Board Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2018

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2018



The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association Board of Directors was held at the Cove Ridge Center on April 20, 2018 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Robert Chapman, Gretchen Cope, Joe Fuller, Bob McConnell, John Mullen, Joan Boyd Short, and Ron Short.


Approval of Minutes:

Bob McConnell moved to approve the minutes from the February 16, 2018 meeting. John Mullen seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report:

Gretchen Cope 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 as reported.  Joe Fuller seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Gretchen added that she had been working with Bob and had ordered some items for the new Interpretive Center through the DBWTA. She added that the Interpretive Center Board would reimburse the Association for all those purchases.


Park Report:

Robert Chapman reported that he had spent a significant amount of time out of the park participating in numerous trainings. He added that the park was currently hiring staff for the main season and would be taking the cover off the pool within the next few days.



Bob McConnell reported that the focus at that time was acquiring items needed for exhibits for the new Interpretive Center. He had been working with Gretchen on ordering items online and he was planning to see what the vendors at the Raid might have that they could use.


There was also some discussion about mannequins for the museum. At that time the plan was to have only one mannequin, a male.


President’s Report:

Joan thanked those in attendance for their timely response regarding tarps for an Indian Camp at the Blockhouse. The tarps were ordered and had already been received.


Muster and Trade Faire:

Joan explained to the Board that they were still in need of items for the auction. It is not required that the items be period correct, simply old-looking.


There was also some discussion about parking. Robert Chapman said that there would be park staff on hand to assist with parking. He added that they could provide a shuttle, if necessary.


Joan informed the Board that the events committee was planning to do wreaths during the SAR ceremony for both Becky Garrou, a reenactor that was based out of Sycamore Shoals but who also helped at Blockhouse events, and Michael Rhoten, who was a member of the Watauga Co. Militia but who was also at every Blockhouse event.


Joan also informed the Board that two rose bushes, Rosa virginiana, were to be planted near the Spring House in memory of Wanda McConnell. There would be a special service for Wanda during the Sunday church service.


Old Business:

There was no old business.


New Business:

Joan shared with the Board that Rachel was able to get three Americorp Volunteers for the season and that one was willing to assist with historical programming and staffing for the Blockhouse.



There were no announcements.



Bob made the motion to adjourn. Ron seconded that motion and it was approved unanimously.