Association Meeting Minutes – Jan. 17, 2014

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Meeting Minutes

Friday, January 17, 2014


The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Jim Addington, Charlie Allen, Joe Brown, Robert Chapman, Gretchen Cope, Margaret Crouch, Larry Fleenor, Erwin Forrest, Joe Fuller, Megan France, Charlie Green, Willis Grimm, Bob McConnell, Lisa McConnell, Wanda McConnell, John Mullen, Joy Mullen, Chris Phillips, Joan Short, Ron Short and Jim Stallard.


President Joan Short introduced new member Patricia Blackwell and Vice President of Digital Northeast Tennessee Media Group, Bret Jacomet.


Approval of Minutes from November meeting:

Charlie Allen moved that the minutes be approved as written.  Ron Short seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Summary Report:

Joe Fuller delivered the Treasurer’s Report.  A full copy of the report is filed in the Secretary’s archive.


Bob McConnell moved that the financials be approved. John Mullen seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.


Joan reminded everyone that it was once again time to pay yearly dues and that they could give those to Joe Fuller.


Report on website:

Bret Jacomet reported that they had been working on logos and trying to incorporate social media. They are planning on completely updating the site to the Association’s specifications. He also pointed out that since the updated website would be a WordPress site it would be very easy for the content to be changed and updated.


There was much discussion about the drafts of the logo. All ideas were noted so that they could be passed on to the Times News.


Report from Natural Tunnel:

Robert Chapman reported that the park had 3 hunts at which 24 deer were harvested. He also reported that the Christmas Lighting events had done very well and that the last two programs were very well attended. Robert then announced that Molly Ward has been appointed the new Secretary of Natural Resources.


Megan France reported that she was working on programs for 2014. She also announced that she was hoping to attend the National Park System’s Black Powder Safety Training in Alabama.


Reports from other Parks:

Cumberland Gap National Park

Chris Philips reported that Sula Jacobs had been selected to be the new Superintendant at Cumberland Gap National Park.


Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Bob McConnell informed those in attendance that the building plans for the Blockhouse and the Contact Information for Old Virginia Log Homes had been sent to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, which is interested in building a similar structure.


Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center:

Bob reported that the National Guard would be doing the site work this spring and that Design Minds had been selected to design the exhibits at the new center.


Report of DBWTA Events:

  • Old Christmas – Joan announced that the program was well attended and went on to thank Sycamore Shoals for their participation.
  • Farm Expo – Joan also announced that she and Ron would both be at the Farm Expo in Kingsport representing the Association. Wilderness Trail Institute:  Joan reminded those in attendance that the Annual Meeting was scheduled for March 21 and asked that anyone interested in serving on the nominating committee follow up with her.Old Business:
  • New Business:
  • Joan announced that the State Corporation Commission fees and been paid.
  • Nominating Committee:
  • Joan reported that they were currently waiting to see if there would be enough participation to go ahead with the class, but that they were hopeful.

Joan informed the Association that the Events Committee had discussed offering honorary memberships for one year to the following volunteers: Pat Kennedy, Grace Bradshaw, Darinda Hood, and Lynette Stuart.


Ron expressed his firm belief that the Association is in need of new members as well as re-enactors.



There were no announcements.



Ron Short moved to adjourn.  Charlie Allen seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.