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Last Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2012
Bayland Park Community Center
Recorder: John Berlinghoff

   Louis signs books
Louis Aulbach autographed copies of his new book, "Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings", before the beginning of the meeting.

Honey  Leveen  gave a listing of new members and returning old members: John Windass, David, Koch, Tracy Caldwell, Keely Carter and her husband, John Kelly, Tom Howard, Dutch, Bob Scaldino, Maureen Burke and Tom Mies.  She also stated that there will be a clean-out of the club storage facility at Aztec rental on 34th street, scheduled for Feb. 18.

John Berlinghoff gave a quick review of the Board meeting where the budget was reviewed and there were discussions on posting of trips on the website and what constitutes a club trip.

Tim Garber discussed trips including Harmon’s trip and three that Paul has planned for Lake Charlotte, the Neches River and the Oyster Creek Farmers Market.  He stated that the Houston Regatta is looking for volunteers.

Harmon Everett talked about their Brazos trip and how water flows went from 700 cfs during exploring to 18,000 cfs for the trip.  The moral is check conditions just before you leave!   He also gave a treasurer’s report adjusted for changing the donations from $275 to $475, a $500 Bob Arthur plaque, and probable changes due to closing the storage shed.  He will resubmit the budget next month.

There was a talk on the San Marcos cleanup for Mar. 3 by Robert Langley.  Paul is looking for a partner on that.

Honey Leveen and Natalie Wiest went out on Pickett’s Bayou, but Paul Woodcock’s Farmer’s Market trip was rained out.

Tom Douglas had the farthest away trip.  He went to Olema Creek in California where wetlands additions added 4% to the state total. Joe asked him about doing a program on the trip.

   Paul passes his hat
Cindy Bartos talked about the garage sale from Bob Arthur's belongings.  They will be sold at two meetings with a silent auction with all monies collected going to training.  The first sale will be in March..  She also asked for donations for the Brazos River Group advisory board. They need to hire a facilitator.  A motion was made that HCC would match funds up to $50.  A hat was passed and $116 was collected, for a total of $166.

Christy Long gave a talk on using USGS stream reports. They can be found in the "Resources" section of the HCC website.  Go to "Water conditions", then "Texas streamflow conditions".

Joe Coker discussed training. We are looking at:

1.  Level 2 kayak/canoe class taught by Patti Carothers on May 5 or 12 at a cost
     of about $20. HCC will be subsidizing up to $200 total.

2.  First Aid/CPR/Wilderness  - at the end of April  (exact details not yet set)
3.  Leader training possibly at Highway 288 taught by the club
4.  Beginner training at the Hwy 288 site
Paul Woodcock gave the awards for  paddling more than 100 miles.  They went to Philip and Tish Matticks, Tim Garber, Harmon Everett and our top paddler was Joe Coker.

  Ken Anderson presents
Ken Anderson was our main speaker.  He showed pictures and talked about his stay in Olympic National Forest in the state of Washington.  The presentation showed why so many folks want to live out there!

Major upcoming events include:
• BPA  is having an Adventure Race at Terry Hershey park on Feb 18.
San Marcos cleanup on March 3.
Buffalo Bayou Regatta on March 10.
Armand Bayou Trash Bash is on March 31.
John Berlinghoff

Recorder, John Berlinghoff