Board of Directors

Regular Meeting -- November 22, 2020

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 by Zoom: President Kathy Lee, Secretary John McGarey, Treasurer Penny Chambers , and Kim Pillsbury. The following directors were absent: Lia Nelson. Robert McGarey (Executive Director) and Sammm Younse 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 May 17th and September 22nd meetings were read aloud and approve7.

Executive Director's Report

Camera: Technology installed to allow teleconferencing in the main meeting area of the Human Potential Center and allow flexible shots for best use during meetings and workshops.

Patio: Bob showed the board the progress that had been made on the patio woodwork (where there were bees and structural issues before).  It improves the space and energy of the patio.  The board discussed whether we can  still afford the work on the patio and John expressed discomfort on it being a blank check for the painting (its only primer so far): $4,296 so far for all the painting around the whole campus (March through November) which is an average of about $500/mo.  Frederick did the structural work for about $700 total (Bob showed us the records).  Board decided to continue with the primer work to get the vulnerable boards painted, but after that not to proceed without talking to the board next time. 

Wheelchairs: Gary is going to come by on Tuesday to get them plugged in to make the battery life go longer.  David would drive them (for hours) to keep the batteries charged, but Gary may drive them in place somehow.  Gary may do sales as well. Board considered a commission for Gary to motivate him to sell but Bob's impression is that it wouldn't help but he will keep it in mind. 

finances: August and Sam are going to work with Profit and Loss records for the Center. The 990s are done and were sent 1 day early.  Penny reviewed them carefully and early to make them correct.  The Panorama database did its job pretty well for these purposes.

We have $11,000 in the bank at the moment.  Neil Meili sent a donation check for $3,000.  Bob spent $3,000 on our mortgage principal which provided about $5,127 long term overall savings and pay off the mortgage earlier.  Board spoke about refinancing but Bob didnt think it would be valuable based on previous calculations.  Penny is going to send a thank you to Neil in addition to the thank you that Bob already sent.

Testimonial: Bob received very kind words from Heather

Renters: Penny talked to both of the behind renters and came to decisions about what they need to do and Penny is going to follow up.  They gave them until March 1 to get everything up. to date.

Bob as an associate: Penny proposed making Bob an associate for the center, so that he would receive half the income from the Personal Growth Sessions he does, instead of none like ho does now.  Based on 2019 personal growth sessions income, we could pay him $700/month more as an associate.  He is happy with his life as is and provided some arguments that might make it less appealing (social security, preferring to pay off mortgage, effects on food stamps and health insurance).  Meanwhile the board agreed to increase Bobs salary by $50 (which was a comfortable level) starting Jan 1 to make him the highest paid employee.  

Bob has been working with Amanda and if all goes well we can discuss adding her as an employee of the center.

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:02 pm.

Minutes submitted by John McGarey, Secretary, November 22, 2020..