|Members meet for Annual Society Meeting, begin planning Museum's future|
|Robin Dodge, IVDMS Secretary, presents William Pape a certificate of recognition for Exemplary Support of the Museum|
After a brief business meeting the Museum's Director, Dr. Neal Hitch, took us back in time through a retrospective of how far the museum has come: from the beginning of building the Ocotillo museum to today when we have a brand-new, state of the art exhibit- the biggest goal of the Society since he was hired back in 2011.
|Chuck Fisher, IVDMS President, accepts certificates of recognition on behalf of Neil Zinn and Kathleen & George Willis, who were unable to attend the meeting|
|Tables were set out to begin brainstorming goals and directions for the museum's future|
Here's where the tables stand so far:
Question 1: If we focused on one program, what would it be?
-"Field trips for schools"
-"Field trips for students"
Question 2: Potential uses of new property?
-"Hiking trails with info signs"
-"Hiking with no signs (wilderness experience)"
-"Show case drought tolerant/native plants for landscaping to transition to more sustainable, less water usage while simultaneously propagating and selling plants to visitors"
Question 3: What is the most important thing the museum will do . . .
. . . In the next year?
-"Get money for gardens"
-"6th grade hiking field trip"
-"Skype with a scientist"
-"Youth hike (conjunction with Jacumba hikers?)"
-"Connect/stay connected to local Kumeyaay tribes/leaders/entities, host Kumeyaay related events"
-"Become institutionalized with the Imperial Valley and Jacumba schools so that all students get a chance to come out"
. . . In the next 5 years?
-"Internships with local colleges"
-"A desert oasis- palms, pools, plants, shade"
-"Southern CA colleges need to hear about IVDM for field trips/seminars/workshops"
-"Partner with San Diego universities to bring grad students out"
-"Bring more closely together Native American, Hispanic, and European cultures through the museum experience"
. . . In the next 50 years?