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UW-Fond du Lac Arboretum Advisory Committee


Andrew Busker:  5:35-6:17 p.m.                                     
Dr. David Demezas:  5:35-7 p.m.    

Jo Ann Giese-Kent:  Excused                                          
Michele Keifenheim:  5:35-7 p.m.                  

Brian Kolstad:  5:35-7 p.m.                                              

John McDowell:  Excused

Margie Winter:  5:35-7 p.m.                                            
Brendan Wood-Taylor:  5:43-6:52 p.m.


Also present were Tracy McDermott and Julie Hellwig.


1. Call meeting to order.

Chair David Demezas called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.


2. Approve minutes of the January 8, 2018, meeting.

Motion (Kolstad/Busker) to approve the minutes with a revision to the grounds report. Helen’s garden should be Ellen’s garden. Motion carried, with Chair Demezas abstaining.


3. Remarks by visitors/correspondence.

There were no remarks or correspondence.


4. Executive director report.

Tracy McDermott discussed the January highlights. The contract has been signed with UW-Fond du Lac for the 2018-2019 educational program season.


5. Treasurer report.

Brian Kolstad discussed the January report.  


6. Education report.

Ms. McDermott discussed the educational programs for 2018-2019, which will include some changes. Art in the Prairie will be two weeks instead of four. Prairie Fest will be held the third Saturday of July (July 21) rather than the fourth. Program ideas are needed for May, June and September. Margie Winter will take part in a Natural Beauty Council program at the library on April 26, presenting information on native plants for your backyard.


7. Grounds report.

Julie Hellwig discussed the January highlights. Ms. Hellwig and Ms. McDermott talked to John Redmond and Brian Weed about donating 18 trees to the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum.


8. Other business.

a. There was discussion on the annual prairie plant sale. Two pot sizes will be offered – 2½ inch pots for $3.50 each and 4½ inch pots for $7.50 each. Plants will be sorted for customers on May 11 and available for pickup on May 12.


b. There was discussion regarding 501(c)(3) status. Mr. Kolstad informed the group that obtaining 501(c)(3) status is complicated and that an accountant may be required. The discussion was brought to a close without any motions.


9. Future meeting dates.

a. General committee:  5:30 p.m., March 5, Room AE136.

b. Education subcommittee:  5:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Room AE136.

c. Prairie Fest subcommittee:  following the Feb. 19 education subcommittee meeting.


10. Adjournment.

Motion (Kolstad/Winter) to adjourn the meeting at 7 p.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Michele Keifenheim

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