Meeting of the Board of Directors – WE Watch members are invited to attend all Board of Directors meetings. Meetings are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St. Marks Church parlor in Los Olivos from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS A NEW TIME as of July 2016.
Our September meeting is Tuesday, September 20th, at 12:00 noon. We will be meeting in the “Parlor” at St. Marks Church, Los Olivos.
AUGUST NEWS AND EVENTS, LETTER FROM PRESIDENT PENNY KNOWLES:
Dear WE Watch Members and Supporters:
As the summer draws to a close, we are following some key issues, including the alarming annexation of Camp 4 through congressional legislation, the upcoming elections for our new 3rd District Supervisor and new 24th District Congressman, the water scarcity and need for conservation, increasing traffic and congestion, and proposed revisions to the County wine ordinance and short-term rental regulations.
However, the WE Watch Board is only 8 people, and we need more participation from our membership to help us make a difference in preserving the Valley for future generations.
With that in mind, I am asking you to look through the following programs and projects to see if you might volunteer some of your time to one of them:
1. Coalition opposing HR 1157: We have joined a group of other organizations in the Valley, led by Mike Brady, to spearhead renewed efforts to defeat Congress and the BIA in their determination to allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to annex the entire 1400 acres (known as Camp 4) in order to construct 143 houses for tribal members. If you would like to be a part of this effort, let us know.
Santa Ynez River, December 2004
3. Sub-committee on Water: We are beginning a serious study of water supplies and distribution in the Valley. We have a few volunteers, but we need others, who would be willing to attend water district meetings and study relevant documents, so that we will be knowledgable and can take appropriate action when necessary.
4. Water-wise Garden Tour: With the help of landscape architects in the Valley, we are planning a tour in the spring that will showcase the most outstanding examples of gardens conserving water. If you would like to help in the planning or execution of this tour, please contact us.
5. Scholarship Committee: As you may know, WE Watch has for the past several years, offered scholarships to seniors graduating from Santa Ynez High School who plan to pursue college studies in biology, land-use planning, agriculture, or related areas. If you would like to help either in fund-raising for this, and/or in selecting the honorees, please let us know.
You can send your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will direct your inquiries to the appropriate chairperson.
The second is the November 5th screening of the documentary film, “A Time to Choose,” at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at the High School. This is being sponsored by the SYVNHS and several other organizations, including WE Watch. It is being presented free, but donations will be appreciated.
Many thanks for your help in keeping WE Watch thriving. To be effective, we need lots of helper bees, and we are counting on you!