Minutes of the Annual Meeting- June 2,
President Gary Spence called the 2012 FOLM Annual Meeting to order on June 2, 2012 at 10:06 am at the McQueeney Lions Club.
Board members stood and introduced themselves. Directors present included Charlee Stringer, Tom McCoppin, Al Bacon, Bob Spalten, Gary Spence, Mike Deleon, Karen McMillan, Todd Mueller, Wade Walker, Mark Williams, and Jamie Long.
Minutes from the June 2, 2011 meeting were unanimously approved as presented followed by an update of the Treasurer's Report provided by Charlee Stringer. Dues and interest income from June 4, 2011 to June 2, 2012 totaled $42,690.97 with combined expenses of $22,518.45 resulting in a net increase of $20,172.52. The organization had a total fund balance of $149,191.76 as of June 2, 2012. Charlee also reminded members to display membership plaques so we can increase FOLM awareness and promote membership growth.
Next, Gary introduced David Welsch with GBRA. David briefed members on GBRA's function including operation of a canal system, the Canyon Reservoir, wastewater functions, and the hydro-electric system which includes six dams and generators. Repairs were recently completed on the Dunlap Dam with routine maintenance postponed this year on the McQueeney Dam. Ample notification will be provided to residents prior to scheduled maintenance.
In Sadie's absence, Gary provided an update on membership status. As of June 1, there were 359 members with an average donation of $95. 202 members are non-residents, and 19 are new members.
Malcolm Johnson briefed members on the health of Lake McQueeney. Malcolm checks the lake monthly during the warm months looking for hydrilla and other invasive species. On rare occasions, hydrilla floaters are spotted from Landa Park, but nothing has rooted since the last hydrilla outbreak approximately 15 years ago. Malcolm touched on the zebra mussel issue that Lake Texoma and other North Texas lakes are dealing with, as well as the giant salvinia outbreak in East Texas. This is an invasive species that doubles its area every two days resulting in oxygen deprivation. The importance of cleaning, draining and drying of boats is strongly encouraged.
The NBU Treatment Plants and their voluntary efforts to keep effluent at levels below required minimums were noted and discussed. Gary also went over handouts that detailed five Comal County flood retention structures, including an update on the fifth and proceeding Krueger Dam. These structures take the peak off of flood events by impounding and slowly releasing water.
A handout was provided to members providing various Emergency Notification Procedures that are available.
Gary touched on safety issues and reminded members of the requirement that anyone born after September 1, 1993 must complete an approved boater education course. Gary also discussed the upcoming Fourth of July Parade, emphasizing that FOLM is not associated with the parade, and encouraged people involved to use common sense and be safe.
Gary thanked Rick Thelen for his work as FOLM's webmaster. Rick informed members that there have been 26,000 unique visitors to FOLM's website over the past twelve months.
Malcolm added that in the absence of a public boat ramp on Lake McQueeney, Texas Parks and Wildlife is not performing any fish studies, monitoring or stocking. They also do not monitor the lake for invasive species.
There was no further business or discussion, and the meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.
Jamie Long, Secretary