Feb 6, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Lee Hamm

The guest speaker for our February 6th meeting is Lee Hamm. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Lee Hamm is the Recreation and Lands Officer for the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest. Established in 1908, the Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most National Forest in California. Consisting of 460,000 acres, the forest offers a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities.

Lee’s presentation is titled: “Foraging, Hunting, and Fishing on the Cleveland National Forest”

Lee has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University, and a M.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University where he studied gamebirds. He has previously worked for the United States Marine Corps, The National Park Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. He enjoys hunting, fishing, foraging, diving, and spending time with his (very understanding) wife.

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 4:30 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill (3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103).

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Jan 21, 2017: 11:00 am Tour of the new 99Ranch Market

The 99Ranch Asian Market just opened a new store at Genessee and Balboa, replacing the old Albertson’s store next to the Target. Like our previous foray to Zion market, Noel Fong will again conduct a tour, followed by lunch in the food court. They have a great selection of mushrooms! https://www.99ranch.com/

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Jan 9, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Sue Van Hook (RM104)

The guest speaker for our January 9th meeting is Sue Van Hook. The meeting will be hosted in Room 104 (across the patio from our regular room), Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Sue’s presentation is titled: “The Dawn of Mushroom Materials, The Story of Ecovative’s Mushroom Biocomposites”

Sue is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent. Sue worked for 5 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California Coastal Dunes Preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade Maine in the mid-eighties and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Sue joined the Mushroom Materials company Ecovative as a Mycological Consultant at the outset in 2007, and has worked as the Chief Mycologist and Mushroom Whisperer for the past 5 years. Her work involves cultivating fungal strains from the wild, experimenting to optimize fungal performance and material characteristics for various product applications, training and mentoring all staff members in the biology of the fungi, and maintaining a high vibrational energy for the manufacture of living Mushroom® Materials through the use of plant essential oils and Healing Touch Therapy.

Foray and Potluck
There will be a foray on Saturday Jan 7th, 2017 on private property in Santa Ysabel for member’s only. All participants must complete a foray Release and Indemnification Liability Waiver. We will meet at 10 am and then collect mushrooms until noonish. Afterwards there will be a potluck and group identification session to try to identify the mushrooms collected.

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Dec 5, 2016 Meeting: Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Exchange, 7 PM

Our December 5th, 2016 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. Identification is important:
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.



There a still six mushrooms left that need a home. These mushrooms need restoration work (papermache) and paint jobs along with a protective coating (urethane). You can paint them to the color or design of your choice. If interested, please contact us at sdmyco@gmail.com to arrange pick-up.

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Nov 7, 2016 Meeting: 6:30 PM Officer Elections and Cooking Demonstration

Officer elections will be held during the November 7, 2016 meeting. Following the elections, the group will be treated to a cooking demonstration by Marguerite Grifka, chef and owner of California’s Table.
The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. There will NOT be a dinner before the meeting.

CHEF MARGUERITE GRIFKA was raised in San Diego County. She established her cooking career after a move to New Orleans. Working in the heart of one of America’s most iconic regional cuisines was a revelation for her. She attended Delgado Community College’s culinary program, and found the path that would shape her professional life. Always a good eater, Marguerite was an avid home cook, exploring creativity in the kitchen from childhood. Thriving in San Diego’s vibrant culinary melting pot, she delights in utilizing the high quality local products of this region offers, and in sampling the array of international tastes this diverse community offers. Marguerite has concentrated her career in independently owned, progressive restaurants. She was excited to open California’s Table – take-out, at 3620 30th street, early in Spring 2016. California’s Table offers ready to eat foods that focus on vegetables and organic ingredients. California’s Table also provides a catering service that focuses on fresh offerings prepared weekly for those too busy to cook at home. Designed to be ready-to-eat, weekly menus are available for pick up or delivery and range from healthy salads to rich risottos. She also enjoys passing on cooking techniques to elementary school kids and adults through volunteering as guest instructor at Olivewood Gardens’ kitchen.
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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Oct 3, 2016 Meeting – 6:30PM Telluride Mushroom Festival

The presenters for our October 3rd meeting are SuzAnn Hertzler (President), Pat Nolan (Treasurer), and Michelle Innis (Secretary). They will be talking about their adventures at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Telluride Colorado.
The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. There will NOT be a dinner before the meeting.

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San Diego County Fair Garden Show; Adopt a Mushroom

June 25th, 2016. The Society also had a booth in the Garden Show section at the county fair.
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At the end of the fair, the Garden division gave SDMS ten of the papermache mushrooms that had been on display at the fair so that we could display them at our February Fungus Fair. The mushrooms need a home where they can be stored out of the weather (they are currently stored outside my garage). We are looking for volunteers to take one or two mushrooms home to be stored until needed for the Feb. Fungus fair. Some of the mushrooms also need some restoration and new paint jobs. We are also looking for volunteers willing to add more papermache, paint them to the color or design of your choice, and cover them with a protective coating (urethane). If interested in storage or restoration of a mushroom, please contact sdmyco@gmail.com.

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San Diego County Fair Farm Division Permanent Display

June 5th, 2016. The Society had a booth at the county fair today! We had a great time discussing mushrooms with everyone who stopped by our booth. The county fair extended an invitation for us to return to the fair any day this summer. If you would like to volunteer, please directly contact the Infield Farm Supervisor, Jennifer Galey, at jgaley@sdfair.com or by phone at 858.755.1161 x.2498 to arrange a date, time, and receiving your free fair ticket.
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Lichen Article about Kerry Knudsen

Here is an interesting article on world-renowned Lichenologist Kerry Knudsen, Southern California’s only professional lichenologist:

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County Fair Infield Farm Division Display (June 3rd to July 4th)

SDMS will have a permanent display at the Infield Farm throughout the course of the San Diego County Fair. The Farm Supervisor, Jennifer Galey, is looking for volunteers to be at the display for a few hours on the weekends to talk to people about mushrooms. You do not need to be an expert, you just need to talk to people and tell them what you love about mushrooms and why you are a member of SDMS. You also do not need to volunteer for every weekend nor for a whole day, you only need to volunteer for the day and hours you can spare. All volunteers will receive a free admission ticket for each day they volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please directly contact the Infield Farm Supervisor at jgaley@sdfair.com or by phone at 858.755.1161 x.2498 to arrange dates, times, and receiving your ticket.

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