September 9, 2019

Members present:  Joe & Sandra Aycock, Fay & Dexter Beals, Barb & Sam Bigbie, Bill Bunting, Ali and John Deagan, Jewel and Debbie Higgins, Andre Marcil, Edwin McCook, Maggie & Norm McDonald, Homer Melgaard, Gloria & Don Neale. 


PROGRAM:   Sam with Joe and Edwin presented new map of trail area recently purchased and blazed. RJ, Stephanie and Jeff Glenn rerouted the trail to go along the river.  The new map can be found on the chapter website under the Big Oak Trail.  This new section will have a ribbon cutting on October 4.  Jeff Glenn is purchasing an additional 1/3 of an acre for access to this new trail.

Joe announced the next Healthy Hike will be October 12 from 9-11AM at Heritage Park (the Greenway).  Florida Trail will have a station at end of the hike.

Bill Bunting had Madison County information for the repaired kiosk near Drew mansion laminated.

MINUTES:  Minutes accepted without objection as appear on website.

Treasurer’s Report:  Sandra reported a balance of $2804.92 as of August 31, 2019.  Deposits consisted of $190.12 for FTA Reimbursement and $26.00 from the raffle. Checks for $405.53 for trail maintenance and $49.20 for trailer tag. Andre Marcil made a motion to accept and John Deagan was a second.  The Treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.

Membership Report:  Sylvia Dunnam was not in attendance. Norm introduced Jewel and Debbie Higgins.  Jewel was a previous member when our group was called Cracker Kinfolk.  This engendered several memories of past adventures of this Florida Trail group.

Activities:  Maggie McDonald presented field trip for October 26 to Sweetwater Wetlands south of Gainesville.  The guided tour starts at 9 AM.  We will meet at a designated place at 7 AM if anyone wants to caravan.  Otherwise we can meet at the Wetlands at 9.

Another new activity will be a walk once a week on the Greenway.  Every Tuesday starting October 1 those who would like to walk meet at the parking area on 90 for the Greenway.  The trail is a little over 2 miles round trip.

Norm opened up discussion for Christmas party.  Ali had gotten a price for Hale Community Center, $150.00.  Ali also suggested maybe having a progressive dinner utilizing several people’s houses.  Andre suggested the new pavilion at Heritage Park.  Norm asked for 3 people to form a committee to work on options for the party.  Ali Deagan, Andre Marcil, and Fay Beals agreed to work on this.  Sam Bigbie offered to cook a ham.

Old Business:  Stephanie thanked people who helped blaze the new Big Oak Trail.  RJ brought up there is a tree stand in middle of our new trail.  Should be careful when hiking there.

Announcements: Joe Aycock showed great pictures of their trip to Providence Canyon.  Norm showed pictures of our trek to Providence Canyon and showed a brief film of Edison, Ford, and Firestone on their vagabond camping trips. We found this information when we visited Edison’s home in Ft. Myers.

John Deagan has camping odds and ends he would like to give away.

Raffle: $14.00 won by Fay Beals.


Meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.