SRA Board Meeting Minutes
2007 March 6



  • Thistle Cone
  • Richard Falk
  • Fred Kelly
  • Charlotte Lubbert
  • Pat Lynch
  • Anne Pearson
  • Kurt Riegel
  • Bob vom Saal
  • Bob Whitcomb

Meeting called to order at 7:10 P.M. by President Cone

The 2007 budget was presented by treasurer Bob vom Saal  (see attached).

Total income for 2007 budgeted at $20,442.00, expenses at $20,384.93.

After discussion, the proposed budget was approved unanimously.

Grants: SRA has a grant of $100,000 for the planting of white cedars in Cypress Branch. The Hidden Pond project is completed, save for cleanup.

SRA has not pursued Combined federal campaign money (CFC) this year. 

Thistle Cone was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun for an article on B&A trail.

Nominating Committee: Chair Bob vom Saal. Sally Hornor, Pat Lynch. The slate is to be presented at the Board meeting before the annual meeting. To date, there is at least one candidate for each office. More outside Directors (not a community representative) are needed.

Membership Committee: Bob Whitcomb has attempted to identify all communities that have not yet paid this year’s dues, has contacted some and gotten many commitments for rejoining. The goal is to have every riverside community as a member.  It was also suggested (Kurt) that community representatives encourage their neighbors to join the SRA as individuals.

Kurt Riegel moved that that the membership committee review the classes of membership and report to the board as to whether revision is advisable.  Discussion ensued. Motion carried unanimously.

Kurt reported on his attendance at a meeting of the Bay Trust Funder’s Network, which administers grants for increasing the capacity of organizations to handle watershed problems.  SRA lacks the paid staff required for eligibility for one of these grants, but Kurt suggested SRA initiate a series of strategic planning meetings utilizing as a guideline the BTFN Strategic Planning Primer, which contains examples of other organizational planning efforts.

Bob Whitcomb noted that the Severn Riverkeeper has a strategic plan, and has grant applications in place, and suggested the strategic plans of both organizations should mesh.

Several dates were suggested for initial planning meetings.

March 25,1-3PM  @ Kurt’s house.

April 3, 7-9PM @ Bob Whitcomb’s, 

April 12, 7-9 PM, location TBA.

The Annual meeting will be held at the Epping Forest Clubhouse at 6:30 PM.

Charlotte Lubbert noted that David Hanson, a board member of the Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival has offered the complimentary use of a booth at the Festival on May 4-6. She suggested we could have a display with merchandise for sale, and have membership forms available.  It would require staffing for the duration of the exhibit.

Legal actions:

1724 St Margaret’s Rd.  There is to be a Circuit court hearing  Monday March 12 at 1:30 PM.

Gundy Pier.  Ruled that as the term “riparian rights” were not specifically stated in the deed,  the rights went to the landholder instead of  Olde Severna Park Improvement Association (OSPIA).  Fred Kelly stated the ruling was narrow and the case may be reopened.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55

Richard Falk, Recording Secretary


(Revised March 2007)