The April meeting minutes as published in the newsletter were approved by
Susan Norton reviewed the treasurer’s report. Balances are money market account $6,513.17 and checking account $4,911.14. The report was approved by acclamation. Les noted that there has been a concern about the amount of money we have in our accounts. We will address this in the fall.
Les recognized the delicious coffee and snacks provided by the coffee committee. Thank you, Tizza Chace, for the goodies, and Les for making the coffee.
Ernestine Campbell reported we had four guests attending the meeting: Ralph and Donna Gabriel from Illinois, Leah Rezin from Wisconsin, and Jeff Midaby from Louisiana. We have a new member; Nancy Needam joined this week. Welcome, Nancy!
Linda Ash reported that a get well card was sent to Wayne Westerson on April 13 and he was doing well.
Guest speaker was Sue Palmer from the Friendship Force, a non-profit with the mission to promote global understanding across people through travel and home hosting both domestic and international visitors. To join the group costs $35/year. More information can be found at www.thefriendshipforce.org.
The raffle was held with several nice donated prizes. Winners were all pleased with their winnings. Les noted that we are looking at ways to speed up the raffle. If you have suggestions, get them to him.
Carolyn White reported that she would be combining the June and July information into one newsletter.
Our webmasters, Jim and Pam Hughes, are considering not posting all the events each month. Please provide event pictures to them to include in the newsletter.
Lunch and Tour – I.P. Potyondy said the May tour is of the Mesa County Landfill with lunch at Las Marias afterward. The June tour is scheduled on the 21st. See the Club Activities section for details.
Wayne McCalla has scheduled a day trip to Dinosaur National Monument for Thursday, May 25, meeting at the Fruita Welcome Center at 8 am. We will carpool and travel through the park by car with two short hikes along the way.
Janet Johnson provided information regarding the Highline Lake clean-up on May 15.
Dennis Pretti announced the wine tasting is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, from 3-5 pm, tasting Spanish and Portuguese wines and tapas.
Doug Grodt announced the hiking group’s next hike at Devil’s Canyon in McInnis NCA. Meet at the Fruita Welcome Center. He is also planning a wildflower hike on the Grand Mesa in July. See the calendar for details.
Meeting adjourned at 10:50 am.
Jo Ann Hargis, Secretary
January 2017 Minutes
Treasurer Susan Norton reported we ended 2016 in very good shape with $2,040.45 in our checking account and $6,511.05 in our money market account.
We thanked Les Slowik and Tizza Chace for preparing coffee and bringing Tizza’s fresh-baked pastries.
Three members of PLACE (People for Local Activities and Community Enrichment) were on hand to tell about their efforts to convince the city council of the need for a feasibility study for a community center. A statement of support garnered 1,500 signatures in two months. Members were urged to follow them on their Facebook page by searching for GJ Community Center.
Many members expressed a desire for such a center rather than a new event center, especially since the city council is considering a quarter percent sales tax to pay for it. The club, however, cannot take a position as we are a social club; it is up to members to make their opinions known as individuals.
Jack and Carol Spinelli were new members, and we had four other visitors.
Linda Ash said she sent a card to the family of Bob Norton, who recently passed away.
Dennis Pretti invited non-wine drinkers to the Feb. 9 lunch and tasting at Chez Lena, as the restaurant would like more people to know about it. The January Lunch and Tour to Flyin’ Miata is full. Doug Grodt is organizing the February visit to CPC Solutions, and Martha Potyondy the March tour of Peach Street Distillers. The Jan. 9 Armchair Travelers presentation was cancelled because of icy street conditions and has not yet been rescheduled.
Elections for club officers will be held in March. Anyone interested in running should contact Bob.
A committee has been reviewing our bylaws to bring them up to date. The new, improved version along with the current bylaws will be sent out via email (mail for those without email). A vote on the bylaws will also be done at the March meeting.
The raffle had several items donated by members.
Meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.
President Bob Noble called the meeting to order at 10 am at the First Christian Church hall. He read a letter from the Centennial Band thanking us for our contribution.
The last month's minutes were accepted as published in the newsletter.
Treasurer Susan Norton reported interest of 16¢ in our money market account, now at $6,509.42. Our checking balance stands at $2,469.48.
We thanked I.P. and Martha Potyondy for preparing coffee and Tizza Chace for bringing her homemade pastries.
Grand Junction mayor Phyllis Norris spoke to us about budget issues. While the city will not meet its 2016 budget, under the new city manager it will balance revenue and expenses with cuts. Priorities are public safety; infrastructure, including water, sewers and golf courses; and economic development. It expects the budget to be $142 million in 2017. In a brief Q&A, she responded to questions about promoting the city to tourists, the future of the Two Rivers Convention Center, the second phase of the Avalon Theatre and an event center at Las Colonias Park.
We introduced four new couples as members: Douglas and Cyndi Haynes, Jim and Ann Thomas, Ernie Stech and Yvonne Spaulding, and Steven O’Brien and Candace O’Rourke. We also had two visitors.
Linda Ash said she sent cards to Peggie Pretti and John Waage for health issues, and to John Neste, whose brother died.
Jim Hughes asked for photos to update the website as he’s been making changes.
Regarding events, Joan Robinson will have tags available at next month’s coffee for the Salvation Army Giving Tree. Ladies golf is over for the season. Wayne McCalla did not have any special outings planned, but will welcome ideas. The wine group will meet on Nov. 2 at Chez Lena, details to come in an email from Dennis Pretti. Janice Shepherd has Armchair Travelers presenters lined up for every month except April. Next week’s lunch and tour at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is full. The November tour will be at WSI Global. I.P. made an appeal for help on the committee.
Other events in town of interest are an upcoming live screening of the Bolshoi Ballet, a performance of the Western Colorado Chorale at CMU’s Moss Performing Arts Center, an observation night on Oct. 29 with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club, and the Women of Distinction breakfast on Nov. 3 at which Ruth Trowbridge will be honored.
Because of fall clean-up of Highline State Park was cancelled for lack of litter, before another planned clean-up we will scout out the area to access the need.
The raffle had several items donated by members.
Meeting adjourned at 11:05 am.