Introduction – Cyndi – welcome; motion for approval of minutes from November 2012.
Treasurer’s Report – John
General Funds – November Meeting Balance $4,075.41
Donation – from neighbors to the west
Subtotal Revenue $200
Holiday Party – room deposit
PECO Electric Bill – no charge
Holiday Party – room charge
Irrigation system service
Heifer Fund – $100 donation
Supplies for Holiday Party
PECO Electric Bill
PECO Electric Bill
Subtotal Expense -$1,145.57
General Funds – March 2013 Meeting Balance $3,129.84
Settlement Music School – Thank you for use of room during off-season $100
NGA – Thank you for support of SWQV Community Garden $100
Heifer Fund – $100 Donation meeting collections +$28 from general funds
Flock of Chicks, Ducks, Geese, Honeybees and Share of Trees $100
Electric: Credit due to solar panels covered Nov, Dec and Jan bills current credit balance is $37.10
Water: $220.84 water bill for 2011 – 2012 service charges and 2012 usage charge (2011 usage charge was lost by PWD and will not be paid). Runoff charges remain unresolved at this time.
Grants Account – No changes since August 2012 Meeting
Philadelphia Activities Fund Account
Starting Balance $2,000
No expenses/revenue – no activity
Ending Balance = $2,000
Green Roof Account Balance – $520 – no activity
Rainy Day Account
Balance = $2,000 – no activity
Please note: with the current general funds balance of $3,129.84, if we take out the $1,150 seed money required for Bees and BBQ, we are left with $1,979.84 that could be applied towards a 2013 water bill.
State of the Garden – Cyndi
Generally all is well.
The arborist hasn’t come this year. If the membership wants an arborist, we need to find/raise money.
House hours are May 4th. Volunteers are needed.
No new member. The waiting list is 50 long.
Bylaws changes are forthcoming. The intention is to call a Council meeting in early April and then be able to present proposed changes to the membership at the April meeting and bring to a vote in May.
We’re seeking suggestions for 5-10 minute educational sessions during general meetings. Got an idea? Let us know!
The water bill – it’s still unresolved. The run off assessment is in dispute. Thom has been very actively involved in communications with PHS and PWD. In 2012 the Garden paid $200 for water usage. The storm water run-ff is in dispute and we’ve not paid it as recommended by PHS.
Budget – The Fiscal Health of the Garden. We’re living “paycheck to paycheck” with one month of expenses in the bank. The bees and bbq are self-sustaining. Dues cover the following: 1) turning on the water; 2) mosquito control (dunks); 3) PECO; 4) trash bags; 5) munch for flower beds. Water – update from Thom – the water department hasn’t assessed usage charges for 2011 because the date was lost. Other items that need funding: maintenance items (shed repairs, arbor repair, arborist for the orchard).
The Garden needs fundraising this year. Please start thing brainstorming. Think beyond the plant sale and events we’ve done in the past. We can do lots of little events or one big event. Possible ideas: a flea market on the sidewalk in front of the garden; a rummage sale; soliciting donations through PHS (if we can use their tax exempt ID #).
Usage has increased for the past several years. We must all encourage conservation efforts such as mulching within each plot. Using runoff from adjacent buildings is being researched. Conservation will be an educational topic for one of the spring meetings.
Vice President’s Report – John V.
The row captains are the same as last year, with the exception of the last row (back row) which still needs a row captain.
Committees are being eliminated. The old structure is gone because it wasn’t working as intended. In lieu of committees, we will have “Advisors” who will advise on the areas generally covered by the committees. Advisors will lead activities during monthly clean-ups. So far, Mark Raymond has volunteered to be the Advisor regarding the orchard and tree trimming; Karyl Weber is advising on compost; Linda Witt and Barb McKenzie and Gwyn McDonald are advising on garden health; Thom is advising on maintenance; Anne Seidman is advising on watering schedules; and Frank Sherman is advising on the Childrens’ Garden.
Make sure you signed in for this meeting, for the NGA waiver and the bylaws and paid dues. ALL GARDNERS (including assistant gardners) must sign the bylaws and NGA docs.
Bee Report – Carolyn
All 6 hives made it through the winter. Five are strong and one is weak. A new hive has been ordered to replace the week hive. Don, Scott, Carolyn and Frank are the bee keepers.
**Reminder – please DO NOT feed the cats! thank you!
Childrens’ Garden – The Garden has a $2,500 grant for educational activities which has been earmarked to develop the childrens’ garden. The Childrens’ Garden group has renamed the project “Kids Lab” and the vision is that the space will be an educational resource for kids and gardners alike. It will be a place for kids to learn about plants, insects, nature and ecology. The plan for 2013 is to start small and grow slowly. This project is being approached as a multi-year project. The first step is to be up and operational by the end of May and have the space available as a resource for summer camp.
One project – create a seed bank over the course of 2013. If interested please speak with Frank Sherman.
Saturday’s Clean-up If you have ideas for tasks contact John V. The list will be posted on Saturday. The clean-up will run from 8am to 12pm.
Please don’t over fill trash bags. Please put trash bags by the west gate, not by the trash cans/compost bins.
The grape arbor was pruned.
The garden is in bloom!