Goleta Valley Beautiful News
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Welcome new members!
November 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
Nov 1 Dos Pueblos High School Tree Maintenance - Saturday, 9:00 Am to Noon
Pruning, weeding, mulching and pole removal young trees on the Dos Pueblos High campus. Meet at the faculty parking lot off Alameda Avenue next to the Distinguished School sign. Students please bring your community service forms.
Nov 7 & 21 Shade Tree planting and maintenance - Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon.
Meet at Glen Annie and Cathedral Oaks Road, NW corner. Mulching, weeding and formative pruning of young shade trees in public areas. Tools and refreshments provided. RSVP 252-1952
Nov 14- Page Youth Center Irrigation and Tree Planting Project - Friday and Saturday 9 am to Noon.
Nov 15 Join members of local Kiwanis Clubs as we upgrade and extend drip irrigation systems in anticipation of tree planting. Equipment and refreshments provided. No experience necessary. RSVP required to 252-1952 as project details are still being developed.
Need Project Leaders for the following Urban Forestry Projects:
- Contact with City of Goleta Design Review Board
- Weed abatement along Cathedral Oaks Rd and Glen Annie Golf Course
- Honor Tree Plantings
- Historical Tree Designation of Witness Tree
- Hertitage Tree Tour Coordinator for 2004
- Brochure development with Southern California Edison for Tree Planting by utility lines
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 Goleta Valley urban forestry project!
Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own urban forestry projects. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts (Eagle Projects!), school groups, fraternity/sorority, church groups and any youth groups in the Goleta Valley area. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.
2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
The awards were not available at the time this newsletter is being released.
We are looking for volunteers to assist the Business and Residentia Committee in the selection and publicity of the awards. Volunteers will review nominations and write press releases for monthly awards.
Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form from the Goleta Valley 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!
Michael J. Gartzke, CPA , 5669 Calle Real #A, Goleta CA 93117. (805) 964-7806
For over 20 years, Michael has provided professional accounting and financial management services as a Certified Public Account. Michael has an in depth knowledge of the accounting and tax reporting requirements of non-profit organizations, and he graciously provides quality CPA services to Goleta Valley Beautiful at very reasonable rates. In addition to supporting Goleta Valley Beautiful, Michael provides services for the South Coast Homeowner^s Association, and counsels the Dos Pueblos High School Interact Club as a member of the Goleta Noontime Rotary. Thanks for all you do Mike!.
4. GVB News Tidbits
Tree planting requests - UCSB Intern Kevin Brighton is also working for GVB this term conducting a review of the vacant sites in the City of Goleta where new street trees could be planted in the future. We had recent requests to plant trees along Phelps Road from Pacific Oaks to Canon Green, along Cathedral Oaks Road between Winchester Canyon and Paseo Del Pinion, on Amherst Dr., in Stow Park, and many other places in the Goleta Valley. Within City of Goleta areas, GVB is working with City staff and the Design Review Board to develop a process that will allow tree planting species to be decided and acted upon. Until we do, please let your tree planting desires made known to the appropriate government departments in addition to GVB. In the City of Goleta, send your requests to the Community Development Department, 6500 Hollister Ave Suite 120, Goleta CA 93117. In the unincorporated areas of the County, contact either the County Parks Department at 610 mission Canyon Rd., SB 93105-2911 or the Public Works Department at 123 East Anapamu St., SB 93101. You can mention that you would like to work with GVB in planting trees in public areas.
Membership Campaign - Welcome to the 50 new members in the first ten days of our membership campaign. Thanks for your support! The membership committee will also be contacting current members regarding their 2004 membership renewals. Please note that you can now use your Visa or MasterCard for membership donations. Think ahead for the holidays, Honor Trees make great gifts!.
Tree Planting Projects Delayed, Maintenance continues- Our grant-funded tree planting projects that we planned to begin in September have been pushed back to after Thanksgiving. California Department of Fire and Forestry officials have not yet completed the administrative processing of grants awarded last June. This has nothing to do with political issues, just the bureaucracy completing its tasks, which has been further complicated by the recent wildfires. We hope to begin weekly grant-funded tree plantings initiated after Thanksgiving. In the interim, we^ll be concentrating on maintenance and non-grant projects.
GVB Board Member changes - Arborist Dan Condon is still in town, and he will be joining our Board of Directors until he leaves for Michigan sometime next year. The GVB Nominating Committee is continuing its search for two more Board of Directors candidates to serve the remainder of one year terms that began 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 Tree offer for donor members and volunteers If you have a non-irrigated location with room for a Coast Live Oak or a Valley Oak, we have free oaks in 2, 5 and 15 gallon containers grown from native (Ellwood Canyon) acorns. The trees were provided courtesy of the Santa Barbara Farm Bureau. 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 redbud trees in 2 gallon containers, and 1 15 gallon Deodar Cedar. Call 252-1952.
- Fresh fruit/vegetable snacks for volunteers
1 operating pickup/3/4 ton truck
Temporary office space
Garden hoses, any length
5. Event results/Kudos
Public Tree planting and maintenance during October - - On Oct 10 Dave Nickels and 5 Tri-Counties Boot Camp boys planted 2 Chinese Pistache at 433 Kings Way, and 1 Goldenrain Tree in honor of Victor Lamas in front of A-OK Mowers on Pine Street in Old Town Goleta for a total of 20 service hours.
On October 17, Dave Nickels and 8 Tri-County Boot Camp Boys contributed 32 service hours to repot 50 young oak trees into larger containers (with donated soil from Doug Winter). We also spent 6 hours watering the Brisbane Box trees along Cathedral Oaks and Los Carneros Roads on October 26.
Calle Real Clean-up - Thanks to the City of Goleta for ordering the clean-up of the parkway on the south side of Calle Real between Calaveras Ave. and Glen Annie/Storke Road. Now for some mulch!
Lemon Festival - Many thanks to all the GVB volunteers at our booth at the Lemon Festival. President Sam S. Alfano organized our popcorn and churro sales with the help of Doug Winter, Merlyn Cummings, Mignon Bradley, Jessica and Elisabeth Neri, Sandy Foehl, Sarah Kitson, Josh and Serena Berry, Carolyn Cogan, Phoebe Mansur, Andrew Hemming, Kaylyn Scott, Harry Hagen, Paul Grayson, Judy Duell and family, Karen Beerman, and a few others who names we missed. Special thanks to Patty Forgie at the University Religious Center for the donation of 7 folding tables for our ongoing use, and to Tallant and Nancy Smith for the lemons we gave away during the lemon festival.
We^re looking to increase our sales next year. How can we ^lemonize^ our products? What do you think of lemon-flavored popcorn balls? How about a lemon cream filled churro or a churro with lemon frosting? We would appreciate your ideas.
GVB Website fixed. The problems with our domain name have been fixed for now. Our website, www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, is back in action. We are still looking for comments on expanding and improving the Self Guided Tour of Goleta Valley Trees. The Tour Map and descriptions, designed to be viewed or downloaded from our website, is now available at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. Please check it out and let us know how we can improve it.
Stagecoach Sign Map and Tour - If you see any of the historical Wells Fargo stage coach signs requiring maintenance, please leave a message with Doug Winter at 967-5832 between downtown Santa Barbara and Mattei^s Tavern in Santa Ynez. GVB Board members Thom Myall and Doug Winter periodically do maintenance checks of the signs between downtown Santa Barbara and Mattei^s Tavern in Santa Ynez. Thom and Doug also completed an inventory of the location of the stagecoach signs that you can check out on our website, www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.
Media Support - Thanks to our friends in the media for the articles and promotions in the Beacon, Valley Voice, NewsPress and Independent. Did you notice the front page article in the News-Press about lemon crates made by our own GVB Board member Merlyn Cummings? Although many asked if they could buy them, they are given away free with GVB Benefactor membership. However, a question to our membership-should we Merlyn^s Lemon Crates as a fundraiser for GVB, and if so, for how much?
6. Water Kings and Queens.
We usually get enough rain to allow us to discontinue the use of Treegators in November, but refilling of Treegator irrigation bags should continue until we get sustained rains of one inch or more. If the rains materialize, GVB volunteers will be removing, inspecting and storing the Treegators that we refill with a water trailer on November 21. For individuals who are refilling their Treegators with their garden hoses, please fill your Treegator as needed in November. On November 21, please remove the Treegator and store it in a safe place until next spring, or leave it one and we^ll have GVB volunteers come around to pick it up. If you would like assistance in the removal, inspection or storage of the Treegator, please contact 252-1952 In order to help quantify the amount of effort that you^re making, would you please keep track of the number of hours that you (and any other volunteers working with you) have spent watering this past summer, and send a short e-mail message to email@example.com with this information, or leave a message at 252-1952. The information will be helpful in soliciting community and foundation support for our programs.
7. Welcome new/renewing donor members/Membership information - (R) designates renewing member
Basic - Sean and Susie Lee, Verle McDougall, James and Patricia Breyman, The Thoits Family, Celia Book, Sue Brogan, D L Schrademeier, Jim and Joan Williams, Greg and Donna Ballou, Ismail and Noemi Buyco-R, Jon and Patricia Kent, Jeff Kim and Tate Danhauer, Linda Graver, Richard and Carole Souther, David Evelyn, Vicki Slocum, Kathy Beh, Bernard Marcus, Richard Bilski, Linda Donati Lucas-R, Larry and Betty Fitch-R, Mark and Kim Johnson, Dennis and Judy Ensign, Deb Babineau, Norma Geyer, Thomas May
Supporting - Ellen Hamilton, Beverly and Steve Balash, David and Linda McClure, Helen and Hugh Smart, Laura Gadsby/Dave Parkinson, John J. Lacey, Jean and Donald Paynter, Sally Cunningham, Craig and Aira Harris, Avonnell Jackson, Dorothy Eldridge, Janet Gripp, Marla Mercer and Rick Herzog, Page Hiller-Adams, Bruce Lofthus
Family-Bruce Tarr, Len and Colleen Van Nostrand, Paula Gregoire-Jones, Tom and Helene Phelps, Phillip Walker/Cynthia Brock, Mike and Mary Hide, Mark and Elizabeth Belding, Eleanor Thomas
Business Sponsors - Santa Barbara News-Press, Michael Gartzke-R, Aquasports(Eric Little),
Honor Trees-The Chocolate Gallery (Karen Kegg), Phil Luna, Helen Gagnon,
Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, Island Feed and Seed, Tri-Valley Trophies, CopyRight, Western Farm Supply, Santa Barbara County Solid Waste, County Fire and Park Departments,and San Marcos Growers.
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