Association Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2013

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Meeting Minutes

Friday, July 19, 2013


The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Willis Grimm, Cecil & Phyllis Carter (guests of the association), Joan Short, Ron Short, James Stallard, Jim Addington, Margaret Crouch, John Mullen, Joy Mullen, Pam Cox, Joe Brown, Robert Chapman, Megan France, Joe Fuller.


Approval of Minutes from May meeting:

Jim Addington moved that the minutes be approved as written.  John Mullin seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Summary Report:

A copy of the Treasurer’s report is filed in the Secretary’s archive.


Blockhouse Report:

Dale Taylor was unable to attend the meeting; in his absence, Joan Short reported that there were still some slots available for the second half of the year and that attendance so far had not been bad.


Report from Natural Tunnel:

Robert Chapman reported that the July 13 Railroad Day had been a success and thanked the DBWTA volunteers for their time at the blockhouse and the Carter cabin.  He shared some details: the park had over 3,000 visitors that day, the campground and pool were full to capacity, and all picnic shelters were reserved.  He also announced the next upcoming event at the park (the Papa Joe Smiddy concert) and told us that several photos of the park will be part of the display at the         BCMA Museum in Bristol.


Megan France reported on Nature Trek, a 3-day overnight event held in July for rising 4th through 6th graders, and Travel through Time, two days of hands-on field trips to sites along the Wilderness Trail for teachers and other interested adults.  Both these programs involve DBWTA volunteers and Megan thanked those who contribute.



Joan Short thanked Cecil Curtis for his gift of two wooden buckets and a wooden piggen he made; he donated them to the blockhouse for use with the recently acquired yoke.  Joan presented the Curtis’s with a framed photo of the yoke and buckets being used at this year’s Nature Trek program, and Megan France presented them with a certificate of appreciation from Natural Tunnel State Park.


Old Business

Joan reported that the Tree Top Advantage print donated by Doug Hall and previously auctioned as a fundraiser has been returned to hang at Cover Ridge, thanks to donations by DBWTA members, especially John Stafford.  Joe Fuller announced that donations are still being accepted.


Joan Short reported that Jim Dahlman, who visited the association meeting in May, successfully completed his hike of the Wilderness Trail.  He began at Sycamore Shoals, visited with several DBWTA members and friends in the area of Kane Gap, and ended at Boonesborough.


New Business:

There was no new business.



Pam Cox had two announcements:  (1) Megan France received the Scott County Tourism Customer Service Award for June, and (2) the theme for this months’ issue of Shenandoah (a new magazine) is the Wilderness Road; the issue includes an editorial Pam wrote and photos she took at the blockhouse site.


Joan Short reminded the group of plans for future workshops in 18th-century skills such as Cherokee cooking, moccasin-making, natural dyeing, basket-making (with Gary Carroll).


Joe Fuller announced that Virginia State Parks have been named a finalist for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.  Virginia State Parks received the National Gold Medal Award in 2001.



Ron Short moved to adjourn.  John Mullin seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.