Minutes of the
Board of Directors' Meeting of
Tulsa Audubon Society
February 1, 2005
Tomye Mainer, standing in for President John Kennington who was ill,
called the meeting to order at her house at 7:15pm. Also present were:
Bob Gard, Mary Jackson, Jo Loyd, and Cyndie Browning. The minutes of
the December 7th Directors' meeting were approved as written.
Bob Gard reminded us that a Nominating Committee must be formed for the
nomination of officers and directors for 2005-07. Bob said he was
willing to serve on the committee, and the names of Martin Brown and
Laurel Upshaw were also suggested. TAS needs to elect a new vice
president as Lynda Fritts has resigned from that office, concurrent with
her retirement from Oxley Nature Center. We also need to replace 3
directors who are at the end of their second 2-year term.
In connection with Lynda Fritts' retirement from Oxley, the Winter and
Spring bird counts at Oxley were discussed. Lynda organized the counts
but no one knows whether she considers them "hers," or will Oxley
employees be continuing the counts from now on? Cyndie Browning
volunteered to get in touch with Lynda and see what she says about it.
John Kennington had given Tomye Mainer several notes about matters to be
discussed at the meeting. One of those was that Colin Davy will be
passing around a Least Tern sign-up sheet at the next general meeting.
Also, John Kennington has the rest of the Scissortail prints.
Bob Gard suggested that we investigate the cost of hiring an outside
professional publicity person to advertise the sale of the Scissortail
prints. The idea was approved and Bob will report back to us on the
There's nothing new to report on the Vision 2025 development of Mohawk
Park. Kelly Jennings posted on OKbirds that the soccer fields have been
moved away from Mohawk. A strategy meeting of the Friends of Mohawk
will be held at noon on February 12 at Oxley Nature Center.
Bob Gard reported that he had attended a meeting of the committee
working on the further development of the Arkansas River. A different
consulting firm has been hired by INCOG to conduct the Phase II study.
Bob reports, "so far, so good." The plans seem to stress keeping the
river as a continuous corridor for wildlife. One part of the plans
calls for building 7-8 low water dams along the river. Bob talked to
the man who's designing those dams, where in times of high water, the
dams would fold down to allow silt to flow on downriver. There's also
talk of building a new Least Tern island above one of the low water
Jo Loyd moved that TAS send $300 to Mia Revels for her Swainson's
Warbler research at the Little River NWR in McCurtain County. Tomye
seconded the motion, and John Kennington was reached by phone so that
the members formed a quorum in approving the motion.
Carol Eames and Jo Loyd have picked 6-7 houses for the June Garden
Tour. The next step is to contact the owners and arrange for a tour of
The possibility of acquiring or designing a Scissortail patch to be
embroidered on golf shirts or baseball caps for sale was again
discussed, but no concensus was reached on what design to use or when to
The next Board of Directors' meeting will be held on April 5th at the
main branch of the Tulsa Public Library. Cyndie Browning will reserve
the room and post the location to the Board via an e-mail notice of the
meeting. There being no further business to come before the Board, the
meeting was adjourned.
Minutes of the Meeting (As Amended)
of the Board of Directors
of Tulsa Audubon Society
April 6, 2005
John Kennington called the meeting to order at 7:20pm in the Lecture
Room (downstairs) at the downtown branch (4th and Denver) of the Tulsa
Public Library. Also present were: John Fisher, Mary Jackson, Amy
Lambert, Patty Moser, and Cyndie Browning.
Mary Jackson delivered the current Treasurer's Report and advised that
the CD is due in May. A motion was made to roll over the CD for another
term, and the vote approving such a motion was delayed until the end of
the meeting, so that another Board member could be reached by telephone
for a quorum on the vote. Mary also reported that she's still waiting
for a corrected invoice for the bird seed from the bird seed sale before
she pays it.
Cyndie Browning reported that Lynda Fritts says the Winter Bird Count
"belongs" to Oxley Nature Center. TAS is interested in continuing the
count; however, we need to find out who has the data from previous years
so that it isn't "lost" just because Lynda is no longer in charge of the
count. John Kennington said he would follow up with Oxley personnel
about getting those records.
John Kennington reported that he'd recently heard talk about plans for
building a nature center at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow, and the
members present greeted that possibility with considerable enthusiasm.
The Garden Tour is now on the TAS webpage. All 5 homes are in Owasso,
and brochures about the tour are already going out in the mail.
John Kennington talked about Ron Klataske's scheduled presentation at
the April meeting, entitled "Kansas Birding and Natural Heritage
Trails," and suggested that TAS present him with a stipend check for
$200 toward the cost of his hotel, meals, and travel expenses to Tulsa.
This matter was also put aside for a vote until the end of the meeting.
John Kennington also drew our attention to an "Audubon Leadership
Workshop" at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine from August 14-20,
2005. Cyndie Browning suggested that the idea be offered to director
Martin Brown, as he might be interested in attending such a workshop and
also would represent TAS admirably. Audubon offers a matching funds
scholarship to attend the workshop, and John Kennington said he would
e-mail Martin to see whether he's interested in attending. The
correspondence following below is hereby incorporated in these minutes
There being no further new business to be brought before the meeting,
director Tomye Mainer was telephoned and added her yea vote to (1)
approval of rolling over the CD at the bank and (2) the proposed
scholarship for Martin Brown to attend the Audubon Workshop in Maine.
Whereupon, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes of the Meeting
of the Board of Directors
of Tulsa Audubon Society
June 7, 2005
John Kennington called the meeting to order at 7:10pm in the Lecture
Room at the downtown branch (4th and Denver) of the Tulsa Public
Library. Also present were: Carol Eames, Dave Edwards, John Fisher,
Bob Gard, Mary Jackson, Amy Lambert, Jo Loyd, Tomye Mainer, Brandon
Scott, Gail Storey, and Cyndie Browning.
minutes of the April 6th Board of Directors' meeting were approved as
The current Treasurer's Report was discussed at length, comparing, among
other things, the amount we spent during the 2004-05 fiscal year vs. the
proposed budget for 2005-06 presented by Mary Jackson. The discussion
included a question about whether or not we could modify our fiscal
year, which currently runs from June 1--May 31. If the fiscal year ran
from July 1 to June 31, then funds paid out and taken in for the annual
Garden Tour would occur in the same fiscal year which, at present, they
do not. John Kennington and Mary Jackson said they would check into the
possibility of legally (from a tax standpoint) changing the fiscal year
and report back to the Board at the August 2nd meeting.
While discussing the Program Committee portion of the proposed budget,
it was suggested that a minimum stipend of $50 be offered to our program
presenters, especially those who travel to the meetings from outside the
Brandon Scott reported that participation in Tuesday Morning Birders is
so low on some Tuesdays, that except for the Tuesdays when they know Jo
Loyd is leading the trip, as few as 2 birders may show up. Brandon said
he (and the other person) enjoy their mornings out but they really learn
more about birds when someone like Jo, with her extensive birding
experience, is leading the outing. Brandon suggested that it might be
time to think about modifying "Tuesday Morning Birders," perhaps
changing those outings to Saturday mornings, or reducing them from every
week to perhaps once or twice each month. After a lengthy discussion,
it was decided to table the matter until the August 2nd meeting.
was also decided to finalize the 2005-06 Budget at the August meeting.
Garden Tour is ready to go this weekend, and we're hoping for a good
Gard reported for the Conservation Committee on a recent River Parks
meeting and a meeting of the Arkansas River Corridor Planning
Committee. The plan(s) for the River now seem to emphasize the value of
the River as a wildlife corridor, definitely a step in the right
also announced that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Conservation
Committee, although he is interested in continuing to participate on the
Arkansas River development committees that he's already on. If anyone
knows of another TAS member who might be interested in chairing the
Conservation Committee, please give that person's name to John
Whereupon, the meeting was adjourned until August 2, 2005, at 7:00pm.
Minutes of the meeting of the Board of
Directors of the Tulsa Audubon Society
December 6, 2005
The meeting was held at the Zarrow
Regional Library. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by
President John Kennington.
Kennington, Martin Brown, Mary Jackson, John Fisher, Gail Storey.
distributed copies of the agenda for the meeting.
Mary Jackson distributed
copies of the treasurerís report.
John Kennington announced
that he still has bird seed left to sell.
Some discussion followed
about the office of Secretary. A replacement is needed for Cyndie
Browning, who resigned. It was decided to use a brief form for the
minutes of the general meeting.
Mary Jackson reported that
she had researched changing our fiscal year. The I.R.S. does not have a
problem with that. We might amend our bylaws to reflect the change.
The end of the fiscal year would change from May 31 to August 30. This
would be voted on at a general meeting. Mary will write up a formal
proposal and send it to the Board members for a vote.
John Kennington reported on
the Mohawk Park Master Plan. The skate park and the BMX park will be
moved to 56th Street North, outside Mohawk Park.
John also reported on the
Arkansas River Master Plan. The Nature Sanctuary is part of the plan
that was approved.
It was decided not to pursue
the Oxley Nature Center Winter Census.
John reported on Oxley
Nature Center projects. Improvements to the building are coming along.
The design for the exhibits is complete.
We need a new Secretary and
a new Sales Chairperson.
John Kennington reported
that he attended a meeting for Bob Gard of the Riverparks Focus Group.
The participants would like to start a Riverparks Friends Group. The
proposed site for the Indian Museum has been moved farther south.
We discussed the sad news of
the death of Judy Gard. It was decided to donate $50 to a hospice in her
memory. Carol Eames was called for a vote. Mary Jackson will find out
the appropriate agency and make the donation.
John Kennington reported
that he participated in a conference call with representatives from the
other Audubon chapters in Oklahoma. A meeting is planned for chapter
representatives in February 2006 in Tulsa. Tulsa Audubon Society will
be the host group. Representatives from National Audubon will be
Gail Storey reported that a
small committee of herself, Carol Eames, Mary Jackson, Laurel Upshaw,
and John Fisher are working on the December meeting program to honor
Aline Romero and the 70th anniversary of Tulsa Audubon
Society. The committee wants to present a framed photograph to Aline,
but there have been some copyright problems. John Fisher offered to
research this. We will also have a special cake for Aline, which Mary
It was decided to present
Alyne Eiland with a $50 gift certificate from one of the plant vendors
at the garden tour. This is in appreciation for her work in planning
and organizing the garden tour. We will wait until Spring to do this.
Our name tags are still
missing. John Kennington remembers that someone offered to take them
home to organize. Announcements will be made at the meetings and in the
The Board will meet on
February 7, 2006 and April 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Zarrow Regional
John Kennington will check
his email list to make sure that all board members are receiving the