Minutes of the Sedona Westerners' Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trail Boss Curt Kommer being out of town, the meeting was called to order by Wagon Boss Mary McCaffrey.

Mary asked all new members present to stand and introduce themselves. Following this she called for a minute of silence in remembrance of those who died on 9/11/2001.

An announcement was made that the 2014 Holiday party would be held in the hall at St John Vianney Catholic Church.

In remembrance of long-time SW member John Mezera, who passed away recently, Linda Schermer, Dennis Perry and Liz Sweeney spoke of John’s 2000-2008 service as Ambler boss and his kind and gentle manner. He will be missed by many.

Introduction of Officers:

Mary announced each of the new officers and asked them to stand and be recognized for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. For the record, they are listed here.

FirstName LastName WesternerName FunctionalName type
Curt Kommer Trail Boss President elec
Marion Hadji-Agha Imm Past Trail Boss Past President elec
Mary McCaffrey Wagon Boss VP & Program Chair elec
Sue Taylor Foreman Treasurer elec
Len Ostrom Top Hand 3 BOD 3 elec
Al Vander Peut Top Hand 2 BOD 2 elec
Linda Archer Top Hand 1 BOD 1 elec
Chris Greene Ambler Boss Ambler Boss elec
Cherie Ferguson Cactus Dodger RoughRider Boss elec
Mark Ducharme Dogie Boss Dogie Boss elec
Robert (Bob) Taylor Mustang Boss Mustang Boss elec
Elizabeth (Liz) Sweeney Tracker Boss Special Hikes Boss elec
Barbara O'Connor Prospector Membership Chair elec
Olcott (Al) Abbott Chuckwagon Boss Food Coordinator elec
Paul Sullivan Ranger FS Liaison app
Charles (Charlie) Schudson Lookout Emerg Assis Coord app
Gini O'Brien Old Timer Historian app
Linda Schermer Sunbeam Card Sender app
Gerald Walters Cliff Walker Educational Coord app
Jim O'Brien Point Rider WEB Master app
Reba Stone Assist Ambler Boss Assist Ambler Boss app
Tom Blecha Assist Cactus Dodger Assist Roughrider Boss app
William (Bill) Birkeland Assist Dogie Boss Assist Dogie Boss app
Robert Dannert Assist Drover Boss Assist Drover Boss app
Bob Bareuther Assist Mustang Boss Assist Mustang Boss app
Helen Ducharme Assist Tracker Assist Tracker app
Clint Gelotte Assist Point Rider Assist Point Rider app
Cathy Lutz Drover Boss Drover Boss elec
Kevin O'Connor Wrangler Secretary elec
Bradley Bell Roundup Boss Public Rel Chair app

Officer Reports:

Foreman:

Past Totals This Period 9/11/2014
Starting cash balance $4,260.50
       
Income 2014-2015 Season
Dues received $2,650.00
Misc Income (picnic, books, badges)
Total Income this period $2,650.00 $6,910.65
Total Income this season
       
Expenses 2014-2015 Season
Insurance $1,999.00
Fall Picnic/Cookout expenses $1,048.07
Holiday Party
Spring Picnic/Cookout
Meeting room rental $1,236.00
Sunbeam $97.32
Chuck Wagon (mtg expense)
Honorarium expense $200.00
Lookout expense
Nametags/Engraver
Executive mtg expenses
Old Timer expenses $168.18
Miscellaneous expenses $70.00
Total Expenses this period ($4,818.57)
Total Expenses this season ($4,818.57)
       
Ending Cash Balance $2,092.08

Wrangler (Kevin O'Connor):

no report

Prospector (Barbara O'Connor):

201 members prior to meeting

Ranger (Paul Sullivan):

Paul spoke to the issue of hiking in OC Canyon. There was no significant news on the opening of any locations within the canyon. He also noted that it is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Cliff Walker (Jerry Walters):

Jerry again spoke to the issue of hiking etiquette; take only pictures, leave only memories. While there are some fuzzy areas, the Westerners should adopt a policy of no poles or backpacks within w ruin site.

Round-up Boss (Brad Bell):

Encouraged members to write articles for the RRN.

Sunbeam (Linda Schermer):

Since the spring cook out, Linda has sent cards to 12 members:

in May,
Diane Petrusich--get well, hip surgery
Ilain Packman--sympathy, death of husband Howard

in June, Sai Chang--get well

in July,
Sue and Bob Taylor--sympathy
Jan Shuman--get well
Terri and John Petrescu--sympathy

in August,
Ellie and Dave Jackson--best wishes Ellie entering hospice
Barb Mezera--sympathy, death of husband John, long-time beloved Ambler Boss
Janet Wheeler--get well, appendicitis
Paul and Angela LeFevre--sympathy
Bob Bareuther--get well, shoulder surgery

in Sept., Charles West, home from hospital, on oxygen

Hike Boss Reports:

Ambler Boss (Chris Greene):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

amblers

Flagstaff Lava Tube

9/4/2014

Chris Greene

none

Sue Taylor tailgater

amblers

Stoneman Lake

9/11/2014

Chris Greene

none

Reba Stone tailgater

Tracker Boss (Liz Sweeney):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

trackers

Birding with Dena Greenwood

9/10/2014

Dena Greenwood

none


Mustang Boss (Bob Taylor):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

mustangs

Oldham Loop

9/4/2014

Jerry Walters

Bob Taylor

Hike was aborted after 1.7 miles due to adverse weather

Drover Boss (Cathy Lutz):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

drovers

Jim Bryant

9/7/2014

Bob Taylor

Sue Taylor

Tailgaters: Jim Warren & Liz Sweeney

Roughrider Boss (Mark Frank for Cherie Ferguson):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

roughrider

Flagstaff

9/6/2014

Mike Holmes

Clint Gelotte


Dogie Boss (Mark Ducharme):

HikeGroup: HikeName: HikeDate: HLName: HCLName: Comments:

dogies

Adobe Jack

9/9/2014

Liz Sweeney

Alan Gore

This was a last minute replacement for the Sandy's Canyon hike.

Point Rider (Jim O'Brien):

No report:

Old Business:

Mary noted that the Letter of Agreement with the Forest Service was finalized and is available on the WEB site.

Chuckwagon Boss (Al Abbott) thanked all who provided snacks at the meeting and helped with setup. With the fall cookout coming up, he noted that a signup sheet would be available at the break.

Break:

The speaker for the evening was Mr. Travis Bone, Red Rock Ranger District Archaeologist, presented a excellent description of how the Slide Fire began, progressed and was controlled. He further presented the process the Forest service and others followed after the fire to assess the damage and make the decisions that lead to the Canyon closure. It was a very well received talk.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:05pm.

Respectfully,

Wrangler

Kevin O'Connor

Revised: v2-9/28/14


Foreman's Report


Past Totals This Period 9/11/2014




Starting cash balance $4,260.50





Income 2014-2015 Season


Dues received
$2,650.00
Misc Income (picnic, books, badges)


Total Income this period
$2,650.00 $6,910.65




Total Income this season






Expenses 2014-2015 Season


Insurance
$1,999.00
Fall Picnic/Cookout expenses
$1,048.07
Holiday Party


Spring Picnic/Cookout


Meeting room rental
$1,236.00
Sunbeam
$97.32
Chuck Wagon (mtg expense)


Honorarium expense
$200.00
Lookout expense


Nametags/Engraver


Executive mtg expenses


Old Timer expenses
$168.18
Miscellaneous expenses
$70.00
Total Expenses this period
($4,818.57)




Total Expenses this season

($4,818.57)




Ending Cash Balance

$2,092.08




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