The Hoonah Stewardship Council met on 02/20/20 to talk about its structure and future.
In attendance : Arianna Lapke, Sean Williams, Stephanie Harold, Jeromy Grant, Niccole Williams, Basia Trout, Ian Johnson, Faith Grant
We talked about the future of the group with two goals in mind:
- How do we transform this into a group of both words and action
- How do we invigorate and growth this group?
Basia mentioned that our mission statement has the word “action” in it.
We generally talked about a model for leadership for the group that it would orientated around projects, and that local members could head those projects. Early in the year we would work on developing a work plan with the schedule and members could take ownership of those projects. They would coordinate the projects and needs from the HSC.
We talked a lot about the merits and needs around this model:
- Jeromy – this would nenuclearize the group from HSC which could be a good thing to generate community driven processes
- Arianna – If we have a schedule of tasks how do we determine when a project is “done”? How much time would be committed to finish a project? What are the project deliverables? Are they always “tangible deliverables” , or can they be goal orientated?
- Stephanie noted we don’t want to get too into the weeds of evaluation
- Basia – need to determine what the scope of a project is. Also, the key part of this group has bee the consistency that the group meets to discuss. May want to start with a project that is light-hearted and small with likely sucess
- Stephanie mentioned that working with the City on a plastic-bag bag could be that project.
- Sean – we could put an “idea board” up in Hoonah to get ideas for community driven projects
We spent the rest of the meeting brainstorming potential, community-generated-and-lead projects
- A repurposing trash night
- Climate science night
- Documentary night/nights
- Community garden improvements
- Dessert and Coffee at the lodge
- Creating environmentally friendly supplies such as natural soap making
- Knitting and dying your own grocery bags
- Climate trivia
- Adult art group for nature awareness
- RAC proposal development
- Engaging in Tourism Best Management Practices
- Community mural
- An art wall
- Anit-littering Campaign
- Road clean/ adopt-a-highway
- Ewaste collection support
Ian agreed to transfer these projects to a Google sheet to continue to be co-develop project ideas.
Other business : The Forest Service is looking for members to serve on the Lynn Canal Regional Advisory Committee. This committee oversees a pot of money for local projects.
Also, public comments are being sought about the Whitestone rock pit enlargement.