Friends of Wolsfeld Woods 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes

Wolsfeld Cabin
Medina City Hall
2052 County Road 24
Medina, MN
October 5, 2017
7:30 p.m

ATTENDING: Ellie Crosby
Irma Thies
Jo Bolte

TREASURER’S REPORT

Prepared by Ellie Crosby
Balance as of October, 2016 $7,006.76
Income as of October, 2017 $2,470.00
Total $9,476.76
Expenses
W. Hennepin Pioneer Museum, upkeep of cabin $500.00
City of Medina/Celebration Day $200.00
Marengos, spring and fall bird walks $300.00
Suz Galloway, flower walk $150.00
Pow Web $179.40
Stephanie Chapman, web updates $420.00
Steve Pflaum, culvert $899.07
Christine Petersen, bat walk $150.00
Ed Joice, mushroom walk $150.00
Total expenses
$2,948.47
Balance as of October, 2017 $6,528.29

Last year’s minutes were approved. This year’s financial statement was reviewed.

WOODS REVIEW

Many thanks to Steve Pflaum and his crew for skillfully repairing the washed out culvert on the east side of the woods. It is much appreciated by hikers and horseback riders as well.

Todd Rexine, Great River Greening, and Russ Smith, SNA, organized a 100 Person Buckthorn Clearing project in the woods October 14. This is the first time a restoration project of this size has occurred in Wolsfeld Woods! The 10 areas earmarked for hand-pulling buckthorn on the hills on the east side of the lake show a dramatic improvement! We thank Todd and Russ, and all the volunteers who participated, and Trinity Lutheran Church for allowing this large event to set up, meet and begin from their parking lot. We hope to coordinate a joint buckthorn removal event with Great River Greening and the SNA with FOWW for 2018.

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 2018. Details of all events will be confirmed and sent by email. Most of our events begin in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot.

  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride … Sunday, January 14 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Spring wildflower walk … Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Spring warbler bird walk … Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Bat walk … Friday, August 17 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Fall warbler bird walk … Saturday, August 25 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Mushroom walk … Saturday, September 8 - 1:00 p.m
  • Medina Celebration Day … Saturday, September 15 - 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • FOWW annual meeting … Thursday, October 4 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Fall-color horseback ride … Sunday, October 7 – 2:00 p.m.

MEMBERSHIP

Family dues remain at $35 per year. Your membership renewal for 2018 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. Gift memberships are available for $25, and can be listed on the reverse side of the renewal form. Our web address remains www.wolsfeldwoods.org. All events and activities are listed on our site. Please feel free to contact the following people with any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding FOWW:

For membership: Ellie Crosby, at elliercrosby@gmail.com or 763-473-1141.
For general information about the woods: Liz Weir, at lizweir@gmail.com 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 8:30 p.m.

Jo Bolte, FOWW Secretary