Board of Directors

Annual Board and Membership Meeting -- March 17, 2013

The Board of Directors held its annual meeting at 2007 Bert Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, starting at 2:30 pm. The following directors (constituting a quorum of the full board) were present at the meeting: President Kathy Lee, Vice President Tamara Vogt (by phone from California), Secretary Pam Chambers, Treasurer Penny Chambers (by phone from Costa Rica) and Laine Morales. Robert McGarey (Executive Director) and Samantha Worrell were also present at the meeting.


An admendment was presented to change a sentence in Article IV, Section 3 of the Bylaws from:

Directors may be reappointed or reelected to a second term, after which the director shall be ineligible for reelection or appointment to the Board for a period of not less than one (1) year.

to the following:

Directors may be reappointed or reelected an unlimited number of times.

The amendment passed unanimously. The board then briefly recessed.

Membership Meeting

Of the 18 current voting members, six were present (the above Directors plus Robert McGarey), constituting more than a 10% quorum. The members unanimously re-elected Kathy Lee to Place 5 and Pam Chambers to Place 6 of the Board of Directors. Since there was no further business, the annual membership meeting was adjourned and the Annual Board Meeting recommenced.

Reading of Mission Statement and Approval of Minutes

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

Election of Officers

The Board unanimously re-elected Kathy as President, Tamara as Vice President, Pam as Secretary and Penny as Treasurer.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Conflict of Interest Policy was read aloud. All board members were given an opportunity to disclose any conflicts, and there were none.

Refinancing the Mortgage

The board unanimously authorized its Executive Director, officers and/or guarantors to apply for a commercial real estate loan on behalf of the Center in order to refinance our mortgage and other outstanding debt.

Executive Director's Report

Renters. Kyle will be moving into the cottage this coming week. He set up a get together to finish painting. The cottage has never looked this good, with the rug shampooed, the walls painted and the holes plugged. The Cottage and the Garage Apartment are both looking a lot better.

ITT-Tech. We have 1 person from ITT here and 2 more on the way. Bob will have the two who are working on GoodwheelChairs working together to learn from each other. He would love to have a student do his "capstone project" on setting up the new Mac Mini to do the work of the other 3 computers.

Fundraising. We got the money for the new computer. Yay! Penny suggested that if we can't get a grant for attic insulation, we do another fundraising drive to insulate the attic since we could tell people something like "Your $100 donation will save the Center up to $150 in electricity costs over the next two years."

Brain Trust. Penny asks what we do at the Brain Trust. We have talked about Gary's hug video on how to hug and the different kinds of hugs, about how to make money with fundraising, about the mural on the north wall, and all the other things we need and want to accomplish.

Penny is excited about all of the new energy that is happening at the center.

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:16 pm.

Minutes submitted by Pam Chambers, Secretary, March 17, 2013.