GoletaValleyBeautiful News
April 2003
GVB cell phone 252-1952, Website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org


2002 GVB Annual Report Coming Next Week




April 2003 Highlights
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities
2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events
3. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
4. Sponsor of the Month
5. News Tidbits
6. Event results/Kudos
7. Member information

1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@cox.net 

April 4 Tree planting Friday9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Meet at Pembroke and Kellogg. Street tree plantings of Chinese Pistache. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

April 12 GoletaSouth Little League tree pruning and maintenance of thegrounds Saturday 1:30PM to 4:00PM
Meet at parking lot by Senior Field, Goleta Valley South Little League fields, 4540 Hollister Avenue. Learn small and young tree pruning and maintenance techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

April 13Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Sunday1:30PM to 4:30PM.

Meet at Cambridge Via Salerno (Oro Verde Open Space), later proceeding to La Goleta and Stonebridge Open Spaces. Learn small and young tree pruning and maintenance techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

April 26 Beautify DosPueblosBeautification Project Saturday9:00 AMtoNoon
Bench painting and renovation. Call Patti Beal for info at 964-8503

April 27 Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Sunday1:30PM to 4:30 PM.

Meet atQueen Ann Lane Kellogg (Queen Ann Open Space), later proceeding toMomouth Aveand Mathilda Open Space. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

May 3 Small Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshop Sunday1:30PM to 4:30 PM.

Meet atSan Federico RdandSan Simeone Dr., later proceeding toHastings Dr.,El Gaucho Rd, and 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd. Learn small and young tree pruning techniques on the ground under supervision of a Certified Arborist. Tools provided, please wear garden gloves. RSVP 252-1952

2. Other Notable and Upcoming Events

Early May Treegator distribution to Water Kings andQueens We^ll deliver to your door.
May 10 GoletaBoys and Girls Club Playground Planting

Installation of drip system, planting of native trees and shrubs, and clearance of invasive weeds. This will be an Eagle Project for Troop 105 Scout Trevor Scoggins. To volunteer, please contact Trevor at 968-0128

May 17 GVB Annual Banquet - Holiday InnGoleta,6 pm.

Invitations to be mailed in April or check our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

June 29 2003Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour Sunday10:30AM to 5:00PM

See next month^s newsletter for details or check www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

Ongoing Develop your ownGoletaValleyurban forestry project!

Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own urban forestry projects, or assisting with a GVB project. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts (Eagle Projects!), school groups and any youth groups in theGoletaValleyarea. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.

Sept. 20 Goleta South Little League Landscaping Project Tree Planting Project originally scheduled for April .

3. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Neighborhood Residential - March - 261 Via El Encantador, Eric and Barbara Chehami

April - 344Merida, Pat and Billie Murphy

Commercial March - Mountain View Ranch, corner of Calle Real andWinchesterCanyon. Tom Harrison, Homeowners Association President, Kitson Landscape Management-Maintenance

April - 5540 Ekwill, Inamed, John Madawich

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form from theGoletaValleyChambers website at www.goletavalley.com. For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247, for commercial/office call Kathy Curtis at 967-5240. Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and theSanta BarbaraNews Press.

4.Sponsors of the Month - WellsFargoFoundation and Home Depot Foundation

The Wells Fargo Foundation continues their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful with a $10,000 grant for working with youth and at-risk youth as part of our community service activities. This grant will allow Goleta Valley Beautiful to expand our work with the juveniles at the Tri-Counties Boot Camp and Los Prietos Boys Camp, as well as numerous other youth groups in theGoletaValleyarea. Thanks to Eric Kronvall and the people at Wells Fargo who invest in our community.

The Home Depot Foundation is also a continuing contributor to Goleta Valley Beautiful. They recently provided us with a $300 grant for the purchase of equipment that will be used by volunteers as part of our community service projects. We appreciate Home Depot^s ongoing support.


5. GVB News Tidbits

Donor Membership Change Currently, Donor members pay their dues on an annual basis depending upon the date that their membership was last paid. We have found that the process is too time consuming to track and most members are confused as to when their membership was due. Therefore, GVB is returning to an annual calendar year donor membership that begins in January and ends in December, with no pro-rating. If you have renewed your membership dues anytime since September of 2002, we will credit you as being a 2003 Calendar Year Member.

For those of you who haven^t renewed your donor membership since September 2002, our Annual Banquet mailing will include a note on the outside envelope that will simply say Donor Membership Due. Much of our general operating expense is covered by the generosity of our member donors. We will also continue to offer volunteer memberships that are oriented primarily to students and lower-income families who choose to support with sweat equity

City ofGoleta- GVB will appear before the Goleta City Council on April 21 in regard to the Arbor Day Proclamation. National Arbor Day will be celebrated with a tree planting on April 25 at a location TBA. GVB is actively involved with commenting on Goleta General Plan policies, and continuing to provide recommendations on tree policies to the Design Review Board. Call 252-1952 if you would like to get involved with our Government Committee.

Isla VistaMaster Plan Comments on the Isla Vista General Plan are being accepted. Check out the draft plan on www.islavistaplan.org

WISH LIST

Bottled water, packaged snacks forvolunteer workers
Garden hoses, any length
Waterproof storage containers with lids
Heavy duty tarpaulins
Coffee Thermos-Pump Style
Portable shade structure
Pitchforks/spade forks
Ice chests

Month-to-month office space with room for 1 desk

Thanks to Micki Stern for providing a case of water for our volunteers

6. Event results/Kudos
Arbor Day Tree Maintenance ProgramsDuring California Arbor Day/Month in March, we made 6 presentations to 227 children in 5 schools on how to take care of trees, including;

March 4-Brandon-30 6th graders

March 4-Brandon-30 3rd graders

March 5-El Camino-29 first graders

March 6-Mountain View-28 5th and 6th graders

March 7-Kellogg-70 first graders

March 20-Hollister 40 2nd and 3rd graders.

All children received tree maintenance bulletins, tree coloring books and/or tree stickers. Thanks to Ida Rickborn and the entire Goleta Union Elementary Staff for supporting Arbor Day activities during times of extreme fiscal stress. And thanks to the children for their enthusiastic interest.

Tree Pruning and Maintenance Workshops On March 2 and 9, 20 Beautify Dos Pueblos school volunteers and 10 members of the Los Prietos Boys Camp contributed 83 volunteer hours towards pruning and maintaining approximately 150 trees on the Dos Pueblos High campus. On March 8, Vince Deval helped organize 6 volunteers to contribute 22 volunteer hours towards pruning and maintaining approximately 30 trees on the Goleta Valley South Little League campus. A future follow-up session will be scheduled in April/May to complete the work. Weekend workshops at the elementary schools were very lightly attended, so only minimal weeding and light pruning were completed at the 5 Goleta Elementary schools were trees were planted last spring. Follow-up sessions will be scheduled in May/June.

Tree Plantings - With the help of Tri-counties Boot Camp crews, GVB planted 8 Peppermint Trees on Butte, 8 Ginkgos on Stow Canyon, and 5 Chinese Pistache on Pembroke Ave.

Advisory Council/Annual Report The GVB Advisory council held their annual meeting on March 19. Among other items, they reviewed the first GVB Annual Report that is attached to this newsletter. Special thanks to Natalie Giusti for her work in making this report possible. Please let us know what you think of the report, which we will send to you next week by e-mail. We hope to make an annual report every year at the end of our fiscal year in August.

The Hutton Foundation generously allowed us to borrow their projector on several occasions so that we could show PowerPoint presentations. Thanks for your support.

7. Welcome new/renewing donor members/Membership information - (R) designates renewing member

Supporting Jeannette Mustacich, Diane and David Russell(R)

Family Edith Luck, William Wintersteen (R), Michael and Rebecca Miller (R)

Honor Trees Town and Country Women Club

Business Sponsors
WellsFargoFoundation, Home Depot

Also thanks to ongoing Discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites and Camino Real Marketplace.


GVB is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, federal tax id # 23-7392774