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Thursday, January 10, 2008

January 2008 - Meeting Notes

The ESOA held it's fifth meeting at Sparky's on Tuesday night. Below you will find notes reviewing the topics covered at the meeting.

Review of the Mission Statement:
The mission of the Eureka Springs Outdoor Alliance is to build an outdoor community through social activities, service projects and outdoor advocacy, guided by the principles of conservation, restoration and stewardship of our outdoor resources.

Logo Concepts:
Christie and Nick shared logo ideas that they had been working on. The group discussed the design features that we needed in the logo and the different applications that the logo will used in. We are continuing to brainstorm and members are encouraged to bring ideas and concepts to the next meeting.

At our last meeting the idea of official membership and dues was introduced. The group decided that we should do some research on how other organizations structure membership and dues before making any decisions.
Christie and Dorothy presented the following info:
- different membership levels: individual, business, senior, family, etc.
- benefits included: newsletter, free/discounted programs and training, discounts from outdoor retailers
- $40 was the average of the 5 organizations studied, we discussed something more along the lines of $20
- No decision was made regarding dues/membership, we may want to wait until we a larger group of participants

Service Projects:
- The December Lake Leatherwood work day was cancelled due to weather, we will re-schedule
- The Cold Spring work day will be on Sunday, January 13, noon at Cold Spring Reservation on East Mountain
- The kiosk project has had significant developments:
- Creek's design has been approved by the Trails Committee
- Creek compiled a materials list and an estimate of materials cost
- Yahkie was able obtain funding for the project from Community First Bank
- Next steps are to establish a project leader and schedule work days

Social Activities:
The group scheduled a dayhike to Kettle Falls in the Madison County WMA
- Sunday, January 27, 1:00pm at Hart's to carpool/caravan to the trailhead

Next Meeting:
Second Tuesday of the month: February 12, 6:30pm at Sparky's