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April 9, 2009 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2009

Attending:

  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Jim MacLennan
  • Bill Matheson
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Alan Turner
  • Andrew D. Wright

Regrets:

  • Richard Connolly
  • Joe Thomas

Absent:

  • Max Russell

Minutes of last meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.

The minutes of the 12 March Board Meeting were approved as amended.

 

Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement for the month of March 2009 and tabled the budget for 2009.

The revenue for March was $7910. This figure was significantly higher than that for the previous year. Revenue for both February and March were significantly higher than for the same months in 2008. The revenue to the end of the first quarter of 2009 stood at $27550. This was about $3000 ($27550 from $24568) above the figure for the first quarter of 2008.

March expenses were $11681, which included three pay periods as opposed to the usual two per month and a second payment to Eastlink which brought CCN up to date in payments for line charges.

The most recent pay period reflected the rise in Johnathan's hourly rate and the change in Andrew's time to half time as agreed upon by the Board at the 12 March meeting.

Alan noted the budget for 2009 suggests a total of $89000 in revenue and $95400 in expenses giving a deficit of $6400. Alan considers CCN, even with this deficit, can safely operate through 2009. He notes that the revenue for the first quarter was higher that he predicted, but cautioned that this is routinely the period with the highest membership renewals. Very few new members were noted over the past three months but renewals have been encouraging.

There was a short discussion about the Credit Card card fee as reflected by the $4000 budgeted towards payment to Ticketmaster. Andrew noted CCN is billed as a charitable organization, Ticketmaster handles a broad range of cards, and credit card payments are secure. As long people pay by credit card CCN needs the services Ticketmaster provides. The present contract, including a basic monthly change for the service, is the lowest available. Even if the majority of members preferred to pay cash or by cheque CCN would have to retain Ticketmaster and pay a basic monthly fee.

Alan moved his report be accepted. Seconded by Kent.

Technical Report

Johnathan gave the technical report.

The new wireless equipment has been tested and functions well. Johnathan considers that except for a little more cabling he has sufficient equipment for about five nodes/systems.

Five computers, previously used in the Killam Library, were purchased from Dalhousie for $50 each.

The mail scanner locked up one night last week. Replacement will be not be difficult. A couple of hours shutdown time very early one morning within the next ten days should clear this problem.

Spam is constant and higher than ever. CCN receives about 1.5 million messages per day. No host is immune.

 

Joe Howe Manor

Bill noted that Pat Lawrence of the Housing Authority would like John Flemming, the Operation Manager for Metro Housing, to meet with CCN (Johnathan and Bernie, perhaps Bill would attend if his time allows) before moving forward. A small questionnaire survey associated with a colourful flyer would be very useful.

Mary will see if Joanne Eddy may be able to revise the flyer she did for CCN last summer.

There was a short discussion the importance of the installation on Fenwick Tower to Joe Howe Manor. At present Fenwick remains available, feasible alternatives could be found if CCN loses access to it.

 

Convenience store promotion

Andrew said ten (10) stores that signed the application forms now had their unique number, the information sheet and the display card for their window.

 

Serving Seniors

Alan and Mary have each attended one meeting of the Serving Seniors Alliance. CCN brochures and Andrew's card will be on display tables at Atlantic Caregivers Exhibition May 9/10 and Expo 50+ in June 12/13.

 

Other business

Bernie suggested a meeting with the Project Development Leader of the Community Development Project in North Dartmouth might be useful for Chebucto. This ongoing programme is similar in scope to the Imagine Bloomfield programme which we will hear about at the AGM. Once we understand how Chebucto can partner there the we would be in a good position to approach the North Dartmouth project.

Mary suggested that CCN take out a business card sized ad in the Building Communities publication associated with the Other Home Show, but that we not handle a table at the event this. CCN's brochures and Andrew's cards will be displayed at the Serving Seniors table, but the publication is delivered with the newspaper so will reach a much broader audience. The Board agree that CCN pay the $100 fee for the ad.

 

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Wednesday evening 29 April at the Bloomfield Centre. It will start at 7:00pm, but all Board members should be on site by 6:30 pm.

Richard will speak on the Convenience Store Programme, and an executive member of the Imagine Bloomfield programme will be invited to speak on that initiative.

 

Next meeting

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm The date of the next Board Meeting was not set.

 

 

 

 


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