December 2015 Minutes
A motion to approve the Minutes as distributed was made by Jennifer and seconded by Suzy; unanimously approved. Treasurer’s report stands as presented, subject to audit. (Charity Account Balance $4,496.97; Checking Account Balance $21,332.22; Assistance Fund $5.00)
Meeting called to order at 10:30 at the Elks (while decorating for the dinner)
Bingo – Diane reported that there was still money due from 4 sponsors. She will send new invoices out. If those are collected that will add $400 to the charity balance. Tyler made a motion to hold the funds in the charity account until we find out more about possibly purchasing a second bingo board. Seconded by Jennifer and unanimously approved. (We currently have the $2000 for scholarships for 2016 available, and will transfer money to the scholarship fund after we investigate the possible equipment purchase.)
Any new workers need to be added to the license application before January in order to get the April license in time for advertising, etc. PLEASE ASK OTHER’S IN YOUR OFFICE TO HELP – AND HAVE THEM CONTACT DIANE TO BE ADDED TO THE LICENSE!
Christmas Plans – Diane will pick up the remaining door prizes today. Jennifer has the game ready and a few door prizes on hand. David Taylor of Home Bank will be dropping off 3 door prizes at FC Tucker later today also.
Spring CE Proposal – RECN has offered to sponsor a course in Greencastle with Instructor Jay Rose. Course would be held at GCC Children’s Center again this year. Dates will be March 8-9, 2016, from 9:00-4:00 each day. The cost for the 12 hour CE course will be $99 per person. RECN will handle registrations on their website. Diane will arrange the room and snacks. PCBR will receive 25% of gross enrollments to cover our costs. Motion by Cecil to accept RECN’s proposal, seconded by Rita; unanimously approved.
Slate of officers for 2016 – will be voted on at tonight’s dinner meeting.
Dues update – 9 members have paid as of 12/4/15. Diane will send out reminders throughout December. Late fee of $50 will be added to all members paying after 12/31/15.
Donation requests – United Way of Putnam County, the American Red Cross, and the Putnam County 4-H Fair Board.
Following discussion (Jennifer Edwards abstained from voting on United Way):
Rita made a motion to donate $500 to the United Way of Putnam County (which also supports the Red Cross locally). Seconded by Cecil and unanimously approved.
James made a motion to donate $1000 to the Putnam County 4-H Fair Board (Community Building Renovation Fund). Seconded by Tyler and unanimously approved. Funds for both will come from our general fund.
TCU has indicated that they wish to renew their Affiliate Membership, but the paperwork has not yet been received.
Diane reminded the members of the Professional Standards Committee that they will need to attend the annual training on February 2nd at the IAR legislative conference, and will need to register online.
Teresa Adams – President Jennifer Edwards – President Elect
Tyler Cox – Vice President Angie Long – Secretary (absent)
Michelle Skillern – Treasurer Rita Goss – Director
Suzy Schneider – Director James Knoebel – Director
Mary Looper – Director Mary Ann Pearson – Director
Cecil VanArsdale – Past President Diane Ummel – EO
Meeting adjourned at 11:35 pm
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