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Board of Commissioner Minutes June 7

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
Rockford College
June 7, 2011 – 5:30 PM

Randy Olson – President Thomas Kalousek, Executive Director
Judy Barnard Vaughn Stamm, Preserve Operations
Mary McNamara Bernsten Tom Hartley, Development
Jay Ferraro Mike Durand, Golf
Audrey Johnson Jamie Johannsen, Marketing
Gloria Lind Judi Day, Budget & Personnel
Cheryl Maggio

At 5:45, recording secretary Judi Day called the roll. All seven Commissioners were present.

Judy Barnard led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Judy Barnard introduced Pam Reidenbach of the Northern Illinois Center for Non-profit Excellence, who will facilitate a series of training sessions for the Board members and staff. Today’s training covered the following topics:

Board role and responsibilities
• Determine the mission and purpose of the District.
• Select an Executive Director.
• Support the Executive Director.
• Ensure planning.
• Ensure adequate resources.
• Manage resources.
• Enhance the public standing.
• Ensure legal and ethical integrity.

Legal duties
• Duty of care – in decision making.
• Duty of loyalty – disclose conflicts of interest.
• Duty of obedience – guard against mission drift.

Why plan?
• Stimulate forward thinking.
• Clarify direction.
• Create a common path.
• Improve performance.
• Create momentum – focus.
• Address critical issues.
• Improve knowledge of the organization.
• Increase investment.
• Be proactive vs reactive.
Define parameters.
Tom Kalousek referred to the article written by former Director Mahnke entitled “What is a Forest Preserve?” Then he read the purpose of the Forest Preserve District, as defined by the Downstate Forest Preserve Act in the Illinois State Statutes: “For the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauties within such district, and to restore, restock, protect, and preserve the natural forests and such lands together with their flora and fauna, as nearly as may be, in their natural state and condition, for the purpose of the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public.”

Following is the list of visions of the District generated in 2002:
• The public is well informed and confident that the District’s natural resources are stable and protected.
• People feel safe in the forest preserves, and public safety systems effectively respond to their needs.
• An active land acquisition program meets future recreation, preservation, and open space needs.
• Well-maintained properties are designed to meet the needs of future constituents.
• Well-established partnerships enhance the District programs.
• All communications and responses are open and effective.
• The President and Board of Commissioners are well informed and confident that the staff is administering and implementing established policies.
• The District attracts, trains, retains, and rewards skilled, competent employees.
• Adequate financing ensures the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services.
• An effective information system is utilized both internally and externally as an educational tool.

Core values – the following suggestions were made from the floor:
• We believe in protecting and preserving natural land.
• We believe in protecting and managing natural communities.
• We believe in connecting people to nature.
• We believe in educating the community about the heritage of the land.
• We believe in being responsive to the recreational needs of the people while minimizing the impact on the environment.

Mission development – What good for whom? The following suggestions were:
• Enjoyment through nature.
• Natural preservation, outdoor education, and recreation for all.
• Assure public access to natural land for enjoyable outdoor recreation and education.
• (Present mission: To assure the public access to permanent natural lands and areas for safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation and education.)

Cheryl Maggio distributed the financial report of the District supplied by Steve Chapman.

Tom Kalousek suggested that Board meetings be held on a day different from Tuesdays. After discussion, it was decided to hold regular meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning in July.

At 7:58, President Olson adjourned the meeting.
Judi Day
Recording Secretary