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Minutes of the DVOC
January 5, 2006

Ron French, acting as interim president for Adrian Binns, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 44 members and 1 guest.

Bill Murphy, acting on behalf of the Nominating Committee, announced the slate for the immanent election: Chris Walters – President, Paul Guris –Vice-President, Frank Windfelder – Secretary, Naomi Murphy – Treasurer, Connie Goldman & Nate Rice- Councilors, the latter two replacing Art McMorris & Bert Filemyr. All candidates were elected by a landslide.

Connie Goldman, Nikolas Haass, Matt Sharp, and Jeff Holt were elected as Fellows.

New President Chris Walters stared at the gavel in disbelief, as if to say, “How could a Bryn Mawr Hospital baby have made it this far? He then gave a stirring “State of the DVOC” speech, where he intoned, “We’re on a roll!””.

Additional Committee Reports:

Membership Committee: Anita Guris, filling in for Connie Goldman, announced the admission of Mora Harrison and Michael Joseph McGraw into the club. Tom Reeves expressed concern that newly elected members are rarely present upon acceptance into the club.

Conservation: No report.

Larus: Editor Naomi Murphy mentioned that the cutoff date for the submission of articles for the next issue is March 10th. Simply send her an email if you wish to make a literary contribution.

Cassinia: Editor Art McMorris was non-committal about the release date of the Volume 71, but we did hear him say “2006”. He does need photos and general notes, the latter including anecdotal tales about avian rarities, etc.

State of the Treasury: Treasurer Naomi Murphy submitted a well-organized PowerPoint presentation, which was an overview of the annual “DVOC Financial Statement”. We did spend about $1,000.00 more than we earned in 2005. She reminded us that Life Membership money goes directly into the Endowment Fund, the earnings from which is used to defray the club’s annual operating expenses. She submitted a hard copy of her detailed report to the Secretary.

Report of the Trustees, Endowment Fund: Chris Walters made the report on behalf of fellow trustees Paul Guris and Hart Rufe. The fund now has approximately $130,000.00 in its coffers. Total earnings for 2005 were $9,781.25. Dividends of $3,919.10 were turned over to the Treasurer, to be used as above. Capital Gains distributions were re-invested. He submitted a hard copy of his detailed report to the Secretary.


Field Trips:
Saturday, January 7th – email Keith Russell if you can participate
Sunday, January 8th – Paul Guris’ annual field trip to the Dix WMA in Southwestern New Jersey has been cancelled. Conditions were very muddy on the recent Cumberland CBC to the same area.
Saturday-Monday, January 14th to 16th. Leaders Chris Walters and Erica Brendel stated that their annual Montauk trip is full, although if interested, you can sign up on the waiting list and pray.
Sunday, January 22nd. Bert Filemyr and Martin Selzer are leading a trip to Barnegat Light. Meet at the lighthouse at 8:00 AM. They have erected a fake Black Guillemot in case the real one goes AWOL.

Saturday to Monday, February 18th to 20th. Leader Adrian Binns has 2 open slots for his New England Trip. One person can ride on the “boot”, and the other person on the “bonnet”.

Programs:
January 19th – Frank Haas, “Adak, Gambling on Birds”
February 2nd – Robert DeCandido, PhD, “Asia Birds from West to East and Back Again”

Local Notes:
Today, January 6th, there was a Barn Owl sitting in the impoundment at Tinicum.
Ron French mentioned a Bullock’s oriole that was first seen in Bethlehem, Pa. on January 4th.
Paul Guris reported up to 50 Purple Finches at his feeder in Green Lane, Pa.
On December 18th, Nikolas Haass, Rob Hynson and Raja Stephenson saw a Vesper Sparrow at mile marker 21 along rte. 55in New Jersey.
On December 17thy, Edie Parnum saw a Northern Goshawk at Okahocking Preserve in Pa.

Announcements:
Bert Filemyr announced that the 2006 DVOC directory was ready, and arranged for A to Z on the stage.
George Reynard is in a nursing home, and happy to receive visitors
Al Kronschnabel was in Nazareth Hospital, and has been transferred to an assisted living facility for rehabilitation

Ornithological Studies:
Art McMorris gave a thorough PowerPoint presentation on the “2005 Peregrine Nesting Season in Pennsylvania”. There are now 17 nest sites. Art will not be looking at Peregrines in late January, where he will be looking for a certain rare woodpecker in Arkansas.

Program:
Paul Guris presided over the Christmas Bird Count reports. There were two especially intriguing finds. On the Cape May Count on December 18th, Nikolas Haass and his party flushed a Yellow Rail. On the Pennypack Valley Count on December 17th, there were 125 Rough-winged Swallows at the Northeast Water Filtration Plant in Philadelphia.

Refreshments:

The meeting adjourned for refreshments. Paul and Anita Guris did an incredible job in getting this together. The hot roast beef sandwiches were wonderful, but the pumpkin cheesecake was to die for. As usual, Paul provided some great micro-brewery beers.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary