The Coffee Party USA Board met on May 9 and the meeting was called to order at 8:04 p.m. ET by president Heather Prabish.
Present: Heather Prabish, Charlotte Coyle, Kevin Watford, Jeanene Louden, Vince Lamb, Egberto Willies, Bobby Rodrigo. Absent: Werner Hager
Treasurer Kevin Watford reported that financials are solid at this point and donation metrics are up 5% from this time last year.
Secretary Charlotte Coyle reported that April minutes are posted to the WordPress site.
Charlotte made a motion to cancel Coffee Party elections for 2019; J’nene seconded. Bylaws allow Board to vet recommended candidates and appoint them to the Board rather than hold an election when there is only one candidate per position. The motion was approved with 7 yeses and 1 absent. Leadership Development team is vetting now and will recommend a candidate soon.
The Board discussed at length the immediate transition process as our long time Administrative Assistant leaves Coffee Party. Charlotte is learning the NationBuilder Member process, Bobby is working on all necessary tech changes, Heather is accepting some of emails that had been coming to Leah, Werner will manage all the eBlasts from Public Relations. We do not have a volunteer coordinator or a Work Group Chair for National Community Organizers.
Kevin made a motion that the Board give Leah a thank-you, going-away-gift and include it with her last paycheck. Jeanene seconded. The motion passed with 6 yeses, 1 abstention, and 1 absent. Heather will send a card on behalf of the Board in deep appreciation for her years of service.
J’nene reported that the Newsroom has some new volunteers from among our partners (i.e. Bridge Alliance). These partners will post to our Coffee Party FaceBook page two mornings a week.
Vince reported that the Partnership team is researching active campaigns hosted by our partners. The work group wants to use our Coffee Party platforms to help communicate the work of our partners.
Charlotte and J’nene continue to schedule four posts/day via our Hootsuite account to all our local FaceBook pages. Charlotte requested more original blogs for the website.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m. ET.
Charlotte Coyle, Secretary