Minutes for Coffee Party USA Board of Directors meeting December 14, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 8:01 pm ET when a quorum was established.
Present: Debilyn Molineaux, Jeanene Louden, Egberto Willies, Vince Lamb, Bobby Rodrigo, Charlotte Coyle. Absent: Tim Danahey, Mark Gilbert, Kevin Watford
Directors checked in
November minutes have been approved and posted to the WordPress site.
The monthly financial report was presented by J’nene. Final steps will soon complete the transfer of all Treasurer duties to Kevin Watford.
Bobby has created a questionnaire on Coffee Party “branding” and sent it to all Directors. Directors are asked to fill it out as thoroughly as possible and send it back to Bobby by Sunday December 18. The Coffee Party Brand will be our primary discussion at our next meeting December 21.
Partnerships recommended two collaborations, the Women’s March on Washington and American Federation of Teachers/Southern Poverty Law Center #StopTheHate petition. Motion to approve collaborations made by Debilyn and seconded by J’nene. The motion passed unanimously with 6 yes, 0 no, 3 abstentions (Tim, Mark and Kevin.)
Bobby presented the press release he and Tim prepared concerning the upcoming Christmas in Flint event. Motion to approve and circulate the press release made by J’nene and seconded by Bobby. The motion passed unanimously with 6 yes, 0 no, 3 abstentions (Tim, Mark and Kevin.) The press release will be sent to our email group asap.
Bobby, Tim and Charlotte will continue to develop our press release effort in the future so that we may communicate more effectively with our base about our active campaigns.
Debilyn and Bobby reported on their recent conversations with Collective Impact 2017. Directors discussed the possibility of writing grant proposals that would help us further our stated goals of educating citizens and building online and local communities. J’nene, Vince and Mark will be working on this project before the grant application deadline January 20, 2017.
Debilyn asked Directors to watch the Cross-Drinker Challenge video (a humorous effort to cultivate conversation across divides). We will consider if there is some way Coffee Party may be involved in this project.
J’nene announced her January “Lunch with Louden” guest will be a reporter/photo journalist talking about her time at Standing Rock. The Board of Directors will discuss our relationship with the Standing Rock protesters in a follow up conversation in our BoD FB group.
The meeting adjourned at 9:01 pm ET
Secretary, Coffee Party USA Board of Directors