Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Barbara Dickson
(neighbor), Herb Bone (MAR/C, FOMP Board), Christina Merten (Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association), Greg Helland (FOMP Board)
FOMP has been chosen as one of the three groups that is
being considered for the April 7, 2010 event at the Redmond store. The Board
will need to make a short 15 minute presentation to the review committee at
Whole Foods on March 2nd.
They have asked us to address four questions during this
- your organization’s work
- how you will use the funding
- how you can help to publicize the 5% day
- ideas that you have for events leading up to and on the day of the 5%
Day (here at the store, to help spread the word…e.g. a kid’s activity on
the Saturday before 5% Day.)
The group brainstormed ideas for presentation. Christina
will check with Michael on possible pictures to use in the presentation of
good and poor forested areas of the park. Norah will check for historic
pictures of the park, especially the off-leash area from the 90’s compared
to today. The group brainstormed ideas for spreading the word. We could
contact the Redmond Reporter about doing an article on. The King County
Parks has a twitter, listserv, and facebook page, so we can get an
announcement out there.
E-mail chains: it would be good to have some general numbers
of how many people we can reach Greg will get numbers from SODA and Norah
will check on King County’s numbers.
Norah will also look at possibly putting an announcement in
the welcome banner for wi-fi at the park, adding an announcement to the
parking receipts, Lake Washington Youth Soccer spring season practices
starts that week and we would be posting at the field. Norah will also get
some rough numbers of how many parking fees are collected in a week or month
(last weekend it was over $7,000).
Group brainstormed on store events: Historic trees of
Marymoor brochure and map of the park could be handed out. Birds of Marymoor
presentation by Michael or Audobon. Christina will contact EarthCorps and
see if they have any suggestions and if they would be available for the
presentation on the 2nd. We could also let them know we are excited about
any suggestions they may have, since none of the Board members are familiar
with what type of events have been done for 5% days in the past.
2010 Community Forestry Assistance Grant:
Greg e-mailed electronic copy to the Board for review. The
grant is a USDA Forest Service pass through grant managed by WA Dept of
Natural Resources. Funds can be used for urban forestry plans, inventories,
program development, etc. This is exactly what we will be doing, so is a
great fit. The grant is specifically not for the purchasing of plants or
maintenance. The grant amount is $10,000 and application is due by 5pm April
9th. The grant does not require matching; however, if matching is possible,
it will gain a higher score. If we were to get the Whole Foods 5% day we
could leverage that as matching funds and get higher scores for this grant.
EarthCorps may have experience in applying for this grant
specifically and experience with grant writing in general. Greg will contact
EarthCorps to see if they can help with the application. King County may
also be able to provide assistance in the application process. Greg will
draft an application and send it out to the Board and Norah.
Greg noted that the grant is a re-imbursement grant, so we
will need to pay for EarthCorps and then request reimbursement. This is
something to point out at the Whole Foods presentation that we could really
use the funds on April 7th to help with this overall funding effort. Whole
Foods could help us ensure we get this larger grant opportunity. If we get
the Whole Foods 5% Day we may need a special board meeting in March to
discuss and organize grant and Whole Foods efforts because they are both
during the first week in April.
Wednesday March 24, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Marymoor Art Barn.
These notes were made by
Christina Merten, and they do not constitute an official record of the
meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has any
complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to Michael
Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will endeavor to