RANCOCAS CREEK ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the Meeting
June 28, 2009

Present
Mary Jane Barber, Helen Ferguson, Ellie Gesensway, Anita Gooden, Tom Greenfield, Dan McGonigle, Claudia and John McNamara, Claire and Wayne Milligan, Bob Norman, Edythe Norman, Leo Spencer, Kerry Sharps.

Welcome
John welcomed everyone to the meeting held at the Milligan's.
Our Treasurer was not present for the report, but John commented that the goal is to get more members so the organization can grow.

Family Fall Float
This year's fall float is slated for Sunday October 18, 2009 from 9 am to 6 pm launching from Smithville Park. The rain date is October 25, 2009. Although the budget has not been officially passed for the event, it looks like it will go through. Again participants much prefer our stretch of the creek because of the festive decorations. So start planning.

RCA Clean-up
The clean up is upon us scheduled for July 12, 2009. The organizer is Wayne Milligan. Any questions call him at 609-694-5118. It appears that there are numerous volunteers including RCA members, some county workers and members of the environmental commission. And all those that help are welcome to enjoy the annual picnic at the home of Anita and Bill Gooden who reside at 10 Gerber Lane in Eastampton. 609-265-8187.

The workers will shove off from Smithville. Please meet at the Smithville spillway between 8 and 8:30 for coffee and donuts. Bring a canoe or kayak if you have one and some cutting gadgets.

Miscellaneous
Dues are $20.00 per household.
The next meeting is July 26th and will be held at Andy and Jill Wasserman's home on 247 Shreve St. Mount Holly. This is the first time they are hosting a meeting so let's come out and support them.
August 30 is tentatively scheduled at the Bauer's.
Sept. 27 - Edythe Norman.
Oct . 11 - The home of the president - McNamara's. This is our last meeting of the year in which we will have elections and the annual brunch.

Other Business
Kerry stated the website is coming up for renewal and also commented on the giant blue recycling bins. This prompted some discussion about recycling trucks and what not. Any questions regarding the issue can be directed to the information found on the giant blue bins themselves.

Leo was denied in his attempt to reduce his taxes. He thought that because of the lower water level behind his house and in the pond next door, it would effect the value of his property. He was concerned about fixing the dam. John replied that while there is no money at this time for the dam, the township is aware of the problem. Proper management alleviates many problems. Also, there is good communication between the RCA and the township manager and the mayor of Mount Holly.

Kerry inquired about information on Hugh Campbell, a prolific painter of Mount Holly slices of life and also of the Rancocas Creek. Ellie had updated us briefly about restoration of his paintings, exhibits and painting adoptions. Hugh Campbell had painted many of his works in a small shack in the middle of Kates Tract. Helen fondly remembered serving him salads. It was nice to know that a part of local history was in our midst for many years.