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March 15, 2006 board meeting minutes

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New Deal Café

Board of Directors

Regular Meeting

March 15, 2006

Present:              Richard McMullen, Bill Wilkerson, Ronnie Scotkin, Joyce Abell

Excused:           Brett Fishburne

Others:               Ellen Siegel (General Manager)

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

1.  Minutes

Motion:  The minutes of February 24 and March 1, 2006 were approved.

Moved:  Ronnie Scotkin         Second:  Bill Wilkerson           Carried: 2-0-1(JA)

Motion:  The minutes of February 24 and March 1, 2006 were approved.

Moved:  Ronnie Scotkin         Second: Joyce Abell                 Carried: 3-0

2.  Election of Officers

Motion: Bill Wilkerson was elected as secretary.

Moved: Ronnie Scotkin           Second: Joyce Abell                 Carried: 3-0

Motion: Brett Fishburne was elected as treasurer.

Moved:  Ronnie Scotkin         Second: Joyce Abell                 Carried: 3-0

3.  Mission Statement – Discussion led to the conclusion that the proposed mission statement might need to clarify the difference between the cooperative and the café.

Motion: The mission statement was tabled.

Moved:  Bill Wilkerson           Second: Ronnie Scotkin          Carried 3-0

4.  Tasks & Deadlines – The board’s updated rankings of tasks for 2006 was reviewed.  During discussion the following points were made: 1) financial matters were generally ranked the highest; 2) Some tasks are prerequisites to others; 3) the working schedule of tasks and deadlines needs to be flexible.

5.  Annual Dues

Motion: Dues must be paid by mail.

Moved: Ronnie Scotkin           Second: Bill Wilkerson                           Carried: 3-0

6.  Committee Assignments

Motion: Add Pete Mayo to the Personnel Policies Committee on the proposed committee assignments.

Moved: Ronnie Scotkin

Motion: Approve the proposed committee assignments as modified.

Moved: Bill Wilkerson                            Second: Ronnie Scotkin          Carried: 3-0

7.  Post Office

Motion: Assign Bill to attend the meeting on the post office’s move to Greenbelt East in order to urge the city council to retain a customer service center in Roosevelt Center.

Moved: Ronnie Scotkin                          Second: Joyce Abell                 Carried: 3-0

8.  Café Manager’s Report

a.  Cooperatives – Ellen reported that Dorie Bates of GCC liked the board’s idea of holding a meeting of the Greenbelt cooperatives in September, and offered to give the NDC information on joining a cooperative association.

b.  Energy Buying Consortium – Ellen reported that she was requesting a proposal from an energy buying consortium associated with RAM which might reduce the projected increases in electric charges for the café

c.  Trash Bill – The city trash bill is increasing from $120 to $190/quarter.

9.  Liquor License – Ray needs to sign a notarized letter of resignation by March 23 in order to be removed from the liquor license.  He will be back in town this weekend.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Wilkerson

Approved on April 19, 2006.