MEETING CALLED TO ORDER at 8:03 PM EST.
P – Debilyn Molineaux,
P – Jeanene Louden
P – Vince Lamb
A – Tim Danahey
P – Mark Gilbert
P – Bobby Rodrigo
P – Egberto Willies
Members checked in.
Vince reported that the minutes for January 2016 have been shared with the Board and need to be read and approved. The minutes were approved by the end of the meeting (5-0-2, Jeanene abstaining and Tim absent) Also, the minutes for November and December have been approved and posted to the WordPress Blog
Jeanene presented the financial report for January. She said that she gets happier with the organization’s finances every month that she prepares them. The organization is currently in the black and is on track to meet both its spending and revenue goals for the year. She also reported that all the organization’s 1099 and 1096 forms have been sent out. The board then discussed spending priorities: Savings, including what our goal is, D&O Insurance, and Trademark protection .
Strategy Work Group
Debilyn presented a proposal for Cross Pollination of Work Groups. The idea was that members of all work groups, including board members, work group chairs, and active volunteers participate in a Maestro conference call once a month to provide opportunities for cross-pollination and collaboration between work groups. It would be the only work group call that week; all other work group calls would be cancelled. The recommendation from the Work Group was to try it for four months beginning the last week of March. The board unanimously approved the recommendation with the suggestion that the calls start during the final week of February. Debilyn will take that suggestion back to the work group.
Debilyn reported that $270.16 was raised on 15 t-shirts + extra contributions as a result of the Booster.com campaign. She also presented two proposals for designs and costs of lapel pins to be sold as fundraising and marketing. Mark moved and Jeanene seconded that the board order 200 units of design 1. The motion passed unanimously.
Vince reported that the Partnerships Work Group had vetted both Democracy Spring and Stamp Stampede and recommended that the board approve a collaboration with Democracy Spring and a partnership with Stamp Stampede. Debilyn and Mark reported that Campaigns and Actions have already started work on the collaboration, including planning to support Democracy Spring. Debilyn also mentioned that a liaison has already been found who works with both Coffee Party and Democracy Spring. Bobby shared that the originating organization for Democracy Spring is 99 Rise. Several board members reported that they are planning on attending. Jeanene also mentioned that the event coincides with a meeting of People for the American Way, an organization with which the Coffee Party has a long history of cooperation. Egberto updated the status of our partnership with Move to Amend, including the activities Move to Amend is engaged in and the Coffee Party is supporting.
Egberto has contacted all board members for submissions to the Newsletter. Debilyn will enter her submission. She asked other board members to submit their articles by Friday.
The board entered executive session. The board left executive session.
During executive session, Debilyn proposed a motion to ban people and refund memberships per a submitted list. It was seconded by Bobby and passed unanimously.
Members checked out.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:12 PM EST.
The next monthly business meeting for the Board will be March 9, 2016, 8 PM EST.
Interim Secretary, Coffee Party Board of Directors