MINUTES OF THE SUWANNEE CHAPTER

of the

FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION

February 13, 2017

 

Members present:  Joe & Sandra Aycock, Sam & Barbara Bigbie, Bill Bunting,  Ali & John Deagan, Sylvia & Carl Dunnam, Donna & Jerry Ellis, Edwin McCook, Maggie & Norm McDonald, Homer Melgaard, Don & Gloria Neale, Pat & Mike Petrizzo, R.J. & Stephanie Sikora. Guest Speakers – Travis Thomas and Savannah Barry.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Norm McDonald at 7:02 PM.  Norm recognized the Program Coordinator, Edwin McCook, to introduce our speaker, Savannah Barry and Travis Thomas.  The program was DINOSAURS of the SUWANNEE, alligator snapping turtles biology and current research.  They work out of the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.  A large head, powerful jaws and weighing up to 250 pounds makes it the largest fresh water turtle in North America.  There is a species of the alligator snapping turtle that can only be found in the Suwannee River, Suwanniensis.  The speakers brought with them a young alligator snapping turtle.

MINUTES:  Accepted as appeared on the website.

Treasurer’s Report:  Prepared by Ali Deagan for March 2017.   The balance forward was $3195.63. There was an expenditure for equipment maintenance of $49.81, Trail Magic $157.18 and cash for yard sale $75.00. Deposits were $1111.15 for the yard sale and $12.00 from raffle money.  The ending balance as of April 1st was $4036.79.

Trail Coordinator:  R.J. Sikora reports doing trail maintenance.  Mowed from boat ramp on 141 to 751 (14 miles up and back).  Removed 7 trees from the path.   Big Oaks is looking very good. 

R.J. and Joe report a slow down on through hikers.  Carl reports picking up some hikers.  Joe Aycock encourages members to come walk with him out at Suwannee Springs.

Membership Report:  Sylvia reports 2 new members and a loss of 1 member..

UPCOMING EVENTS:   The Tallahassee Chapter has invited us to join them in hiking and camping in North Carolina in June.  Sylvia will send us the details.

General Comments:   Norm announces John Strayer was presented with his award from the Florida Trail and he was very pleased.

R.J. and Stephanie thanked Sam and Barbara for hosting the yard sale. R.J. is now the Toolmaster.  Tools that we do not use will be returned to the Florida Trail at the end of May.

Sam Bigbie who is Chairman of the Nominating Committee reported no one contacted was interested in running for the office of treasurer and chairman.  Ali Deagan, treasurer, and Norm McDonald, Chairman had agreed to run for their respective offices for another term.  Joe Aycock moved that the nominations be closed and John Deagan seconded. No one was opposed.  The incumbents were reelected unanimously.

Raffel:  The winner was Donna Ellis.  She donated $8.00 to the club.

 

 

 

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