Dear FTSF Community,
On behalf of the Board of Directors for FTSF, we invite you to take part in our annual membership meeting. Our agenda will include a business/corporation meeting with election of the 2020 Board as well as a fun and interesting membership meeting.
Our agenda includes:
· Talk by Christina Volpe, professional historian on our plans for the making of the
Bob Orintas Oral/Video History
· Review of our member survey findings
· Review of our 2019 year; successes and challenges along with a review of our 2020
· Treasurer’s Report – how did we do financially this year?
· Displays, activities, and refreshments including a photo album of this year’s events and Bob Orintas’ slides of Topsmead past
We hope you will join us on October 19th at 10 AM at the Litchfield Community Center [421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT]. The meeting and our time for chatting with one another will run until noon. We would love to see you and connect face-to-face with all of our members.
We also hereby officially announce the upcoming elections for the next Board of Directors of The Friends of Topsmead State Forest. The election will take place at our annual meeting.
As per our bylaws, the Board’s terms lasts one year while officer’s terms are two years. The Board terms run from January to December. As this has been our inaugural year, the current board started its duties on August 3, 2018 but were officially elected at last year’s annual meeting. Therefore, this board will remain active until the end of December, 2019. The new board will assume their duties on January 1, 2020.
Also, as per our bylaws, only members of the FTSF as of the annual meeting (dues paid by October 17th) are eligible to vote and to be elected to the Board of Directors.
The following is the proposed slate for our 2020 FTSF Board. At the annual meeting we will also call for any nominations from the floor before the vote. There are 5 open positions on the Board. The proposed list is as follows:
· Carol Gould - President
· Meg Begley - Vice President
· Jenny Riggs - Secretary
· Patrick Ryan - Treasurer
· Members -At-Large
o Bea Beyer
o Janet Blauvelt
o Rosemarie Greco
o Caroline King
o Barbara Littell
o Rosemarie Greco
As per our bylaws, only members of the FTSF as of the annual meeting (dues paid by October 17th) are eligible to vote and to be elected to the Board of Directors.
As always, email me with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you on October 19th!
Carol Gould, President FTSF
It’s always a little hard this time of year to believe that summer is drawing to a close. Nonetheless, it was a very busy summer at Topsmead and there is, as seems always, a lot to share.
BUT - First and foremost, we have a new workshop offering!
Artist and teacher Judith Bird (www.judithbirdart.com) will lead this 2-hour session with an introductory talk followed by time in the fields, walkways, and woodlands of Topsmead. No previous art or writing experience necessary! For details and to register, please download the flyer HERE. Any questions just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
August saw the completion of our first year as a friend’s organization. We are patting ourselves on the back but also taking a little time to take stock. WE NEED YOUR INPUT…. Please take a few minutes (it really is just a few) to respond to our members survey and let us know what you think. Go to: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/QBB3bU
Thanks to months of planning by garden designer Caroline King and to the generosity and hard work of many supporters, the new Orintas Family Butterfly Garden is now a beautiful reality. I hope you have had a chance to visit it. SO, just last weekend, we celebrated this success. We held a British Tea Party—one which our late benefactor, Miss Edith Chase, might have enjoyed - and took time to acknowledge everyone's efforts. We also held a silent auction with profits going towards garden maintenance. It was a truly lovely day with the event enjoyed by all. The auction was a great success as well!
The Monarch Butterfly project with local students was also a huge success this summer with more than 80% of the butterflies raised flying off into the sunset. 😊
You might also notice several new FTSF sponsored/supported features at Topsmead. The DEEP installed lighting and outlets in the shed (also known as the Garage) adjacent to the Chase House. Too, FTSF put up a user-friendly map both in the Garage and in the parking lot to help folks find the butterfly garden. We also installed a donation box at the parking lot in hopes that visitors will help fund ongoing enhancements at Topsmead.
Finally, the FTSF Board heartily thanks the volunteers who stayed at the gate on three separate Sundays to open it as needed. It was an experiment with accommodating those with disabilities and allowing drivers to go up to the Chase House to drop off passengers. We learned that there is small, but notable latent demand for easier access to the area of the house for those in need and which we will work to address in the coming year.
We are sad to see summer end, but we are proud of what we accomplished. We are also working on a number of projects for the fall. We also plan to be at the White Memorial Nature Day on September 28th, if you want to stop by and say hello! Please stay tuned, plan to join us for the workshop, then visit us at White Memorial, and to attend the annual meeting in October. Then, we hope you will join us in celebrating our first year while helping us plan for the next one.
Happy Labor Day – the last summer hurrah!