April 15, 2003 Meeting Minutes
Open the Meeting:
- Mark Meritt opened the meeting at 7:10
- Brenda Cagle volunteered to take
Minutes of Last Meeting:
- The minutes from the April 8 meeting
were accepted, with two changes suggested by Linda Keeling:
- "bur" corrected to "burlapped"
- "to be help" corrected to "to be
Updates and discussion
- Linda informs us that the Candle grant
is not suitable for our needs. However, a ChevronTexaco Conservation
Award Program grant is available. It
is for $10,000 for groups that have benefited the environment, and it
includes travel and lodging for two to attend an awards ceremony in
Calgary, Alberta. Application is due April 17, and Linda will strive to
complete it, including a mention of our website for more information.
- Linda suggested that we need something
visual to go with our Arbor Day week events. Evelyn Krueger brought up
Dutchess Signs, who can produce a sign for us at $10 per square foot,
but they cannot do it in time for our spring events. We discussed
renting a sign on wheels, and further discussion will take place outside
the general meeting.
- For the April 19 publicity effort:
- All will meet at IGA.
- Those who do not stay at IGA to hand
out flyers and sell T-shirts will hand out flyers and posters (to be
created by Evelyn) to local businesses. Jennifer Fivelsdal has the
list of businesses.
- Anyone who is interested can also
attend this day's Earthfest at Bard, where a table would be provided
for us. Earthfest takes place 12 p.m.-6 p.m. at Bard's community
garden, and we can participate for whatever portion of the day we
- For the April 22 Tree City USA
- Agenda was set as follows:
- Introduction of Visitors by Evelyn
- Patrick Manning, New York State
- Sally Mazzarella, representing
Senator Stephen Saland
- Lou Sebesta, State Forester
- Mary Kramarchyk, Volunteer
Coordinator Urban and Community Forestry Partnership NYS
- Marcus Molinaro, Mayor of Tivoli
- John J. Gilfeather, Supervisor,
Town of Red Hook
- David Cohen, Mayor, Village of
- Dave Seymour, Trustee, Village
of Red Hook
- Scott McCarthy, Trustee, Village
of Red Hook
- Peter Reilly, Red Hook Chamber
- Short presentation by David
Seymour, Trustee, Village of Red Hook
- Planting of Goldenrain Tree in
- Presentation of "Tree City USA"
designation and flag by Lou Sebesta, State Forester to David Cohen,
Mayor, Village of Red Hook
- Presentation of gifts (copies of
Claire Carr's book A Brief History of Red Hook to non-local guests
by Evelyn Krueger
- Refreshments at Elmendorph Inn
- Franceska Urbin arranged for PANDA
to come videotape the event. They will not do interviews, but they
will edit the material and add appropriate titles/credits to help
publicize the Stewart's matching week. The tape will air the day after
the ceremony, Wednesday, April 23.
- For the April 26 plantings:
- On April 14, the Green Committee met
and chose nine planting locations. Three locations remain to be
- Karen Cadorette suggested that those
participating meet at 9 a.m. at the village garage where the trees
will be stored.
- David noted that he will make
advance contact with the homeowners of the various locations.
- Evelyn will email Bard faculty and
staff about the Stewart's matching week.
- Tree costumes are on hold, as Lorrie
Klosterman is out of town.
- T-shirts were handed out to the core
volunteers. New T-shirts cannot be produced in time for our spring
events, but we will pursue them in time for fall. White will remain the
cheapest, but Evelyn will see if they can let us have sand-colored
shirts at the same price. The new T-shirts will use the correct logo but
preserve the colors from the original T-shirt for ease of production. We
will consider adding our website address in black type on the back,
below the I Love Red Hook Trees text. Only once we see how T-shirt sell
through our spring events will we decide how many new shirts to order.
- Mark reported that the press release
has so far generated one response. The Rhinebeck Gazzette-Advertiser
called and interviewed Mark via phone. They will send someone to cover
the 4/22 ceremony.
- Mark will contact David to:
- Ensure that his 4/22 speech will
mention Red Hook's being only the fourth municipality in Dutchess
County to receive Tree City USA status.
- Let him know which media outlets
have not yet responded to the press release.
- Barbara Campo suggested a memorial
tree for Claire Carr. Mark reminded the group that we thought about a
memorial tree for Jane Knobloch as well. The Fundraising Committee, in
conjunction with the Greens Committee, will decide how to actually
implement honorary and memorial trees.
- Christina Staubi had expressed
interested in making a donation to have a tree planted on her property.
The Fundraising Committee, in conjunction with the Greens Committee,
will decide how to actually implement gifts with specific tree location
- Kenneth Geik has decided to plant a
second redbud tree on the funeral home's property, and he will pay for
- Next general meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
Motion to Close Meeting:
- Karen made a motion to close the
meeting at 8:30 p.m. Barbara seconded the motion.