Good rainy Saturday morning to you all!
We had a great meeting last Wednesday night at Spiros’s, and I’d like to share with you what we discussed and also get you updated on our short Board meeting before the general meeting.
Here’s what I heard:
Members need/want more information about our projects, Board discussions, financials and member info. Heard loud and clear. I’ll be sending out these informational emails each week. For those members without email, I want to mail them our newsletter each month. Our website could be improved, and I’d like to look into adding an events calendar plugin (generally free)
Kim Voetberg needs help from all of our committees and the Board for project information. Deadline for submitting information to her will the the 20th of each month.
I again mentioned that I’m going to reduce the number of speakers each month so we can have committee, project and Board reports, financial updates, etc. Plus, I think we all like to spend time networking with each other.
Deb Bordsen (bless her heart) has volunteered to help me find speakers and has already drafted a list. I just need to get more organized so she can start plugging them in. It would be great for us to schedule speakers timely, meaning they would be speaking to us at a time that fits with our projects, what we’re doing, time of year, etc.
Dana Wilbur has stepped up in a big way to be the Kamiak Key Club Advisor, and her first meeting with them is November 7. They are jazzed about having Dana; many of them know her from the Salmon Bake and other community events that Dana has participated in.
We are looking for an Assistant Secretary; Darlene has expressed an interest and we want to give all members a chance to step up. This is a minimal time commitment but you’d be a back up to Al D when he can’t make a Board meeting, complete the online monthly report, etc.
We want to draft Paul Salas to be our PR person and get some stories to the Beacon about all the GREAT community stuff we’re doing, i.e., 3rd grade dictionary distribution, Speedway Cleanup, officer installation, etc.
Members want to know what happened to the “Student of the Month” selection.
there is a good possibility that starting in January, we will move our evening meetings to Jimmy Jacks on Highway 99 in Everett. They made a huge food donation to us for the Salmon Bake, and we want to reciprocate.
Those members who primarily attend only the evening meetings also want more information about what’s happening, so if we have an evening speaker, their time allotment will be 15-20 minutes max so we can have come Club focus time.
Upcoming meeting themes:
November 2: Club website show and tell, getting members to access the site for information, and discussion an our grant procedures
November 9: Board report
November 16: OPEN
November 23: Mariner Choir, and MSD Superintendent Dr. Marci Larsen
November 30: Spiro’s, OPEN
December 7: Kamiak Barbershop Caroling
December 14: Evening Christmas Party at HPGC
December 21: Board Report
December 28: morning meeting (Spiro’s closed) or we meet at Jimmy Jack’s
We met briefly so I could give them an update on the information I’ve received from KI that our process to secure a 501(c)3 IRS designation requires a new process. We will need to establish a new non-profit corporation from the WA Secretary of State, get a new IRS EIN, and draft new bylaws and Articles of Incorporation for Kiwanis approval (handily, they provide the template). I wanted their approval before jumping on this. More info will be provided as we make progress. Director Pam Taylor has asked Chuck Davis from the Boys & Girls Club to provide a list of companies that offer corporate matching for non-profits. Woo hoo! That will be a Board focus in 2017 after we finally get this accomplished.
Next Board meeting: Monday, November 7 at Harbour Pointe Senior Living, all are invited to attend.