February 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2017

Attendance- 12, quorum met; Amara, Eric, Tori, Jo Ann, Frenchie, Alon, Suzanne, David W, David H, Al, Michael F, Michelle Lewis

Guest Speakers

  1. Renovation

    1. Will approach SW District about the renovations

    2. Planning on putting in a bike rack and having 96 parking spaces

    3. Not sure about including a commercial space. Idea of an open or shared gym was put out there. Part of the agreement was for them to include something that would benefit the community

    4. May be willing to consider housing vouchers

    5. Next steps: put in touch with SW RCO; be proactive with councilwoman

  2. Panhandling on Baltimore Ave

    1. Reduced in front of Mariposa/Hair Vyce (for about 4 to 5 weeks)

    2. Police have been moving them along- because there were a few violent incidents

    3. The folks asking for money etc are not necessarily homeless

    4. Talking Headz had/have issues too

    5. BABA have had discussions about the panhandling

    6. Hillary will come out to the next meeting and there should be a small meeting with BABA, CPN, Mariposa

  3. Fair Districts PA

    1. Organization to combat gerrymandering which is a big problem PA

    2. There is a bipartisan bill- SB 22 to end gerrymandering- it's gaining momentum

    3. Fair Districts PA has a local committee in West Philly

    4. Reach out to Roebuck and Senator about supporting the gerrymandering bill

Treasurer's Report

  1. Looked at monthly statements; Vanguard funds- shares decreased by $.46/share which was a total of $5,000. Reinvest Greensgrow into Vanguard;

  2. We are still finalizing Vanguard fund policy.

  3. Year End Review- Missed target on scholarship fundraising, but had nest eggs in the scholarship fund and jazz fund; newsletter money is stable over time; need to turn in state filing; Insurance went up; pulled in a lot of funds from food baskets fundraising

  4. Motion to approve- Michael- first and Suzanne seconded; all approved

Committee Reports

  1. Scholarship

    1. Fundraiser is 4/23 from 4-6 at Dock Street- Board needs to buy tickets

    2. July 14 is the day for the awards to be handed out

    3. First email blast went out to 600 people and and mailings went out as well

    4. Need an announcement about the fundraiser on facebook with link to donation

    5. We have a band for the fundraiser- Philly Foot Tappers

    6. Fred sent out Thank Yous to the people who donated in the past

  2. Zoning

    1. Not much going on

    2. Nothing going on with historic overlay

  3. Cedar Park

    1. Parks Committee wants people to come out to help with a tree care project in Cedar Park on Earth Day. There is a request for Board participation.

  4. Communications Committee

    1. Want to move website over to Squarespace- would be 216/year

    2. Squarespace hosts and is a lot easier to use than Wordpress

    3. Everything from old site can be imported over and put in a archive page

    4. Alon is handling the design

    5. Everyone will get the link to the demo site- take a look and comment on it before next meeting, so comments can be shared at the next board meeting, and a live demo can take place. Also a vote on whether to move forward with squarespace as the host/design platform.

  5. Community Engagement

    1. There was a meeting February 17- did not have high attendance but goals were outlined: host affordability workshops, continue potlucks, collaborate on the jazz program.

    2. By the next Board meeting, the committee will present a concrete plan of action

    3. Danted wants collaboration with his youth program- Eric will reach out to him.

    4. The committee will also try to engage the community by hosting educational events such as tenant rights, race relations, etc

    5. Dave. W is putting together a proposal for Handyman Services- a local volunteer group that would provide simply handyman services to neighbors who can’t do tasks themselves

New Business

  1. Board elections- on April 17th

    1. This meeting and next- ID nominating committee. Dave H is the chair.

      1. Need to ID and reach out to potential board candidates

    2. Need slate of candidates by the next board meeting so it can go out in the newsletter in time for elections.

    3. There are eight open positions

    4. Might need to fill some inactive board members seats with one year board members

    5. Need to reach out to folks whose terms are ending and see if they want to reup

    6. BABA meet and greet would be a good opportunity to get names of possible board members

    7. Michael F. will create flyer for getting involved on the board

Meeting adjourned by Suzanne and David W.