Board of Directors

Regular Meeting -- July 18, 2010

The Board of Directors held its regular monthly 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 and Treasurer Kathy Lee, Secretary Pam Chambers, Penny Chambers (by phone) and Carol Hintz. The following directors were absent: Vice President Tamara Vogt. Robert McGarey (Executive Director) and Emmett Skiles were 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

Roof. Still working on getting the roof done.

Volunteers. Carol reported that she's working with the volunteers to get the tile down in the garage apartment. Bob said that Salam and Marcus didn't show yesterday to work on electricity in garage apartment, so he worked on GWC instead. Bill was here at 8 am to work with CSR crews, but they didn't show. Annapurni hasn't been coming because her parents aren't coming in until a month later to help her take care of the baby.

Executive Director's Report

Interns. We have 3 great, he thinks, interns. We have one person, Bruce Hop, who is not an intern but he is doing some work for us. Bob will talk to him about helping with the 990's.

There is a leak at the spigot in front of the Cottage. Our volunteer plumber guy has not gotten back with us for now so it is on hold.

Kaci finished her work on the GWC's web site. So Bob has to do some programming to get it caught up to the changes. He has been working on getting a battery company to donate batteries for the machines that came in without batteries..

We are working on creating 6 people who can donate money to help us last to the end of the year. We are going to market workshops, and work on the membership program and Bingo and Community Shares. Plus the two rentals will help in getting the Center more solvent financially. Bob has been emailing different people to announce the rental of cottage and garage apartment. We'll also work on Personal Growth Sessions and the networking that's being done by Pam on MeetUp and FaceBook. Bob is networking 8 or so times a month at the aging networking meetings.

We got out the ads to New Lifestyles and are looking forward to seeing them in the magazine. The banner will probably be put up on their web site.

Bob asks Emmett to introduce himself. He was involved in 2006. He used to work with another non profit dealing with cancer. The board went into a direction he wasn't agreeing with. His background is in leading groups and teaching classes. He's kept up with the calendar as much as he could. He is looking into plugging into the Center. Penny asks where he thinks he could plug in. He has been a coach for the last couple of years. He is thinking about online seminars and teleseminars and he is willing to help out in that area. Bob asks if there is any chance to plug into the cancer group to teach classes to patients to do classes at the center. He says that they don't do that any more.

Finances. Bob hands out the Center cash analysis sheet on June and year to date totals. We started talking about going out to fairs or events to set up a table to make money and connections. Pecan Street festival, Blues events and other ways to set up a table are discussed. We also discussed getting an executive secretary to help Bob through volunteer match.

Penny talked about our priorities. She thinks that renters and the repairs are essential, and the getting it out there for people who actually can rent. Getting the word out there is something that we haven't done so well.

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:35 pm.

Minutes submitted by Pam Chambers, Secretary, July 18, 2010.