2016 Chapter Meeting Minutes

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
October 27, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 37 members and 24 guests were present. Of the guests, 14 are in the new member training class, and one was from Capitol Area Master Naturalists.

CALL TO ORDER:

Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

WELCOME VISITORS: Cindy welcomed our guests, 14 of whom are in the new member training class, and one of whom is from Capitol Area Master Naturalists. Also present were spouses and others.

MINUTES:

On a motion by Dave Gage, seconded by John Clifford, the minutes of the September 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• Due to conflicts with the schedules of other organizations, Good Water is finding a date and place for December meeting/holiday fest, possibly December 9.
• Williamson County will construct a new site for the extension office, to be completed by 2017. This will become the new home of the Good Water Master Naturalists.

REPORTS:

NEW MEMBER TRAINING: Nancy – most of the fall class members are volunteering. Dr. Bob Matthewson will present on geology at next Tuesday’s training. All Good Water members are welcome to attend and can get AT.

ANNUAL MEETING: The Texas Master Naturalist annual had 478 attendees. 10 Good Water members attended with 7 for entire meeting. Good Water entered the project fair but didn’t win. Good Water entered its video on River Ranch, came in 2nd and received $300. Next year’s annual meeting will be in Corpus Christi.

LIBRARY: 7 books were donated tonight.

CHAPTER AWARDS:

2016 RECERTIFICATION:
• Cynthia Edgar
• Mary Jo Kleinert
• Debra Rose, and
• August Wusterhausen

ADJOURN:
The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift, Secretary

SPEAKER: Ed Sones presented on Texas Native Wildlife Rehabilitation

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room

September 22, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Acting Secretary Mary Ann Melton present, 39 members,16 Fall Class trainees and 7 guests were present

CALL TO ORDER:

Charles called the meeting to order at 6:33 pm.

WELCOME VISITORS:

MINUTES:
On a motion by Wayne Rhoden seconded by Debra Rose; the minutes of the August 25, 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

REPORTS: Fall Training Class
T-shirt orders
River Ranch County Park video

Volunteer Services: Glen Kleinert talked about the upcoming Project Fair, Tuesday, September 27th.

Library books that have been checked out for some time need to be returned in October for inventory.

There will be no meeting in November.

December 15th will be the date of the December Potluck It will be held at the Jester Annex, 1801 E Old Settlers Blvd, in Round Rock.

The Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting will be held October 21-23 in Montgomery County. Registration ends September 30. Items are needed for the Silent Auction. Money earned benefits the Master Naturalist cause. Items suggested are craft, woodwork, baskets of goodies. If you have something get with a board member through email or deliver it.

Michael Brasel spoke about the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge Trail Day coming up Saturday, September 24th. Workers will be cleaning up the trails at Doeskin Ranch. In addition, October 15 is part of National Wildlife Refuge week. It will be day with activities for families and kids. Volunteers are needed. Contact Friends of Balcones.

Susan Blackledge spoke about the upcoming Fall Workday at Berry Springs on October 1st. 16 Master Naturalists have signed up. More are needed.

CHAPTER AWARDS:
Initial certification:
Jim Abreu from the Spring 2016 Class
Jennifer Spillar from the Fall 2015 Class
Karen Weiland from the Fall 2015 Class
Jim Weiland from the Fall 2015 Class
2016 recertification:
Cynthia Edgar
Cynthia Hall
Richard Carmichael
Pat Shirk
Glenn Kleinert
Diane Powell Spring 2015 Class
250 Hours:
500 Hours:
1,000 Hours:

October Meeting will be Ed Sones, Topic: Texas Native Wildlife Rehabilitation

ADJOURN:
The meeting was adjourned after numerous folks answered Charles request for a motion to adjourn at 7:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ann Melton, Acting Secretary

SPEAKER: Yvonne Eele, Topic: Poison Ivy, Differentiating Fact from Fiction

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
August 25, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 45 members and 18 guests were present.

CALL TO ORDER:

Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

WELCOME VISITORS: Cindy welcomed visitors,11 of whom are registered for the fall training class.

MINUTES:On a motion by Dan Robicheaux seconded by Glenn Kleinert, the minutes of the July 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Charles announced the opening of registration for the Texas Master Naturalist annual meeting to be held at a resort in Conroe. He encouraged everyone to attend. More information is available on the Good Water and Texas Master Naturalist websites.

REPORTS:
New Member Training: Mary Ann welcomed individuals signed up for new class. 21 students are registered with two weeks to go. Mary Ann encouraged members to continue recruiting. Information about the training and registration can be found on the Good Water website.

Advanced Training: Charles Grimes -can get all your hours at the TMN Annual Meeting.

Volunteer Services: Glenn – Project Fair will be held on September 27th at 6pm in conjunction with the new class. Glenn encouraged all members to attend. Members can look at volunteer opportunities and meet new class participants.

Junior Master Naturalist – (Nancy Phillips). The next Junior Master Naturalist class will start in September. Nancy encouraged members to recruit fourth through sixth graders. Information about Junior Master Naturalist can be found on the Good Water website.

River Ranch – Dave Armstrong – Looking for someone with a drone to shoot videos.

Berry Springs – Susan – Volunteers for UW Day of Caring will be held Friday, September 16 from 8:30 to noon. 3 groups on three projects. Good Water will work on lopping branches.
Fall work day and pot luck lunch will be held Saturday October 1.

Peterson Community Garden in Hutto – Mary Long – A work day will be held this Saturday, August 27, from 8 to 12 to install native plants..

CHAPTER AWARDS:
We are posting milestones on plaques. Plaques for 250 hours, 500 hours, 1000 hours and 2500 hours will have name plates with the name and class year for each Good Water member who has achieved the milestone. The nameplate will move to the next plaque as the member reaches the next milestone.
2016 recertification:
Ray Wahrenbrock, Diane Capron, Maggie Bond, Jessica Woods, and Jim Hailey
250 Hours:
Gerrie Johnson,
500 Hours:
David Armstrong, Glenn Kleinert,
2,500 Hours: Mary Ann Melton
The membership applauded Mary Ann for her immeasurable contributions to the Good Water chapter. After the meeting we all ate from her celebratory cake.
Next months chapter meeting will have a presentation on poison Ivy.

ADJOURN:

The meeting was adjourned at p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift, Secretary

SPEAKER:
Eric Nuner, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Georgetown, presented on Garey Park: an opportunity to develop collaborative strategies for natural resource management 

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
July 28, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 42 members and 13 guests were present, including 3 enrollees in the fall training class, 3 members of the El Camino Chapter, and 3 members of the Capitol Area Chapter.

CALL TO ORDER:

Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

WELCOME VISITORS: Cindy welcomed the guests.

MINUTES:

On a motion by David Lord seconded by Gerrie Johnson, the minutes of the July 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Charles provided Information on annual meeting and encouraged members to visit the Texas Master Naturalist website. The meeting will be in Lake Conroe.
Mary Ann and Nancy indicated that the chapter is currently recruiting 4th through 6th grade students for the Junior Master Naturalist program to start in September. Brochures are in back.

REPORTS:

New Member Training: Nancy and Mary Ann that all but three speakers booked and 9 people have already enrolled. Brochures have been placed at every seat. Members of the Training Committee came forward to be identified. At each class a 10 minute presentation will be made on historical master naturalists. Members are welcome to present on a historical naturalist. Cindy is making journals with pictures by Mary Ann. The class will do an eco tour as a field trip. Chapter members can earn AT at trainings. A Project fair will be held for the class on 9/27. The Training schedule will be on website within a week. All are encouraged to recruit new enrollees and take additional brochures.

Volunteer Services:

Habitat Project at San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – Billye Adams. Good Water members have been working to create a wildlife habitat, planting 90% Texas natives creating a natural home for wildlife. Their efforts have been informed by: Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department guidelines, and the City of Georgetown guidelines for water usage. In 2015 became Good Water project. In the spring of 2015 the project added a butterfly garden. Next step, fall planting.

Susan Blackledge reported on Berry springs volunteer opportunities. The final pond clean up is scheduled for the morning of August 10. Gail has developed a scrapbook. Mike Farley’s Odonata project has found a second species of dragonfly new to Williamson county.

CHAPTER AWARDS:
Initial certification: Deborah Rose, Dolores Hailey, and Dianne Powell.
2016 recertification: Susan Blackledge, John Clifford, Judith Currier, Dave Gage, Sherryl Demoss-Wiseman, Gerrie Johnson, David Lord, Jennifer Lord, Gail McAdoo, and Jessica Wood.
250 Hours: Cindy Graham, Mike Farley

ADJOURN:
The meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift,
Secretary

SPEAKER: Dave Scott, the Founder and Executive Director and Lead at Earth Native Wilderness School, spoke on Bird Feathers

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
June 23, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 40 members, 2 master naturalists from other chapters (Capitol Area and Central Texas) and 6 other guests were present
CALL TO ORDER:
Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
WELCOME VISITORS: Cindy introduced guests. Gerrie Johnson introduced Lyna Pitts from the Central Texas chapter who partners with Gerrie monitoring sites on Salado Creek.
MINUTES:
On a motion by Gerrie Johnson seconded by Carole Minnix; the minutes of the May 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rain gauges are here. Additional gauges will be ordered when 12 have been pre-ordered.
REPORTS:
New Member Training: (Wayne Rhoden) A new class committee is being formed formed for fall class to be led by Mary Ann and Nancy.
Advanced Training: (Judith Currier) Gerrie Johnson reported that Basic Texas Stream Team class will be held in Killeen Saturday June 25, 2016.
Volunteer Services: (Glenn Kleinert) Mary Ann reported that an Open House for Pollinator Garden will be held June 30th.
In Hutto a native garden is being developed at the municipal garden.
Odonate Project. – Mike Farley – The purpose of the project is to get the public informed on odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). The project is surveying parks to identify the common odonates and will develop kiosks for the parks with pictures and information about the selected species. The project is beginning with Berry Springs and River Ranch.
Susan – Berry Springs Pond clean up will continue next Wednesday. Volunteer are needed for harvesting seeds, cleaning beds, stream monitoring, and donkey training, at Berry Springs. Christi needs help with the bluebirds nest box watch.
Membership: (Cindy Graham)
CHAPTER AWARDS:
Initial certification: Dianne Powell and Deborah Rose.
2016 recertification: John Clifford, Judy Grimes

ADJOURN: The meeting adjourned at 6:55.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift
Secretary

SPEAKER: Bill Runyon, Texas Coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) spoke about the citizen science project monitoring precipitation.

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
May 26, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 45 people attended including: 36 members, 4 members in training and 5 guests.
CALL TO ORDER: Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
WELCOME VISITORS: Charles welcomed the four members in training who will soon be graduating and the other visitors.
MINUTES: On a motion by David Armstrong, seconded by Betty Phillips; the minutes of the April 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: The May Good Water Newsletter is ready at the back table.
CoCoRaHS will present at June meeting. Members can pre-order rain gauges. Deadline for preordering is June 1.
Much work has gone into planning for a nature fest. Good Water needs a chair or co-chairs to chair the event to be held in April 2017. Other chapters are supporting.
REPORTS:
New Member Training: Good Water will sponsor a fall new member class co chaired by by Mary Ann Melton and Nancy Phillips. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:30pm beginning September 6 and ending December 13. Charles encouraged members to invite individuals to sign up for the class. The new textbook and supporting materials should be available for the fall class. Good Water members will be able to participate in a pre-order for the new textbook for about $35.
CHAPTER AWARDS: (Dan Robicheaux)
2016 recertification: Dianne Powell, Mary Long, Michael Brasel, Billye Adams, Christine Barber, Betty Phillips, Charles Grimes.
ADJOURN: The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Larry D. Swift,
Secretary

SPEAKER: John Nelson-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist on Drought

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
April 28, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 33 members, 4 members in training, and 9 guests were present.
CALL TO ORDER:
Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
WELCOME VISITORS: (Cindy) Guests included 4 members of the new member training class, 4 family members, 1 NPSOT member and 4 members from other TMN chapters, 2 from Capital Area and 2 from Central Texas. Welcome all.
MINUTES: On a motion by Gerri Johnson, seconded by Cindy Graham, the minutes of the March 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: People liked the project fair. Charles expressed appreciation for everyone’s efforts.
The Balcones Canyonlands Master Naturalist Chapter hosted an Earth Day celebration at Concordia University; Good Water supported their efforts. Many Good Water members toured the Balcones Canyonlands preserve under the stewardship of Concordia College. A table with GWMN information was staffed by Good Water members.
REPORTS:
Advanced Training: (Mary Ann) Michelle Butcher is from Meridian School in Round Rock which will host, Friday night, an outdoor showing of a Butterfly film that can earn 1 hour AT.
A.J. asked about earning AT for watching a show on the national parks in Texas on PBS. He was referred to Judith Currier.
As confirmed by Michelle Haggerty, AT hours count are monetized for in-kind matching for grants. So, report ALL AT hours, not just the 8 needed for recertification.
PROJECT REPORT: (Dan Robicheaux)
The invasives project is slowly getting up and running. An email was sent to everyone who had expressed an interest asking what people want to do, survey and/or removal. People interested can take the on-line training to get certified and can get AT (http://www.texasinvasives.org/i101/).
Removal of invasives can be done only when a county staff person is present. Interested individuals can take training through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to get certified for use of herbicides for removal of invasive species. The current removal focus is chinaberry trees.

CHAPTER AWARDS:
2016 recertification: David Armstrong, Winnie Bowen, Mike Farley, Christie Gardner, Jim Hailey, Mary Long, Carole Minnix, Nancy Phillips, Wayne Rhoden, Rana Sanders, Karen Schnell, and A.J. Senchack
250 Hours: Jessica Woods
500 Hours: Pat Shirk and Vicki Zardiackas

ADJOURN: The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.
Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift, Secretary

SPEAKER: Presentation on Lichens by the Dale A. Kruse, Curator of the S.M. Tracey Herbarium at Texas A&M University

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
March 24, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift in attendance, 43 members, 6 members in training, and 4 guests were present.
CALL TO ORDER:
Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
WELCOME VISITORS: Charles welcomed members of the new class and other visitors.
MINUTES:
On a motion by Gerrie Johnson, seconded by Dan Robicheaux, the minutes of the February 2016 were approved by voice vote.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The new directory of members was distributed. Member were asked to check their entries for accuracy.
Good Water Master Naturalist Bat interpretation shirts are available for purchase; contact Mary Ann Melton.
REPORTS
Volunteer Services:
Charles thanked project leaders for their work preparing for the project fair.
Anyone who has trouble identifying volunteer opportunities contact Glenn Kleinert.
Anyone who has trouble with VMS, contact Dan Robicheaux, Cindy Graham, or Glenn Kleinert.
Communications: (Mary Ann Melton)
Mary Ann demonstrated the Good Water Chapter web page. Some members reported having difficulty with using the web page from Windows 10; Mary Ann will troubleshoot. Members reported trouble with accessing the VMS website; Mary Ann will troubleshoot.
Mary Ann demonstrated accessing volunteer opportunities on the website including links to project coordinators.
CHAPTER AWARDS:
Initial certification: . Michelle Butcher
2015 recertification: Michelle Butcher
2016 recertification: Cindy Graham and Larry Swift
500 Hours: Charles Grimes
1,000 Hours: Carole Minnix – The Chapter celebrated Carole’s accomplishment with a cake!
VMS – the transition to VMS may not have all past hours; check with Dan Robicheaux if you think you are short changed.
ADJOURN:
The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Larry D. Swift, Secretary

SPEAKER: Project fair. Good Water project leaders set up and staffed booths so members could learn about projects and sign up to become involved with those of interest.

Good Water Chapter Texas Master Naturalist
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Training Room
February 25, 2016

With President Charles Grimes presiding and Secretary Larry Swift present, 41 members and 9 guests were present

CALL TO ORDER:

Charles called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

WELCOME VISITORS: Cindy Graham welcomed the visitors.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

On a motion by John Clifford, seconded by Jim Wayland, the minutes of the January 2016 General Membership Meeting were approved by voice vote.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Charles urged members to meet Cooper Terrill, Williamson County Extension Agent.

Glenn Kleinert is returning to the Board on a temporary basis while Doyal Nelms is addressing health issues.

Next month (March) our Chapter event will be a project fair instead of a speaker. Project leaders will have table and share information about their projects. The fair will earn one hour advanced training (AT).

The Good Water library is here tonight. Check out some books. The library catalogue is on line. If you find a book you want to read, email Good Water librarian, Judy Grimes.

Each month we will demonstrate something on the Good Water website. Mary Ann Melton provided an overview of the Good Water web page. To get regular info, subscribe.

In April we will have field trip to visit Concordia University’s Balcones Canyon Land preserve hosted by the Balcones Canyonlands Master Naturalist chapter.

REPORTS:

NEW MEMBER TRAINING (Wayne Rhoden):

Spring Class starts March 8. Seven people have registered. Committee members are working well. The first 9 classes are ready to go. Class will be held Tuesday’s from 1-5pm with some Saturday field trips. This class will feature new speakers who have not at previous classes. Members can earn AT if you attend.

ADVANCED TRAINING (Judith Currier):

In Judith’s absence, Charles reported that Rana had conducted a Leave No Trace training. Those who attended get a card that enables them to go onto restricted Williamson county lands

VOLUNTEER SERVICES (Glenn Kleinert):

Susan Blackledge offered Berry Springs volunteer opportunities and distributed sign-in sheet. Susan highlighted some of the projects and the Good Water volunteers

• Spring clean up and a potluck lunch will be held at Berry Springs Saturday, March 5.

• Dan Robicheaux and Cynthia Edgar are monitoring the water quality of Berry Springs.
• Pam Goolsby was, and Christi Gardner is now, coordinating the bluebird nest box project.
Martin is starting a nest box project at Sun City.

• Barn restoration – The Berry Springs barn needs an awning to cover the hay bales for the Donkeys. Susan is looking for a coordinator.

• Jim Hailey and Pam Goolsby are renewing bird signs in the park.
• Nancy Phillips and Gail McAdoo are scrap booking articles and documents for Berry Springs Park.
• David Lord and Jen Lord are doing donkey care.
• Susan is starting a park host program.
• Pond cleaning will be done this spring.

Charles – Mary Long coordinating the Pollinator Garden.

MEMBERSHIP (Cindy Graham):

CHAPTER AWARDS
INITIAL CERTIFICATION:  Dan Robicheaux and Martin Byhower
2015 RECERTIFICATION: Martin Byhower
2016 RECERTIFICATION: Martin Byhower, Mary Ann Melton, and Vicki Zardiackas,
250 HOURS: A.J. Senchack
1,000 HOURS: Jim Hailey The Chapter celebrated Jim’s accomplishment with a cake!
The meeting was adjourned at 7p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

 

Larry D. Swift,
Secretary
SPEAKER: A.J. Senchack introduced our speaker, Valerie Bugh, presenting on moths.

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