Dec 4, 2017 Meeting: Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Exchange, 7 PM

Our December 4th, 2017 meeting is a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange. The dinner starts at 7 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there will be no kitchen access) The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own. If your dish contains wild mushrooms, please provide identification of the type contained in your dish.
For those that want to participate in the White Elephant exchange, please bring a wrapped present for the exchange. Mushroom themed items are always coveted and unique packaging or wrapping can make the exchange even more fun.
Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6:30pm. We need help arranging tables and chairs, placing tablecloths, and decorating. Feel free to bring greenery or decorations.

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November 6, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Elections, DIY Mushroom Arts and Crafts, and Holiday Sale

The November meeting will be packed full of activities: DIY Mushroom Arts and Crafts, a Holiday Sale, and Officer Elections; you won’t want to miss it! The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. There will be no dinner before the meeting. We could use volunteer help with setting up tables before the meeting.

DIY Mushroom Arts and Crafts
Our last watercolor painting event was so popular that we are doing another mushroom themed Arts and Craft meeting with expanded DIY activities. The club will provide the crafting supplies. Feel free to bring mushroom specimens to use as still life displays. There will be supplies for creating stamped, colored, or watercolor painted greeting cards, as well as string art and large or small watercolor paintings. Here are a few examples:
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Holiday Sale
We will also have a few vendors selling items so you can start the holiday shopping early for those mushroom lovers in your life. The club will also have some books and shirts for sale that are normally sold in our “bookstore” during the February Fungus Fair. Remember half the proceeds from club book sales go directly to the club to support club meetings, events, and speaker fees.

Elections:
We are a volunteer organization and need individuals to donate their time to keep the club operational and planning all the great talks, content, and forays that you have come to enjoy. Please consider running for one of the offices as we could really use your support.
Board Officer Positions and Responsibilities
The board is responsible for scheduling speakers and the Fungus fair.
**President: responsible for presiding over the monthly meetings, heading the monthly board meetings, submitting the room reservations, usually attends the SDBGF meetings to represent the club.
**Vice President: assists President and performs presidential obligations when president is indisposed.
**Secretary: take notes at board meetings and distributes information to the group.
**Treasurer: handles membership dues, handles accounting (speaker payments, dinner payments, expense reimbursements, etc.), pays club taxes from fair sales.
**Board Member at Large: non-officer who has responsibility of voting at board meetings and assisting with scheduling of speakers.

Non Board Positions
**SDBGF Representative: attends the SDBGF meetings and represents the club at the meeting. Participant is usually the president or a board member, but can be anyone affiliated with the club.
**Website Manager: posts club announcements on website.
**News Editor: sends emails about club events and meetings as well as other fun fungus facts and information
**Social Media Manager: posts club announcements on social media outlets.
**Audio/Visual Manager: sets up projector and audio equipment for club meetings and the fungus fair
**Public Relations Manager: manages advertising of the fungus fair (most advertising occurs in November for the February event).
**Foray Manager: organizes club forays (including obtaining foray waivers).

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October 2, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: AZ NAMA Foray

For the October 2nd meeting, several of our members will talk about their adventure at the NAMA regional foray that was held in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. There will NOT be a dinner before the meeting.

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Summer 2017 Events

Sunday July 2nd San Diego County Fair Booth. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to man the booth in the garden division and talk about mushrooms to fair attendees. If you are interested in helping, contact the club at sdmyco@gmail.com (entrance fees will be covered).

August 10-13 2017 NAMA REGIONAL FORAY IN ARIZONA in the White Mountains. Must be a NAMA member to register. If you are interesting in carpooling, contact sdmyco@gmail.com so we can try to connect you with other club members that are attending.

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Interesting Articles in the News

Indiana teen finds ‘ginormous’ morel mushroom

Fungal duo isolated from toxic lake produce novel antibiotic

Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of carbon dioxide on lawns

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May 1st, 2017 Meeting: Potluck

The May 1st meeting is our last meeting of the season and will be a potluck dinner. The dinner will start at 7:00 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there is no kitchen access) If your dish contains wild mushrooms, please provide identification of the type contained in your dish.
The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own.
Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6:30pm.
We will also have a Silent Auction fundraiser. Feel free to bring/donate items to the auction.

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April 3, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Backyard Shitake Cultivation

For the April 3rd meeting, Michelle and Jack Innis will present a slideshow on their experience with shitake cultivation. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.

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How a Texas Teen-Ager Became New York City’s Premier Truffle Dealer

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-a-texas-teen-ager-became-new-york-citys-premier-truffle-dealer

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Local Broadcast on Mushrooms

KPBS Broadcast on Poisonous Mushrooms with Elio Schaechter and Bonni Macintosh

CBS8 Broadcast on Recent Rains and Mushrooms that can kill you with Les Brand

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Mushroom Presentation At the Julian Library

Volcan Mtn Elio Poster

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