RANCOCAS CREEK ASSOCIATION
Most Minutes of the Meeting
July 28, 2013

Welcome
John welcomed everyone and thanked Craig for hosting. Regrets were sent by Paul, Mary Jane, Kerry and Tom - the latter two went on a long drive and kept driving.

Treasurer's Report
Tom reported that the RCA has 16 paid up members as of this date. Last year, there were 24. Dues are $20 per household. To attend the brunch in September, make sure dues are paid: You can mail the dues to Tom Kempton, 1 Hand Lane, Eastampton NJ 08060

Brunch
Mary Jane is the chairperson for the annual brunch on September 29.

T-Shirts
So far, there are 6 orders for T-shirts. We need 12 to place an order.

Election Year
This is an election year. Every two years, there can be a new President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer. Contact John if you'd like to volunteer or nominate someone.

Next Meeting
August 25 - Anita and Bill Gooden
10 Gerber Lane, Eastampton - 609-265-8187
September 29 - Claudia and John McNamara for the annual brunch

Mosquito Report
- While Craig verified that we indeed have mosquitos, Donna said mosquito control is on an individual basis. Call the Mosquito Control center to be placed on a list. Methods of control include spray and pellets.
- Jenna suggested Mosquito Dunks from Amazon to kill larvae.
- Tom K. said that the wind gusts from a fan will displace mosquitoes. Below is an excerpt from the New York Times article by Anahad O'Connor: "Studies have found that wind is an effective method against mosquitoes and other airborne pests. The reason seems obvious: it prevents them from circling and landing on you, like a windstorm keeping a plane from its descent. But that is not entirely the case. A fan dilutes and disperses the carbon dioxide you exhale. Carbon dioxide is one of the major chemicals that attract mosquitoes. The wind from a fan also cools you off. Sweat, lactic acid and body heat attract mosquitoes — factors that a fan can help minimize."

Any Other Business
- When John is away, creek level concerns can be addressed to Tom Greenfield who will act as liaison with Emergency Management.
- A tree fell in back of John's house and spans the creek. Removal may be a private venture or with the help of the Parks Department. No one organization is responsible for cleaning the creek.
- News flash. The fall float is on. October 20, 2013. More updates to come. The creek will be cleaned for a safe event.
- Jenna and Gary inquired about removing a door that is wedged in the creek near their house. They wondered if the creek is lowered enough to get rid of debris. Craig suggested drilling a hole through the door to dislodge it. This may be a task for the RCA. Also, they found a garage door opener. Maybe someone left it at the last meeting.
- Tom Kempton reminded us that next year marks the 80th anniversary of the RCA which began in 1934. Tom is going to chair the 80th anniversary committee. Any historical information or keepsakes from the past would be appreciated - especially from the 1930s.
- Craig shared some history from a dwelling on his property. A friend of a Kates Tract resident was a man known as "Bring Em Back Alive Buck." He traveled around the world, namely as a wild animal collector. Some of his findings ended up here. Craig showed us such things as a fan handle from the Marquesas Islands. Other items Craig found include an old letter from Switzerland addressed to a George with pressed Edelweiss. Craig is unsure if George was a Kates. A tin slide was also shown.

Thanks to Craig for his hospitality and tales.

See you.
Claire.