Board of Directors

Regular Meeting -- February 19, 2006

The Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting at 2007 Bert Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, starting at 1:45 pm. The following directors (constituting a quorum of the full board) were present at the meeting: President Pam Latham (Oceanna) and Vice President Pam Chambers. The following directors were absent: Treasurer Kathy Lee. Robert McGarey (Executive Director) was also present at the meeting.

Reading of Mission Statement and Approval of Minutes

The Mission Statement was read aloud at the beginning of the meeting. Minutes from the previous meeting were read aloud and approved as read.

President's Report

Nominating Committee. Oceanna reported that membership on the Nominating Committee is more than she can easily manage at this point in time, and so she is resigning from the committee for the time being.


Fundraising. Pam reported that she is planning to send out some fundraising letters to people who might be interested in the Center and who have substantial amounts of money, but who may not be local.

Executive Director's Report

Board of Advisors. Bob reported that he has placed a description of the responsibilities of each of the boards (the Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors and the Honorary Board) onto the web site. Also, he reported that the Nominating Committee nominated Owen McAleer and Emmett Skiles to be the first members of the Board of Advisors, and they have accepted. It was unanimously

RESOLVED, that Owen McAleer and Emmett Skiles be appointed as the first members of the Board of Advisors.

Houston Workshop. Bob presented a successful workshop in Houston at the Houston ARE Center. He is exploring the possibility of future workshops and other possible avenues of collaboration between our organizations. They have a beautiful facility, a refurbished 17,000 square foot warehouse that is simply gorgeous.

Staff. Both Pam and JP are currently doing a good job of keeping things going in their respective areas of responsibility.

Financials. Good news, finally. Bingo rebounded during January, bringing in $10K profit. It also looks like it may do well during February, and if so, we'll be able to start paying off our line of credit and using the profits to complete some repairs and upgrades for our facilities, etc. We're more or less breaking even without bingo, and so the income from bingo looks like it will be a major boost to accomplishing our mission.

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:55 pm.