FLM Board Meeting Minutes 7/28/2015


Minutes of the 7/28/15 Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1:03 p.m. by President Ginny Kafka.

Present: Ginny Kafka, Pat Bradley, John Hofstetter, Donna Hanan, Jaci Payton, Bob Ash, Carol Aquilina, Sue Harmuth, John White, Richard Small, Sharon Ash, Helen Tardif, Mike Skenfield

Correspondence: John Hofstetter read a letter from Jeff Caremer with newspaper articles enclosed regarding the closing of the Marin Co. History Museum. Mr. Kraemer wants us to know that museums are in trouble. He stated that grants are available for museums. He also invited all of us to visit the San Quentin Museum where he is the main founder of the museum and its main tour guide.

Confirmation came from Amador Logging and Mining Association that they will bring their exhibit trailer for the Logging Jamboree. Pat Bradley will contact them to work out the details.

Approval of Minutes: It was moved by John Hofstetter, seconded by John White to approve the minutes of the 6/23/15 board meeting as presented. The motion carried.

Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s report was presented by John White. Apparently it was approved by unanimous consent.

White Pines Park Liaison Report: John White reported that members of FLM met with the Board of Supervisors and CCWD. It was stated that no bonfires or motorized vehicles are allowed in the park. CalFire has done a great job assisting with the cleanup of the park. Plans have been made for the addition of a disk golf course. Rentals of paddle boards, etc. through SNAC is being worked out. Ginny stated that the park volunteers do an outstanding job and CCWD is lucky to have them.

Exhibit Report: Mike Skenfield reported that he would like to add a side wall to the new exhibit to give it a more finished-off look. It was moved by John Hofstetter, seconded by John White to authorize the purchase of materials for this wall. The motion carried. Bob Ash will purchase the materials. The addition of a photographic mural for the exhibit is being looked into. Mike is working on a DVD with old and modern day logging comparisons.

USFS Report: None


Scrap Metal Removal: No report.

Lawsuit:  The lawsuit has been settled with a $100,000 settlement through FLM’s insurance. John Hofstetter feels that this settlement should come as a relief to FLM. Ginny Kafka has spoken with our insurance company and they have assured her that our premiums will not go up as a result of the lawsuit; in fact they are going to be reduced by $40 monthly.

Window Washing: Bob Ash reported that the window washing, to be done by Aaron Window Cleaning, has been postponed until mid-September due to the loss of a worker.

Logging Jamboree: Ginny reported that work is progressing on the Logging Jamboree activities; i.e. donations, competitors, raffle “Bearly Used” items, etc. The Cub Scouts have been given permission to sell popcorn but parents are required to be with them and they will be charged admission. Sponsors are still needed. Ginny reported that her dear friend Virginia Conrad has donated $1,500 to FLM. Ginny would like to put that money toward sponsorship. Bob Ash will see about hanging the Jamboree sign across the highway. There will be a Jamboree meeting on 8/4 at 1:00 p.m. at the museum.

Grounds Clean-Up: Clean-up has been done by Bob Ash, Richard Small, Clinton Kafka and CalFire.

Snag Fallers’ Ball: A larger crowd is expected this year due to the increased publicity. Handouts for the Jamboree and Snag Fallers Ball have been distributed at various locations. Bookmarks have been printed with information about both events on one side and pictures of Blagen Mill, the Logging Museum, and White Pines Lake on the other side. There was discussion regarding what kind of meal will be served. Nothing definite was decided.

Country Store:  A data base needs to be worked up to keep track of sales thus eliminating the need to write down all sales.

Display Signs for Acetylene Generator – John is working on the outside signs for the acetylene generator and the capstan winch. He will consult with Mike about having them printed. Ted and Bill Kafka have sites picked out for both.

Gravel Path: The addition of 60 feet of gravel path along the north side of the cabin is still on hold.


Newsletter: The FLM Newsletter has been printed and mailed. Ginny stated that John Hofstetter did a fantastic job on the newsletter (and he did it single handedly). There is a very interesting article about John in the Newsletter.

New Exhibit Background: John White is reworking the background for the new exhibit.

Power Outage: A squirrel in the transformer across from the Museum caused a power outage on 7/17 and 7/18. The outage put all electronics and telephone out of commission. Things have since been repaired/restored. A new box and intrusion alarm will be installed. In spite of the outage there were 45 visitors to the museum that Saturday.

Weed eating: CalFire has done weed eating at the park.

Website Changes: No report

Announcements: There will be a meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Sequoia Woods on 8/4 for the White Pines Park letter mailing.

On 8/8/15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. a surprise birthday party will be held at the museum with a possibility of 85 guests.

The Chapel in the Pines will hold a worship service in the Museum amphitheater on 9/27/15 and tour the museum afterwards.

Sue Harmuth, Ginny Kafka, and Pat Bradley will participate in the Big Trees Family Day on 8/15.

Agenda Items for Next Meeting: Call Ginny with agenda items for the next meeting.

Adjournment: Ginny adjourned the meeting at 2:43 p.m.

Next Meeting: 8/25/15

Jaci Payton, Secretary


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