August 26, 2014

by JKL

Opening

P – Debilyn Molineaux, President, Volunteers & Members

P – Jeanene Louden, Treasurer

P – Vince Lamb –  Secretary

P – Tonya Jefferson, Channel Partnerships

P – Cameron Kruger, IIWG Director, Acting Development

P – Egberto Willies, Newsroom

A – Billy Sears, Local Chapters

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM EDT. Members checked in.

Minutes

Minutes for July 29th,  August 5th, and August 19th, have been approved. Minutes for July 22nd, and August 12th, are awaiting approval. Cameron will update the website with links to the approved minutes when they have been posted. By the end of the meeting, minutes for July 22nd were approved.

Board Retreat

Five members (Debilyn, Jeanene, Vince, Egberto, and Billy) are confirmed for the board retreat. Tonya will attend via skype or google hangout . Cameron has not yet confirmed.

Treasurer’s Report

Jeanene presented her first draft of a budget, explaining her assumptions and describing each line item.  She reported that the board could continue the employment of a president’s assistant through September.  She invited members to examine the document.

MOTION: Jeanene moved that the president’s assistant be retained through September. Tonya seconded. The motion passed unanimously (Billy absent).

Work Group Structure – Review Next Steps (Debilyn, SOD work group)

Debilyn asked everyone to review the work group structure. Debilyn checked out at 7:30 PM EDT.  Egberto took over running the agenda.

Newsroom

Egberto reported that reach was a little down and that two new writers have come on board, filling 14 time slots during the week.  Egberto is still looking for more writers. They must be or become Coffee Party members.  A discussion ensued about pseudonymous bloggers writing for the Coffee Party.

Volunteer Update

Debilyn posted her report in the agenda. Her assistant is working with volunteers and is contacting everyone in the next week who has signed up in last 60 days. Other discussion was tabled.

Website Redesign

Cameron updated the board on the progress of the website redesign. He reported on the status of the facade update. He also reminded the board that he has a designer willing to work for free, but she needs direction, particularly on the logo.  He invited the board to submit suggestions and feedback on a questionnaire. Cameron wants input by Friday.

Channel Marketing

Tonya reported that she had substituted for Dan Aronson on his Blog Talk Radio show Press 1 for Democracy.  She interviewed Ted Glick, National Campaign Coordinator, Chesapeake Climate Action Network about climate change.  She wants to propose that Coffee Party USA promote/participate in a national Zero Waste municipalities competition to increase membership, recycle, and reverse climate change.  She also spoke to Debilyn about reciprocal assistance agreements with other activist groups.  She has been sent two volunteers to assist her.

Executive Session

The board entered executive session. The board exited executive session.

Closing

Members checked out. The meeting was adjourned at 8:04 PM EDT. The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 3 at 9:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm PDT.

Respectfully submitted,

Vince Lamb, Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

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