Minutes of the Chilliwack Field Naturalists Executive
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Fernando & Paulina Selles’ home, Chilliwack
Present: Scott Denkers, Denis
Knopp, Lee Larkin, Janne Perrin, Janet Pollock, Fernando Selles, Paulina
Selles, Margaret Tranah.
- Call to order – Meeting was
called to order at 7:00 pm by Denis.
- Minutes of the previous meeting – Motion for adoption by
Scott, seconded by Janne & approved by exec.
- Approval of the agenda – Approved.
- Business Arising from Minutes
- Speakers – Joachim Boge will talk later this month on
"Awe Inspiring Hikes." Istvan Orosi will give us a talk on
North American Warblers at the March AGM.
- Field Trips – Fernando reported on upcoming field trips:
Willband Creek Park, Feb 21st; Silverdale Creek Wetlands, March 19th (subsequently
changed to March 21st); Burnaby Lake, April 7th (subsequently
changed to April 8th); Hope Airport, April 15th. Scott will lead a
trip in Hope late May and Denis Knopp and Dennis St.John are looking at
doing an insect trip to the Skagit Valley in late May or early June.
Fernando is still planning on evening walks in the summer and is looking
for ideas. E.g. Cultus Lake, Thompson Park.
- Bird Brochure – No report.
- AGM – Paulina reported on the pizza from Jumbos for the AGM.
Janet volunteered to do a phone out to check with people on their plans
for coming. Cost will be a flat $10 per person. We will provide napkins,
plates and coffee. Attendees should bring their own cups and silverware
- Cheam Gondola Company – Denis, Edna Hobbs was at the
Chilliwack River Valley meeting. He has offered to help build
(financially, I believe) some more environmentally-friendly roads/trails
further down the slopes (into the Chilliwack River Valley) for motorized
recreation to mitigate the damage done in the higher regions. We should
make sure other outdoor interest groups are aware of this project. Lee
will send us the letter she submitted voicing concern over the project.
Janne will check with BC Nature to get an idea of what we can organize.
- Camp River Wildlife Area – No report.
- BC Wildlife Federation support letter – The letter has been
signed and sent to Tobias Roehr. Denis plans on meeting him to clarify
what the plan is.
Website Audit Report – We have broken links and realize the
website needs updating. Janne followed up with a group called Red
Academy to get work done on our website. They require a trip to
Vancouver for a meeting. Janne will be following up with them after
she checks to see what BC Nature has to offer. Much discussion
followed on website development options.
BC Nature Membership Program. Janet made a motion to change our
membership renewal date to be March 1st to start in 2020. Seconded by
Denis and approved by executive. We need one more person assigned
to have access to the membership database. The Executive agreed that
the Club Director would be the second person (currently Janne). Janet
reported that there are 5 new members. Paulina stressed that it’s
important to get them involved with the club. Check with Rose to see
if she would like to be vice president. We need a membership
Financial Report – Approximate balances as of February 5th,
2019. Janet previously distributed the financial document and moved for
adoption of the report. Seconded by Fernando and approved by the
BC Nature Director’s Report – Janne reported that the
federation is looking at a new organization model with different
positions and position titles. For example, Club Directors will be
called Club Representatives. The Federation is proposing new expenses
reimbursement and Janne went over that. There is going to be a BC Nature
Lower Mainland meeting and Janne asked to see if any others in the
Executive would like to attend.
Conservation – No report.
- General Account $ 2,783.71
- Term Deposit (Val Whetter bequest) $10,000.00
- Camp River Account $ 4.12
- Equity Share $ 33.17
March 5th at Janne’s home.
Thanks to Fernando and Paulina for hosting!
Adjourned at 9:00 pm.
Submitted by Scott Denkers