Oct 2002

FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY

Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors
held at the home of Burpee Meisner
October 9, 2002


Present: D. Bell, C. Gill, B. Meisner, J. Nichols, G. Prince, E. Rafuse B. Raymond, J. Sewell and invitees D. Cox and S. Bush
Regrets: P. Bell, A. Greer, L. Macdonald, J. McHarg
Chair: John Nichols

Minutes approved, moved by Burpee and Bruce, with one typo correction.

Treasurer's report tabled, showing an account balance of $4479.62, which includes the purchase-a-log fund. The Board confirmed its wish to see a separate account created at TD for the latter funds, for the time period of the fund-raising.

Membership numbers: 438 individual members at this time, with efforts continuing to renew expired memberships.

Crescent Beach: the team from the Board that had just visited Bowater offices, organized by Jim (and including John, Bruce, and Gordon), reported that the meeting was hopeful and positive, in terms of Bowater making an in-kind donation of logs to the crib repair. They had met with John Porter and Robin Anthony. Details about the type of timber to possibly use had been discussed: tamarack, or possibly hemlock. The Board wanted a vote of thanks to go to Bowater along with our more detailed specification of needed log numbers, grouped by length, moved by Jim and Gordon; the Beach Working Group made up of Bruce, Eric, Jim, Burpee, and Gordon will visit the beach soon and do the detailed count of needed logs; a Newsletter should go out soon; we should compile voluntary hours.

DNR should be kept interested in fielding the work crew for the crib repair.

Recognizing Champlain in 2004 The Board had previously discussed its interest in recognizing the visit Champlain and de Monts made to what is now Green Bay in May of 1604. Doug Cox addressed the Board, at its invitation, to describe a proposal that Friends had learned was circulating respecting the Cape. Doug Cox outlined the proposal: that a recommendation be made to Parks Canada to designate Cape La Have a national historic site, as a permanent recognition of Champlain's visit to our area in 1604 and as a means of putting our area on the map, so to speak, in terms of the significance of this visit for subsequent Acadian history. That the Cape be designated was a largely symbolic move, it being the landfall sighted by Le Don de Dieu at it arrived on Nova Scotia shores from France. It was argued by Doug that this promotional proposal would protect the Cape in perpetuity. He emphasized that the landfall was of prime symbolic importance, more so, perhaps, that deeming the anchorage and the mapping by Champlain the events to recognize. The Board, after some discussion, agreed that a letter should be written by South Shore 2004 by our Chair, to object to any proposal that the Cape itself be designated a national historic site. Rather, the Board thought signage developed by Parks Canada and placed along the shore would be appropriate. The Board, it was noted, had already taken an interest in the general topic under discussion by agreeing at its previous meeting to co-sponsor a 2004 lecture series on Champlain being organized for the benefit of the local community.

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 13 at the home, kindly offered again, of Burpee and Rita.