Association Meeting Minutes – Sept. 28, 2012

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Meeting Minutes

Friday, September 28, 2012


The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association was held at the Cove Ridge Center on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Jim Addington, Charlie Allen, Jean Brown, Joe Brown, Gretchen Cope, Larry Fleenor, Erwin Forrest, Megan France, Joe Fuller, Bob McConnell, Wanda McConnell, John Mullen, Joy Mullen, Ishmael Richardson, Joan Short, and Mark Woods.


Approval of Minutes from July meeting:

Wanda McConnell moved that the minutes be approved as written.  John Mullen 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.


Charlie Allen moved that the financials be approved as reported.  Erwin Forrest seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.



Grace Bradshaw, Appalachian Writers Project

“Where I’m From”


Report from Natural Tunnel:

Megan France reported that the park had just finished up with a PBS Dinosaur Train event the previous weekend and that it had been very successful.  She added that the volunteer banquet had taken place on the 25th and that it was also a success and that although business was still good at the park it was finally starting to slow down after the busy summer.


Megan also announced that the first “Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel” was scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


Ishmael Richardson reported that many changes had been made in the past few years by adding cabins and a second campground and that the park was continuing to grow.


Reports from other Parks:

Mark Woods reported that Cumberland Gap National park just had their “Homespun Appalachia” event and that just over 5,000 people were in attendance.


Joan Short thanked Mark for the charcoal that was donated to the DBWTA.


In the absence of a representative from Wilderness Road State Park Mark also reported that they had a very successful main season.





President’s Report

Board of Director’s Report

Joan announced that there was no Board of Director’s meeting during the month of August.


Cherokee connections

Joan reported that she and Megan France made a trip to Cherokee and were able to make some very good connections.  Most notably of which was Micah Swimmer who not only reenacts, but also teaches the Cherokee language in the public schools system.


Committee Reports

Events Committee

Joan reported that plans were in the way for the Fall Festival and that they were hoping to have an Indian Camp.  She then urged all Association members to help out with the Festival.


Blockhouse Report

Megan France reported that attendance for the Blockhouse from January to September 22 was 1,579 and that attendance for the Blockhouse Visitor Center from May to August was 1,186.  She added that volunteer hours for the Blockhouse from May to September were 376 hours.


Old Business:

Driving Brochure

Joan announced that Sally Kelly had informed her that she did not feel that she could handle the distribution of the Brochures.  She further announced that the Brochures had already been distributed to several places and that if anyone could think of anywhere else and would like to help with getting them there to contact her.


New Business:

There was no new business.



There were no announcements.




Jean Brown moved to adjourn.  Charlie Allen seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.