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November 1971 THE OBSIDIAN page 3
First we want to say, Especially new members, that Board Meetings are always open to all members. Come up and see how your businessis run. The effort that is put out to make it run.The first Wednes-of the month. Next meeting Dec. 1st.
Called to order by Pres. Ben Ross. Two members missing; Haze Bressler and Clarence Landes. And how we do talk about members of the Board that are absent.
Treasurer Clarence Scherer read the bills, Eweb $25.79, Postage (Bulletin) $24.00, Postage other, $3.00 and taxes, (net) $176.44. At the beginning of the fiscal year checking account was down to $203.89, but now after most of the dues are in we are back up to $1011.12.
Trips Chairman,Lois Schriener reported trips going good with good attendance & said the first meeting of the new trips committee would be held Nov. 4th.
Camp Chairman, Donn Chase had some to say about next summers camp, but just in a preliminary way: would be a drive-in; would be in Oregon, and he wants to find someone to take charge of it. He spoke about the probable boat camp up in the San Juan Islands that quite a number of people have shown great interest in and said that this one would have to be limited to members only with the exception of close relatives of members.
Donn also told us of efforts of the Lions Club, Forest Service, himself and Bob Dark and others in establishing an outdoor trails system for blind and handicaped.An area up Fall Creek has already been set aside for this purpose. Donn said that the Ranger from. Lowell, with the help of a lot of Boy Scouts has laid out in hundred foot squares, for a distance of about ½ mile and every shrub & tree has boon identified and tagged. The tags later are to be made in Braille. He said that help would be needed to help layout the actual route the trail would take and the making of the trail.Why not call Donn, if you would like to and can help on this project. Donn and Bob Dark have led these people on some trips and told us of how they banter each other all in good nature such as! if someone stumbles others will yell out, "Whats the matter with you? Are you blind".
A most disheartening note was entered into the meeting when it was told that in some manner word had gotten out that there would be a Halloween Party and pot luck dinner, 25 people showed up at the locked gate and waited and waited. They finally went to someones home where they had their cake and ate it too. One can imagine the traffic situation there at the gate. This was a most regrettable happening.
Mary Carr, Librarian, said all in her department was under control with Mary Castelloo taking care of the scrap-book. Donn Hunter, Conservation, has Robin Lodewick and Lois Schriener in his Comm. Don talked at length on French Pete and Rock Mesa.Everything at present is go on loging of French Pete and mining the Rock Mesa unless: court action can be started on the French Pete question.This would delay logging this area while the case was in court.Attorneys Wilner, Bennett and Leonard of Portland are lending in their assistance in ascertaining costs of the possibility of taking the question all the way up to the highest court The Sierra Club and others are in on the costs. Don, in his modest way, told of the vast amount of time he has contributed to the Rock Mesa problem. Even to the extent of going back to D.C. to support Sen. Packwoods two bills; one to ban all mining in Wilderness areas. The other to halt logging on French Pete. He has shown also his pictures to Chambers of Commerce in several places and has had most rewarding backing from schools, Chambers and others in his effort to try and save these two areas, with special emphasis on Rock Mesa. Don has made several trips taking people to Pock Mesa. One trip was with experts to findout the actual deposits of pumice there and to all appearances the pumice is of such poor quality that it si possible to have mining stopped there on this account.
Sen. Packwoods bill to halt all mining in wilderness areas is in committee. Aspinell of Colorado is Chairman of this committee and as he is 100% for mining he will not let the bill out of committee. WE CAN DO A LOT OF GOOD BY WRITING SEN. PACKWOOD AND THE PRESIDENT NIXON IN DEMANDING THAT THE BILL GET OUT OF COMM. Don read a request from the OEC that the Obsidians appoint someone to sit on Board as a representative of us and Don was appointed to fill this request. All hail to Don for his efforts as a representative of the Obsidians in conservation.
Mary Carr read applications from the following for membership:
Peter R. Cecil (Jr) 4130 Robin, Eugene.
Donna Clocksin, 3080 Onyx, Eugene.
Patrick Clocksin, 3080 Onyx, Eugene
Leon Hatch, Wayne Hatch (Jr) david Hatch (Jr) 230 Wedgewood Dr, Eugene
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