Board Minutes June 21, 2019

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June 21, 2019

 

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Program Director Sean Hammond on many topics; the Site Steward manual is under review for updates, the new database continues to be developed, and the Watch newsletter went out this month.  The volunteer agreement with the  State Lands Department is about to expire, with no new agreement set.  There can be no monitoring of State Lands sites this month. Arizona Game and Fish will be adding sites from their areas. There is tribal interest in becoming Site Stewards and the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve volunteers would also like to become Site Stewards. 

Site Steward Conference sponsor solicitation letters went out today.  Registration for the conference will begin July 3, 2019. 

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) conference went very well.  The Foundation sponsored a table. 

The Pueblo Grande Museum anniversary was featured in the American Archaeologist magazine. 

Board members Nicole and Jeri head to Montana for Project Archaeology training.

 

 

Board Minutes May 24, 2019

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May 24, 2019

 

Board election results were announced; Nicole Armstrong Best - Chairman, Ruthanna Battilana - Secretary, Dave Salge - Vice Chair.  New Board members are Don and Marcia Simonis  -Site Steward Representatives and Shelley Rasmussen - Director at large.  

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Program; Director Hammond visited several regions including Pescott, Payson, Kingan and Page.  The new Site Steward database is in development.  The Forest Service cost-sharing agreement grant is in discussions.  BLM grant cycle has opened.  

Updates on the Site Steward Conference - workshop topics identified.  Social hour expenses sponsored by the Foundation - expense approved by vote. 

The Foundation is watching the Heritage Fund bill this legislative session - the Heritage Fund is re-established but no monies are attached. 

Dave Salge has been appointed to the American Archaeology Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. 

 

Board Minutes April 22, 2019

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April 22, 2019

 

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Program Director  Sean Hammond regarding the new database and upcoming Site Steward Conference.  the database roll-out has been delay do to security issues. Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) will pay to build the system and maintain it. 

Project Archaeology trainees for this summer's program in Montana have been selected.  The State Historic Preservation Office would like to make Project Archaeology the youth component the state's programming. 

Site Steward Conference funding was discussed, along with schedules and programming

Website update, requested updates completed. 

Archaeology reports donated as Silent Auction items.

Board member ballots being prepared. 

 

Board Minutes March 22, 2019

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March 22, 2019

 

The Site Steward Program is working on a new database, based on a grant system, that would allow Site Stewards to report time through a web portal. 

 

Site Steward Program Director Sean Hammond visited several regions and spoke with Regional Coordinators. Chapters 1-3 of the training manual have been completed by a working group. 

The Board received a conference update regarding lodging, camping, food, programming, silent auction and awards. 

Project Archaeology summer training in Montana. Possible coordination with State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for Archaeology Month. 

We are tracking Heritage Fund House and Senate bills this legislative session.

Board nominations needed before April meeting.

Board Minutes February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

 

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Annual Conference Planning Team lead Sean Hammond and Board Member Dave Salge.   Conference dates, workshops, speakers and logistics were on the table. ASSPF trifolds will be printed for distribution at the event.

The new Arizona Sate Parks and Trails (ASPT) director wrote a letter for the Watch newsletter and it should be out in the next week.

HB 2701 – Heritage Fund  and HB 1241 – Heritage Fund legislative bills were discussed. SHPO is active in these discussions with State Representatives and Senators.

There was a call for Governors Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) award nominations for the 2019 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Prescott AZ, June 12-14.  https://azpreservation.com/2019-awards/

 

Board Minutes January 23, 2019

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January 23, 2019

 

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Annual Conference Planning Team lead Sean Hammond and Board Member Dave Salge.  The conference is currently scheduled for October or November at the Grand Canyon. Sean discussed his outreach regarding programming, day trips, awards, registration, Native American food providers and the silent auction.  We discussed presentation topics and speakers.  Contracts for lodging and RV space were also discussed.

Site Steward State Coordinator Sean Hammond updated the Board on Program initiatives; Arizona Sate Parks and Trails (ASPT) park staff and volunteer site/cultural etiquette training and a meeting with Ability 360 staff to discuss ADA compliant website updates. Sean also announced several ASPT staff hires and new Regional Coordinators (RC). 

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Kathryn Leonard announced new director and staff hires, legislation they will be watching this session and no Archaeology Month programming this month due to staffing.  They are revising their programming approach and will focus on  education in schools.

There was a call for Governors Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) award nominations for the 2019 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Prescott AZ, June 12-14.  https://azpreservation.com/2019-awards/

Board Minutes December 21, 2018

Site Steward Coordinator Sean Hammond had several program updates; Land Manager (LM) and Regional Coordinator (RC) meeting on December we went well; site visit will be cancelled if the federal government shuts down due to insurance issues; the 2019 Site Steward Conference will be October 4-6 at the Grand Canyon with proposed theme "Many Regions, One Goal"; lodging contracts discussed; desert survival stipend for presenters will need to be considered. Speaker and topic made; will Russell on Havasupi cultural sensitivity, Arizona State Museum on burials. Foundation Chair Nicole Armstrong Best will put together sponsor request letters. Dave Salge will be Conference Chairman. 

Board member Jeri Meeks continues to improve the website layout and utility.

Board Member Steve Boley talked a AZ Gives day on April 12.  We need information from the treasurer to set up our participation.  there are competition levels that earn more money, we need to investigate and re-discuss in the February 2019 meeting.

Board Member Mary Wright spoke about the need for an archival backup or file system for Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation (ASSPF) documents. Jeri said that Board documents are online in our private/secure Google Drive.  Jeri has sent out a link giving all Board member access to this drive.

Jeri has submitted the Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation 2019 Legislative Public Body renewal  to the Arizona Secretary of State. As the organizations lobbyist she has also filed the 3 and 4th Quarter Expense report to the Secretary of State's office.

 

American Archaeology Magazine's fall issue features an article on Site Stewards repairing fences.  Winter issues will have an article by Will Russell .

Board Minutes November 16, 2018

The Board received an update from the Site Steward Program Director Sean Hammond, the program has hired a new intern to do outreach to college students. There have been many check in visits to regions. Site steward recruitment and training videos were discussed with Land Mangers and Regional Coordinators. 

Website updates were requested. 

Funding strategies were discussed. 

 

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