additional materials from the Apopka Meeting
LARC presentation - 1-6-17.pdf
FOLA Public meetings Jan 2017 (1).pdf
FOLA agenda Nov 2016.docx
September 8, 2016
Present: Drew Shatzer, Blake Shatzer, Mary Oakes, Mike Conti,
Current balance is $8,532.60. We had a deposit of $384.37.
The 2 bikes for Oakland Heritage Festival raffle cost us $631.90.
Because the owner of the Hull Island property (on advice of counsel) would not sign a “willing seller” letter, the completed grant for the purchase of Hull Island was not submitted. The grant application is ready if the sale to a developer falls through. The development still has to be approved by the Town of Oakland.
Joshua began this project to archive and organize more than 20 years of historical articles/papers/etc. in the summer of 2015. He completed scanning the majority of the 830 documents in October of last year, and since then, he has been working exclusively on metadata entries. Joshua graduated from UCF this year, but the university has agreed to allow him to continue using their facilities for this project. FOLA intends to send a thank you note to the university. Joshua expects to complete the project in July 2017.
ONP/FOLA will have a shared booth at the Heritage Festival and will raffle two bicycles (thank you WheelWorks) and a kayak. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.
Approximately 10 people have signed up for the ONP Blue Hike at 8:30am on Saturday, September 10th. The City of Winter Garden Parks Dept. will collect our trash bags and dispose of the waterborne rubbish.
Next volunteer day is Saturday, September 17th @ Biosphere 9am-1pm. Drew is also planning a weekday evening session after the planting day (between Sept 20th-22nd) around 4pm.
Consensus of the group was to schedule the 3 public meetings (Winter Garden, Apopka, Lake County) in January 2017
to start the year fresh and not compete with the Holidays.
We will send out a broadcast email to FOLA members asking for a graphic artist/PowerPoint expert to help with the presentation
SJRWMD has given us permission to use the “psychedelic aningha” artwork for a new FOLA t-shirt.
Consensus of the group was to review the draft by-laws by email and then, if necessary, have a Board-only meeting to discuss contentious issues (if any). It was also suggested that we get a legal review of the “final draft” of the by-laws.
Our October FOLA Board meeting will focus on Eco-tourism and especially the proposed developments at Magnolia Park. There was a vocal concern about airboats and seaplanes on the lake. An alternative of camouflaged pontoon boats was suggested as a more eco-friendly alternative. Paul Faircloth has requested an opportunity to present to the FOLA Board and Commissioner Bryan Nelson has been invited to address the Board at our October 13th meeting. Once we have more detailed information, we will have a Board-only meeting to establish FOLA’s position on the Eco-tourim plans.
Board members requested access to the FOLA membership database
Board members were asked to provide a brief bio and photo for the FOLA website & Facebook page to FOLA Secretary Rachel Comstock (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
by September 22nd.
Phoebe Gonsalves & Taressa George agreed to collaborate on a social media approach for FOLA
Drew Shatzer agreed to coordinate the volunteer schedule for this years festivals (Oakland Heritage Festival & Winter Garden Music Fest)
Jim Peterson agreed to update and streamline the historic timeline on the FOLA website
It was suggested that FOLA consider extending some new membership benefits as an incentive to attract new members
August 4, 2016
Monthly Board Meeting Agenda
June 2, 2016
· 1. 5:30 P.M. Call to Order – Oakland Nature Preserve
· Board Members in attendance
· 2. Treasurer’s Report- Frank wasn’t in attendance
· 3. Old Business:
o a. Jim Thomas update
o b. Acquisition Hull Island, Update – Jim Peterson
· 4. New Business
o Habitat Restoration Project, North Shore
§ Planting plan <Jim Thomas had put together a planting plan> If anyone had an electronic copy of this, please provide
§ Jim Peterson may have Cypress trees from Maria – these are 40 gallon cypress tress
§ Coordination volunteer needed
§ 1,000 cypress trees June 25th
§ Schedule site with SJRWMD
§ Discuss flagging methodology
o Organization of Public Meeting – Joe Dunn/Jim Peterson
o Membership Drive – Joe Dunn
o FOLA Fundraiser
o Addition of new Board Members
o Design new education materials
Taressa and Ed volunteered
§ Festivals starting in September/October
§ Consider Wings and Wildflower festival(sign up is now)
§ Taressa to send Rachel the festival list
o Upgrade FOLA/ONP Booth - coordination volunteer needed- tie this to the education materials update
· 5. Adjourn
Minimum Flow Levels presentation by Jim Hawley/Mary Oakes/Will Hawthorne– intent is to share at FOLA public meetings; this is an internal test presentation for what we would want to share; SJRWMD public meetings on MFL will be in August/September
FOLA Board Meeting January 7, 2016 Notes
FOLA Board Meeting December 3, 2015 Notes
FOLA Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2015
5:30 P.M. Call to Order- Oakland Nature Preserve
2. Treasurer’s Report
Dues will be due in the third week in November; will e-mail the members that we have email for and US mail for the others- about 50% of people have e-mail addresses
3. Old Business:
· FOLA Archives Project- Continuing to go well to get all the information archived; will be housed at UCF and well as on the FOLA and ONP websites
· Acquisition of Hull Island- no change on this; still need to submit an application to the State; Jim to submit an application. Could be some archeological potential there. Would be up to the State to negotiate the price.
4. New Business:
· Begin Process, approval of Habitat Enhancement Project, North Shore
· Organization of 1 more meeting, Ecotourism Coalition
· Newsletter-Digital Only
· Organization of a Public Meeting- November
· Tour of North Shore
· Politics of proposed marsh restoration
· Design of new flyers
· Booths at Birdapalooza
Other comments/Discussion- Meeting on Nov 11th with Senator Hayes regarding potential ways to clean lake differently. Chris D’Felize (sp) working with other members of FOLA to pitch the idea to FOLA. This started with a project to clean the lake.
There has been debris that was thrown into the spring (random debris) that blocks the water that is flowing into the spring- the same amount of water is still flowing, but it is not flowing to the top due to the debris being in the way.
(name) from the Orange Audubon Society joined the meeting today- they will be the ones that run the Environmental Center on the North Shore
Concern around water levels in the lake- there is a group that was taking water out.
Notes taken by Rachel Comstock
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