Special Called Meeting
May 31, 2017
Meeting called to order at 8:01 PM
Present:† President - Denise Valkema, 1st Vice President - Paul Martinez, 2nd Vice President - Miranda Kilby, Secretary - Sylvia Young, Treasurer - Gloria Mills-Hicks, Board members: 1 Tekesha Saffold, 2 Jorge Hernandez, and 3 Camille Tate.
We discussed if we would continue to meet the 4th Sunday in each month.† It was agreed that we would continue except for the holidays.
We discussed what we would give toward the special funds at the national convention.† Last year we gave $500 to the White Cane fund, the Jacobus Tenbrook fund, and the Imagination Fund and $250 to the Kenneth Jernigan Fund. A motion was made by Saffold that we donate the same amounts to the special funds at the national convention and Gloria bring checks in hand; it was second by Martinez. Approved by all and passed.†
There are 4 host states for the national convention and they are asking the affiliates give $100 to assist.† A motion was made by Martinez that we donate $100 to the national convention; second by Saffold.† Approved by all and passed.†
We discussed if we will send $50 to help provide the scholarship breakfast at national.† We decided not to support this endeavor.
A motion was made by Mills-Hicks that President Valkema be our national delegate and Martinez be the alternate to the national convention; second by Kilby.† Approved by all and passed.†
We discussed financial support for the board to attend the national convention.† A motion was made by Mills-Hicks that the affiliate pay for 6 nights and $40 a day for per diem to attend the national convention; second by Martinez.† Approved by all and passed.†
We discussed financial support for past board members.† A motion was made by Kilby that the affiliate pay for 2 nights for Lauren Blum to attend the national as long as she attends the general sessions; second by Tate.† Approved by all and passed.†
We discussed clarification of the per diem reimbursement for the state convention.† A motion was made by Martinez to amend our previous motion that the state board members be reimbursed $40 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and $20 for Sunday and Monday; second by Mills-Hicks.† Approved by all and passed.†
Sylvia suggested that we do a survey to get feedback about the state convention.† She has a friend that is willing to allow his polling class to do a phone survey free of charge.† It would be a blind survey to the board.† We decided that we would ask the presidents to get approval from their members to participate in the survey and supply their phone numbers for the survey.† The board unanimously agreed to proceed with the survey.
We agreed that we would have a debriefing via email and have thoughts and solutions at the next presidentís meeting to be held June 11th.†
Martinez made a motion that the meeting be adjourned; second by Hernandez.† All approved.† Meeting adjourned at 8:51pm.
Respectfully submitted by Sylvia Young, NFBF Secretary