Hello Everyone, Brrrrrrrr,
Winter is certainly sweeping in quickly here in New England and Jani Golding and her crews have been working hard to get Topsmead ready for this. She has had some help recently from some students (and their teacher) from Explorations Charter School. Some hardy FTSF volunteers (as ably orchestrated by Marylou Gottler) have organized and been overseeing the work by this student group on Friday mornings at Topsmead. You may have seen them there? The students are learning some landscaping skills, such as how to plant trees, and gaining school credit while they do so.
In this and other ways we have been busier than ever this fall, even though I thought things would calm down after the summer season! Other FTSF happenings in the past month or so include:
Carol Gould, FTSF President
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