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Board Meeting November 14, 2012

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event location: 
Park Office
Meeting agenda: 

Friends of Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Donald J Trump State Parks


Wednesday, November 14, 2012– 7:30-9:15 PM 

Decisions to be made: Participation in Walk off the Turkey, Snowshoe, and I Love My Park events

 Call to Order - Jane Daniels          7:30

        Introductions and sign in)


        Acceptance of Minutes of October 17, 2012 meeting

Financial Report – David Rocco          7:35

  • Income/expense
  • Bank balance
  • Number of members  

Park Manager’s Minute (Brian Strasavich) – Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy          7:40

  • Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
  • Renovations at the pool complex

Events –

Park clean up –  Saturday, Nov 17 – 9:30-3

Snowshoe in the Park  January?

I Love My Park – May 4, 2013

Organizational Issues          8:20

MOU with state

Increasing membership

Succession planning

Upcoming meetings – All meetings are at 7:30 pm in the FDR Park Office

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Meeting attendees: 
Charlie Castronovo, Jane Daniels, Oliver Wells, Pamela Wells, Dianne Press, Anwer Qureishi, Brian Strasavich, and Janice Turner (arrived 7:45)

Meeting minutes status:

Meeting minutes: 

Friends of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Donald J. Trump State Parks

Draft Minutes – Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 7:30-9:15 PM

Action Items for next meeting:



Target Date

Apply to NY Department of State

Jane Daniels

when incorporation papers are returned


Anwer Qureishi


Contact REI re: Snow Shoe in the Park

Anwer Qureishi


 Present: Charlie Castronovo, Jane Daniels, Oliver Wells, Pamela Wells, Dianne Press, Anwer Qureishi, Brian Strasavich, and Janice Turner (arrived 7:45)

President Jane Daniels called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm..

The minutes for the October 17, 2012 meeting were approved.

Jane Daniels reported that she has sent paper work for incorporation to the Department of Education. There are 3 more steps to take before we can be a 501c3. She enlisted advice from Robert Bickford, a lawyer who did the paper work for Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks.

Effects of Hurricane Sandy – Brian Strasavich

  • No infrastructure damage – 100+ trees, mostly pines in the interior
  • Power lines down with still no power to the interior of the park; electrical work has started
  • Park staff is using heavy equipment supplemented by 4 crew members from Saratoga
  • Hired tree crew on a daily basis to do clearing; free firewood available
  • Sewage problem because of lack of electricity
  • Prior to storm Con Edison asked to use park to “house” ~ 500 workers from LA, NC, OK, WI; tents set up in pool parking lot operating 7days/week – showers, laundry, mess hall, catered food; had to evacuate facility because of N’easterner; parking lot was to be completely clean up when left.

Renovations at the pool complex – Brian Strasavich

Brian solicited input about proposed design renovations. Although the bath house was only 25% of the area, it will be 80% of the project (ie funds). Brian noted that the bath house was over built and that most of the space is unused. Suggestions made

  • Entry to pool area does not require walking through bath houses thus making it easier for female to take young males or male with young females swimming.
  • Repurpose the changing area – make patio on lake side and a multipurpose year round community room on the other
  • Increase concession
  • Decrease paved area inside the fence and increase the grass

Everyone felt that a year round community room would highly desirable. It could be used for park sponsored classes and available for meetings for a charge. Jane pointed out that there is always a need for community meeting space. The room could be in the current unused men’s changing area and then the unused women’s changing area could be a patio overlooking the lake.

Cyber Monday – Brian Strasavich

NY State parks is selling on-line the 2013 NY State Empire Passport for $40 instead of $65. Limit of three per person.

Park Clean up – November 17. 9:30-3

Picnic area 1 and 2 need the debris gathered and moved to the road for park staff to remove in a truck. Participants are asked to bring work gloves and rakes. Brian will have gloves and rakes for those who need them. Volunteers will be asked to sign volunteer agreements, which Brian will provide.

Anwer has sent press announcements to a variety of media as well as notifying local schools. Jane sent an announcement to the Volunteer Center. She has granola bars and water to hand out and will buy coffee on Saturday morning.

The group decided to hold a drawing at the clean up with the Empire Passports as the prize with three people offering to pay for the passport. Jane will order the passports and notify the winners.

Upcoming Events

Anwer offered to be in charge of Snow Shoe in the Park; he will contact REI. Dianne Press offered to assist him.

The December meeting will include a holiday party.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.

Respectively submitted,

Jane Daniels

Upcoming meetings – All meetings are at 7:30

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