Association Meeting Minutes – March 15, 2013

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Meeting Minutes

Friday, March 15, 2013


The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Jim Addington, Bill Albright, Charlie Allen, Joe Brown, Robert Chapman, Gretchen Cope, Margaret Crouch, Jim Dahlman, Larry Fleenor, Megan France, Joe Fuller, Willis Grimm, Jean Hood, Sally Kelly, Bob McConnell, Wanda McConnell, John Mullen, Joy Mullen, Barbara Reed, Benny Reed, Ishmael Richardson, Joan Short, Ron Short, John Stafford, Steven Starnes, Anne Sturgill, Dale Taylor, and Jon Tustin.


Introduction of Visitors:

President of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association Joan Short introduced Jim Dahlman. Jim informed those in attendance that he was in the process of writing a book about the Wilderness Road.


Approval of Minutes from November meeting:

John Stafford moved that the minutes be approved as written.  Charlie Allen 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.  Dale Taylor moved that the report be approved as reported. Wanda McConnell seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Report from Nominating Committee:

Bob McConnell announced the nominated officers and directors for 2013 were as follows:


President:                    Joan Short

Vice President:            Dale Taylor

Secretary:                    Open

Treasurer:                    Joe Fuller

Historian:                    Dr. Larry Fleenor


Jim Addington, Charlie Allen, Erwin Forrest, Willis Grimm, John Mullen Ron Short, John Stafford, and Jim Stallard.


Report from Natural Tunnel:

Robert Chapman reported that the park had been very busy throughout the winter and that he was looking forward to the even busier high season. Megan France announced that a there was a young man doing some period-appropriate upgrades to the Carter Cabin as an Eagle Scout project.


Reports from other Parks:

Jon Tustin reported that Wilderness Road State Park was doing well and keeping busy. He reminded everyone that the Raid was scheduled for May 11-13.


Charlie Allen reported on Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in the absence of Mark Woods. He informed everyone that the park was doing well but was also affected greatly by the limitations posed on part-time employees.


President’s Annual Report:

Joan Short thanked everyone who was involved with putting in the sidewalk pavers as well as the Blacksmith Shop. She also thanked everyone else who had helped get the Association through the busy year. Joan added that their educational initiatives were still moving along, but with expected ups and downs and that a new initiative was the Kane Gap Trail project.


Blockhouse Report:

Dale Taylor reported that there were about 375 visitors in October and about 1,200 for the entire year. Dale encouraged other members to volunteer at the blockhouse as much as possible.



Our Big Event in April: The Frontier Muster and Trade Faire


Election of Officers/Board of Directors members:

Charlie Allen moved that the officers that had been nominated be elected by acclamation. Bob McConnell seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously. Dr. Larry Fleenor moved that the directors that had been nominated be elected by acclamation. Wanda McConnell seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Note: Gretchen Cope has agreed to continue to be the secretary according to her current contract with the DBWTA.


Old Business

There was no old business.


New Business:

Bob McConnell announced that he had been contacted by the West Virginia Division of State Parks regarding the plans for the Blockhouse. The Association agreed to send them a copy of those plans.



There were no announcements.



Ron Short moved to adjourn.  Jean Hood seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.