Directors present: Chris Heintz, Dave Pearson, Rebecca Woodard, Christina Gilman, Julia Quimby-Cohen, Melissa Hayden, Eric Solsaa; Rob Geiszler Others present: Paul Brown, Abby Blair, Jeffrey Guevin
Chris called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.
Dave moved to accept the Minutes of April 1, 2014, Christina seconded. Approved. Julia clarified that at the time of the last meeting, she believed Home Depot would be donating $2,000 per month in goods or services but there is an approval process to go through first that will need to addressed.
Christina reported $171.29 as a balance in the checking account. She will pay the phone bill and perhaps after this weekend with the birdhouse fundraiser, can purchase QuickBooks or an accounting software package. Rob suggested she review tech soup. We do have a computer from Paul that Rob has been setting up.
Attorney Jeffrey Guevin offered his legal services on a pro bono basis for the acquisition of the two City lots currently under consideration. Rob moved to authorize Chris to sign the letter (attached) prepared by Jeff setting out the scope of legal services. Julia seconded. All voted in favor. Melissa gave a large number of papers to Jeff from her research and was thanked by the Directors.
Christina reported the Resource Development Committee has fliers circulating for the first fundraiser on Saturday to build birdhouses. They have 50-60 kits and the goal is $800 - $1,000. A “square” reader has been ordered for credit card remittances. Volunteers are scheduled for full coverage of members of the construction committee. They will have a raffle too. The next specific fundraiser is point of sale jars in stores and they are working on letters to solicit for donations. It has been determined that 6/28 is not good for a Keighan Nolan concert; her only dates appear to be 9/12 or 9/20 which may not be possible to coordinate with Castleton College so this event may need to be re-grouped.
The Construction Committee indicated they have been focused on birdhouses for the last two weeks but are otherwise ready for construction.
Site Selection: Dave Pearson indicated he has looked over other vacant lots but the current two city lots are the furthest along. He questioned whether there is a need to wait until official affiliate status of 7/1/14 to accept the lots. Julia questioned whether we would start with a Brush of Kindness and Eric volunteered to find a small project to meet the goals of Brush of Kindness.
The Faith Relations Committee reported that Dave Bausch will speak on June 1 at the United Universalist Church on behalf of the local Habitat. Chris indicated this Committee also needs a new Chair as the current person is moving away from the area.
The Family Selection Committee – no report.
Other Business: Julia went to the State Affiliate meeting in Springfield and Dick Malley gave her the powerpoint presentation he had prepared. She would like to share it with the group at our next meeting. She feels it is very important that all members fundraise, not just the Resource Development Committee and we need to attract large donors. Paul emphasized the need to letters to be sent to the community and Christina reiterated that they are the next priority.
Abby visited MSJ and spoke with the guidance counselor who is doing outreach with the students. Abby volunteered to be the youth coordinator with Habitat as the students will need community services hours. She intends to visit other high schools too.
Rebecca asked to revisit the site selection discussion from earlier in the evening and asked if a decision could be made on accepting or not accepting the city lots. After discussion, Rob moved to accept the two city lots subject to flood certification (positive), clear title, warranty deed and other legal requirements of title with the caveat that costs to close not exceed $2,500.00. Melissa seconded. Motion approved.
Christina moved to adjourn. Julia seconded. All agreed.
Submitted by: Rebecca Woodard, Secretary
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