Board of Directors

Regular Meeting -- April 10, 2011

The Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting at 2007 Bert Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, starting at 2:40 pm. The following directors (constituting a quorum of the full board) were present at the meeting: President Kathy Lee, Secretary Pam Chambers and Laine Morales. The following directors were absent: Treasurer Penny Chambers, and Vice President Tamara Vogt. 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. The minutes were then approved as amended.

Executive Director's Report

Plumbing. The leak behind the cottage has been fixed. Now the $150 water leak every month will no longer be a problem on the electric bill. The plumber found another small leak, tried to fix it but that didn't work so he said that we should not fix it for now and it might fix itself.

Marketing. Tamara sent out an email to the Global people. Kathy will call Tamara to see how she can also post an ad to them. We need to give her a script in the future to make the emails more effective.

Laine reported that finding places to put up fliers was harder than she thought. She has run into a few that won't let her use their bulletin boards. Bob mentioned that he has a list of places that Owen put together. Then we all suggested places that might work for her.

Online Classes. Bob has tried to talk to some people but has not been able to get through. There is a lady in California who is going to redo the AHP web site and he needs to talk to her. Bob says that if we are going to sponsor online classes, then we need tech support for them. After dealing with IONs online classes, he is convinced that we need a tech support system to deal with computer problem that inevitably come up.

Social Networking. There was a social networking committee meeting held on Saturday April the 9th, and Randy Hall attended and several others attended. Pam volunteered to call Randy to see if he can figure out how to fix the problem with people not being able to find the Center on Facebook (the Center is not the first thing to come up when people search for it).

Finances. Bob showed us the $5,000 check for this quarter from bingo. He said it's probably reasonable to expect is $1,000 from bingo in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, $2,500 in the 4th quarter, and $5,000 in the 1st quarter.

Since Bob is going to be in Australia in May, we need to figure out how get the mortgage paid before he leaves. He increased the rent for the girls out in the garage apartment and they have opted to move out. So the garage apt is up for grabs. If we can rent it by May the first, then we will have $1,600 to go towards the utilities and the mortgage.

We are going to hire a lawyer to go over the new mortgage agreement. He is going to charge $175 per hour, but he does this kind of thing and will be worth it as he will be able to do it more quickly and know what to look for.

Compass Bank just quit having free accounts and to be able to get a free account each month, we have to sign up for the Compass for Your Cause nonprofit program where if we can get people to open new accounts, we will get $50. Board approved the motion for the Center to become a part of this program.

Volunteers. Stella has been really a wonderful addition to Bob's office activity. Bob talks about a shift in his consciousness which seems to be allowing help to come from many different directions besides him and to some extent Pam. The change can also be seen in the help we're now getting in reprogramming javascripts to post our activities on web sites to let people know about what we're doing.

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:32 pm.

Minutes submitted by Pam Chambers, Secretary, April 10, 2011.