July 22, 2014

by JKL


P – Debilyn Molineaux, President, Volunteers & Members

P – Jeanene Louden, Treasurer and Managing Director

P – Vince Lamb –  Secretary

P – Dan Aronson, Channel Partnerships (Outgoing)

P – Tonya Jefferson, Channel Partnerships (Incoming)

P – Cameron Michaels (Kruger), IIWG Director, Acting Development

P – Egberto Willies, Newsroom

Meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM EDT. Debilyn presided, while Cameron ran the Maestro Board. Members checked in. Debilyn and others welcomed Tonya to the Board.

Board Retreat Planning

Debilyn reported that six weekends in August and September are available for the retreat.  She directed the incoming board members to read the document listing the choices of dates and venues to choose their preferred dates and locations.


The minutes for July 8th were approved.  The minutes for July 15th have been shared and are awaiting approval.


Debilyn reported on the status of nominations, including a vetting committee meeting scheduled for a candidate July 23rd. Candidates for various positions were discussed.

Volunteer Update

Debilyn reported that a volunteer call has been scheduled for July 24rd at 8 PM EDT.  Debilyn and Marianne Castiglia will be on the call. Others are welcome.

Local Outreach

Egberto updated the board on which local groups he has determined so far that are active.


Egberto asked for a new time for the Newsroom call so that it wouldn’t conflict with his radio show.  He also asked about the possibility of promoting more original reporting from Newsroom Work Group members and recruiting participants to produce more original writing for the Newsroom.

Treasurer’s Report

Jeanene reminded the board that she will make a financial report only at the first meeting of the month.  She reported that the legal and accounting team is retooling the ledger so that both the numbers and the money can be more conveniently and efficiently accessed.

Website Redesign

Cameron reported on the status of the website update.  He wants to send out a survey so that he could see what board members and other users wanted.  He also linked to a document outlining the design needs of the new site.


Jeanene, Leah, and Vince will be reviewing the by-laws with Jeanene leading the effort, with an emphasis on lessons learned from the recent election.  Debilyn asked for volunteers to assist them.

Executive Session

The board entered and exited executive session without making any motions or decisions.

Meeting Schedule

Debilyn notified the members that the fall meeting schedule will be on the agenda for next week’s meeting.

Members checked out.  They said farewell to Dan. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM EDT. The next meeting will be held on July 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT.

Respectfully submitted,

Vince Lamb

Coffee Party USA Board Secretary