Association Meeting Minutes – July 21, 2017

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Meeting Minutes

Friday, July 21, 2017


A meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, July 21, 2017.  Present at the meeting were Margaret Crouch, Jim Addington, Bob McConnell, Wanda McConnell, Sally Kelly, Joe Fuller, Jean Hood, Edgar Hood, Scott Bowen, Bill Cawood, Joan Short, Ron Short, Jim Stallard, Joe Brown, Corey Gardner, Megan Krager, and Gretchen Cope.


Joan Short welcomed and introduced the guests.



The minutes of the May 19, 2017 meeting were approved.


Treasurer’s Report

Gretchen Cope delivered the treasurer’s report. A copy is on file in the secretary’s archives.


Jim Addington moved that the report be approved. Ron Short seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Reports from Partners along the Trail

Scott Bowen reported that Wilderness Road State Park was busy and that everything was going well. Scott announced that the park would be featured on Bizarre Foods with Anthony Zimmern at 10pm on August 1. He added that they would try to have a community showing at the Lee Theater sometime after it airs. Scott also reported that fundraising for the Native Camp had gone well and that they were looking at beginning construction in April 2018.


President’s Report

Gretchen Cope reported that the pool had been very busy and that there were after-hours pool parties scheduled for almost every day that we didn’t have swimming lessons. She also stated that the campground had been booked to capacity several times throughout the summer and that cabin and yurt rentals were going very well. The Cove Ridge Center and lodges had been busy with weddings, family reunions, workshops, camps, and all sorts of different activities. Gretchen added that the children who participated in the Nature Trek 360 camp were able to visit the Blockhouse during the two-night/three-day camp and play period appropriate games, start a fire with flint and steel, and make pizzas in the bake oven.


Interpretive Center

Bob McConnell reported that they need camp items, such as a tripod, and period correct clothing to be used for a clothing trunk. He explained that the clothes really needed to be worn, tattered, and well-used for the sake of authenticity. Bob also explained that a date for filming would be set soon and he would notify those who wanted to participate.




President’s Report

Joan Boyd Short expressed her concerns regarding the lack of volunteers to help host the Blockhouse. She explained that so many were unable to help, for very legitimate reasons, which made it hard to keep it open.


Native American Grant

Ron Short utilized the grant money that was received for Native American education to hold an art show at the library in Wise, VA. The show featured Native American and Appalachian art.


Bob McConnell moved to adjourn. Sally Kelly seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.