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North Port Coalition for the Homeless/Needy Children, Inc.
March General Meeting Minutes
March 3, 2020
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
Dianne Patterson, President Susan Ricard, Treasurer
Myra Cooley, Secretary Dennis Teall, Co-Vice President
Frank Casey, Web Editor Martha Teall, Vo-Vice President
Patricia Petersmark, Historian/Publicity Brandon Johnson, Advisor
Joyce Hill, Fundraiser Chair
Hazel Goodman, Tagging Chair
Mary Ellen Carpeta, Volunteer Coordinator ADVISOR COMMITTEE ABSENT
Eileen Buckley, Advisor
Marcia Mullen, Advisor
ADVISOR COMMITTEE PRESENT
Renee Remsen, Advisor
Carol Lazzeri, Advisor
Linda Warmington, Advisor
Cheryl Doyle, Advisor
THE APRIL 7TH AND MAY 5TH, 2020 GENERAL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE
NORTH PORT LIBRARY –13800 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL.
General Meeting was called to order by Dianne Patterson at 10:05 am at Olde World Restaurant
Mission statement was read by all.
Introduction were made by all. There were 2 new volunteers present.
The February Meeting Minutes were read by Myra Cooley.
Financial Report was read by Dianne Patterson.
*We have a new Volunteer Coordinator –Mary Ellen Carpeta. Susan and Mary Ellen Carpeta
will working together over the next couple months. Welcome.
*Amazon Smile – on going.
*Perkins – on going
*Bunco –2/5/2020. The Board wants to say very big THANK YOU everyone who donated all the
raffle items, all the food and of course, their time. All of guests had an excellent time. People
loved the food and raffles. There was discussion about having another Bunco in the Fall but
discussion on hold till after the Toast.
*Toast/10th Anniversary--- April 4, 2020. Toast/10th Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser is being held
at Heron Creek Country Club. Joyce got a call from Heron Creek and there was a change in the
dinner menu, instead of Tilapia, we are having Shrimp Scampi. The invitations are being mailed
on this Friday. Joyce is having a meeting on March 20th to finish wrap the Raffle Baskets. She
will email everyone on the committee. Patricia will put flyers on the tables for the Toast/10th
Anniversary at Chambers Breakfast.
Patricia had a wonderful surprise for us. On her radio show, she had 2 special guests from
Planation Golf and country Club—Chef Paul Lucibello and Chef Bruce Bailey. Chef Bruce donated
a dinner for 4 and will be donating 2 bottles of wine from his private stock. It was decided to
have a separate drawing due to being worth $400.00. In addition of this wonderful drawing, we are
also having a special drawing for 4 Tickets to Universal Studios valued over $700.00
*Giving Challenge – 4/28/2020 to 4/29/2020. Noon to Noon. More information to follow.
*There will be 689 bags this month. Frank wants everyone to know not to open boxes and
restock when we are finished with Packing Day. It is very hard for Dennis and Martha to do
inventory for the next month.
*Dianne received the check from Altrusa for $5000.00. Dianne has not heard from Linda
Decker from Planation.
*Up to date – Frank updated the bag count and put all the pictures of the new Volunteer
Coordinator and the Advisor Board.
*Patricia will put in the several articles in the newspaper and will talk about the Toast on the
radio show. Several communities have put information on our upcoming events in their
newspapers. Patricia would like to video the men doing what they do on Packing Day.
Patricia was asked to come back to Shades of Green Stables to read again. They will be video
the reading and putting on Facebook. Hazel offered to be a reader if they need her.
Pastor from North Port Community Church asked Patricia if she would do a video so he could
show at his church. They will be doing a hygiene fundraiser for us.WKDW97.5FM is a Fundraising at Bocco Lupo on March 28th.
*Blaine will start going to Panera Bread every couple of weeks instead of every week because there is
not enough product in the box. We getting many hygiene products. Dianne got a call from
Island Walk and they are having a month long for Hygiene Product Fundraiser in February and Hazel picked up
many hygiene products from them.
*Hazel would like the Loveland People to come at packing day so they can label the bags. She
has enough for this month.
T-Shirt –on going
*Harbor Isle has a new contact person ---Hollis Resink.
*Dianne was contract by lawyer for Edward & Violet Cathbert Trust and we are to receive a
check for $2000.00.
Adjourned at 10:456 am
Dianne Patterson, President date Myra Cooley, Secretary date