Red Cedar Zen Board of Directors
meeting minutes Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
In attendance: Jeff McKenna (President), Tim Burnett (Spiritual Director), Greg Greenan (Treasurer), Brian Davidson (Secretary)
full value contract
review agenda and set time limits
Our Guest’s Business
Marti dropped in to give a financial report which is as follows:
We have about $23,500.00 between all three accounts. In November, we received $300.00 in bridge fund donations. In December, we received another $565.00, but it has not yet been deposited. Membership donations came to $1,200.00 in November. The membership drive resulted in some additional “Friends of Red Cedar,” although some former “members” became “friends.” BIMS followed through with another $800.00 and RCZC did as well with $1,200.00. The electric bill went up to $140.00.
Our Old Business
Jeff provided a framework for looking at our financial situation.
1. Increase external income
2. Increase internal income,
3. Decrease rent, and
4. Relocation options
The group addressed what we have already done:
action: The Secretary will draft a letter for potential renters and send it out for review. This letter will be stuffed in envelopes by a workgroup and sent out to the contacts compiled by Koell.
action: Tim to provide copies of the lease so we can start to think about how to proceed with landlord
The Vice President Hole:
The group addressed the VP hole in The Board. The President is working with the VP workgroups until a VP emerges though these workgroups are also lacking in participants. The group noted that The Welcome group is functioning well.
action: The Secretary will e-mail the sangha about the VP search emphasize the need for female representation. The e-mail will also include a request for participation in the Sustainability and Outreach workgroups
Process Review for Workgroups:
Jeff noted that he made it around to all of the Workgroups that had meetings so that he could reinforce the Full Value Contract and process guidelines. The group responded favorably and agreed to continue emphasizing the contract in their workgroup meetings. Jeff also submitted a “Change Chart”
decision: The Change Chart will be reviewed at the next meeting.
Our New Business
The group addressed the need to develop open communication between the Board and BIMS. Carolyn Kingsbury has been the contact at BIMS.
decision: The Secretary will be the conduit to BIMS through Carolyn. The Secretary will bring business from BIMS to the Board when necessary.
action: The Secretary will contact Carolyn and offer to act as the conduit to the Board.
BIMS Name Change Proposal
decision: Moved to next meeting
Web Site Clarity:
The Group discussed that there is some confusion as to what each piece of RCZC technology is used for.
decision: RCZC needs a quick guide to our technology
action: The Secretary will bring the request to the Technology Workgroup
Membership Drive Celebration:
The Board would like to have a gathering, celebrating the Membership Drive.
decision: at the next meeting the Board will be compiling membership data for presentation at the celebration.
decision: At the next meeting, The Board will set a mid January date for the celebration.
The library is done and all of the books will be moved this weekend at the work party.
Tim handed out an organizational/contact sheet on the Zendo & Programs Workgroups which is also available on our Wiki. Tim said he'd combined Zendo and Programs into one but then divided them among areas of work within that broader workgroup.
action: Tim will provide a small version of the organizational chart
Greg noted that at the Workgroup meeting they did not have all of the numbers they needed, so they just discussed the process, which went well. Their next meeting is on the 15th of December, where they will draft a budget.
action: Greg: compile membership / bridge fund financial data from Marti and/or Kathy
Jeff said he is looking at the line that is drawn between the VP, President, and the Workgroups. He is now working with the Welcome Group. There will be a Welcoming Training in the near future.
The Technology Workgroup added a search bar on the RCZC website. Brian discussed Mary Apple’s ideas on sangha communication which revisited the NING idea, and opened a discussion about mentoring. Mentoring would involve willing and qualified members to take on new members as mentors in order to explain the forms and sangha organization, and to support their budding practice. A potential mentor would receive guidance from a teacher. New members would be introduced to the mentors, and could request one if desired.
decision: The Board would review the idea and discuss it at the next meeting.
on relationships, process, values and mission
of good value
out of time
out of time
upholding the contract
out of time
sangha on the horizon
out of time
next assembly: Wednesday, January 7th 2009