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North Port Coalition for the Homeless/Needy Children, Inc.
General Meeting Minutes
General meeting was called to order at 10:05 am by Judy Scheil at Dallas White Park.
The mission was read by all.
The General Meeting Minutes were not read as Myra was absent. They can be found on website.
The financial report for both September and October was read by Susan Ricard.
A number of Board positions are vacant or going to be vacant as Pat Petersmark has resigned and Myra Cooley is resigning effective Dec. 1st. It was discussed that if more volunteers aren’t interested in stepping up to Board positions it could result in the organization having to disband in the future. Positions that are unfilled or going to be are: Secretary; Publicist/Historian; Treasurer; Volunteer Coordinator; and Fundraising Chair.
Terry Melancon volunteered to help Susan with the Treasurer position as Susan Ricard is planning a camping trip May to July and will not have access to WiFi. Judy Scheil is going to take over Volunteer Coordinator duties for that time.
We still need volunteers for the other positions. Linda Warmington suggested we try to do events where we can try to recruit new volunteers and push for them to join the Board. This might be hard right now as we are still looking for places to hold the General Meetings for the time being.
Sandy Danner mentioned that AmVets is looking to reopen hopefully in January so we may be able to resume our General Meetings there after that time. Judy is talking to people at Olde World and other places to see if we can hold our meetings there.
Cheryl Doyle then asked if we might consider having the Board meeting at 9 AM right before the General Meeting so that it is on the same day. This might help with recruiting members for Board positions. The Board members present agreed that they would be willing to do this.
Newcomers Day is this Saturday at the Mullan Center. Judy Scheil is looking into reserving a table for BPA. If she can, she and Terry Melancon will attend to talk to newcomers about our organization and hopefully recruit new volunteers.
*Amazon Smile --- on going.
*Perkins – on going.
Fall Bunco has been canceled because of the hurricane.
Giving Tuesday-this year it is November 29th. Frank Casey will update the website so there will be a button directing donors to Facebook to make a donation to Back Pack Angels. This is the only opportunity for us to have a fundraiser this fall so volunteers need to be encouraged to participate and spread the word. Susan will send out an email later in the month letting volunteers know about this.
Christina Sobecki said that the Bobcat Trail Social Committee has chosen Back Pack Angels as the non-profit for donations at their annual meeting. Judy Scheil will write up a memo for Chritina about our organization and we will receive donations of product and possibly monetary donations from them. If Christina needs help bringing the donations to Southern Storage she will call members of the Board to help.
Pat Petersmark has been working with Tricia Cooke at the Venice Theater to have them sponsor BPA for 3 performances in December. The dates will be Dec. 16th and 17th. The 17th would have a matinee and evening performance. We would need volunteers to be there to collect the donations that are bought in by the patrons. It was decided to let Pat and Tricia Cooke know that we are interested in doing this again. We have done this is prior years and have received many products from them as well as some monetary donations.
*We will deliver 820 labeled small bags and possibly 240 large cloth bags for a total of 1060 bags this month. Hazel asked for volunteers to label and open the 575 small bags for Glenallen. Terry Melancon and Christina Sobecki volunteered and Linda Peterson volunteered to label and fold small bags. Currently we have 4700 blue totes for large bags, 1,330 small bags labeled and 3,750 small bags unlabeled. Hazel has submitted a request from Publix for a donation of small bags. She is waiting to hear from them.
*We will be packing and delivering after Thanksgiving on Monday and Tuesday November28th and 29th. The public schools are closed the whole week of Thanksgiving this year. Some of the day cares are still closed and St. Paul’s Noah’s Ark will be closed permanently as their building needs to be torn down from damages from the storm. Judy is having trouble finding laundry detergent in the 50 oz. size. Dollar General has a 40 oz size of Gain which sells for $5.75 which we will give out every other month. It was suggested to look into going back to Dollar Tree for purchasing the laundry detergent. The size may be smaller but the price will be $1.25. We would then give the detergent out every month but this would still be more than half the price from Dollar General. If we resume purchasing from Dollar Tree, we would need to pick up the bottles of detergent at the store. It was agreed that would not be a problem as we have done this in the past. Other products will still be delivered directly to storage.
*Dianne working on the grant from Plantation Community Grant.
*Patricia has resigned from this position and we are looking for a replacement for her.
*Naomi was not at meeting but she is still coordinating with others to pick up at our donation sites. This has been hampered due to the storm.
Frank continually updates the website as needed. It is up to date. He will update it for Giving Tuesday so donations can be done through our website to Facebook. If anyone has something they would like put on the website they can contact Frank by emailing him through Back Pack Angels email address: email@example.com.
Cheryl Doyle had requested donations through the various HOA’s in Heron Creek but so far there has been no response. When Susan sends out an email to the volunteers about Giving Tuesday, Cheryl will forward that to the residents of Heron Creek.
Dianne was not at meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 11:05 am
Judy Scheill at: firstname.lastname@example.org