GoletaValleyBeautiful News
September 2003
GVB cell phone 252-1952



Please volunteer for the September 13 Day of Caring Tree Planting

Water Kings and Queens please continue summer watering !

September 2003 Highlights
1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities

2. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
3. Sponsor of the Month
4. News Tidbits

5. Event results/Kudos

6. Water Kings and Queens

7. Member information



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

Sept 13 Day of Caring Tree Planting at the County Fire Department Headquarters - 4405 Cathedral Oaks
RoadSaturday, 8 AM to Noon Join 100 volunteers as we install a drip irrigation system, plant and mulch 54 15-gallon native oak trees, and 60 1 gallon Cotoneaster groundcover plants. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. The end result will be a honor grove for local firefighters. This event is in conjunction with the United Way Day of Caring. Tools and refreshments provided. Advance registration requested at 252-1952.

Sept 14 YoungTree irrigation- Sunday 7 AM to 3:00PM. Two hour or more shifts available. Meet at Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road, NW corner. Irrigation of young trees in public areas using watering truckand hose. 2 high school age volunteers or older. RSVP 252-1952

Sept 5,12,& 26 ShadeTree planting and maintenance Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon. Meet at Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road, NW corner. Mulching and weeding of young shade trees in public areas. Tools and refreshments provided. RSVP 252-1952

Oct 18 Goleta Valley Lemon Days Festival Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Forty-eight volunteers needed for two-hour fundraising shifts selling popcorn and churros at the Goleta Valley Beautiful Booth.
RSVP 252-1952

Ongoing Student Internships
Structured project oriented internships, some with minimal stipends, for students interested in urban forestry, volunteer development, report and grant writing, and training programs. Flexible hours. Call 252-1952

Ongoing Develop your own GoletaValleyurban 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.


2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month

Residential  August - 138 Santa Paula Avenue, owned by Todd and Rosa Booth

Commercial August - 601 Pine Avenue -Indigo



Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form from theGoletaValley Chamber of Commerce 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 the Santa Barbara News Press.


3.Business Sponsors of the Month Thanks to our business sponsors!

Patterson-101 Allstore 90 North Patterson Avenue, Goleta 93111 (805) 964-0924 Jane Jewell, Manager Office Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm URL: www.allstore.net

Patterson-101 Allstore received a Goleta Valley Beautiful award in November 2000 and they continue to demonstrate their commitment to a good looking facility. Recently they added pink ivy geraniums (pelagorium peltatum) and orange flame vines (Pyrostegia venuseta) along their Patterson entrance, not because of any requirements, but because they liked the way it looked. We agree.

Locally owned and operated (The Carey Group), Patterson-101 Allstore has 12 sizes of storage areas from a closet to a 2 car garage. The office offers a display room to help you choose the size space that is right for you, a packing supply store if you need boxes or tape, and professionaol self-storage counselors to help you decide among your many storage options. Its a well lit facility with state of the art surveillance of the premises. Manager Jane Jewell and her staff stand ready to provide you with excellent service.

Best Western South Coast Inn, 5620 Calle Real, Goleta 93117 (805) 967-3200, toll free (800) 350-3614, email: info@bwsci.com, URL: www.bwsci.com.

The South Coast Inn received a Goleta Valley Beautiful award back in March 1996. Their recent landscaping renovations in their rooms and in the garden patio area prove they have a continuous commitment to maintaining a high quality landscaped business in the heart of the Calle Real business district.

The South Coast Inn has 113 guest rooms and suites, high speed internet service in all rooms and meeting rooms, and a heated pool and spa. Business travelers can enjoy complimentary beverages Monday through Thursday, along with complimentary continental breakfast buffet, and complimentary athletic club privileges. Guests using the meeting rooms can also use an outside caterer of their choice. Contact Murill Forrester at 967-3200 for more information.


4. GVB News Tidbits
August Newsletter No, your e-mail wasn^t out of whack. We didn^t have an August Newsletter because the Exec Director was doing an inventory of the street trees in the City of Goleta. It was a rush job that should have taken several months but was instead done in 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks to Jerry Sortomme, Donna Baird and Dougal House for their help in getting the project completed in the time allotted. The information from this windshield survey will provide the basis for a Geographic Information System for future tree management programs.

New GVB Board Members - Our newest GVB Board of Director members include Laura Funkhouser, who will be using her marketing skills to help us with membership and fundraising efforts, and Kathy Lucian, who will be working with President Sam Alfano on special events for Goleta Valley Beautiful. In addition, Tami Mason, Customer Services Manager at Mid State Bank and Trust, has taken over for Judy Thiele, who was transferred to Ventura after an illustrious term here in Goleta. Tami will be teaming up with new Vice-President Kathy Curtis to concentrate on our membership development campaign later this month.

The GVB Nominating Committee is continuing its search one more Board of Directors candidate to serve one year terms beginning in August, 2003. Candidates should be familiar with the mission and goals of Goleta Valley Beautiful (see the end of this Newsletter) and be willing to provide policy direction for implementing these goals. Goleta Valley Beautiful is committed to a diverse representation of interests on the Board that reflects the Goleta Valley population.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Sam Alfano at 967-0595.

Free Coast Live Oak, Valley Oak, Coastal Redwood, or Eastern Redbud offer for members - f you have a non-irrigated location with room for a Coast Live Oak or a Valley Oak, we have free oaks in 2 gallon containers grown from native (Ellwood Canyon) acorns. The trees were provided courtesy of the Santa Barbara Farm Bureau, with the assistance of the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District for help with repotting soil. If your location is well-irrigated and you have the space for it, we also have several 15 gallon Coastal redwoods available free to current Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members or volunteers who have offered their services in the past year. We also have a limited supply of Eastern redbuds in 2 gallon containers. Call 252-1952.

September 15 City of Goleta Urban Forest Policy discussion All interested GVB members are encouraged to attend to show support for a long term urban forest management program. Check the City^s website for information on specific times and agenda item number at www.cityofgoleta.org.  All requests for new street tree plantings have been put on hold until after this discussion.

WISH LIST

Bottled water, packaged snacks
Fresh fruit/vegetable snacks forvolunteers

operating pickup/3/4 ton truck

Copier Paper

Coffee Thermos-Pump Style

Pitchforks/spade forks

100 sq ft. office space
Garden hoses, any length

Thanks to the GVB Supporters who have been giving us their old hoses, and to graphic designer David Heidelberger for revamping the GVB logo-look for it soon!



5. Event results/Kudos

Tri-Counties Boot Camp Tree maintenance - 228 hours-John Nichols and 9 boys replaced torn Treegators along Cathedral Oaks Road, mulched 20 trees at Lake Los Carneros Park on July 4. On July 11 Larry Chavez and 9 boys repotted 35 trees. On July 18 Mr. Homiak and 10 boys mulched 13 trees at the County Road Yard at 4401 Cathedral Oaks Road and then repotted 35 oaks at the GVB ^Nursery^ at Camino Real Marketplace. On August 8 Tom Smith and 10 TCBC planted 2 deodars and 5 Brisbane Box at Kellogg School. August 22 had Larry Chavez and 9 TCBC mulch and irrigate 20 trees at Brandon and water, mulch and cull the trees at Camino Real Marketplace, and on August 29 Larry Chavez and 10 boys spread mulch along Cathedral Oaks Road and repot 6 Eastern Redbud trees.

Goleta Valley Boys and Girls Club Under the direction of Carolina Hoover, Goleta Valley Boys and Girls Club volunteers provided 223 volunteer hours of service in July and August for the following activities--9 volunteers mulched 40 trees at El Rancho School on July 1, 12 volunteers mulched 20 trees and 2 planting areas at Kellogg School on July 8, 17 volunteers trimmed 5 trees on the Goleta Valley Junior High campus on July 15 along with rescuing one large Coastal Redwood tree from death by ivy, 17 volunteers planted one tree at Goleta Valley Junior High and another on Pembroke Avenue on July 15, and on August 19 there were 9 volunteers spreading mulch along 30 trees at La Patera School.  IN addition to ongoing snacks and drinks provided to the volunteers, the boys and girls were treated to a pizza party at Girsh Park on August 19, and GVB provided a check for $150 to Goleta Valley Boys and Girls Club from a Wells Fargo Foundation grant to help offset their costs for transportation and supervision.        

 Cathedral Oaks Watering - In our continuing commitment to maintaining the trees along Cathedral Oaks and Los Carneros Roads, we watered 120 trees on July 6, July 27 and August 17 for a total of 24 service hours. 

Stow House on the 4th of July - GVB Board members Sam Alfano, Thom Myall, Doug Winters and Merlyn Cummings served up churros during the 4th of July festivities.  We briefly tried selling a cheaper variety of churro but Doug promptly labeled it a WMD and we went back to selling the original tastier churro. 

Self Guided Tour of Goleta Valley Trees -  Thanks to the Goleta City Council for a Community Project Grant of $750 to prepare a Self Guided Tour of Goleta Valley Trees.  This tour is an extension of our annual Heritage Tree Tour.  The Tour Map, designed to be downloaded from our website, is now in the ^beta^ testing stage and it will be released in the next few weeks.  Watch for it and let us know what should be changed or added to for the next edition.

Venoco, Inc. Grant - One of the hardest fundraising efforts is to secure general operating funds to support all the good things we do.  Venoco, Inc helps us leverage our tree planting and maintenance funds by providing us with a $4,000 grant to support the costs of tree planting and maintenance that grants don^t cover.  Our insurance costs for the coming year, for example, will cost close to $9,000.  President Sam Alfano expressed his thanks in a letter to the editor.

Media Support -  Thanks to our friends in the media for the articles and promotions in the Beacon, Valley Voice, NewsPress and Independent.


6. Water Kings and Queens.

The duties of a Water King and Queen are vital yet simple.  The primary responsibility is to insure that a newly planted tree receives deep watering every week during the summer dry months.  If the tree you are responsible for is served by a piped irrigation system, then supplemental watering is not needed.  Please call 252-1952 if you think your public tree needs a Treegator, if you are having problems filling the Treegator, or if your Treegator drains too quickly (a tear in the bag) or doesn^t drain all its water within 10 hours (drainage holes clogged).

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

Basic-Mimi and John Elder-R, Belinda Pollack 
Supporting- Ed Easton, Jo Millet-R
Honor Tree (3)- Goleta National Bank
Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, Island Feed and Seed, Tri-Valley Trophies, CopyRight, and West Covina Nursery.


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

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