To stay or not to stay, that is a big question. While we may simply renew our lease and continue in the current building as tenants (current lease ends October 2020) the Board agrees that its wise to explore as many Dharma Hall options as possible for a future home. Ken will make contact with Mike Perry, a commercial realtor, a first step toward learning more about the commercial opportunities for RCDH in Bellingham. The Board discussed the possibility of contacting the Bellingham City Planning Department to better understand what might be involved in a possible division of the current property into a separate property or a condo.
Chris has updated the RC website with the Annual Fund appeal page. The Annual Appeal letter will go out soon to members and friends by email. Donations will now be tracked and the annual fund drive “landing page” will remain active on the website for a month.
As directed donations are not that common, the Board decided that when a directed donation is made to the RCDH, the donation and its intended purpose will be considered on a case by case basis by the Board.
Ken invited 9 members to consider upcoming openings on the Board for 2018-19. 3 members responded that they are interested, Bob Rose, Hannah Sullivan, and John Wiley. The Treasurer’s position needs to be filled immediately and the other two positions will need to be filled later in the year and possibly into 2019. Ken will discuss filling the Treasurer’s position with two of the interested members. New Board members will be asked to come to meetings as guests until Board positions are actually vacated later in 2018 and at that time, current Board members may also change positions. The Board discussed the importance of retaining people rotating off the Board who have history and knowledge that can be shared with new people coming into their positions.
New Scholarship Fund for RCZC
The Board discussed re-creating a scholarship fund for RC members to support education and learning opportunities for the sangha membership. The Board agreed to fund $2000, an amount that may include 4 or more scholarships per year. Tuli agreed to draft a proposal for what the scholarship fund criteria will be and the Board will make a final decision on this in September.
Respectfully submitted, Bernadette Prinster