DSAA Working Meeting Minutes
November 3, 2005 – 6:30 P.M., Donner
Attending: President Dan Wexler, Treasurer Ron Kolbe, Secretary Pat Malberg;
Board Members Sara Taillon, Jim Thomson, John Kirrene
Guests: Charlie Houtz, Maria Montano, Bob Montano, Emily Wexler,
Approval of Minutes: The Board unanimously approved the minutes of the Working Meeting of October 6, 2005, as submitted.
1. Status Updates
A. Bank Account
Tax exempt status will be the next project, with the lawyer,preferably sooner than later. The account is ready to be opened, Pat will fax a copy of her driver’s license to Dan. Dan purchased a new file box to keep all the DSAA information.
No news on this, as yet.
C. Logo Contest
There are three new entries, and the contest is officially closed. Sara passed around copies of the submissions and the pros and cons were discussed. It was suggested that the runners-up might be honored by publishing their entry or printing them on a tee-shirt, as a thank-you and to raise funds. DSAA needs letterhead on file which can be made available for correspondence.
The last parent group meeting was a big success with Maria’s power point presentation on the demographics of the
The turkey dinner fundraiser will help pay for the teaching assistant, whose salary amounts to about $14,000/year. Some of the money also has to pay for janitorial services. The fire department has contributed $2000 to the school. The school is not an evacuation site, and is not obliged to be one. The hope is that should the school be considered for closure, at least 12 months advance notice would be given to the community.
DSAA can help by getting the word out about the high quality of the school and the fact that the more locals who attend, the better chance it has of continuing. We can also involve students in DSAA activities and be involved in theirs. One fundraiser idea is a rummage sale at DSL.
2. Membership Meeting
A. Charlie Houtz requested that he be called to let him know about future
meetings. It was agreed that meeting announcements should go
out earlier, at least 14 days before the meeting date; posting at the store and post office for working meetings, email and US mail for membership meetings.
B. Next Working Meeting is scheduled for December 1
Next Membership Meeting is scheduled for December 29, 6:30 – 8:00. Place: —
Removal of snow may be an issue; Maria will contact Gary Rhoades to
put him in touch with Dan – his work would be tax deductible.
Attendees can park at DSL and carpool.
Committees: *Notification/mailings to all interested: John, Jim, Sara (include an email blast to all on the list)
*Day Of: Don, Pat, Ron, Dan, Jim (tables, chairs)
Additional chairs are available from Sugar Bowl (Steve Beattie) – Ron can haul in his truck.
Publicity: Ron will write a press release; Jim will send it out to everyone for
Historical: Suggested it be chaired by Norm Sayler, to get it going.
*Committees should meet before the next working meeting.
Not to forget to have a membership table at the meeting.
Agenda to include: School update, Summary of key issues,
Organizational Status, Introduction of logo and letterhead.
3. Membership Drives and Fundraising
Ideas for fundraising discussed: local bands to play locally (DSL was offered as a venue);
Small parties (movies/cocktails); ski movie, slide show – eg., Norm Sayler’s slides of the
Tamara Lieberman is a contact for fundraising. The Tahoe-Truckee Community
Foundation will help DSAA search for grants; contact Phoebe Bell. Their maximum
Again, the grant areas to be considered are: Community Development Plan;
Demographic Study; Newsletter. The Board agreed the first subject should be our priority.
*Emily is willing to apply for grants; one can also apply for an umbrella fund to help in
making grant applications. She will also contact Amy Horne in
5. Water Board and DSPUD positions
Any candidate for the DSPUD open seat needs to be a Soda Springs/Norden resident, but not a Serene Lakes resident. There is also an open seat for the Serene Lakes Water Board and it was suggested it would be good to find and support a qualified candidate for each of these positions.
Emily will research and report at the next meeting the situation with property owners and eligibility for votes, and the number of votes, in water board elections. The state legislation that covers this appears not to be viable any longer.
6. Crosswalk Report
John contacted Nevada County Traffic Department; his request for a crosswalk at the store was denied, but there is the possibility that a sign could be posted notifying drivers that pedestrians cross at that point, on one that states it is a populated area. This is another demographic statistic that might be researched – how many cross at that point, how many people walk along the highway in the area.
7. UPCOMING MEETINGS:
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 P.M., Working Meeting, Donner
Thursday, December 29, 6:30 P.M., General Membership Meeting,
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 P.M. The Board expressed their thanks to Maria and Bob Montano for their offer of the DSL for our meeting.
Notes respectfully submitted by Pat Malberg, Secretary.