Friends of Wolsfeld Woods 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes

Wolsfeld Cabin
Medina City Hall
2052 County Road 24
Medina, MN
October 6, 2016
7:30 p.m

Tom Dorrell
Bob Gasch
Roberta Rott
Irma Thies
Martha Van de Ven
Liz Weir
Jo Bolte


Prepared by Ellie Crosby
Balance as of 10/15 $6,868.03
Income as of 10/16 $1,905.00
Total $8,773.03
West Hennepin Pioneer Museum, upkeep of cabin $500.00
City of Medina/Celebration Day $200.00
Marengos, Spring and Fall bird walks $300.00
Pow Web $131.88
Stephanie Chapman, web updates $350.00
Liz Weir, buckthorn pull $134.39
Ed Joice, Mushroom walk $150.00
Total expenses
Balance as of 10/08 $7,006.76

Last year’s minutes were approved. This year’s financial statement was reviewed, and projected expenses for 2016 were approved. Bob Gasch, Historian from the Pioneer Museum, introduced Tom Dorrell, the new president of the Museum. Next year we plan to repaint inside windows, and seal leaks and recondition the wood burning stove. Bob will find a person to do this work. The Pioneer Museum has many photo archives, and Bob will review photos currently on our Wolsfeld Woods web site, and consider adding additional photos, or…updating the current mix.


We try to offer seasonal activities that will be both educational and enjoyable, and we hope you’ll join us for the many events planned for 2017. Details of all activities will be confirmed and sent by email.

  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride … Sunday, January 15 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Frog walk … Friday, May 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Spring wildflower walk … Saturday, May 6 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Spring warbler bird walk … Saturday, May 13 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Bat walk … Friday, August 18 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Fall warbler bird walk … Saturday, August 26 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Mushroom walk … Saturday, September 9 - 1:00 p.m
  • Medina Celebration Day … Saturday, September 16 - 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • FOWW annual meeting … Thursday, October 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fall-color horseback ride … Sunday, October 8 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Buckthorn work day … Sunday, October 22 – 10:30 a.m.

Most of our events begin in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot. Liz Weir mentioned that repairs are needed at the eroded entrance to the woods. She will explore adding material to make the entrance safer. Martha Van de Ven suggested listing some of the Woods activities in the Orono Community Education brochure, and also emailing select activities to the Orono high school science teachers. Martha will coordinate.


We have several new members, and our financial situation is solid. Family dues remain at $35 per year. Your membership renewal for 2016 is attached, and is due upon receipt. Please include your email address on the renewal form. Be assured that we do not share our list with anyone. Reminder notices of upcoming events will be emailed to members in advance of outings. If your e-address changes during the year, please send it to us at Gift memberships are available for $25, and can be listed on the reverse side of the renewal form. Our web address remains All events and activities are listed on our site. Please feel free to contact the following people for any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding FOWW:

For membership: Ellie Crosby, at or 763-473-1141.
For general information about the woods: Liz Weir, at or 763-473-3226.

We appreciate your continued support of FOWW. With it, we can continue in our mission … to promote understanding and respect for the woods through educational activities, remain committed to the preservation of the woods, and work with the DNR in overall maintenance. We look forward to seeing you in the woods!

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Jo Bolte, FOWW Secretary