President’s Report

8 Apr 2011 by admin, Comments Off on President’s Report

Board recharges the wellsprings of action

by Robin Cravey

FBSP Board

Board members, clockwise from top left: Emma Cravey, Jennifer Malone, Jesse Malone, Mary Yarrington, Mike Cannatti, Tom Weber, Gary Beyer, Robin Cravey, Jonathan Beall. Not pictured: Maria Weber.

I never cease to be amazed at the dynamic energy of our board.  We held our annual spring retreat at the Ginger Man on March 26th. (Thanks Ginger Man!)  Once again we laid out an ambitious agenda for the year, worked out a schedule, and took team assignments to get everything done.

Before getting down to the action, we had to spend some time thinking big.  We kicked that off with a little slide show I put together back in 2007, when the organization was barely a year old, called “FBSP: creating a community,” and a discussion of our visions and goals.  Gary Beyer reminded us of our mission statement, and our bylaws.  And Emma Cravey recounted our achievements from last year.

Charlie McCabe from the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) was our guest speaker.  Charlie is on the Barton Springs Plan Coordinating Committee, our group of advisory allies.  And of course, APF is our fiscal partner in all things financial.  Charlie talked about his experiences working with the Parks Department, friends groups, and parks users.
Moving to the tactical, we laid out our schedule for the rest of the year.

Much of the year is already set.  Our participation in Earth Week activities is underway.  Mike Cannatti and his team are already hard at work on our fun fundraiser, the Treeathlon, which will be April 30th.  And the First Thursday volunteer cleaning parties are on the calendar.

That left us with the Picnic by the Pool, Council Cleans the Pool Day, and the Fall Social.  Roughly, those fall in June, August, and October.  We talked about dates, but still have some bases to touch before setting them definitely.  We also have yet to set a schedule for the hospitality tent outside the pool entrance.

Finally, we all chose up teams, so that every event has at least three board members working on it.  There’s still more room on each team, so write to me if you want to help with one of these events.

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