October 14, 2014 Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier, Lane MacLaren,Roger Younker

Regrets: Connie MacKay Carr,

1.Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2.Approval of the Agenda

Sylvia Poirier moved, Roger Younker seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

3.Approval of minutes of September 9, 2014

Doug MacDonald moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the minutes of  September 9, 2014 with the change of meeting date from October 15 to October 14. Motion carried.

4.Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $6,598.91. Several bills from Soaring to new Heights are expected and Laura Lee Howard will provide an accounting of that project.

The financial review of the year is completed by Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis and will be presented at the annual meeting. The firm was thanked with a flower arrangement.

A donation of $1,000.00 was received from Kali Simmonds.

It was agreed that these funds be designated for an annual Kite Day.

5. Business arising from Previous minutes

  • Soaring to New Heights –  Everyone agreed that this was a very successful event enjoyed by all ages and with a good turn out.  Laura Lee Howard reported on the event.  She also had the Board’s help completing the report to 2014.  The following are comments collected.

–      Arrange logistics for emcee of the day

–      Dollar Store Kites a good idea and are a must. They were enhanced by adding to their tails.

–      Basket of apples a good idea. Cookies not really needed and jug and one half of lemonade used. Treats were appropriate for the day.

–      2 – 4 pm  good time and is a good idea to have set time

–      avoid Run for the Cure day

–      Money was saved because Insurance came under the Farm

–      Preserve table added to the day

–      Kite making popular and enjoyable.

–      Multi cultural aspect very positive

–      Great poster

–      Great promotion in media

–      Perfect venue outside and inside

–      Good PR for the Friends

–      Heightened the awareness of the beauty of the Farm and its potential as a recreation space.

–      Signage at all the entrances to the Farm

–  Pictures from Louise Vessey can be used.

–      Thanks to Henry and Gertie Purdy for their pictures.

It was agreed that this was a great event, aided by the weather.  We would need to build on this good base another time.

It was agreed that the event should be repeated.  It was agreed that the $1,000.00 donation be designated for Kite Day.

  • Crown Garden Wrap up.  Thank you to Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald for their clean up of the Royal garden.
  • Annual Meeting –

–      Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 pm at the Farm Centre  with a rental fee of $100.00

–      The guest speaker is Gary Schneider and his topic “How to fall in Love With a Forest”.  He will be introduced by Sylvia Poirier and thanked by Doug MacDonald.  He will receive a restaurant gift certificate.

–      Two nominations are needed for the Board.  Josh Weale has agreed.  Lane MacLaren will ask Beth Hoar. Roger Younker is to present to Nominating report.

–      Letters have been sent to the membership.  Lane McLaren is preparing a note for community notices.

–      Doug MacDonald will take photos at the meeting to accompany a press release to the Guardian.

–      Gary Schneider will receive the Janice Simmonds Award which will be presented by Percy Simmonds.

 

6. Legacy project

  • It was agreed that we need to broaden the base of the Friends of the Farm and strengthen relationships. This is to be on the next Board meeting at which time groups will be identified.
  • It was agreed that Chair Lane MacLaren would include in his report to the annual meeting, information about the activity of the Board of the Friends of the Farm and the preparation of  2014 legacy request.  Lane will prepare and will have the help of Sylvia Poirier and Doug MacDonald.

 

7.       Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

September Minutes

Minutes
Friends of the Farm
Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Connie MacKay Carr, Ken MacDonald

Regrets: Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier, Lane MacLaren,Roger Younker

1. Call to Order

Vice Chair Doug MacDonald welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2. Approval of the Agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3. Approval of minutes of June 10, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Ken MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of June 10, 2014 with the change that Libby Martin was not present and sent regrets. Motion carried.

4. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $6,610.41. A bill to be paid of $319.54 for the friends of the Farm website and a bill $87.07 for Soaring to New Heights expenses.

Business arising from Previous minutes

• Soaring to New Heights – Laura lee Howard reported that the event will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in the Legacy Garden area at the Farm Centre. Parking can be at the Farm Centre. Insurance to be confirmed.. Laura Lee will look after publicity for the event. Laura Lee will also work on a logo fro the Friends of the farm that could be used on flyers for this event. Laura Lee will be paid an honorarium for her coordination of the ever “Soaring to New Heights”. This is covered by the grant money for 2014 and is all included in the proposal that was accepted by 2014 Commission. Laura Lee will keep the Board up to date.

• Governor General Tree Planting – Lane MacLaren reported that a second letter was sent to Governor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on his visit to PEI.

• Crown Garden – It was agreed that there was a good choice of flowers this year. Thanks to all who tended the garden.

• Memorial Bench – Libby Martin reported that she added two plants.

• Meeting with Philip Brown – Lane MacLaren sent a letter to Phillip Brown as follow up to the Friends of the Farm Board meeting with Mr Brown. In the letter he encouraged that the idea of Ravenwood receive attention. He also spoke with Mr Brown expressed support for the project and that he intended to approach ACOA for funds for repair. It was agreed that the Board should have discussions of ideas of what the Ravenwood property could be used for once renovated. Lively discussion ensued and then agreed that the Board should organize a round table discussion. Planning of this was left til a later time.

6. New Business

• Janice Simmonds Award – Suggestions were made and the group decided that Gary Schneider would be a good choice for his work with Macphail Woods and the 2014 Acadian woodland among other things.

• Annual meeting – It was agreed that we invite Gary Schneider to be guest speaker. Possible dates are October 28 or November 3 and would be at the Farm Centre.

Ken MacDonald informed that he wished to complete his term on the Board. Kim Devine who has moved will also be replaced.

7. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Lane MacLaren Chair
Nora Jenkins Secretary

June Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, June , 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Connie MacKay Carr,Roger Younker

Regrets: Ken MacDonald, Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier

1.Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2.Approval of the Agenda

Roger Younker moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

3.Approval of minutes of  May 20, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of May 20 2014. Motion carried.

4.Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,136.87. A bill to be paid of $604.96 for plants for the Royal Crown  and a bill for $100.00 for kites for Soaring to New Heights.  Nora will arrange for a Financial review for the year ending March 30, 2014.

5.Business arising from Previous minutes

  • Soaring to New Heights – Laura Lee Howard reported that she and Connie MacKay Carr met with members of the Newcomers Association to talk about aspects of the project. Laura Lee informed  airport personnel about the event. The committee suggests that the date be moved to early October rather than late.  This will be confirmed.
  • Governor General Tree Planting – Lane MacLaren reported that there has still not been a response to the letter sent to Governor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on his visit to PEI.
  • Clean Up the Farm Day – Laura Lee Howard presented a draft of a letter that could be sent to surrounding businesses to seek partnership and participation for next year’s Clean Up The Farm Day. This was put on file.
  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s Greenhouses delivered the plants to the Farm.  The crown will be planted in the next week.  Van Kampen supplied the plants at the same cost as previous years.  It was agreed that Nora Jenkins send a letter of thanks to Van Kampen Nursery.

It was agreed that thanks be expressed to Ron Richard for his                   looking after the plants and the planting.  Nora Jenkins agreed to      look after this with a gift certificate for $50.00 from Top of the                  Park.

Schedule of Crown maintenance

July 1 – 15            Nora Jenkins

July 16- 31            Lane McLaren

August 1- 15         Laura Lee Howard

August 16- 31       Connie MacKay Carr

September 1 -15   Roger Younker

Chair Lane MacLaren expressed thanks to Doug MacDonald for     his work on organizing the planting of the Royal Garden

  • Memorial Bench – Nora Jenkins will contact the City again about getting the graffiti on the garbage can near the bench cleaned up. It was agreed that the perennials are filling in the garden and there is not a need to plants annuals.

.  Meeting with Sean Casey M.P. – It was agreed that this was a beneficial meeting with a good exchange of information.

 

7. New Business

  •  Meeting with Philip Brown – The Board met with Philip Brown of Hon Gail Shea’s office on Thursday, May 29. It was a  meeting with a good exchange of information.  The Board learned that the current proposal that is in the hands of the Federal Government is not moving past Treasury Board. The Farm will remain in the hands of Ag Canada at present, however he recommended that the Friends remain vigilant in their goal and work. There was considerable discussion at that meeting about the condition of Ravenwood and the Cereal Barn. Mr Brown agreed to take this concern forward.                             Lane MacLaren will write a letter to Hon Shea expressing the concern of the Friends of the Farm for Ravenhood House and the Cereal Barn emphasizing the beauty of the setting in which it sits. The letter will ask for help how we might move the restoration of Ravenwood ahead. The letter will also express appreciation for the meeting with Mr. Brown. It was suggested that Holland College students use Ravenwood as a class project as an example of a heritage house and the work that needs to be done. Catherine Hennessey agreed to speak with the instructor of the class. While it was agreed that Ravenwood and the Cereal Barn are a concern for the Board, it was also agreed that the focus remains the land with the goal to be preserved as green for all to enjoy. It was agreed that Dr Maria Rodriguezj be informed of  any work/progress in this area.
  • Annual meeting – It was agreed that the annul meeting be late fall.  It was also agreed that we provide an educational speaker and all are to work on ideas of who this might be. A suggestion was Eliot Coleman on the topic of Urbanization of Gardening.

 

  1. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

May Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey.

Regrets: Connie MacKay Carr, Ken MacDonald, Roger Younker, Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy.

  1. Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

  1. Approval of the Agenda

Laura Lee Howard moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

  1. Approval of minutes of  April 22, 2014

Amendment to first item under Business Arising to read, “Cookies, Kites, and Connections”.  Libby Martin moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded the approval of the minutes of April 22, 2014. Motion carried.

  1. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,249.98. This amount includes the Janice MacEachern memorial fund, monies from memberships, and the funds for the 2014 celebration project.   An expenditure of $20.00 had been made for the annual registration as a not for profit organization.

  1. Business arising from Previous minutes
  • Soaring to New Heights – Laura Lee Howard reported that the committee met with Yvette Doucette from the Newcomers Association. There will be a meeting next Tuesday with people from the Association who are interested to talk about aspects of the project. Laura Lee will check with airport personnel to see if the kites would be considered any risk to airplanes.
  • Governor General Tree Planting – Lane MacLaren reported that there has still not been a response to the letter sent to Governor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on his visit to PEI.
  • Clean Up the Farm Day – The Clean Up day was deemed a great success despite the weather. It was agreed that the suggestion that Board members do an additional half day to clean up the hedge/tree line would not be done this year but that this would be an area to concentrate on for next year.  An initiative is to be undertaken to build awareness and solicit help for future clean-ups from the businesses along University Ave. that contribute much of the garbage that ends up on the farm property. Laura Lee Howard will draft a letter to seek their partnership and participation in next year’s Clean Up the Farm Day.
  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s Greenhouses will again supply 1600 plants at half price and that the Crown Garden will be planted on June 10.  The schedule for weeding the garden for the summer will be set at the next meeting.
  • 2014 Legacy Project – Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald met with the Mayor of Charlottetown, Clifford Lee regarding the status of the Experimental Farm property.   A meeting with Philip Brown from Gail Shea’s office was set up for next week.

7. New Business

  • Memorial Bench – The bench was placed in the wrong spot initially but has since been moved to the correct one.  Nora Jenkins will contact the City about getting the graffiti on the garbage can near the bench cleaned up.

 

8. Guest – MP Sean Casey

At the end of regular business, at the invitation of the Board, the Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, arrived and was briefed on the goals and objectives, history, and past and current initiatives of the Friends of the Farm.  There was a good exchange of information and support expressed by Mr. Casey for the Friends’ goals.

 

 

  1. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

April 22, 2014 Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

 

Present:       Connie MacKay Carr, Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald Gertie Purdy, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins

 

Regrets:        Ken MacDonald, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Roger Younker, Catherine Hennessey, Kim Devine.

  1. Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

  1. Approval of the Agenda

Laura Lee Howard moved, Gertie Purdy seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

  1. Approval of minutes of  February 25, 2014

Connie MacKayCarr moved, Laura lee Howard seconded the approval of the minutes of February 25 ,2014. Motion carried.

  1. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,169.98 of which $1600.00 is Soaring to New Heights.

  1. Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported we have 356 names on our membership rolls of which there are 115 who have dues paid up to date as a result of the membership letter sent at the end of January.

It was agreed that Gertie would circulate the membership list to Board members and members would review the list and note any changes i.e. people who are no longer at an address.

It was agreed that a reminder would be sent with the letter to tell members of the Clean Up the Farm Day.

  1. Business arising from Previous minutes
  • Soaring to New Heights –Laura Lee Howard reported that the committee met, Connie MacKay Carr, Kim Devine and herself. They talked ideas and decided that the guiding theme would be “Cookies and Connections”. There will be a demonstration and there will be a number of kites provided which will come from the Dollar Store. It was suggested that the airport be informed. The Farm Centre is booked as the gathering site. A meeting is planned with the Newcomers Assoc.  The date will be either October 25 or 26, 2014.
  • Governor General Tree Planting – Lane reported that a letter has been sent to Govenor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on one of his visits to PEI this year.  There has not been a response.
  • Clean Up the Farm Day – It was agreed that a Clean Up the Farm Day be held on Saturday, May 10 at 9 am.  Doug MacDonald agreed to get the garbage bags and will act as site coodinator.  Nora Jenkins will prepare a letter to members and will contact the City re pick up of bags.
  • 2014 Legacy Project – Communication was received from Hon Gail Shea’s office updating the status of the Experimental Farm property which suggests that Ag Canada continues to wish to continue to operate the Farm. It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm request a meeting with Hon Shea, at her convenience, to thank her for her work done to date regarding the efforts of the Friends of the Farm and to restate the goal of the  Friends of the Farm along with the City of Charlottetown and the consensus of the Mi’kamq Confederacy of PEI that the Farm be considered as a legacy gift.

It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm request a meeting           with Hilsborough MP, Sean Casey, to inform him of the Friends   of the Farm and our purpose.  Nora Jenkins agreed to make this               contact.

7. New Business

  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald agreed to look after the arrangements for planting the Crown Garden again this summer. It was agreed that the maintenance schedule for the summer be drawn up at the next meeting. It was agreed that thanks be expressed to Ron Richard for his considerable help with the planting.
  • Guardian  – Lane MacLaren informed that he has contacted the Guardian regarding the Janice Simmonds Award and the fact that the picture from the annual meeting was not placed in the Guardian.  Lane arranged for an article to be written and asked that Roger Younker and Nora Jenkins be interviewed to provide the information for the article.
  1. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

February 25, 2014 Minutes

Minutes
Friends of the Farm
Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
1:15 pm
Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Ken MacDonald, Connie MacKay-Carr, Lane MacLaren, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Gertie Purdy, Roger Younker, Catherine Hennessey,Laura Lea Howard, Kim Devine.

Regrets: Doug MacDonald

1. Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2. Guest Presentation

Lane MacLaren welcomed Adam MacLean who gave an informational presentation about The legacy Garden Project located behind the Farm Centre on University Avenue.

He explained how the Farm Centre felt it was not fully utilizing the space where it is located. After considerable negotiation and work with Ag Canada a 5 year lease on 8 1/2 acres was sign. Ground will break in April for community gardens, orchards and the planting of heritage grains. Adam explained the community connect with volunteers and gardeners and of the educational opportunities. He explained that a goal is best practises.

It was agreed that this is an exciting project on the corner of the Farm and gives good exposure to the Farm. It demonstrates the possibilities. Adam was thanked and wished well.

3. Approval of the Agenda

Kim Devine moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3. Approval of minutes of January 14, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded the approval of the minutes of January 14,2014. Motion carried.

4. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $5,040.58.

5. Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported $537.00 in membership dues, a result of the membership letter sent at the end of January.

6. Business arising from Previous minutes

• Home for Janice Simmonds Award – Nora Jenkins and Roger Younker informed that the Janice Simmonds Award is permanently placed in an attractive cabinet at the Farm Centre. Nora Jenkins will send a letter to John Jamieson of the PEI Federation of Agriculture to thank for the use of the cabinet.

Lane MacLaren plans to contact the Guardian with the hope of having a story written about the Award.

• Soaring to New Heights –Laura Lee Howard reported $1600.00 received from 2014 Fund for our 2014 project. The committee will meet to pick a date in October and make plans.

• Governor General Tree Planting – Lane reported that a letter has been sent to Govenor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on one of his visits to PEI this year.

Permission has been received from Ag Canada for the planting and Friends of the farm would supply the tree.

7. New Business

• It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm would have a spring clean up. This will be on the agenda for next meeting.

8. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is Monday March 24, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

Lane MacLaren       Nora Jenkins
Chair                         Secretary

January 14, 2014 Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2 pm

 

Present:       Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald, Connie MacKay Carr, Lane MacLaren, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Gertie Purdy, Roger Younker, Catherine Hennessey.

Regrets:      Laura Lea Howard, Kim Devine

 

1.     Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2.     Approval of the Agenda

Ken MacDonald moved, Connie MacKay Carr seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

3.     Approval of minutes of  October 8, 2013

Libby Martin moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of October 8, 2013. Motion carried.

4.     Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $5,025.00. She reported that she had delivered the gift of a centerpiece to Barb MacDonald, Island Nature Trust, to thank her for her assistance throughout the year.

5.     Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported 360 on the membership roll.

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Gertie Purdy seconded that Julie Harris be made an honorary member of the Friends of the Farm. Motion carried.  This recognition is in appreciation for her support in early years by sharing her knowledge about the Farm.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to her and Nora Jenkins agreed to look after this.

6.     Business arising from Previous minutes

·        Review of annual meeting – It was agreed that it was a good meeting with a good turn out and that the guest speaker, Bert Christie was very enjoyable. 

·        Home for Janice Simmonds Award – It was agreed that the Farm Centre is the best place to place the award.  Roger Younker will continue to work on trying to make this happen.  It was agreed that once this was decided then there needs to be a plague placed permanently with the information and also that this information be displayed.

·        Soaring to New Heights – Lane MacLaren informed on behalf of Laura Lee Howard that the agreement for the project is ready to be signed by Wayne Riley, Ag Canada, Friends and 2014 Celebration representative.

7.     New Business

·        Adam MacLean – Community Orchard – It was agreed that Adam MacLean be invited to the next Friends of the Farm meeting to update the Friends on his activities and in particular the Community Orchard.

·        Governor General Tree Planting – Sylvia Poirier agreed to find out who could be contacted and the process for an invitation for the Governor General to plant a tree.

·        Meeting with Hon Gail Shea – It was agreed that the Friends  meet with the Hon. Gail Shea to continue the lobby of the Federal Government to keep the Experimental Farm green.  The date of the meeting is to be set.

 

8.     Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

AGM 04-11-2013

FRIENDS OF THE FARM (P.E.I.) INC.

ANNUAL MEETING

Farm Centre, University Avenue

Monday, November 5, 2013

7 P.M.

1.        Call to Order

             Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The presence of the Simmonds-MacEachern family and the MacLeod family was noted and they were welcomed to the meeting. The members of the Friends of the Farm Board were introduced.

2.        Approval of Agenda

            Kim Devine moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.        Approval of the minutes of the 2012 annual meeting, November 6, 2012.

            Connie MacKay Carr moved, Gertie Purdy  seconded the approval of the minutes of the previous annual meeting on November 6, 2012. Motion carried.

4.        Review of the years activities             

            LaneMacLaren, chair, reviewed the activities of the Friends of the Farm of the past year.  He reported that the Friends of the Farm Board met  monthly, with the exception of July and August, to carry on the business of the Friends of the Farm.  He highlighted the Crown Garden which was planted again this year, and he expressed appreciation to Doug MacDonald who volunteered considerable time to making sure the garden was planted and who arranged with thanks to VanKampen Nursery to obtain plants at half price.  The new initiative, Clean Up the Farm Day on May 11, 2013, was noted and recognized as a very successful day with good participation and result.

            Mr. MacLaren informed that Senator Catherine Callbeck planted a Linden tree in the Premier’s Grove on June 18,2013, before a gathering, to commemorate her time as Premier of Prince Edward Island.  A Memorial Bench in memory of Janice Simmonds was placed on the Trail in the middle of the Farm.  Board members supplied plants and created a garden at the bench for all to enjoy.

            “Soaring to New Heights” , a 2014 project of Friends of the Farm was announced and,thanks to being a recipient of a 2014 small grant, will take place in October 2014.  Thanks was expressed to Laura Lee Howard and committee for their work on this project.

            Noted as well is the website for the Friends of the Farm which is kept up to date thanks to Connie MacKay Carr.

5.        Financial Report                                       

Nora Jenkins, Secretary Treasurer, circulated the financial statement  for the year April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.  This is the result of the Financial Review as conducted by Doug Ezaerd CA of the Accounting firm, Arsenault, Best Cameron Ellis and found to be in accordance with the Canadian accounting standards for not for profit organizations.

Nora Jenkins moved, Ken MacDonald seconded,  the acceptance of the Financial Statement as presented. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins  moved, Ken MacDonald seconded  that Arsensault Best Cameron Ellis be asked to provide the financial review for the year April 1 2013 to March 31, 2014. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins provided  information about the Janice Simmonds Memorial donations.  She expressed that  the Board of the Friends of the Farm was very thankful that the Friends of the Farm was remembered by Janice’s family in this way and have  been very thoughtful in the use of these donations. She informed that there was a  total of $3, 790.00 in the fund.  Of that $1850.00 has been spent on the memorial bench, and on the Janice Simmonds Award which includes the large award and 10 small presentation awards for the next  ten years leaving $1,840.00 in the fund for future special plans.

6.        Membership Report

            Gertie Purdy, Membership Chair, thanked members for support and reported that there are 359 on the list as members of the Friends of the Farm. She noted that the annual meeting marks the beginning of a new year and that memberships for the upcoming year are now due. Gertie Purdy moved, Steve Knechtel seconded the adoption of the membership report.  Motion carried.

7.        Nominating Committee Report          

            Chair, Lane MacLaren  presented the nomination report which informed that all present Board members are willing to serve another term. Mr MacLaren  called for nominations from the floor.  There being none, Lane MacLaren  moved, Ewen Stewart seconded  the adoption of the nominating report.  Motion carried.

 

8.        Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award

            Lane MacLaren introduced the Janice Simmonds Award.  He thanked the members of the Simmonds/MacEachern family for their support and presence and also  family representative, Charles Coll, for the recipient, the late Lloyd MacLeod.  He explained that the Janice Simmonds Award was  established by the Friends of the Farm (PEI) Inc. to honour an individual, group, or agency who/which has made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island, including but not limited to the land within the City of Charlottetown commonly referred to as “The Experimental Farm”.

                Henry Purdy was thanked for his artistic assistance in creating the award. Mr Purdy explained his concept for the award and the meaning.  The award was then crafted by MacAskills.  Board member, Roger Younker was thanked for his work on this project.

                Lane MacLaren then introduced the first recipient, the late Lloyd MacLeod, the founding chair of Friends of the Farm, advocate for green spaces and community contributor.

                Percy Simmonds presented the award to Charles Coll, son in law of Lloyd MacLeod, who received on behalf of the MacLeod family.

9.        Introduction of Guest Speaker           

            Laura Lee Howard introduced guest speaker, Bert Christie, who addressed the topic “The Charlottetown Experimental Farm: 100 years of Community Connection and Innovative Research”. Nora Jenkins thanked Bert Christie for his delightful and informative talk.   Appreciation was shown.

10.      Adjournment

            There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

Lane MacLaren                                                       Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary