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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes of Meetings in 2020


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for January 7, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday February 4, 2020  at 7:15

Present: Don Ross, Jean Fisher, Robin Dexter, Evan Weststrate, John Mordes, Emily Gelbert, Vaunita Schnell, Lauren Commando, Paul Roberts, Sheila Purdy

The January meeting focused on long and short term goals for the year ahead as well as recognition of the past year’s accomplishments and challenges.

Treasurer Report: Robin stated that the account balance was $5,603. 35. This included the donations from the holiday yearly report and mailing. A fee of$25.00 will be due to pay the state for a change in status to 501c3  non profit.The paperwork has finally gone through.

April 25 was picked as the tentative Spring cleanup day.

Outreach: In an effort to increase volunteer efforts and possible new Friends members, John, Andreae, and Robin attended the Newton Volunteer Day. A request was made for materials to use for future visibility events such as poster boards, flyers, and business cards.  3 people had expressed interest in participating in future cleanups. Although 80-90 people are on the mailing list, very few attend the monthly Friends’ meetings. Sheila suggested networking with local non-profits such as churches and schools to increase awareness of the park and possible attendance at meetings.

Suggestions were made about events which could be advertised and bring new people to learn about the park. These included: scheduled tours, concerts, art shows, exhibitions, other events that could be publicized in the Tab or Upper Falls newsletter. Emily suggested linking up with  Newton Serves, a city-wide volunteer day. Also, to reach out to people at Village Day, Earth Day, and the local Soup Social.  Other suggestions included outreach to local Scout troops for projects and birding expeditions.

“The Hemlock Gorge Project”: Wellesley College student, Laura Prebble, sent John a copy of her school paper. She had met with the Friends last year as part of her background research for the project. John summarized some of the points raised by the paper and encouraged members to read it. He tried to email the paper but it was too large a data file to reach everyone and it is protected by a password.  Laura made a number of suggestions and points including the fact that the park is a “neglected” asset because of it’s perceived inaccessibility. 

She made a number of suggestions for landscaping and upgrades to increase the ease with which people could use the park and find it more user friendly. These included trail markers which indicated dead end trails, a crosswalk to the echo platform, cleaning out the vistas and invasive plants, public art, rebuilding the Friends Bridge, placing boxes of maps at the entrance, making trash cans and picnic tables available.  She included a significant number of  thoughtful  observations and suggestions for improvement. Some of these suggestions were more workable than others, especially if they involved private property.

She is currently open to suggestions and reactions from Friends who have read the paper.

Old Business: Other ongoing business was tabled until Erica could attend a future meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for February 4, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 7:15

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Sheila Purdy, Secretary ry


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Minutes for March 3, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary 


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Minutes for April 7, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary


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Minutes for May 5, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday June 2, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary 


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Minutes for June and August, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday September 1, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary


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Minutes for September 1, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday October 6, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary 


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Minutes for October 6, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday November 10, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary


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Minutes for November 10, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday December x, 2020 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary


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Minutes for December x, 2020

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 8, 2021 at 7:15

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sheila Purdy, Secretary 


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