Agendas & Minutes

2019 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Mondays

 

December 2, 2019

LOCATION: Don Hall’s Gas House, 305 E. Superior Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 (menu here)

  • PUBLIC MEETING TIME:  7PM – 8:30PM
  • Free tea and coffee will be served, thanks to Hall’s Gas House!
  • Meetings are almost always the the first Monday of every month.

2020 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Mondays

January 6, 2020
February 3, 2020
March 2, 2020
April 6, 2020
May 4, 2020

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Monday December 2, 2019 Meeting Agenda DRAFT

7-8:30pm

I. Call to Order –  Vice President
II. Introductions & Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE) Daniel Hart, Brian Mattix
A. Approve Minutes/Board Minutes
1. Board Meeting -Set a date, need to discuss landfill at Board Meeting
III. Old Business
A. Brochure looks great, needs editable version for printer
B. Progress of Save Maumee Phase I environmental assessment to decide if we will take on a landfill Rose Ave Landfill property
C. Riparian Buffer Initiative project 2 (of 3) is done, Abby working on report for Ellenwood Drive CLICK HERE
D. Project 1 is done  (of 3)- Abby completed Quarterly Report.

IV. Outline for 2020 for site maintenance and duties for projects and expectations. Work on things as a Board to have successful 2020 for water quality!

ALL EVENTS ARE RAIN OR SHINE

* Roaring 20’s World Faire Fundraiser February 15th 2020 from 4-10p.m. at the Masonic Hall, Freemason’s – Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine;  Committee to report, Set Committee Meeting date
NEED ADVERTIZING NEED THE WEBSITE UPDATED FOR THE

V. Interest Pieces
VI. New Business

A. Adaptation Planning and Practices Online this winter by the Forest Service. To find out more information or to register, please visit: https://forestadaptation.org/learn/adaptation-planning-and-practices-online-2020 Space is limited and preference will be given to projects in the Midwest and Northeast.

B. AmazonSmile Charity Lists, a product donation platform built specifically for charities, with unique features that make it easier for customers to donate items to Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. Create your first list or refine an existing one with this Charity Lists optimization guide. See the below collection of case studies and read how charities are successfully using Charity Lists:

To make your first Charity List or edit an existing one, log in to https://org.amazon.com and see the “AmazonSmile Charity Lists” section.

Monday October 7, 2019 Meeting Agenda

7-8:30pm

I. Call to Order –  Vice President
II. Introductions & Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE) Brian Johnson, Jeannette
A. Approve Minutes/Board Minutes
a. Board Meeting -5:45 17814 Cloud Hill Drive 46748
III. Old Business
a. Brochure looks great, needs editable version for printer
b. Save Maumee Phase I environmental assessment will be to decide if we will take on a landfill Rose Ave Landfill property

IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative, 4615 Ellenwood Drive  2 -day public event OCTOBER 25 & 26 to plant 480 trees CLICK HERE

NEED people at the front to send down volunteers ~ Section Leaders of tree planting

B. INVASIVE REMOVAL DATES
Set GPS to: 4615 Ellenwood Drive we will be removing a FOREST of Asian Honeysuckle! Bring your friends! HALP!
ALL DAYS ARE 11am-5pm
– past the MARTIN concrete block, it is hard to find the first time. The site is large & wild and you should look at the map or call Abby 260-417-2500 if you have a problem! Check it out: https://savemaumee.org/end-of-ellenwood-drive_new-haven/

Tuesday October 8
Wednesday October 9
Thursday October 10
Monday October 14
Tuesday October 15
Wednesday October 16
Friday October 18 -new
Saturday October 19 -new
Monday October 21 – LAST DAY OF INVASIVE REMOvAL
Wednesday October 23 Trees delivered (7am)
Thursday October 24 – place trees
Friday October 25 TREE PLANTING EVENT
Saturday October 26 TREE PLANTING EVENT
c. Project 1 is done  (of 3)- Abby completed Quarterly Report.
d. Update: Canoe Clean-Up Saturday September 21, 2019
ALL EVENTS ARE RAIN OR SHINE

* Seed Harvest at Eagle Marsh – Saturday October 12, 2019
* 2 Day October Tree Planting – Friday October 25 & Saturday October 26 – 10am-4pm both days – trees to be delivered on Wednesday October 23.
* Annual Members Meeting – November 4, 2019 from 6pm-8pm set Committee meeting/report on committee – Welch’s Ale House (the old CS3) in the Tiger Room 6-8PM – Free Taco Bar with members
* Roaring 20’s World Faire Fundraiser February 15th 2020 from 4-10p.m. at the Masonic Hall, Freemason’s – Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine;  Committee to report, Set Committee Meeting date

V. Interest Pieces
VI. New Business

A. HEC Greening the Statehouse, heading into its 12th year, will be held at the IMMI Conference Center in Westfield, Indiana on Saturday, November 16th! The day will be filled with informative panels, presentations, and a keynote address all focused on solutions to the climate crisis! As you may recall, GTS includes a light breakfast and lunch. You can learn more on our website.

B. AmazonSmile Charity Lists, a product donation platform built specifically for charities, with unique features that make it easier for customers to donate items to Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. Create your first list or refine an existing one with this Charity Lists optimization guide. See the below collection of case studies and read how charities are successfully using Charity Lists:

Case studies:
ASPCA
28 Days
Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club
Purrfect Pals

To make your first Charity List or edit an existing one, log in to https://org.amazon.com and see the “AmazonSmile Charity Lists” section.

Monday September 9, 2019 Meeting Agenda

7-8:30pm

I. Call to Order –  Vice President
II. Introductions & Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE) Hitesh Patel, Jeannette Jaquish, Frederick Laurent
A. Approve Minutes/Board Minutes
a. NOTE: Next Board Meeting is Monday October 21 at 5:45 at Celia’s house.
III. Old Business
a. Brochure looks great, needs editable version for printer
b. Frederick Laurent paid for billboard until January 2020! WOW ~ THANK YOU FRED!
c. Seed Harvest in Hamilton update

IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative, 8th site has been found. – site location / details CLICK HERE – 
a. SET DATES FOR INVASIVE REMOVAL & date for 2 day public event
b.
Project 1 is done  (of 3)- Abby completed Quarterly Report.

A. SAVE MAUMEE ON-SITE MAINTENANCE

* September=Moser Park
Monday 9th 11a-4p
Thursday 12th 11a-4p

* Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Thursday October 3, with Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership – needs a few people to help begins after 4pm
Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
Saturday October 5  9am-4pm

V.   Planning Needed:
ALL EVENTS ARE RAIN OR SHINE

* Canoe Clean-Up Saturday September 21, 2019 from 11am-3pm

* 2 Day Invasive Removal at Deetz Nature Preserve –  Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5,  9am-4pm both days and October 3 with Big Brothers Big Sisters

* Seed Harvest at Eagle Marsh – Saturday October 12, 2019

* 2 Day October Tree Planting – Friday October 25 & Saturday October 26 – 10am-4pm both days – trees to be delivered on Wednesday October 23.

* Annual Members Meeting – November 4, 2019 from 6pm-8pm set Committee meeting/report on committee – Welch’s Ale House (the old CS3) in the Tiger Room 6-8PM – Free Taco Bar with members 

* Roaring 20’s World Faire Fundraiser February 15th 2020 from 4-10p.m. at the Masonic Hall, Freemason’s – Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine;  Committee to report, Set Committee Meeting date

VI. New Business
a.  Donation of a landfill to Save Maumee? Rose Ave Landfill property

b. 2020 application for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is now available online application for the 2020 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.  You are receiving this announcement as someone nominated you as an individual that might be interested in participating in the 2020 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.

Learn to be a Leader in Watershed Management. Enroll now to improve your watershed management skills If you’re interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2019 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:

Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills

  • Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
  • Interact with topic experts
  • Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
  • Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
    Enrollment deadline: November 8, 2019
    Web site: for the online application and information about the Academy, visit https://engineering.purdue.edu/watersheds/academy.htmlAcademy Fee: Includes lodging and food for overnight and one-day workshops, plus all course materials. Payment due by December 6, 2019 for accepted applicants. Full cost: $1,250 Soil and Water Conservation District & nonprofit staff and board members, self-funded participants: $750 Additional scholarships may be available for applicants upon request: $375
    Format: Training includes three face-to-face group sessions and distance learning, online (approximately 3-4 hrs/week). The Academy runs from January to May, 2020.  Specific workshop dates are January 8-9, March 31-April 1, and May 20, 2020.

For more information and to fill out the application, please contact Sara Peel, speel@purdue.edu, or see the Academy Web Page http://engineering.purdue.edu/watersheds

c. Want to go to River Rally or teach a program? Do you have practical knowledge and experience related to one of this year’s River Rally themes? Could your knowledge help someone working on similar challenges in another setting, geography, or organization? If so, we need you. All workshop proposals must relate to one or more of this year’s River Rally themes. We are also looking for proposals that relate to these themes and intersect with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Workshops are typically either 90 minutes in length and may include up to three co-presenters or are 15 minutes in length for our fast-paced “lightning” sessions involving just one presenter. Proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

VII. Other’s Events – Interest Pieces
Adjourn 8:30pm


 

August 5, 2019 Meeting Agenda DRAFT

7-8:30pm

I. Call to Order –  Vice President
II. Introductions & Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
A. Approve Minutes/Board Minutes
a. set date/time/location for Board Meeting (2 weeks)
III. Brochure looks great, needs editable version for printer
Discussion on Billboard

IV. Currently seeking next site (8 of 9) for Riparian Buffer Initiative
4325 Meyer Rd.  Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Project 1 is done  (of 3)- Abby completed Quarterly Report.

A. SAVE MAUMEE ON-SITE MAINTENANCE
* August=Heatherwood –
Monday 5th Front Entrance 2p-6p
Monday 12th 3p-8p Front Entrance, but moving to the back
Wednesday 14th 3p-8p back of site
Thursday 22nd 3p-8p – back of site

* September=Moser Park
Monday 9th 11a-4p
Thursday 12th 11a-4p

September 23, Cole property – by the railroad side –  9am – 6pm

* Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
Saturday October 5  9am-4pm

* Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
         Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
         Saturday October 5  9am-4pm
V.   Planning Needed:
ALL EVENTS ARE RAIN OR SHINE

* AUGUST 17, 2019 Seed Harvest atHamilton Site-Nature Conservancy,  – Celia will be hosting from 8am-noon and Abby will be hosting from 4pm-8pm – need a site location and put on website/ facebook invite.

* Canoe Clean-Up Saturday September 21, 2019 from 11am-3pm

* 2 Day Invasive Removal at Deetz Nature Preserve –  Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5,  9am-4pm both days

* Seed Harvest at Eagle Marsh – Saturday October 12, 2019 at 3pm-6pm

* Annual Members Meeting – November 4, 2019 from 6pm-8pm set Committee meeting/report on committee – need location and speaker

* Fundraiser February 15th 2020 from 4-10p.m. at the Masonic Hall, Freemason’s – Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine;  report on committee, Roaring 20’s World Faire, Committee Meeting August 19, 5:30 at Lauren and 
VI. Other’s Events – Interest Pieces
Adjourn 8:30pm


Minutes – July 8th 2019 Save Maumee Monthly Meeting 
Attendees: Yolanda Alvarez, Ellen Bauman, Lauren Conklin, Abigail King Susan Todd Connie Shaw, Jennie Nicklin, Jain Young, Rowan Green

  1. Call to Order –  President Abigail King 7:07p.m.
  2. Introductions & Membership acknowledgement

Greg Eley paid last month (last months minutes)- $50 PayPal 

Connie Shaw received a patch for 40+ hours of volunteer hours. (Member Information Link HERE)

  1. Approve Minutes
  2. Set date for Board Meeting (approx. 2 weeks from today), Tricia Cliffton has been nominated for the Board by Andrea Hamman, to be voted upon at Members Meeting on November 4.

Minutes need to be approved before being posted online. Minutes will be sent out before posting and approved by those who move to approve.

III. Brochure looks great, needs editable version for printer

An editable version will need to be sent. The brochure template looks amazing, thanks to Celia for creating it. Some edits will be made for the final print.

  1. 4325 Meyer Rd.  Fort Wayne, IN 46806 Project 1 is done  (of 3)- Abby working on the report. What is next for the Riparian Buffer Initiative?

Meyer Road site location is completed. Invasive upkeep and site maintenance to occur

SAVE MAUMEE ON-SITE MAINTENANCE

* Need one more day for: 15503 Gar Creek Road, New Haven, Indiana 46774
One last day of finding/uncovering trees and site maintenance needed. 

* Location for July : Cole property, New Haven, IN 46774 – Members & Invite only = private property
Friday July 26, 2019 11am-7pm THEN CAMP OUT
Saturday July 27, 2019 10am-6pm – THEN WE GO HOME

* August=Heatherwood –
Monday 5th Front Entrance 2p-6p
Monday 12th 3p-8p
Wednesday 14th 3p-8p
Thursday 22nd 3p-8p

* September=Moser Park – set dates
Monday 9th 11a-4p
Thursday 12th 11a-4p

* Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
Saturday October 5  9am-4pm

EVENT PLANNING NEEDED 

  1. Meeting for Annual Members Meeting, November 4, 2019 Details TBA – Need space due to Hall’s is booked
  2.  Board Meeting set: at Ellen and Lauren’s home. July 14th at 4p.m.
  3. Other’s Events – Interest Pieces

Fundraiser and Member Meeting will be discussed
Fundraiser will be held at Masonic Temple on February 15th 2020 from 4-10p.m.
Lauren will contact someone about lighting for event.

Jennie and Jain attended a meeting from the Gaming Commission. Paperwork and applications will be easier in the future. There is no longer a $1,000 limit on donated items for a raffle or auction.

Adjourn 8:42pm




Minutes –Monday June 3, 2019
Call to order 7:05 

Quintin Tompson, Amanda Arnold, Jain Young, Connie Shaw, Susan Todd, Pluto Brand, Ethan Ryan, Celia Garza, Aaron Goulet, Ellen Bauman, Abigail King, Yolanda Alvarez, Jen Brown, Bart Bilby, Jen Brown, Jain Young.

I. Call to Order –  Vice President 7:05
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE) – Greg & Julie Eley $50 for Pat Frost
III. What is left to complete at Meyer Rd.? (project info here) – 44 trees, 1 very small burn pile, rake old burn piles, 60 plant plugs, trash removal.
IV. Solarize Indiana
A. Coordinator, Quintin Thompson. 30 minutes to discussed solar in Indiana. 30% tax credit (get money back from the program) from federal government if you schedule it before December 31, 2019, program is being eliminated due to Net Metering laws in Indiana. You get a credit from selling your energy back to the grid.  Disaster to homeowners because they need that tax credit to offset costs.  NO NET METERING after 2022.  Longer we go on, less benefits in the future…must do now if you want full tax credits. Trump tariffs made it flatline.  Reducing emissions reduces pollution and increases water quality health.
B. People need answers, Solarizing Indiana, cost, basic – SOLARIZE IN is here to help with: infrastructure, organize in local community, teach others of cost.  1) Education and myth busting, 2) Organize and teach about solar – incentives because of rate hikes of Indiana Michigan Power/American Electric Power
B. Local Initiative for Solar IN- 2017 with Amanda Shepard did info sessions. Problems with distributors and localizing.
C. NEED DATE TO host info session. Need bulk people to do it to save money for ALL involved.
D.Celia/Abby to set a meeting with Kimberly Koczan @ Church of the Brotherhood to advertise this meeting.
E. Solar Indiana – Training on June 22nd in Indianapolis – email solarizeindiana@gmail.com
V. SAVE MAUMEE ON-SITE MAINTENANCE
LOCATION: 4325 Meyer Rd.  Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Wednesday June 5, 2019 3pm-8pm
Monday June 10, 9am-3pm
LOCATION for June :15503 Gar Creek Road, New Haven, Indiana 46774 
Monday June 17, 2019 9am-3pm
Tuesday  June 25. 2019 9am-3pm
Location for July : Cole property – New Haven, IN 46774
Friday July 26, 2019 11am-7pm THEN CAMP OUT
Saturday July 27, 2019 10am-6pm – THEN WE GO HOME
August=Heatherwood
September=Moser Park
Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
Saturday October 5  9am-4pm
Dates for Save Maumee Upcoming Events:
 August 17th Save Maumee Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy. Fenn Harvest  — Abby will put on website pending Celia address 
* Canoe Clean Up September 21 (11am-3pm) Cass Street, Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Depot
* Seed Harvest October 12 – Eagle Marsh 
* November 4 – Members Meeting – location & suggestions – Ellen & Lauren need to set a COMMITTEE MEETING 
* Fundraiser February 2020 where we will set date for fundraiser. Meeting with Ed Snyder at Masonic Temple meeting Date: Wednesday June 26, 2019  10am 
VI. Other’s Events – Interest Pieces –
SET DATE FOR meeting to get on the Neighborhood Association Meeting AGENDA! NEED BOARD MEETING SO WE CAN DISCUSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD PRESIDENT MEETING THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
A. Public Roundtable on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Progress  The International Joint Commission  Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B. Climate Leadership Summit, September 12, Goshen EARTH CHARTER INDIANA
VII. How to earn new Save Maumee patches in 2019 = 40 hours of logged time – TURN IN VOLUNTEER TIME SHEETS –  2 patches to Yolanda, 2 patches to Lauren, 2 patches to Tricia Clifton, 2 patches to Ellen
X. Picture in front of billboard – Frederick Laurent wants to fund the billboard up to $3,000 –
Adjourn 8:36pm

Monday June 3, 2019 Minutes

Call to order 7:05 

Quintin Tompson, Amanda Arnold, Jain Young, Connie Shaw, Susan Todd, Pluto Brand, Ethan Ryan, Celia Garza, Aaron Goulet, Ellen Bauman, Abigail King, Yolanda Alvarez, Jen Brown, Bart Bilby, Jen Brown, Jain Young.
I. Call to Order –  Vice President 7:05
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE) – Greg & Julie Eley $50 for Pat Frost
III. What is left to complete at Meyer Rd.? (project info here) – 44 trees, 1 very small burn pile, rake old burn piles, 60 plant plugs, trash removal.
IV. Solarize Indiana
A. Coordinator, Quintin Thompson. 30 minutes to discussed solar in Indiana. 30% tax credit (get money back from the program) from federal government if you schedule it before December 31, 2019, program is being eliminated due to Net Metering laws in Indiana. You get a credit from selling your energy back to the grid.  Disaster to homeowners because they need that tax credit to offset costs.  NO NET METERING after 2022.  Longer we go on, less benefits in the future…must do now if you want full tax credits. Trump tariffs made it flatline.  Reducing emissions reduces pollution and increases water quality health.
B. People need answers, Solarizing Indiana, cost, basic – SOLARIZE IN is here to help with: infrastructure, organize in local community, teach others of cost.  1) Education and myth busting, 2) Organize and teach about solar – incentives because of rate hikes of Indiana Michigan Power/American Electric Power
B. Local Initiative for Solar IN- 2017 with Amanda Shepard did info sessions. Problems with distributors and localizing.
C. NEED DATE TO host info session. Need bulk people to do it to save money for ALL involved.
D.Celia/Abby to set a meeting with Kimberly Koczan @ Church of the Brotherhood to advertise this meeting.
E. Solar Indiana – Training on June 22nd in Indianapolis – email solarizeindiana@gmail.com
V. SAVE MAUMEE ON-SITE MAINTENANCE
LOCATION: 4325 Meyer Rd.  Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Wednesday June 5, 2019 3pm-8pm
Monday June 10, 9am-3pm
LOCATION for June :15503 Gar Creek Road, New Haven, Indiana 46774 
Monday June 17, 2019 9am-3pm
Tuesday  June 25. 2019 9am-3pm
Location for July : Cole property-   New Haven, IN 46774
Friday July 26, 2019 11am-7pm THEN CAMP OUT
Saturday July 27, 2019 10am-6pm – THEN WE GO HOME
August=Heatherwood
September=Moser Park
Location for October Deetz 7801-8499 Parrott Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Friday October 4, 9am-4pm
Saturday October 5  9am-4pm
Dates for Save Maumee Upcoming Events:
 August 17th Save Maumee Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy. Fenn Harvest  — Abby will put on website pending Celia address 
* Canoe Clean Up September 21 (11am-3pm) Cass Street, Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Depot
* Seed Harvest October 12 – Eagle Marsh 
* November 4 – Members Meeting – location & suggestions – Ellen & Lauren need to set a COMMITTEE MEETING 
* Fundraiser February 2020 where we will set date for fundraiser. Meeting with Ed Snyder at Masonic Temple meeting Date: Wednesday June 26, 2019  10am 
VI. Other’s Events – Interest Pieces –
SET DATE FOR meeting to get on the Neighborhood Association Meeting AGENDA! NEED BOARD MEETING SO WE CAN DISCUSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD PRESIDENT MEETING THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
A. Public Roundtable on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Progress  The International Joint Commission  Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B. Climate Leadership Summit, September 12, Goshen EARTH CHARTER INDIANA
VII. How to earn new Save Maumee patches in 2019 = 40 hours of logged time – TURN IN VOLUNTEER TIME SHEETS –  2 patches to Yolanda, 2 patches to Lauren, 2 patches to Tricia Clifton, 2 patches to Ellen
X. Picture in front of billboard – Frederick Laurent wants to fund the billboard up to $3,000 –
Adjourn 8:36pm

Save Maumee Monthly Meeting Minutes April 1st, 2019

Minutes recorded by Lauren Conklin, Secretary
Meeting called to order: 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:37pm

In attendance:
Celia Garza  Aaron Goulet Sandy Messner  Tricia Clifton Andrea Hamman  Jennie Nicklin, Abigail King  Lauren Conklin  Connie Shaw Jain Young  Yolanda Alvarez Rowan Greene  Alissa Hart , Lorilie , Olly Oligee, Eric Cole  Brian Johnson

  1. Call to Order –  Vice President
  2. Membership acknowledgement- Lauren and Jain
  • Pat Frost  – $40 Family – deceased 
  • Becky Kemp- Individual $25

III. Drainage Board meeting update- Jain and Celia
Save Maumee was not on the agenda. Drainage Board was concerned with verification of our site for the Earth Day tree planting. Nelson Peters appears to be in support of our mission in the drainage board meeting. April 11th will be when the drainage board decides to approve our project, invasive removal was approved.

  1. Invasive removal Schedule- Abby
  • Schedule is tenative. There will be a large trash pickup. We still do not have an approval letter from the Federal Government for our grant for the Earth Day project. It was discussed that the Saturday 13th Celia Site Supervisor Hannah Burcott with a group of 30, and Sunday 14th of April 10-2 both days for trash pickup and invasive removal.
  1. Earth Day Preparations
  • Proclamation- Jain
    • A proclamation will be made by Mayor Tom Henry for Earth Week.
  • Funding? Have we received the award letter?
    • No, we have not
  • When do the trees arrive?
    • Bare root trees to cut costs – approved by Forest Service
  • Volunteer recruitment- New Tech school group and other – trash can decoration
  1. Seed Harvest Dates with the Nature Conservancy
  • Dates were determined for June 1st and August 17th Save Maumee Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy. Fenn Harvest This assures us an ability to keep what we harvest. We could potentially harvest at Fox Island. Jain would like to donate a box of common milkweed.

VII. Callery Pear Collaboration with New Haven parks – Sunday April 7 – trash walk at Deetz

  • Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy are on board with a yearly event.
  • Renee Bentz from New Haven Parks came to talk about continuing the event. Monday the 29th of April will be an initial walk through of Deetz. August 19th secondary walk-through.

https://www.facebook.com/events/419419095529794/

VIII. Other Business and Interest Pieces

  • Sandy Messner- IFA looking to expand memberships and activists for forest alliance. Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Bloomington. Approximately 500 people in attendance to watch multiple environmental films, holding a raffle, and attendees become a member. (IDEA!!!) Sandy would like a short film or commercial of Save Maumee. Need folks for festival committee. Next event Late winter early spring 2020 in Bloomington, possibly early or mid march 2020 for fort wayne. Needing up to 5 or more. Commitments are a phone call every other week, approaching sponsors, and people to run the tables.
  • Flat Top Grill donated 15% of their profits from March 7th, which added to $167.06.
  • Rowan will be borrowing the tent for April 27th for Earth Week.
  • Talk to neighborhood associations about invasives HOA bimonthly. July 25th contact Allen county commissioners to get on agenda. Andrea and Celia will be contacting office. 6 volunteers for HOA meeting.
  • Jennie and Jain went up to Lake Erie Conferences. Lake Erie Watershed with Sandy Bihn. Mayor of Toledo addressed that Algae blooms are due to agriculture. Leaking septics, fertilizers on lawns are also a problem. Mary Lou Renshaw gave a shout out to Save Maumee. Adams county of Indiana just inside border of Ohio is a large contamination source of the waterways.   
  1. Adjourn 8:37pm

Monday March 4 Agenda

Save Maumee Meeting Minutes Monday March 4th 2019

Minutes taken by Lauren Conklin- Secretary, 

Meeting called to order 7:03p.m.   Meeting Adjourned: 8:44p.m.
In attendance: Jennie Nicklin  Alex Nicklin Abigail King  Lauren Conklin Ty Fry Jen Goulet  Aaron Goulet, Sarah Loshe Tricia Clifton  Ellen Bauman Celia Garza Nicole Harris Daniel Bennet, Andrea Hamman  Rowan Greene Jain Young Connie Shaw Alissa Hart Yolanda Alvarez

  1. Meeting Called to order: Abigail King President

 

  • Membership Acknowledgement:
    Dorothy Hayes – $50
    Tandy Lynn – $20
    Aaron Goulet- Family $40
    Nick Joseph- Individual $25
    Jessica Cole-Family+donation $150
    Craig Nicklin -Family+donation $80

 

III. February 23rd, 2019 Fundraiser Update:

Debrief Annual Fundraiser February 23rd 2019
Memberships
Deposit in the bank account $3836

TOTAL IS TENTATIVE. Ellen Bauman, Lauren Conklin, Tricia Clifton, Abigail King, and Andrea Hamman will meet Monday March 11th in the morning to rectify numbers and merchandise sold. Will also be writing and sending thank you letters to all vendors, performers, and donors.

Feedback about fundraiser/What can we do different?

-Aprons were suggested for members volunteering to run tables. This would make collecting donation money and making change easier.

-Adjusting the start or end time was discussed. Making the event shorter in duration.

-Bring a megaphone in case of sound issues.

-2-8 or 2-9 were the times suggested and noted.

-Putting Save Maumee merchandise in the main event hall space was discussed. Connie Shaw offered to put the table alongside her own booth.

-Signs posted to point people in the direction of other areas and vendors in the building. Also to help the flow of people keep moving.

-Scheduled performances

-Fashion show-Avocado Shag Shop, to help clothing vendors sell items.

Ideas for spending Fundraiser money:

-Chips for the trees to track their progress

-Sending board members to workshops

-More PROJECTS!

IV.Earth Day 2019

Save Maumee has received funding to move along with tree planting. Lauren Conklin and Abigail King went to speak to a possible site on Meyer Road. They were given contact information of the property owner and an email has been sent requesting permission to plant trees on the ditch.

Celia suggested creating a relationship with Julie Good PhD.and her biology students at Indiana Tech. Dr. Good would like to bring her students to help participate in the two day Earth Day event.

The site is a full sun area due to lack of tree species on the banks – Water in July/August. It was discussed that a watering schedule will be necessary to the survival of the trees that will be planted. IBC totes for watering were suggested by Ellen.

  1. Dates for Save Maumee Upcoming Events:
  2. March 7, EAT AT FLAT TOP GRILL AND TELL THEM…Save Maumee gets 15% of your bill! – What time do you want to eat dinner?
  3. Earth Day Monday April 22 & Tuesday 23 –

Earth WEEK: Organized by Rowan Greene

-22nd&23rd Save Maumee Earth Day event

-24th Livable Futures Expo-Historic Womens Club at Saint Francis Chamber of Commerce old building

-26thLivable futures forum-omni room citizens square

-27th black swamp permaculture

-28thRising Appalachia-Trevor Hall

-29th Little River Wetlands installations

-30th Plowshares launch tentative joseph dequis

VII. Other’s Events

  1. TOMORROW – Friends of Salamonie Forest strategy meeting, Cafe of Hope 900 E. State St. Huntington IN, March 5th – 7-9pm
  2. March 7th&11th Riverfront Development meetings at Hop River
  3. Watershed Organizations Leaders Meeting on March 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Woodburn Church (5108 Bull Rapids Rd, Woodburn, IN, Door 3)
  4. Seed Swap at TekVenture- March 23rd
  5. Spy Run Creek Cleanup- March 23rd 12pm-11pm
  6. Conservation Conversation for April 6, 2019 – with Environmental Resources Center Purdue University Fort Wayne Alumni Center lobby – tabling
  7. 8th annual Eagle Marsh Earth Day Fort Wayne event on Engle Road. Sunday April 28 1-5 – Tabling

H.Seed Harvest Opportunity-Fawn River Fenn Sites june 1st and 8th

  1. August 17th-Save Maumee prime date @douglas woods in Hamilton

Douglas woods at all times for seed harvest opportunity

VIII. How to earn new Save Maumee patches in 2019 = 40 hours of logged time – TURN IN VOLUNTEER TIME SHEETS

  1. Picture in front of billboard?

It was discussed taking a picture in front of the billboard before it is taken down.

  1. Callery pear removal from October of 2018

Anne Gurney of New Haven Parks expressed that an estimated 10% of the Callery Pear population was removed at Deetz Nature Preserve.  The possibility of this becoming a yearly event to help raise attention to the problem of invasive species, as well as help return Deetz Nature Preserve to a healthy standard was discussed. Images of before and after the removal have been circulated and used by arborists and conservationists lately.

XI.Interest pieces

A.Rowan Met with Electric works Nancy Townsend- Kevin Biggs – Green roof on electric works Encourage relationship with Electric Works

Kyle Quandt to write grants 319?

Sharon-TriState Watershed Alliance
B.North River Development site- Developers backed out due to “lack of due diligence”.  

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February 4, 2019 Agenda 7PM – 8:30PM

Meeting Minutes Save Maumee Monday Monthly Public Meeting February 4th, 2019 Don Hall’s Gas House, Lauren Conklin, Secretary
Meeting called to order 7:10pm Meeting adjourned 8:31pm

Attendance:
Shannon PFW, Tricia Clifton, Aaron Goulet, Board of Trustees Connie Shaw, Rowan Greene, Sarah Loshe, Olly Oligee, Moriah McQuay, Lauren Conklin, Secretary Jennie Nicklin, Board of Trustees Jain Young, Treasurer, Andrea Hamman, Board of Trustees

  1. Call to order Jennie Nicklin
  2. New member acknowledgement, Tricia Clifton. Family Membership.
  3. February 23rd Annual Fundraiser
    1. Jain Young will be filing an exempt form to the Gaming Commission togrant permission to Save Maumee to hold a raffle of items accumulating inprice of less then or equal to $1,000.00.
    2. Lauren Conklin has booked the entertainment for the fundraiser. Jim Tealwill be providing sound for the event. A meeting was held at TekVentureon February 4th to evaluate the space for sound needs.
    3. Ellen Bauman has another draft of the vendor list completed at this time.
    4. Jennie Nicklin and Sarah Loshe have been collecting raffle donations fromlocal businesses and compiling an excel spreadsheet to document donors.This list will become a master list to be edited as years go on.
    5. Wrist bands were purchased by Ellen Bauman and Andrea Hamman tosignify who has paid at the door or purchased tickets, who is a performer,and who is 21+.
  4. Earth Day 2019 idea brainstorm for alternative ideas to tree planting if thegovernment shutdown continues to affect our grant approval letter.
    A. The organization is still unsure if we will receive our official approval letter.

B. Ideas 1.

2. 3. 4.

were brought to the table for possible alternatives to tree planting. Previous site walk-throughs with the public to show them the trees they have planted in the past.
Tree planting demonstration.

Children’s workshops on how the waters are polluted.
Collecting trimmings from invasives and natives to show the public how to identify both.
Native herb walk.

5.
V. Spy Run Creek March 23rd Event

A. As Save Maumee volunteers and board members, we will be promoting this event individually and as an organization. Save Maumee will be in attendance.

VI. Interest Pieces

  1. Rowan Green shared more information on his developing event “EarthWeek”. It will be a permaculture focused week of events that will include Save Maumee’s Earth day events. Rowan is currently working on having a performance by Rising Appalachia at the Clyde Theater.
  2. Jennie Nicklin attended the Outdoor Expo at the Coliseum alongside Earth Adventures. She had an informational booth set up and distributed information to the public about our organization.
  3. Jain Young attended a meeting about the St. Mary’s River Assessment Report.
    1. The St. Mary’s River in Ohio is a B6 channel with no pools.
    2. It has silt and clay banks
    3. The problem area of the river is in Indiana at the Bluffton Roadbridge, where the banks are eroding.

Monday January 7, 2019 Agenda 7PM – 8:30PM

I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Officers take their place in 2019 & membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
A. Treasurer Jain Young Annual Financial Report
III. Engineer seeking County Surveyor position
IV. February 23, 2018 Fundraiser Update
FUN-RAISER:   BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/another-bazaar-evening-on-the-maumee-river-tickets-49581654062

V. John Furyun – Request for Spy Run Creek assistance with removing invasive species and trash on March 23, 2019.
A. Parking Location? Physical Location?  Advertising? Ownership of property for fire/drumming/camping permissions
VI. Ephram Smiley would like to get a volunteer pool of “doers” interested in working in his community garden.
VII.Dates for Upcoming Events: Earth Day April 22 & 23, Canoe Clean Up? (Sept.), Seed Harvest? (Oct.)
VIII. How to thank people for facebook birthday giving?
IX. Government shutdown,  if continued – Shutdown began 12/21/2018
X. How to earn new Save Maumee patches in 2019 is 40 hours of logged time!

Adjourn 8:30pm


December 3, 2018 Meeting

Megan Butler discussed Riverfront Development and how we all can help!  1/2 hour presentation and 1/2 hour discussion.  

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Monday October 1, 2018 AGENDA  

I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Members Meeting: November 5, 2018
A. Other Nominations to accept? Andrea Hamman, Lauren Conklin (Secretary)- Aaron Goulet?
B Details of Members Meeting – notifications

IV. Set up a time (meeting?):
A. Dates for site tree re-planting and move everything away from baby trees for the Fall!

B. Tri State Alliance Pontoon with Sharon Partridge! She wants us to schedule a date before the end of the year for driving us for a ride!  She is reaching out to organizations that we have partnered with to extend an invitation to join together for a pontoon ride on the three rivers.  There’s so much to see and learn!  We still have several more weeks before the river level will be lowered Pontoon seats 11 adults comfortably.

Events:

* THIS COMING WEEKEND IS ~ 2 DAY INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL ~ October 5, 2018 AND OCTOBER 6, 2018 ~DEETZ NATURE PRESERVE, NEW HAVEN BOTH DAYS 10AM-5PM
 11th Annual Seed Harvest  ~ October 20, 2018 ~SATURDAY 9am-NOON Eagle Marsh ~ 6300 Engle Road
 
* Member Meeting Monday November 5, 2018! – Members ONLY so renew your membership today!  Details are being arranged right now! Renew your membership HERE!  Thank you for your support as members! We could not do it without you!  A sincere thank you to all those Board Members who make Save Maumee the success story it is today. This all woman Board is dynamite and they continue to set the example of what being a true river advocate looks like! BEING PRESENT IS THE CRUCIAL ELEMENT! THANK YOU EVERYONE! 
* February 23, 2018 – Another Bazaar Evening on the Maumee – The fundraiser event was so well attended, we are going to do it at TekVenture again so mark your calendars!
INTEREST PIECES: 
  • 2018 Forest Service GLRI offers free online training and assistance, which may help your current and future projects meet resilience criteria. Registration requested by October 9thThe Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as a free 7-week long virtual course for urban foresters and watershed planners to consider climate change in land-use planning while using the Adaptation Workbook.
  •  Quick details
  • –          The fall course will be held Nov. 6 – Dec. 18, 2018, in weekly 1.5 hr sessions
  • –          More information can be found at: https://forestadaptation.org/UrbanFAPP-online
  • Michindoh Aquifer’s water wants to be sold by “Artesian of Pioneer” company…the CEO is also the Mayor of the City of Pioneer.  This affects only two townships in Allen County, but the aquifer itself lies under three states.  It does not have the protections it should, because in 2007, Bryan, Ohio was turned down by the EPA to designate the Michindoh Aquifer as a “sole-source” aquifer. That designation means the aquifer is the only source of drinking water for people in a nine-county area that includes parts of three states, but it’s not designated for many protections it SHOULD be afforded. https://savemichindohwater.com
  • Sign up with KROGER REWARDS and $$ goes to us when you shop!    SAVE MAUMEE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION, INC.(GV037), We have recently upgraded our Community Rewards system, and as a result, your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. (GV037)Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. We recommend communicating this new number to your members, and updating any marketing materials with this change. While the previous number will continue to be associated with your organization, it will not be visible to your members when enrolling. New members can enroll by searching for either the new numberor the name of your organization.If you have any questions, please email CECOMMUNITYREWARDS@KROGER.com or visit our website at http://www.kroger.com.
  • INFO: Enrollment deadline: November 3, 2018 https://engineering.purdue.edu/watersheds/academy.html 2019 application for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is now available – Enroll now to improve your watershed management skills through Purdue University with support from IDEM Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills
    • Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
    • Interact with topic experts
    • Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
    • Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
    • Academy Fee: Scholarships available, but classes are $750, due on December 14, 2018 (includes lodging and food for overnight and one-day workshops, plus all course materials).
    • Format: Training includes three face-to-face group sessions and distance learning, online (approximately 3-4 hrs/week). The Academy runs from January to May, 2019.  Specific workshop dates are January 8-9, April 3-4, and May 22, 2019.

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 AGENDA

I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Members Meeting: November 5, 2018
A. President nominates Andrea Hamman
B. President nominates Lauren Conklin for Secretary
C. Other Board Members for suggestions of new board members/movement within the board
D. Details of Members Meeting: food? presentations? postcards for notifications?

IV. Upcoming Events:

A.  11th Annual Canoe Clean-Up ~ September 8, 2018 ~SATURDAY 11AM-3PM NEAR FORT WAYNE OUTFITTERS BIKE DEPOT UNDER THE HARRISON STREET BRIDGE

B. 2 DAY INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL ~ October 5, 2018 AND OCTOBER 6, 2018 ~DEETZ NATURE PRESERVE, NEW HAVEN BOTH DAYS 10AM-5PM

C. 11th Annual Seed Harvest  ~ October 20, 2018 ~SATURDAY 9am-NOON Eagle Marsh ~ 6300 Engle Road

 

Interest Pieces:

A. Michindoh Aquifer’s water wants to be sold by “Artesian of Pioneer” company…the CEO is also the Mayor of the City of Pioneer.  This affects only two townships in Allen County, but the aquifer itself lies under three states.  It does not have the protections it should, because in 2007, Bryan, Ohio was turned down by the EPA to designate the Michindoh Aquifer as a “sole-source” aquifer. That designation means the aquifer is the only source of drinking water for people in a nine-county area that includes parts of three states, but it’s not designated for many protections it SHOULD be afforded.
https://savemichindohwater.com
B. Indiana Forest Alliance, Executive Director Jeff Stant about what’s wrong with the proposed cut in Salamonie https://indianaforestalliance.org/salamonie-state-forest/  Here is DNR’s logging plan (DRMG) for the proposed cut https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-SRSF_C1T3_10282014.pdf
The problem is not necessarily removing the common Maple, Ash and Box Elder to help the forest, the problem is removal of hardwoods and selling off our forest treasures of Oak and Walnut without oversight.


C. KROGER REWARDS:

SAVE MAUMEE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION, INC.(GV037), We have recently upgraded our Community Rewards system, and as a result, your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. (GV037) Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. We recommend communicating this new number to your members, and updating any marketing materials with this change. While the previous number will continue to be associated with your organization, it will not be visible to your members when enrolling. New members can enroll by searching for either the new number or the name of your organization. If you have any questions, please email CECOMMUNITYREWARDS@KROGER.com or visit our website at http://www.kroger.com .

D. INFO: Enrollment deadline: November 3, 2018 https://engineering.purdue.edu/watersheds/academy.html 2019 application for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is now available – Enroll now to improve your watershed management skills through Purdue University with support from IDEM Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills

  • Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
  • Interact with topic experts
  • Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
  • Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
    Academy Fee: Scholarships available, but classes are $750, due on December 14, 2018 (includes lodging and food for overnight and one-day workshops, plus all course materials).
    Format: Training includes three face-to-face group sessions and distance learning, online (approximately 3-4 hrs/week). The Academy runs from January to May, 2019.  Specific workshop dates are January 8-9, April 3-4, and May 22, 2019.
    For more information and to fill out the application, please contact Sara Peel,765-337-9100  iwlasub@ecn.purdue.edu, or go to Academy Web Page http://engineering.purdue.edu/watersheds

August 6, 2018 AGENDA

I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)

III. September 8 Event (same day as Canoe Clean up) with – they want to remove invasive species
IV. U.S. Forest Service Grantor, Jeremy Peichel updates & will tour work sites tomorrow: August 7
A. Draft for signage (X4) at public sites: Moser, Heatherwood, Deetz
B. Approval needed to use logos for USDA, Forest Service, GLRI, EPA, (vote on putting: Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership) 
V. Award from Isaac Walton League of America from President of Indiana Division, Keith Halper
VI. UPCOMING EVENTS: 
A. Canoe Clean Up
B. Set date for Member Meeting
C. What are we providing to removal of black swallowwort and Callery Pear Removal? Deetz (callery pear) Oct 5 & 6
D. February Fundraiser at Tek Venture : Date? Name of Event? Update from July 23 committee meeting
VII. What do I do with the donation of this large tractor in the yard?  Man says value approaches $6,500

VIII. Hoosier Environmental Council is looking to ramp up their volunteer program and is searching for some people in NE Indiana who might be interested in devoting a couple hours per week to HEC’s work in addition to going through a few training sessions. Please let me know if you have any ideas! CONTACT AMANDA SHEPHERD – Outreach Coordinator
Hoosier Environmental Council ashepherd@hecweb.org 317-476-2170 (cell)

IX. Allen County Hazardous Household Waste site is open! See what we said a while ago.  THE NEW Allen County/ Ft. Wayne Solid Waste is now calling themselves: Allen County Department of Environmental Management.  http://savemaumee.org/hazardous_household_waste/  

Adjourn : 8:30

 

 

 


July 9, 2018 Agenda:
I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. U.S. Forest Service Grantor, Jeremy Peichel updates & will tour work sites on August 7
A. Need to invite people involved : savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/ Jeremy Freimuth, MS4 coordination, Drainage Board, landowners
IV. Water Schedule (July / August) & Invasive Dates (EARLY August/October) set: Riparian Buffer Initiative
B. Billboard should be up this Month – MMI Inc. sign on Coliseum near US30 / Maumee River at golf driving range – 1 year – what is the 2nd payment – EDITED
C. Paying for: X1,000  3 fold brochure and 1,000 stickers, 5 signs for frames (3 layers/sign)
D. Do we need a corporate brochure created in addition to current 3 fold?
E. Plans for FEBRUARY 2019 FUNDRAISER! – MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 23, 2018 Call Lauren for details
F. Indiana Forest Alliance purchased a 3 Rivers Festival Table – SIGN UP HERE – Nick Joseph
H. Old Business – report to Gaming Commission submitted

Adjourn 8:30


May 7, 2018 AGENDA

I. Call to Order 7pm –  Vice President, Celia Garza
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest Pieces
IV. EARTH DAY 2018 – April 22 &23 wrap-up Report for Sixmile Creek:
Riparian Buffer Initiative – planted 460 trees 
A. http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/ –  Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project – Jeremy Freimuth, MS4 coordination, Drainage Board agenda and Altered Plan
B. Billboard Design & update – MMI Inc. sign on Coliseum near US30 / Maumee River at golf driving range
C. Corporate brochure + 3 fold Brochure Design – draft copy for mass print
E. Plans for FEBRUARY 2019 FUNDRAISER!
F. Set a date/time/location for completing grant by May 10 – tonight?
G.  U.S. Forest Service Grantor to tour sites on August 7 and attend Aug 6 meeting.
H. Old Business – need receipts for tie-dye supplies &  t-shirts sweatshirts and report to Gaming Commission

Adjourn 8:30


February 5, 2018 AGENDA 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest Pieces
IV. EARTH DAY 2018 scheduled for Sunday April 22nd and Monday April 23 Riparian Buffer Initiative – planting 460 trees 
A. http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/ –  Seeking Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project
B. Fundraising Committee for February 17, 2018 ~ Location: inside Tech Venture 1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (south side of Tecumseh Street Bridge – turn east onto Herbert Street, then follow the road to the right and park in front of the sand volleyball courts. Saturday February 17, 2018 ~ A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee ~  It is the weekend after Valentines Day, so bring your sweetheart and the kids…or bring your neighbor and find a date!  Either way, this will be an event to remember. More information will become available HERE: http://savemaumee.org/a-bazaar-evening-on-the-maumee/

V. Old Business
A. Sign up through Save Maumee with Amazon Smile and .5% of all money spent will go to our projects! Thank you! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4159838
B. Must RE-register your Kroger Rewards Card to go to Save Maumee or it will not renew automatically.
* Enter Save Maumee’s NPO number 59503 or Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc., and click on confirm.
RE-REGISTER for KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: with Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. by registering/login online: krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card.

Adjourn 8:30
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January 8, 2018 AGENDA

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Welcome the new Board Members to Save Maumee!
IV. Interest Pieces
A. Commissioners Seek Input on Plans for Solid Waste Department Created: 04 January 2018 The Allen County Board of Commissioners is soliciting input and feedback on its plan to dissolve the Allen County Solid Waste Management District and transfer all the existing staff, assets and programs to a new department under its direction. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday, January 12, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom Citizens Square 035. You can view the plan by clicking here. Comments on the proposed plan may be sent in advance of the hwaring to commissioner@allencounty.us. See what we will say at the meeting HERE: http://savemaumee.org/hazardous_household_waste/

B. Public Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership meeting on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Community Memorial Hospital meeting room in Hicksville, OH. SPEAKER: Dr. Doug Kane, Defiance College, “Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom detection in Western Lake Erie and the Maumee River using sensor technology”.

V. EARTH DAY 2018 scheduled for Sunday April 22nd and Monday April 23 Riparian Buffer Initiative – planting 460 trees 
A. http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/ –  Seeking Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project

B. Fundraising Committee for February 17, 2018 ~ Location: inside Tech Venture 1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (south side of Tecumseh Street Bridge – turn east onto Herbert Street, then follow the road to the right and park in front of the sand volleyball courts. Saturday February 17, 2018 ~ A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee ~  It is the weekend after Valentines Day, so bring your sweetheart and the kids…or bring your neighbor and find a date!  Either way, this will be an event to remember. More information will become available HERE: http://savemaumee.org/a-bazaar-evening-on-the-maumee/

VI. Old Business
A. Sign up through Save Maumee with Amazon Smile and .5% of all money spent will go to our projects! Thank you! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4159838

B. Must RE-register your Kroger Rewards Card to go to Save Maumee or it will not renew automatically.
* Enter Save Maumee’s NPO number 59503 or Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc., and click on confirm.

RE-REGISTER for KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: with Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. by registering/login online: krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization for us to receive a portion of money from Kroger!

  • IF you already have a Kroger Plus card, you can register your card# with your organization after you sign up!
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
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  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter Save Maumee’s NPO number 59503 or Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc., and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
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adjourn at 8:30pm

 

Past Meeting Agendas:
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AGENDA December 4, 2017 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
IV. Upcoming To Do List
Drainage Board Meeting where we discussed the need for vegetation on ONE SIDE OF DRAINS: http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/ –  Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project

A. Schedule a Board Meeting
B. April Six Mile Creek Project scheduled for Sunday April 22 & Monday April 23: Riparian Buffer Initiative
C. Schedule Member Meeting 2018
D.  Fundraising Committee for February 17, 2018 ~ Saturday February 17, 2018 ~ A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee ~ More information will become available HERE: http://savemaumee.org/a-bazaar-evening-on-the-maumee/

V. Old Business

adjourn at 8:30pm
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October 2, 2017 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
A. Sierra Club – Johnny Appleseed & Save Maumee COMMENTS: Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, [Indiana] Domestic Action Plan for the Western Lake Erie Basin
B. HEC partnership
IV. Drainage Board Meeting where we discussed the need for vegetation on ONE SIDE OF DRAINS: http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/
A. Schedule a Board Meeting
B. Deetz Nature Preserve project: Oct. 14 & 15, 2017. Riparian Buffer Initiative
C. Invasive removal update for Deetz

VI. Old Business
A. Member Meeting: Scheduled for November 6
B. Canoe Clean Up success
C. Fundraising Committee for February 17, 2018 ~ “A Bizarre Evening on the Maumee River”  Location: inside Tech Venture 1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (south side of Tecumseh Street Bridge – turn east onto Herbert Street, then follow the road to the right and park in front of the sand volleyball courts.
Fun House, garage sale, Belly Dancing, Henna, raffle, photo booth, meal tickets, desert sculpture
D. Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project

adjourn at 8:30pm

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September 11, 2017 AGENDA
Call to Order: 7pm President
UPCOMING EVENTS: IF it’s underlined it is hyperlinked

A.  10th Annual Canoe Clean-Up, Can YOU Clean-Up?
~Saturday September 9, 2017~ Cass Street (off Wells Street)
*THANKS TO: Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Depot, Food NOT Bombs, Old Crown Coffee, Fort Wayne Harley Davidson, Brad Mottinger, Hall’s Triangle Park

B. INVASIVE REMOVAL Sept. 25, 26, 29,30 and Oct 2 – DEETZ NATURE PRESERVE, Parrott Road, New Haven/Fort Wayne
Monday September 25 – 11am-6pm
Tuesday September 26 – 11am-6pm
Friday September 29 – 11am-6pm
Saturday September 30 – WHEN DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?
Monday October 2 – 11am-6pm THEN MONDAY MONTHLY MEETING ON OCTOBER 2 – 7-8:30
Thursday October 12, 2017 TREES WILL BE DELIVERED TO DEETZ

*PARKING WILL BE TIGHT, Lauren asking neighbors if we can park near
*Will need reusable water bottles before the 3 day tree planting – Celia Renaissance Point, Alissa YMCA
*Need secure dates for sections stations – see map

C. 10th Annual Seed Harvest
~Saturday October 7, 2017~
NOON-4pm at Eagle Marsh, LRWP

D. Planting 380 Trees over 2 Days
~Saturday October 14, 2017~
~Sunday October 15, 2017~
10AM-4PM

STATIONS: Jain Young – “How to plant a tree”, Alissa Hart – Welcome, Lydia LaMont – Satellite, Jennie Nicklin – Section 1, Ellen Bauman – Section 2, Section 3__________, Abigail King – Section 4, Inri McKeithan – Section 5 ,                             Celia Garza – Section 6, Lauren Conklin – Section 7
*need help Lauren? “public welcome” sign made (steel ground signs)
*make sure to tell them to pick up trash on their way IN AND OUT ~THANKS
*PARKING WILL BE TIGHT – Lauren to check on parking on Parrott Road business owner property diagonally opposite to Deetz parking lot.

E. ~MONDAY NOVEMBER 6th, 2017~ click on link for to INVITE  YOUR FRIENDS!
Members Only – $25 is Annual Individual Membership ($10 for students and senior membership)
6pm-8pm…but you can purchase your annual membership at the door!
* Review of documents for Member Meeting & SEND – VP
*Member recognition for Aug/Sept. 2017 – Jain+Celia to meet
*Alissa to order cake with Ben or Jake Hall & send out invitation to members
*Celia to secure keynote speaker
*Invite your friends to become a member or click here: http://savemaumee.org/annual-members-meeting/

F. Fundraising Committee for February 17, 2018 ~ “A Bizarre Evening on the Maumee River”  Location: inside Tech Venture 1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (south side of Tecumseh Street Bridge – turn east onto Herbert Street, then follow the road to the right and park in front of the sand volleyball courts.
Fun House, garage sale, Belly Dancing, Henna, raffle, photo booth, meal tickets, desert sculpture

G. Six Mile Creek Strategy with ACDB for April 2018 project
*& Related Sierra Club/HEC comments:
HEC will do the heavy lifting, but would like Save Maumee’s feedback on the content of the workshop (i.e what topics would you specifically like to see covered relating to CAFOs?) and assistance getting the word out to your membership and the community at large!

We are looking at hosting the workshop in Whitely County either 10/21 or 10/28, but would like to include information relevant to Allen County and advertise the event heavily there. That said, if you have any suggestions for a venue in either Allen or Whitely Co, I would be happy to hear them.
I’ve attached our “Stemming the Tide of Pollution from CAFOs” document that was used at a recent workshop in Bartholomew County — we will be changing this to be more relevant to Allen? Whitely Counties. Let me know if you have any questions
Michael
Michael Popa
Program and Outreach Associate
Hoosier Environmental Council
hecweb.org
moundsgreenway.org
Cell: (317) 385-9702

H. OTHER BUSINESS:
*Solar Initiative – Celia, Solarize Fort Wayne – Indiana?
* Defiance College Land to Lakes Conference Thursday August 28, 2017
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/land-to-lake-conference-tickets-37072931135

*November 18, 2017 State Environmental Leaders Conference, MN https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-environmental-leaders-conference-2017-tickets-34320038158

*Celia’s group at IPFW received award for Allen County 3 R’s Waste Reduction Award and she has been running NE Indiana Sierra Club Network. Volunteers needed for Johnny Appleseed Festival recycling initiative.

*Access Fort Wayne now to cover the Allen County Drainage Board Meetings via August 24th meeting with Allen County Drainage Board

*Save Maumee comments made to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement http://savemaumee.org/comments-to-glwqa-for-indiana/

*Riverfront Development made this statement about riparian buffers! http://riverfrontfw.org/ecology-riverfront-development/ and their Riparian Buffer Plan is a link on this page!


August 7 –  AGENDA 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
A. Can someone attend :Urban Forest Planning Adaption and Practices https://forestadaptation.org/UrbanFAPP-online
B. Wednesday August 9, 2017 6-8 Great Tree Canopy Comeback Kickoff Mixer – Reserve by August 2nd to receive a free box dinner.  fotpannualmeeting.eventbrite.com
C. Celia – Energy Meeting THIS Saturday, ACPL Downtown, 6pm?
D. Abby to speak at Democratic Breakfast, August 12 at 8:30am 7301 Decatur Rd. (corner of Tillman & Decatur Rd)
IV. Drainage Board Meeting where we discussed the need for vegetation on ONE SIDE OF DRAINS: http://savemaumee.org/ditch-easements-need-vegetation/
A. Schedule a Board Meeting
V. Deetz Nature Preserve project public date in October. Riparian Buffer Initiative
A. Date to start invasive removal, after September
VI. Canoe Clean Up PAGE HERE
Old Business
VII. Environmental Advocate Training-August 12 (2pm-9pm) Facebook Invite here
VIII. Member Meeting: Scheduled for November 6 – Need Committee & Keynote

June 5, 2017 AGENDA 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement ( Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative
A. UPDATED & COMPLETED: Trier Ditch complete plan set updated
    1. Lessons learned from Trier Ditch project 
B. New site location for Bullerman, October date to be set
C. Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Meeting
D. Signage for Trier Ditch Projects: Moser & Heatherwood
V. OTHER EVENTS:
A. Pedal, Paddle, Play JUNE 10, 2017 (SATURDAY)   – http://fwoutfitters.com/pedal-paddle-play/
B. Riverfront Gathering JUNE 23,24,25 – Defiance Ohio http://visitdefianceohio.com/event/riverfront-gathering/
C. The Peoples Summit – JUNE 9, 10, 11 Chicago, IL – https://www.thepeoplessummit.org
D. May have to cancel September 9 – Save Maumee Canoe Clean Up, July 1st FWOBD on Cass St. entire area may be closed due to Riverfront Development fencing.

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May 1, 2017 AGENDA 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative Updates from Earth Day
V. NEW Entire Riparian Buffer: Printer Pairs
Trier Ditch draft plan set – Section Leaders
B. Earth Day PDF
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April 3, 2017 Agenda

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative Updates
V. Earth Day 2017 PLANNING MEETING
A. DRAFT DESIGN SPECS  Trier Ditch draft plan set – Section Leaders
B. Earth Day PDF
C. The Bands
D. Vendors/Science March 10am April 22

March 6, 2017 Agenda:

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement -Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
A. REGISTER for KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: with Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. by registering online: krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization for us to receive a portion of money from Kroger!

IV. Riparian Buffer Initiative Updates
V. Earth Day 2017 PLANNING MEETING
Earth Day PDF

February 6, 2017 Monday Monthly Meeting Agenda 

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (Member Information Link HERE)
III. Interest pieces
A. REGISTER for KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: with Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. by registering online: krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization for us to receive a portion of money from Kroger!

  • IF you already have a Kroger Plus card, you can register your card# with your organization after you sign up!
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box UNLESS you already have a Kroger card NUMBER – then just complete the required information with your already existing number on your card.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter Save Maumee’s NPO number 59503 or Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc., and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

    B. Please share your pics with Blue Roots Project (Dec. 2016 meeting)
C. Registration for DNR Tree Steward Program
D. Hoosier Environmental Council, Amanda Shepherd wants to host Fort Wayne environmental advocate training; needs date and 20 people to attend.
IV.  Fundraising Committee Report for February 25, 2017  Fundraiser at The Phoenix, with Terry Ratliff Artisan LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
A.    Advertising – WE NEED TO PRINT SOME MATERIAL – stickers, brochures, update print job to Riparian Buffer Initiative
V.   Riparian Buffer Initiative update for Trier & progress – Specific Trier Ditch Map windshield survey and
2016 Official Interim Report Submission.
A. NEED to secure more than one date for Earth Day.  April 22nd is a Saturday – we need one more full day of planting. – half day on Friday half day on Sunday – Earth Day Weekend
B. Trier Ditch site that we are partnering with New Haven Parks & Rec. and working with New Haven Department of Planning stated: “Regulated drains in Allen County generally have a 75′ maintenance easement on either side of the ditch for the purpose of removing brush, debris, etc. in order to facilitate proper drainage.  Perhaps their [Allen County] office would be willing to work in partnership with Save Maumee to help accomplish their goals. http://www.allencounty.us/surveyor-s-office. If you are looking for specific property owner information I would suggest looking at the county’s IMAP data viewer at http://www.acimap.us/viewer.html

– ALMOST ALL are maintained by Allen County.

VI.   Member Reports
VII. New Business
adjourn: 8:30pm

LEGISLATION UPDATE FYI
To find your representative:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/  

It is important right now to call and write your elected officials on a range of reasons.  Call the ones who represent YOU! Here is the number: (202) 224-3121  IF you do not know what to say, write it before.  The person on the other end of the phone will want to know your NAME, ADDRESS and WHY you are calling .  Use a one liner like, “I would like to ask my representative [Jim Banks, Joe Donnelly, Todd Young] to deny Scott Pruitt’s nomination for the EPA because I do not think he is able to represent the office he has been nominated to serve.”   Then ask HOW THEY PLAN TO VOTE-ON the topic. I truly know it is frustrating with all the information floating around, but be diligent and watch closely one issue that matters to you and help to CHANGE IT! Doing one small act EVERYDAY, is always the goal! (instead of feeling helpless, watching on the sidelines).

HB 1026 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1026  – Save Maumee suggests OPPOSE this Bill
Roadside vegetation management. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to mow roadside vegetation a minimum number of times a year. Requires the first mowing of roadside vegetation in a calendar year to be performed when 50% of the vegetation in a sight line is 12″ in height.

INDOT currently performs statewide roadside vegetation management two times per year at a total cost of $8 M (or $4 M per mowing). As proposed, the state would be split in half at U.S. 40, with the northern part of the state being mowed four times per year (an increase of two times) and the southern part mowed six times per year (an increase of four times). In total, INDOT will perform an additional three statewide mowings per year. At $4 M per mowing, this bill is expected to increase State Highway Fund expenditures by $12 M per year for mowing. 

HB 1608 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1608 – Save Maumee suggests you SUPPORT this Bill  Natural resource funding. Establishes additional fees for motor vehicle registration, and provides that the additional motor vehicle registration fees must be distributed to the: (1) clean water Indiana fund; and (2) President Benjamin Harrison conservation trust fund (conservation trust fund). Imposes, in certain situations, payments in lieu of taxes on properties purchased by the conservation trust fund.
Please considering emailing/calling your Representatives and ask they support.  Ask they consider co-authoring. Also please email these key legislators expressing your support.
Rep. Jim Arnold  h74@in.gov
Rep. Tim Brown  h41@in.gov
Rep. Gregory Porter h96@in.gov

HB 1202  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1202 – STAUNCH OPPOSITION OF THIS BILL PLEASE
FYI on giveaway of state lands.  Ohio River is quite a ways from Ft. Wayne and the Maumee but there are precedents and this could spread to other rivers.
Ownership of banks of the Ohio River. Provides that in all places where the southern border of the state of Indiana, as determined according to the low water mark of the Ohio River as it was when Kentucky became a state in 1792, is coterminous with the banks of the Ohio River on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, the person or persons who hold title in fee simple to the land in Indiana adjoining the Ohio River are owners of the land all the way to the border of the state of Indiana. Provides that the state of Indiana, which owns the banks of all navigable waterways in Indiana up to the ordinary high watermark, relinquishes its ownership interest in the part of the banks of the Ohio River to the extent necessary to make the person or persons holding title in fee simple to the land adjoining the Ohio River owners of the land all the way to the border of the state of Indiana.
There was a precedence a few years ago the legislature passed a similar law giving the public beach (down to low water mark) to adjacent private landowners on Lake Michigan.  Where does this stop?  Conceivability this could be extended to all public water within the state like the Wabash River.  Might impact ability to float streams and jump shoot ducks.

A WIN!  For example, The Wilderness Society reporting a “win” because constituents called their elected officials! After political pressure, Rep. Chaffetz who introduced… and then withdrew his bill!  H.R. 621, would have allowed the sell off of 3.3 million acres of national public land in 10 western states. Citizens throughout the U.S. who treasure public lands expressed outrage about the bill and STOPPED IT!

Want to learn about leading issues facing Indiana’s environment with Hoosier Environmental Council?
There are no less than five upcoming events to get you up to speed!
1) February 6: Indianapolis – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
2) February 8: West Lafayette – West Lafayette Public Library
3) February 9: Greencastle – Putnam County Public Library
4) February 11: Indiana Civic Day – Indiana State Library
5) February 15: Sustainable Living Seminar – Carmel Library

Want to publicly share your views about the environment to lawmakers?
There are at least seven town hall meetings (called “Third House”) happening across Indiana in the coming ten days!

1) Columbus – Monday, February 6th (and Monday, February 13th)
2) Hamilton County – Friday, February 10th
3) Elkhart – Friday, February 10th
4) Boone County – Saturday, February 11th
5) Evansville – Saturday, February 11th
6) Huntington County – Saturday, February 11th
7) Madison County – Monday, February 13th

And don’t forget about HEC’s next volunteer training,  Wednesday, February 8th!

If you would like to learn more about the bills moving through the legislature and talking points for conversing with your representative and senator, please visit our Bill Watch 2017 page.
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January 2. 2017  Monday Monthly Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement (PAYPAL LINK  & Member Information Link HERE)
III. Please share your pics with Blue Roots Project (Dec. 2016 meeting)
IV.  Fundraising Committee Report for February Fundraiser
A.    Advertising
V.   Riparian Buffer Initiative update for Trier & progress – Specific Trier Ditch Map windshield survey
VI.   Member Reports
VII. New Business
A.   Executive Board of Trustees for 2017 Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc.
*President – Abigail Frost-King
*Vice President – Celia Garza
*Executive Secretary – Alissa Hart
*Treasurer – Jain Young

Adjourn 8:30

FYI: You’re invited to join Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Advocates Workshop in 2017! 

Ricky Janquera, Deputy Press Secretary with the Sierra Club is leading this workshop designed to provide guidance, practice, and space for people to hone-in their advocacy skills with the Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Campaign. There will be education, training, and practice elements during this workshop. 

Let’s win in 2017! Kick the year off right by attending this workshop to strengthen and practice your advocacy skills, and to come together with a community of people dedicated to moving your city away from coal to clean energy; and protecting clean air, clean water and the climate. 

Below is a menu of items you’ll feel more confident engaging in following this workshop:

  • Speaking to your networks about why and how we can move our community beyond coal 
  • Speaking at events in support of moving the community beyond coal to clean energy 
  • Providing quotes or being interviewed by media 
  • Writing op-eds and letters to the editor 
  • Attending editorial board meetings
  • Speaking with community leaders, and elected officials
  • Speaking on radio shows

Anyone who would be excited to speak to their friends, family and community about the need for us to move away from coal to clean energy is welcome to attend. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP!  for details, Megan Anderson, Associate Organizing Representative, Sierra Club, (812) 325-0685megan.anderson@sierraclub.org

MUNCIE: Thursday, January 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, 4800 W Bradford Dr, Muncie, IN 47304

FORT WAYNE: Saturday, January 7, 2:00-4:00 pm, Fellowship Hall, Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

SOUTH BEND: Sunday, January 8, 2:00-4:00 EST, First Unitarian Church, 801 E Washington St, South Bend, IN 46617



December 5, 2016 Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order 7pm –  President
II. Membership acknowledgement from Nov. Member Meeting
III. Special request to share our work with Blue Roots Project

IV. New Business
A. Announcement from Aiste’, Ball State Graduate student, working with a team called The Blue Roots Project#myblueroots @bluerootsproject
Mission: to encourage people across the world to share art and stories related to water in their lives and their community.  Project will help to document challenges and issues and share conversations of how water affects us and our community and share hope. Save Maumee leaders should be prepared to share their connection to water and document stores via audio/photo/video after adjourning this meeting. CONTACT INFO: Aistė Manfredini Graduate student | Emerging Media Design and Development Graduate Assistant | Unified Media Lab amanfredini [AT] bsu.edu | 847-691-7371

B. Fundraiser Discussion – Fundraiser outreach with Terry Ratliff owner of Terry Ratliff Fine Art and The Phoenix’s Sarah Sperry (any day the week before Valentines Day 2017) – possibly a Wine and Canvass – Art Show – Silent Auction/Raffle  – Live Entertainment – Food Service

V. Member Reports
A. Member request discussion to have Indigenous Native American Action on the Maumee
B. Other
Adjourn 8:30
*Upon adjourning, please prepare to make a statement on camera for your connection to water for the Blue Roots Project if you would like to be involved.


3rd ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING was November 7, 2016 : CLICK FOR MORE
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AGENDA~ Monday, OCTOBER 3, 2016

Call to Order 7pm – President

I. Membership & Acknowledgement of new members
* Member Meeting – Member updates & keynote
II. Upcoming Events: promoted at Middle Waves, Democratic Dinner
*Seed Harvest – Park at Boy Scouts of America – MOST PRODUCTIVE EVENT
*October 20, Thursday- tree unloading and setup for event over next 3 days
*3 Day Tree Planing – preparations? map creation, web signage – verbiage of what online “sign” should say?
-Lacrosse Team, Canterbury School
III. New Buisness
*Update to our newest grant awarded: The Federal Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration grant was awarded for ROUND 2 of Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative Phase II!  We have been selected to continue funding for our initiative through the year 2018! Starting in October our new grant will be processed and plans will be set for Trier Ditch, Bullerman Ditch & Six Mile Creek!
*Continued oversight of Allen County Drainage Board and vegetation removal found here:
Allen County Drainage Board problems suggestions ditch dipAllen County Drainage Board practices conflicts assurance

 

 

 

 

Adjourned 8:30


Labor Day Minutes September 5, 2016

Call to Order: 7:17 Adjourned: 8:31
Role call: Lydia & Lee LaMont, Jain Young, Ryan Bailey, Alissa Hart, Rowan Green, Abigail Frost-King
*No minutes to approve
*New Member Andy Wolff
*Member meeting will be Monday Nov. 7th at Hall’s Gas House 7-8:30pm – invitations must be sent out 30 days in advance. Make invitations
*Alissa Hart to work with graphic design for branding and publications for print & wants to help remove the 400 lbs of fencing (X 34 rolls) from outside our Six Mile Creek work site.
* Mo Palmer, IPFW Grad Student working with Riverfront Dev. to remove selective invasive species in the 3 mile project area, concerns still lie with indiscriminate removal with chemical herbicides.
*Northeast Indiana Water Trails Strategic Planning session is scheduled for October 28th todiscuss the outcome of the 1st annual Pedal, Paddle, and Play, the NEI Water Trails website and garner any input you may have on future plans for the NEI Water Trails.
*Abby will bring Save Maumee signs for a photo op at Canoe Clean Up & for the after party at CS3
*Rowan Green suggested for Earth Day 2017, to have “Rising Appalachia” musical group in town.  They work along side Permaculture Action Hub and we may need to come up with money to have them attend/play.  Jain will write a template to submit the grant Bill Brown suggested.

Suggested Reading:
final Blue-Green Algae Report for the season:  
http://www.in.gov/idem/algae/   We are ending the season with 11 lakes/reservoirs with a high cell count recreation advisory. I would think this should be of deep concern to our state officials.  When you are speaking with candidates for office, I suggest you mention this count to them.  Of course, it is also important to mention the 303 d list of impaired waters. 
US Beekeepers Fear For Livelihoods As Anti-Zika Toxin Kills 2.5 m bees
NARMS Reports Antibiotic Resistance In Salmonella Remains High
A Cow’s Life: It Isn’t All Clover
USDA Makes $11.7 M Egg Purchase
Millions At Risk As Deadly Fungal Infection Acquired Drug Resistance
Animal Rights Activist On Trial In Canada For Giving Water To Pigs

Monday August 1, 2016 AGENDA

I.   7pm – Call to Order/ Introductions –  President
II. Approve Minutes – Secretary
III. Membership
A. Member acknowledgement
B. Member Reports
C. Terry Doran has shared his movie and it is now uploaded to the Save Maumee youtube account (thanks to Greg Morrical) https://youtu.be/EaZVWU0ViDI
IV. Old Business
A.  Site discussion RE: Earth Day sites 1 & 2 in Bullerman – still have not thanked everyone
B. Current campaign  INITIATIVE  – Civil Rights & nondiscriminatory policy for project: CLICK HERE
V. New Business
A. Six Mile Creek site “Invasive Removal” report from July 21, 22, and 23 SEE HERE: http://savemaumee.org/save-maumee-riparian-buffer-initiative/ 
B. 3 Day Tree Planting 2016
Friday Oct. 21, NOON-5pm
Saturday Oct. 22, NOON-5pm
Sunday Oct. 23,   NOON-3pm

C. Fundraiser needed! $ needed!  http://savemaumee.org/all-upcoming-events/
1. Canoe Clean Up
2. Seed Harvest
3. Annual Member Meeting
a. elections

D. Preparation for Drainage Board Meeting on August 25, 2016 at 9:30am – garden level of Citizens Square RE: removal of vegetation on riverbanks.

E. Other events happening: Riverfront Gathering – 5-8pm in Defiance Ohio on Friday August 5.  http://visitdefianceohio.com

adjourn 8:30


Monday June 6, 2016 AGENDA

I.   7pm – Call to Order/ Introductions –  President
II. Approve Minutes – Secretary
III. Membership
A. Member acknowledgement
IV. Old Business
A.  Update the Bullerman (sites 1 & 2)
1. Tree Update
2. Watering
3. Reporting to Federal Gov. for 1st quarter (6 months)
http://savemaumee.org/earth-day-2016/  They need to be thanked!
B. Current campaign SEE HERE:     SAVE MAUMEE RIPARIAN BUFFER INITIATIVE  – Civil Rights & nondiscriminatory policy for project: CLICK HERE
V. New Business:
A. Six Mile Creek sites 3 & 4 (out of 6) 3 day preparation to remove invasives & SET DATE FOR TREE PLANTING (460 trees will be planted in Sept. OR October 2016)
*Thursday JULY 21,  4pm-9pm
*Friday JULY 22, 4pm-9pm
*Saturday JULY 23 exact time for work day TO-BE-DETERMINED
B.Parks and rec. Department are preparing a GLRI grant application to replace up to 600 urban street trees. The project area is roughly Anthony Blvd on the east from IPFW to the Hosey Dam and everything west to the rivers – St. Joe and Maumee.
What is needed, if the language is there, are parts of the Watershed Management Plans (St. Joe and Upper Maumee) that might address: 1. Tree planting, 2. reducing run-off (tree uptake) 3. Improved habitat that would aid in capturing phosphorous or any WMP specifics that would reinforce the planting of trees. The grant check box is to mitigate the devastation of the Emerald Ask Borer.

Sara Nichter. She is doing the writing and pulling together supporting documents. She is specifically looking for letters of support from organizations. Can Save Maumee and the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative write a letter of support this project? Sara will be sending you additional information that would focus your letter efforts. Also – again if there is specific language from the WMP that could support this project please share with Sara. If you could provide a link to your WMP of a PDF copy that would help as well.

AND THIS

From: Sarah Nichter [mailto:Sarah.Nichter@cityoffortwayne.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:52 AM
To: Chad Tinkel; Derek Veit
Cc: Alec Johnson; Dan Wire (danwire@omirivers.org); Anne Marie Smrchek
Subject: meeting with others
Importance: High

Hi all – we are applying for $100,000 to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Forest Service, and we need to get a meeting where we can brainstorm about how we can meet all the qualifications of this grant (we want to get it done by the 17th – so there’s a rush). We are focusing on restoring canopy lost to the EAB and improving the water quality of a watershed going into the Great Lakes.

This is a collaboration grant, so we want to get you and any others that should be involved in a watershed issue together. Chad was thinking the Lakeside/Northside area would be perfect for this – as we can apply for $100,000 in trees and could make a significant impact on  sedimentation for Lake Erie.

I also need letters of commitment and collaboration from you to show that we’re all working for the same purpose – to intercept and slow down the volume of sediment by restoring our lost tree canopy. The instructions say “including qualitative and quantitative contributions toward project planning and implementation.” I’m attaching the Mayor’s letter, though I imagine yours would be more specific to the project.

Which leads me to ask: can we get together for a meeting ASAP? I have listed a number of dates and times when I am available – please “reply all” and let us all know your available times, too – by my listing. That way, we can get something nailed down. Thanks everyone!

June 6th – anytime

June 7th – anytime

June 8th – morning

June 9th – afternoon

June 10th – morning

Sarah Nichter

Manager-information & development

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

260-427-6024

Sarah.nichter@cityoffortwayne.org

www.fortwayneparks.org

Cost share is being taken care of by the Parks and Rec. Dept. Planting, if the grant is approved, will begin in the fall of 2017.The application is due before the end of the month so this call for help needs to be fast tracked.

C. Someone should attend:

Friends of the Parks of Allen County, Inc. invites you to its 2016 Annual Meeting and Program featuring speaker Dr. Malcolm Cairns, of Ball State University, who is leading our project to develop an inventory of cultural landscapes in Allen County.
5:30-7:30 p.m.  June 15 Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory 1100 S. Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 A short business meeting will be conducted. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres.

D.RiverDrums Sunday June 19 & Riverpalooza June 25

8:30 adjourn


Monday May 2, 2016 AGENDA  

I.   7pm – Call to Order/ Introductions –  President
II. Approve Minutes – Secretary
III. Membership
A. Member acknowledgement
B. Check-up Groupon “free” advertising and effectiveness
IV. Old Business
A.  Update the Bullerman (sites 1 & 2) / Earth Day
1. Tree Selection /  Design Plan
2. Who were the other musicians?  I have The Renz Brothers for an hour on the website: http://savemaumee.org/earth-day-2016/  They need to be thanked!
OTHERS NEED TO BE THANKED TOO! THANK YOU!
3. SEE HERE:     SAVE MAUMEE RIPARIAN BUFFER INITIATIVE
4. Civil Rights & nondiscriminatory policy for project: CLICK HERE
B. Earth Day reimbursement receipts MUST BE GIVEN TO ME BY THIS MEETING DATE
V. New Business: Six Mile Creek location planning
1. Setup of Volunteers for watering schedule for Bullerman project area

8:30 adjourn


Monday April 4, 2016
AGENDA

I.   7pm – Call to Order/ Introductions –  President
II. Approve Minutes – Secretary
III. Membership
A. Member acknowledgement
B. Check on Groupon “free” advertising and effectiveness
1. Need to create certificate and print
2. Need to assure all are validated by 4pm on April 17
IV. Old Business
A.  Update the Bullerman (sites 1 & 2) / Earth Day
1. Tree Selection
2. Design Plan
3. SEE HERE:     SAVE MAUMEE RIPARIAN BUFFER INITIATIVE
4. Civil Rights & nondiscriminatory policy for project: CLICK HERE
B. Earth Day Setup and advertising
1. Please share the event on your favorite social media: http://savemaumee.org/earth-day-2016
2. Abby and volunteers will be on site PLEASE JOIN US
* Thursday April 14: 10am-4pm – unloading trees & setup site
* Friday April 15: 10am-4pm – 30 yard dumpster delivered, unloading trees, Port-a-John (Lydia)
* Saturday April 16: 10am-4pm – complete tree inventory and mark locations of specific trees, set up tent (Lydia), setup tables (Jain), setup site completion
*Sunday April 17 – EARTH DAY HERE: http://savemaumee.org/earth-day-2016/
NEED SIGNS FOR OUR LOCATION – afraid people will go to the usual spot on Niagara
1. recommended examples: “Earth Day this way ->” X at least 4 signs, “REGISTRATION/INFO”,  “Save Maumee Parking”
C. EARTH DAY ALL DAY
1. Tree Referee – the trees must be perfect if they want to live. Jain will assist all Tree Referee Volunteers Who? How Many?.
2. Celia – INFO BOOTH – groupon, waiver, registration – needs assistance since she will be there alone & Abby will be at the riverbank with the trees – I am going to wear a yellow vest for easy ID and may have more reflective vests for easy ID for tree referees.
3. Were there other musicians?  I have The Renz Brothers for an hour on the website: http://savemaumee.org/earth-day-2016/
4. Someone to wear Bag Monster? ___________
 Important to note for tree planting:
1. DO NOT REMOVE ANY TAGS FROM TREES (this task will be completed in 2017 upon inventory by the Forest Service and will remove tags then)
2. DO NOT MAKE TREE HOLE BIGGER THAN THE POT – this is a violent riverbank and will flood, so it is recommended we do not disturb more soil than we have to.
3. NO DIRT, MULCH OR DEBRIS WILL BE TOUCHING TREE BASE
3. ALL TREES WILL BE CONFIRMED AS PERFECTLY PLANTED ONLY UPON APPROVAL by a Tree Referee.
4. DROP THE POT BACK OFF AT THE FRONT = RECYCLE & REUSE!
5. THEN the newly installed tree will be WATERED with river water.
8:30 adjourn


AGENDA: MONDAY October 5, 2015

I. 7pm – Call to Order/Introductions – President
II.  Approve Minutes – Secretary
A. Membership Meeting DATE: November 9, 2015
(CLICK to see last years Membership Meeting)
III. Membership acknowledgment
A. Become a member at this meeting if you would like to vote in this election, sit on the board, or just support the work!
IV. Old Business
A. Federal 319 we submitted has made it to the YES pile. We find out if we are funded -YES or NO- around December 17 2015: Upper Maumee Watershed Implementation grant
B. City of Fort Wayne has included us in their GLRI grant submitted for vegetation plantings/ exotics removal (2 X per month from April-October 2016-2017.
V. Member Updates
VII. New Business

adjourn 8:30pm


AGENDA: Monday September 14, 2015

I. 7pm – Call to Order/Introductions – President
II.  Approve Minutes – Secretary
A. Secure Date for Membership Meeting
(CLICK to see last years Membership Meeting)
III. Membership acknowledgment
A. Become a member at this meeting if you would like to vote in this election, sit on the board, or just support the work!
IV. Old Business
A. Canoe Clean-Up
B. Presentation for American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
C. Hazardous Household Waste Initiative is moving forward with the city!
V. Member Updates
VII. New Business
A. Federal 319 submitted: Upper Maumee Watershed Implementation grant
B. Vote to partner with NIRCC for the GLRI grant application due on Sept. 28, 2015

IMPORTANT DATES:
* EVERYONE SHOULD ATTEND SEED HARVEST! HELP US ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 17.
* Sign up for Board Bootcamp on Saturday Oct. 3 2015 – 9am-noon at Downtown Allen County Public Library

Adjourn 8:30pm


Monday August 3, 2015 – AGENDA

I. 7pm – Call to Order / Introductions – President
II.  Approve Minutes – Secretary
III.  Old Business
A. Raft Race Cancellation – REPORT HERE
IV. New Business
A. SEPTEMBER 12 – Saturday – Canoe Clean Up at Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Depot on Cass Street (off Wells St.)
B. OCTOBER 17 – Saturday – Seed Harvest at Little River Wetland Project off Engle Rd.
C. Annual Member Meeting – President
1. How can we motivate people to attend? – call them!  ________
D. Waterways of the U.S. update – Secretary
E. Member Updates
F. Adjourn – 8:30


TUESDAY July 7, 2015 – Agenda

I. 7pm – Call to Order/Introductions – President
II.  Approve Minutes – Secretary
III. Membership acknowledgment
A. Become a member at this meeting if you would like to vote in this election, sit on the board, or just support the work!
IV. Old Business
V. Canoe Trip 2015 Discussion for Saturday July 18th, 2015
REGISTER HERE FOR CANOE TRIP
VI. Board of Director Updates
VII. Member Updates


MINUTES June 1, 2015
Called to order: 7:10 PM        Adjourned: 8:44 PM
I. President LaMont absent. Abby calls the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.
II. Lydia submitted a Letter of Intent to the EPA for a 319 grant. The grant would involve implementing riparian buffers, rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns ect. in an Urban setting.
III. Abby met with photographers from Chicago, Contracted with the Alliance for the Great Lakes
VI. Abby moves to approve May minutes. Celia seconds. Minutes approved.
V. Abby has worked approximately nine hours to obtain the rights to the website domain. We cannot use Save Maumee e-mails or the website until the domain is released.
VI. Treasury report: The Business Entity Report is due in June. 1771.00 in SMGO account
VII. Water bottles- 100/ 2.57 bottle. ($257.00) Bowden offered, through the grant to help pay for t shirts and water bottles. We would propose a one day trip from launch of raft race to New Haven. Possible to have meal and fire afterwards. Save Maumee will make contact with 3Rivers festival planning committee to attend the raft as representation of water quality.
VIII. Cantebury Middle school came to do they project with save maumee on the river bank. The students planted seeds as well as picked up garbage. The teacher would like this to be an on going event. Students would like t shirts.
XVI. The 11th of June the SWCD is having a conference. Abby is unable to attend. Sarah offered to represent Save Maumee
X. Abby finished the 10th Annual Earth Day re-cap. Frost newspaper wants to do a follow up story.
XI. Facebook page needs to be updated on the brochure. The brochure itself needs a minor re-vamping. Time to ask AEP for printing.
XI. Next board meeting Sunday June 7th at 11:00AM  at Java Mama
XII. We are in need of variety in t-shirt sizes. Abby moves to purchase $150.00 of dye for the white shirts left over. T-shirts should be sold for $20 to pay for themselves with a small profit margin. Kerry second. Purchase approved.
XIII. Boys and Girl’s club would like to do a kids project. Terry Doran and TRACK would like to collaborate also. Would do tye dye. Jain inquires if the program would be supervised by the organization or SMGO. We may not have the capabilities to supervise that many children.
XVI. Kid’s night- Sarah wants to run the program bi-weekly.
XX. Jain is GAP certified. She will be going to every vegetable and fruit farm and help them become GAP certified. It is state law that they will all have to be certified
Thursday at Jain’s. Nationally known artist- $10.00- Coffee shop in Angola canceled her once they learned she promoted pagan, wiccan and all religions.
XXII. Floating island design needs updated.

MINUTES: May 4, 2015- Public Monthly Meeting;
Called to order: 7:00 PM     Adjourned 8:47 PM

I. Minutes- Having trouble with website, looking into purchasing our domain name. March 5th minutes read aloud. Further discussion at board meeting. Date set later on in meeting.
II. Memberships- Deposits made, Abby moves to discuss with treasury report in board meeting. Lydia 2nd.
III.  Update on status of GLRI grant that Lydia wrote- We need to pin down locations for projects in bullerman ditch and six-mile creek.
IV. Jain will follow up with the grant that Joe Schmees sent out. She will keep us informed if it is something we can apply for.
V. Earth Day 2015 was a success. Talked about a form thank you letter to send to donors and supporters. Lydia volunteered to write the form thank you letter. Sarah sent thank you’s via Facebook to band members that provided music.
VII. River summit re-cap- Many of us attended the event. Chad Pragrake was an inspiration in cleaning the Mississippi river. Abby inquired to the DNR as to what fish are desirable for the river and how we can help re-populate. His response was that you have to give them suitable habitat to breed. Some fish species have no desire due to lack of habitat. Marcy Kaptur spoke about the Western Lake Erie Basin and its stand-alone potential as a target funding source.
VIII. Tracey Seaman received praise from Dan Wire for Pictures.
XVI. May 11th at 8:30 PM at Abby’s house- Next Board Meeting
X. Are we building a raft this year for the Raft Race? Abby proposes that we have a presence at FW Outfitters to do an erosion control project. Riparian management plan will be complete in July. We could do some project with the racers and incorporate planting projects(e.g. marshmallow) Educate about what a riparian buffer is. Bio habitats is writing the riparian management plan! They have the contract with the City. Live stakes? We will hear a lot of live stakes in the coming riparian management plan. Bill suggests that we anchor a wetland in the “race track” that it will raise awareness when people have to go around it.
XI. Floating wetland- Curt Meyer- www.floatingisland.com sells designs like this. Biohabitats.org is another good spot to look
XII. Dan offers shade for three rivers Friday night Saturday and Sunday. 4 or 5 ten by 20 tents with several other non-profits. Do not need to bring tents chairs or tables! Thanks Dan!
Mystery wetland! Our floater could makes its way around town in the river getting attention.
XIII. Canoe clean-up Date. Saturday September 12th from 11-3 PM. No promo until we have contacted FW Outfitters. Dan has thoughts for expanding the event. Met with city and they are getting a lot of calls of people that want to help. Says the City would promote the event as part of their riverfront plans.
XVI. Thursday May 7th, Carrol middle school students are working at 6 different locations where there is 90 minutes for a potential education component.
VI. May 16th American Rivers Clean-up day.
VII. Seed Harvest Date at Eagle Marsh- October 10th from 1PM- 4 PM If that week does not work for Eagle marsh the 17th will be the back-up day
VIII. Member meeting in October- Will review options for venue. Tentative dates /September 27th- 30th.
Call Army Corp to talk about the WWRDA follow-up. Study should be complete by now.
Dan mentions again the Mott Foundation grant; that they like to fund smaller non-profit initiatives.
Celia will follow up on the army corp projects.
Lydia moves to pay for Abby’s computer repair. Jain second, vote is unanimous.
Adjourned 8:47

May 4, 2015  AGENDA
I. Call to Order/Introductions: President
II. Approve Minutes: Secretary
III. Membership acknowledgment
A. One can become a member at this meeting if you would like to vote in this election, sit on the board, or just support the work.
IV. Old Business
A. Grants
B. 10th Annual Earth Day Recap – who else needs to be thanked?
C. River Summit Recap
V. New Business
A. Decide on next board meeting date/time/location
B. Decide Three Rivers Festival Presence in July
C. Decide Canoe Clean Up Date in September
D. Decide Seed Harvest Date & Member Meeting Dates in October
E. Sign the Support Statement for riparian areas next to ditches – everyone should sign (if you have not already)
F. Creation of a new Membership Brochure
G. Curt Meyer is engineering a “floating wetland”
H. Curt Meyer has created the locations of pictures: Maumee Matters 141 Mile Trip:
Day 1 April 19   http://arcg.is/1E5egNU
Day 2 April 20   http://arcg.is/1ALQaoD
Day 3 April 21   http://arcg.is/1E2OIP0
Day 4 April 22   http://arcg.is/1EBvIVr
Day 5 April 23   http://arcg.is/1xcjQvE
Day 6 April 24   http://arcg.is/1EBvyNW
Day 7 April 25   http://arcg.is/1EBw0Mb
Day 8 April 26    http://arcg.is/1EBw2Ua

V. NEED: To follow up with the Army Corps of Engineers while they review and develop the new Vegetation Management Policy. More info here:http://savemaumee.org/help-protect-vegetation-in-committee-on-capitol-hill-right-now/
VI. NEED to follow up with the Implementation Conference Attendees!


Vice President Report for April 2015

Very busy month with Spring blooming! I wanted you to know my vacation will be from June 23 to July 8 and working full-time all summer at Safeway.

UPCOMING EVENTS JOIN US:

  • Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership meeting May 6, 2015 6-7 pm at the Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.  Someone should attend because I am unable
  • THIS Friday – 9am – speaking at Niagara Dr. to 40 middle schoolers
  • EVERY OTHER Friday there will be water monitoring at designated locations along ditches in the Upper Maumee watershed, please call Sarah Loshe – 494-6904 if you would like to help her sample water with Sierra Club and IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center (ERC)  – Bruce Allen is helping to include the Buddhist community with this initiative.
  • THIS Friday at NOON I am speaking to the Sierra Club water testing group at Camp Scott
  • Friday, May 29th at 9am. Blueway Trails Meeting (locations on the rivers to put-in/take out for recreation). Location: Citizen Square – 200 E Berry St. Fort Wayne (room 220). Questions call Kyle Christine Quandt 260-449-7309  

THIS PAST MONTH: 

  • I attended Food Not Lawns Fundraiser and Movie Night at Wunderkammer and did promotions for SMGO.
  • Attended the Solidarity Cafe and got to speak with Barbara Ehrenreich (best selling author) – I posed the question, “How do we get people to align with people that have made a difference in the world. (i.e. Dr. MLK, Gandhi etc) – she said “to teach OTHERS HOW to be a leader and use their voice to move change.”

* TWO Sign-On Letters will be attached at the meeting: PLEASE SUPPORT THESE INITIATIVES WITH A PHONE CALL OR EMAIL TO THE PROPER AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE.

*NEW INITIATIVE* 

This is what I said at the Allen County Solid Waste Board Meeting in April

Dear Solid Waste Board of Directors, I am the Vice President & founder of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization – we are a local nonprofit that works to protect surface water and our rivers in Fort Wayne.  I am representing approximately 300 people today.

We wanted you to know there has been a public out cry to ask there be a designated household hazardous waste drop off location on a regular basis.

I will spare you the full report of all 92 counties in the State of Indiana, but I wanted you to know other communities are embracing a permanent place for people to drop household hazardous waste on a regular schedule.

*Perry County – Monday through Friday and most Saturdays

*Whitley County – every Wednesday

*Indianapolis – every Saturday and

*Marion County has several weekday collections around the County in addition to the Indianapolis collection every Saturday

*Howard County – Mon Tues Thrus and Friday with Wednesday limited service

*Cass County – call to schedule a hazardous waste drop off

*Elkart County – 1st Saturday of every month

*Hamilton County – 2nd Saturday of every month

*Johnson County – Mon-Wed Friday

*Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County Solid Waste Districts are working together to collect household chemicals – open now 8 times THIS YEAR

*City of Carmel – Tuesday through Friday and most Saturdays

*Hendricks County – once per year

*Allen County – once per year

This has become an urgent matter because upon randomly stopping and polling people who work with hazardous chemicals sold on store shelves, most people would answer the question I posed:

What are you going to do with the leftover substance when you are done?

There were several answers that continued again and again….

#1 – going to put leaves, couch stuffing, rugs (or other porous material) in the container and then put it in the trash

#2 – going to pour it on unwanted plants they wanted to kill

#3 – put it in the trash

women were the only ones that answered – store it #4

Save Maumee is looking for a designated place the public can drop off household hazardous waste on a regular schedule.

The public would understand a posted sign stating DO NOT LEAVE MATERIALS HERE – but IF there were materials left on the front porch, it would still NOT be going into our landfills or surface water.

To be green and offset costs, you could use a Product Exchange Program: Cleaning, automotive, and garden products would be donated by residents to the Product Exchange Program for other residents to take home and repurpose. This free program is available at all of the county’s permanent HHW sites.

With all the work going into Riverfront Development and how important the economy is closely tied to our most important resource our three rivers. As the 2nd largest City in the State we should set the example for other communities, not trail behind.  This is perfect time to provide the public with a drop off site more than the once per year – in September – Tox Away Day.

IF you are concerned with cost of such a program, please look to the manufacturers and distributors of these hazardous products to reclaim what they have made money selling on there store shelves to the public.

You have the ability to protect the public. Thank you for your time.

Respectfully submitted,

Abigail King

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. View President & Founder

http://www.referweb.net/c2h/MatchList.aspx?c;;0;;N;0;0;Government%20and%20Community%20Services;Environmental%20Protection%20Services;504;Hazardous%20Materials%20Collection%20Sites


Agenda April 6, 2015

I.    Call to Order 7pm – Save Maumee President
II.   Introductions
III.  New Member Recognition & Membership Call– Save Maumee Secretary
IV.  Earth Day
V.   River Summit


MINUTES from March 9, 2015
I. Treasury Report Jain and Abby working on 2014 books for taxes.
II. New Members- Billy’s Dug Out a recent Organizational member! Bruce volunteers to run membership drive for Earth Day.
III. Minutes from January 5th meeting read aloud- Motion to amend adjourned time for 8:35. Abby seconds none oppose.
VI. GPS on the website is coming along. The first three days of the canoe trip are uploaded with GPS locations.
V. Save Maumee in Washington- Bruce Allen Reports, last week in February every week is Clean Water Week in D.C. Save Maumee met with Marlin Stutzman. HB 223 is GLRI bill. Bruce passes out a contact list of local elected officials. Would like to see the language strengthened within the GLRI.
VI. Discussion about federal funding for CSO communities and homeowners septic tanks.
VII. Sarah Loshe with a Sierra Club grant through her IPFW internship are targeting 10 ditches for water monitoring per the list provided by Abby. Resource center at IPFW has offered volunteers for our use.
VIII. Herb DeleGrange is expecting our call to address his property along the Bullerman Ditch- they are to commence with even more construction along Landin road and the bullerman ditch. Another identified project area is at Lake and Beacon in a ditch neighboring Primary Engineering.
IVX. Grant Meeting March 15th at Java Mama at 2:30 PM
XVI. Earth Day planning- April 19th unless further discussion about a collaborative event with Fort Wayne Outfitter’s Bike Depot
XVII. Set meeting times for Fundraising Committee- Lydia, Jain, Sarah; Outreach Committee- March 12th at 11AM at the Law School
XVII. Board meeting-  Monday March 23, 8:30 at Lydia’s
XVIII. Dani and Norm to work on Public Access videos; discussion to upload video to website. Files may be too large, must be edited. Would like the video to be uploaded before the River Summit.
X. Adjourned

Agenda March 9, 2015

I. Call to Order 7pm – Save Maumee President
II.  Introductions
III. Reports
A. New Member Recognition & Membership Call– Save Maumee Secretary
1. Treasurer report for 2014
IV. Approve Minutes for Monday Monthly Meeting – Save Maumee Secretary
V.  Upper Maumee Implementation Conference discussion: SAVEMAUMEE:PRINTERSPAIRS
     A. Save Maumee’s Campaign Action Strategy
     B. Follow-up with strategy from attendees:
          1. mass of information: video, maps, pictures, conference responses, media reports, THANK YOU NOTES
          2. Communication to the masses: Purpose
3. Curt Meyer map creation from 141 mile canoe trip progress
Day 1: 
http://arcg.is/1E5egNU
Day 2: http://arcg.is/1ALQaoD
Day 3: http://arcg.is/1E2OIP0

VI. Set Dates:
*  Earth Day DATE?
*  Board Meeting
*  Governance Meeting
*  Outreach/Education/Events
*  Fundraising
Adjourn 8:30pm


February 2, 2015 – Meeting was cancelled due to weather


January 6, 2015 AGENDA

I. Call to Order 7pm – Save Maumee President
II.  Introductions
III. New Member Recognition & Membership Call– Save Maumee Secretary
IV. Approve Minutes for Monday Monthly Meeting – Save Maumee Secretary
V.  Upper Maumee Implementation Conference – SIGN UP NOW
      A. Hand outs will be provided for discussion on Implementation Conference
1. Implementation Conference Agenda
         2. Short List for Implementation Strategies
         3. PLANNING COMMITTEE Implementation Conference AGENDA


AGENDA for December 1, 2014 
I. Call to Order 7pm – Save Maumee President
II.  Introductions
III. New Member Recognition & Membership Call– Save Maumee Secretary
IV. Approve Minutes for Monday Monthly Meeting – Save Maumee Secretary

V.  Upper Maumee Implementation Conference – Save the date January 24, 2014 from 9am-3:30pm
LINK FOR REGISTRATION & INVITATION LINK WILL BE LIVE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

January 24, 2015 Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan Implementation Conference. LET’S IMPLEMENT THIS TREMENDOUS PLAN! January 24, 2015 Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan Implementation Conference. LET’S IMPLEMENT THIS TREMENDOUS PLAN!

A. Invitations will be sent out Tuesday Dec. 2nd before 9am to stakeholders in the Plan first, then will be released to the general public
B. SWCD River Summit discussion. What will SMGO’s role be for the River Summit in March 2015.
1. may have to decide after the Implementation Conference because other things may become apparent

VI.  Grant Updates – Board Member Lydia Lamont
A. Cedar Tree Grant – nothing yet
B. Media Grant – denied due to funding maximum reached
C. Sierra Club Grant
1. Proposal to establish a  formal Partnership with Sierra Club and League of Women Voters
D. Other Grants

VII. Committees
We encourage dedicated Members to join a committees tonight with the exception of the Governance committee, which is composed of the Officers of SMGO INC. On November 10, 2014 the Board of Trustees created the following Committees:

Fundraising

Outreach, Education & Events

Governance- Composed of the Officers of SMGO INC.

VIII. Adjourn 8:30PM

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