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Annual Meeting Report to Members

The 2016 annual meeting was held on February 15, 2017. The purposes of the annual meeting are:

  • to elect directors for 3 years’ service;
  • to elect officers for 1 year’s service;
  • to present the year-end financial report;
  • to review achievements and activities of the preceding year;
  • to set priorities for the current year;
  • conduct other business.

As always, the meeting was open to the public, but only current paid-up members are eligible to vote. All proxy ballots were in favor of the proposed slate and amendments to the bylaws.


Don Daubney and Carol Shanesy were elected as directors, with terms ending in 2020.

Officers elected for 2017 were:

  • Karen Jescavage-Bernard, President
  • Marc Cheshire, Vice-President
  • Carol Shanesy, Treasurer
  • Daniel Shure, Secretary

Year-end financial report

  • 2016 net income compared favorably with 2015’s net loss of $3,333.
  • 2016 income—$12,937
  • 2016 expenses—$7,757
  • 2016 net income—$5,180
  • Endowment fund increased to $45,999, an increase from $39,198 in 2015.
  • Total assets increased by $7,725 to $51,020.

2016 achievements

  • Continue Phragmites eradication program (2nd year)
  • Successful 20th annual Garden Tour and Groundhog Day Tree I.D. walk
  • Community outreach at Earth Day and Summerfest events
  • 5 volunteer projects, including CHHS community service projects, Trail Days and Saturday meet-ups
  • Continued installation of three demonstration gardens
  • Upgraded trails
  • Increased publicity and outreach

2017 priorities

  • Complete final section of handicap-accessible boardwalk trail
  • Upgrade 1998 handicap-accessible entry trail
  • Continue Phragmites eradication program (year 3)
  • Complete and submit proposal to re-establish wooded buffer with Con Edison right-of-way
  • Install new signage
  • Complete the three demonstration gardens
  • Increase membership
  • Recruit new Board members
  • Seek funding and support for high-priority capital improvement projects

Other business

Approved the following amendments to the bylaws:

  • Adopted a conflict of interest policy and a whistleblower policy as required by NY State
  • Removed specific time, date, and location of Board meetings
  • Changed permitted number of directors to “up to 11”
  • Authorized two officers, the President and the Treasurer, to sign checks
  • Created the following additional non-voting director categories: associate member to lead specific projects, sabbaticals, honorary members, and municipal government liaisons. Sabbatical status will allow a director to be absent for more than three consecutive monthly meetings without resigning.

Also agreed to pursue funding for capital projects via registering with New York State’s Grants Gateway portal and engaging private foundations and philanthropies.

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