December 11, 2019: The Society has distributed its assets and trust fund to qualified charities. $19,485 went to The Land Conservancy with the request that the money go towards preserving land west of the Sooke River, which is in line with the Society's goals. The annual distribution from the Society's Victoria Foundation trust fund will in the future be split in equal measure between Camp Thunderbird (YMCA/YWCA), Camp Barnard (Scouts Canada) and Camp Jubilee (Girl Guides of South Vancouver Island).
May 17, 2019: At this meeting the members of the Society re-elected a director, elected a new president, and, sadly, passed a motion to disband the organization. In the coming months the directors will meet to decide the disbursement of assets. See the financial report.
April 5, 2018: At this meeting the members of the Society elected three directors and discussed the protection of the Muir Creek watershed. See the financial report.
July 22, 2017: The Society has embarked on a campaign advocating for the preservation of the Muir watershed. We are working with the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society and with the blessing of the now-dormant Muir Creek Protection Society.
Although the Muir watershed has been extensively logged, pockets of old growth remain and the rest will recover. If protected it will once again be a splendid forest. Working together, the two Societies have recommended to the Regional Parks Committee that they purchase the parcels that encompass the Muir estuary. This would be a first step towards protection of the entire watershed.
There is no guarantee that hoped for funding will materialize or be enough or that the Parks Committee will apply it to the Muir. However, you can help us raise the profile and priority of acquiring the Muir by donating to the JdF Community Land Trust Society.
January 25, 2017: At this meeting members of the Society re-elected three directors and discussed strategies for the future.
April 21, 2016: At this meeting the participants revised Society bylaws regarding quorums (bylaws) and then discussed trail access, a proposed West Coast Road viewpoint, and strategies for land preservation.
September 24, 2015: At this meeting members of the Society re-elected one director, elected a new director, and discussed strategies for the future.
May 23, 2015: The newsletter for May (pdf) discusses the Muir Creek watershed and our meeting with representatives of its owner, TimberWest.
February 23, 2015: At this meeting, the first since the Admiral's Forest was sold, members of the Society discussed ideas for moving forward. For more read the meeting minutes.
October 27, 2014: The newsletter for October (pdf) discusses Admiral's Blend, Mary Brown's Plain Delight, and January's upcoming meeting.
October 3, 2014: The Society received a generous donation from attendees of a harpsichord (and more!) concert held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Sooke. Concertgoers enjoyed harpsicord solo works by four of the finest composers for the instrument, as well as works featuring harpsichord and soprano as well as works featuring harpsichord as an accompanying instrument.
September 23, 2014: Trustees for the estate of the late Admiral John Charles confirmed that the Admiral's Forest was purchased by one of his sons, Michael Charles, on September 23. For more read the letter from Margot Swinburnson (pdf).
August 17, 2014: The Shirley Community Association hosted their annual Shirley Day at the Shirley Community Hall and the adjacent Pioneer Park. The Society provided information about the Admiral's Forest. We also sold memberships, Admiral's Blend coffee, and Otter Point history booklets.
Auguest 8, 2014: The Society's updated Bylaws and Constitution are available on our About page.
July 30, 2014: At this meeting the Society amended its constitution and a bylaw. These changes were needed to satisfy the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate so that the Society can be registered as a charity. For more read the meeting minutes (pdf).
April 28, 2014: The newsletter for June (pdf) discusses recent events, fundraising, and upcoming events.
June 11, 2014: All members of the board were re-elected. To prevent all directors being up for election simultaneously, terms were staggered, with some for one year and some for two years.
June 4, 2014: At the Annual General Meeting Margot Swinburnson gave the president's report, Arnie Campbell reported on financials, and Sid Jorna reported on membership. The Society unveiled an agreement with The Stick in the Mud to sell Admiral's Blend coffee, which was available for tasting as well as purchase. A decision was made to meet the following Wednesday to elect directors.
May 25, 2014: The Society had a table at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery's popular annual event. The day featured guided tours of Tugwell's farm, gardens, and meadery, plus tastings, demonstrations, and facepainting. View photos from event...
April 28, 2014: The newsletter for April (pdf) discusses recent events and upcoming events.
March 30, 2014: Approximately 150 people attended A Forest For All Seasons. Held at the Admiral's Forest on West Coast Road, visitors walked the Admiral's trails and read poetry hanging in the trees. The event raised awareness of, and money for, the Society's goal to acquire the Admiral's Forest.
March 20, 2014: The newsletter for March (pdf) discusses the upcoming "A Forest for All Seasons" event. We need volunteers so please let us know if you can spare a few hours on March 30. You can also read about recent endorsements, mentions, and fundraising news. Check it out.
February 14, 2014: The newsletter for February (pdf) discusses January's General Meeting, how the Society handles donations, the upcoming "A Forest for All Seasons" event, Kimberly Thompson's art donation, and other fundraising news.
January 29, 2014: The first General Meeting of the Juan de Fuca Community Land Trust Society was held at the Otter Point Fire Hall. Over fourty members of the community were in attendance to hear the Board's reports and to discuss progress towards and strategies for achieving shared goals. Please look at the meeting agenda (pdf) and the presentation (pdf) that was prepared for the meeting.
December 22, 2013: The newsletter for December (pdf) discusses a delay in the marketing of the Admiral's Forest by the trustees for the estate of Admiral Charles and a decision by the Victoria Foundation to assist in our campaign.
November 23, 2013: The newsletter for November (pdf) features a recap of the Visioning meeting and news of the Admiral's Forest.
November 16, 2013: On Saturday, November 16, 2013, over two dozen members of the community met for half a day to discuss their vision for the Admiral's land and the role of the Juan de Fuca Community Land Trust Society. The meeting was smoothly facilatated by Jeff Silvester. The outcomes from the meeting will be used in fund raising, promotional materials, and planning the scope and range of activities to be undertaken on the property.