FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY
Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors
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.
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.