General Meeting February 7, 2017
Location and Time:
  Meeting held at Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Room 003-004 Lower Level, Westminster, MD and called to order at 7:30 by Darlene Welsh, President.
  Lynda Arnold, Janet Breeding, Carolyn Garber, Peggy Miller, Scott Pickett, Dave Radcliffe, Cathy Strong, Darlene Welsh, Jennifer Wilmot, Loren Lustig.
Volunteer Hours
  April 2016: 66.5 hours
Secretary's Report:
  Minutes of October 4, 2016: motion to approve by Peggy Miller; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed. Minutes of November 1, 2016: motion to approve by Peggy Miller; second by Janet Breeding. Motion passed. Minutes of December 6, 2016: motion to approve by Lynda Arnold; second by Dave Radcliffe. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report:
  Peggy advised that as of January 2017 the Potomac Edison bill will be deducted automatically. View December 2016.
Equestrian Center Report: Darlene Welsh
  Lynda Arnold reported the Capital Region Pony Club has reserved the Center on Saturday, May 6; the Carroll County Western Circuit has reserved the Center on (Sundays) April 30, May 14, June 11, June 25, July 9, August 13 and August 27.

Equestrian Center Maintenance – Peggy Miller advised the need to purchase two wheels/tires for the portable judges stands since two had been stolen as reported earlier. Estimate is $40.00 each. Two or three fence boards are down at the rings. Scott Pickett of Carroll County Western Circuit volunteered to repair/replace the boards; will work with Peggy Miller since there are boards stored at the Center. Jennifer Wilmot, of Carroll County Western Circuit expressed displeasure over the condition of the Center; namely the weeds around the rings and the mowing. Discussion followed regarding increasing volunteer involvement in the maintenance of the Center.

Reminder: The combination to the rings will be changed on April 1, 2017. New Rules/Release forms must be signed and Carroll County Equestrian Council membership is required. Forms will be mailed in March to current users.

Discussion followed pertaining to posting a “Rules” sign outside of the Biddision Building so users have access to an easy reference.
  Loren Lustig announced a new component to the Volunteer of the Year held each year in October; an additional nominee for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominees are to have a minimum of 20 years of service with significant contributions to the Council. Five Lifetime Achievement Award honorees will be selected from all of the recreation councils. Final decision will be made by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Loren shared Lisa Carroll’s request for Door Prizes for the following events:
April 22 – Disc Golf at Leister Park
Aptil 30 – Fishing Program at Westminster Community Pond
May 21 – Fishing Program at Krimgold Park
May 22 – Golf Tournament at Oakmont Green to benefit Park Legacy Fund

Loren Lustig advised that the Therapeutic Recreation Council (Contact Debbie Gemmill 410-386-2452) would like to co-sponsor events and activities.
Old Business
  Calendar of Events
4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County- Horse Fair Sunday March 26, 2017 from 9:00 – 2:00 at the Shipley Arena/ Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, MD.
Darlene Welsh volunteered to set up/take down the booth. Sign up sheet was distributed to fill the one hour time slots/sheet will be available for completion at the March 7 meeting.
9:00 – 10:00 Janet Breeding
10:00 – 11:00 Lynda Arnold
11:00 – 12:00 This time could be yours!
12:00 – 1:00 This time could be yours!
1:00 – 2:00 This time could be yours!

Trail Work Days 2017
Gillis Falls
Saturday, April 29, 2017 (9:00-12;00)
Sunday, September 17, 2017 (9:00-12:00)
Contact Jon Arnold 301-524-8448/

Morgan Run NEA
Sunday, May 7, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Saturday, June3, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Sunday, July 9, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Saturday, September 2, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Sunday, October 8, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 (9:00 – 12:00)
Contact Carolyn A. Garber 410-549-5141/

Piney Run Trails – Dates to be Announced
Contact Bridget McCullough 301-829-7442

Union Mills Trails – Dates to be Announced
Contact Howard Lanham 410-259-2964

Guided Trail Rides
Notice to members/volunteers interested in leading a group ride asking for proposal to be submitted that includes location, date, time and number of riders that can be accommodated – Email to

New Business
  Special Programs
Discussion was held regarding the obvious interest and good attendance at the July 5, 2016 meeting at the Center, featuring Toby Gibbon and the American Mustangs. Darlene Welsh will contact him in regards to a future program on 08/01/7 at the Center. (No meeting on 7/4/17 due to the holiday.)

Social Dinner
Darlene Welsh announced the Spring Social Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Brick Ridge Restaurant, 6212 Ridge Road (Route 27) Mt. Airy, MD. RSVP by 3/12/17 to Darlene Welsh 443-289-8926. The Fall Social Dinner will be held in October/date and location to be announced.

Equiery News – February Issue
Janet Breeding called attention to articles on Page 9 – 10 regarding grants that were recently awarded; page 39 the Carroll County Equestrian Council 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Lynda Arnold called attention to page 36-37 “A Champion Retires” by Tammy Waddel.

Carolyn Garber reported the supply of Helmet Safety Tags is depleted. Website for Medical Information Carriers quotes price for 100 as $110.00 plus shipping. Motion to purchase 100 by Janet Breeding; second by Peggy Miller. Motion passed.
  Motion to adjourn by Dave Radcliffe; second by Peggy Miller. Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.
Did you renew your membership for 2017?
  Volunteer designs for the Equestrian Center entrance – send to CCEC, 300 S. Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157

Volunteer Guided Trail Ride leaders – send proposed info the

Individual Equestrian Center Ring users must be current members of the Carroll County Equestrian Council. New release/rules forms will be required.
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