Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 11 was our 17th Annual Meeting at the Claremont Hotel. The meeting began with a moment of silence to remember those who perished or who were adversely affected by the recent wildfires in Butte and Ventura counties. We also took a moment to honor our veterans, as our meeting occurred on Veteran’s Day.

Brief reports were made by board members Nancy Mueller, Jon Kaufman and Marilyn Goldhaber covering canyon activities and finances— reminding everyone that it is dues time at the Conservancy. In addition, this year we are conducting a member survey called “Tell Us What You Think.” (You can still take the survey, it should take only a few minutes, click here.) One order of business requiring the full membership was an approval of a change in our bylaws. A motion was made, seconded and passed to change the definition of a quorum from six board members to “50 percent or more of active board members.”

Our invited speakers were two UC professors, Joe McBride, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, William C. Stewart, Co-Director of UC's Center for Forestry, and native plant specialist Glen Schneider of Skyline Gardens. Their talks covered “The history of fire and post-fire planning in the East Bay Hills.” All three presentations were extremely informative and covered a lot of ground—with a lively Q&A afterward. The meeting was adjourned at 6 PM.

If you would like any materials from the speakers, contact Marilyn (here).