139th Meeting of the CMC Board of Directors
January 20, 2013 / 12:45 p.m. (Pacific) Public Copy**

Directors Present (9): Rev. Tony Ponticello, Rev. Charles Mawson, Rev. Vincent Fuqua, Rev. Judy Junghans, Rev. Peter Graham, Rev. Tedosio Samora, Rev. Rudy Colombini, Rev. Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh, & Rev. Marci Benson
Directors Absent (0):
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The minutes from 138th Board meeting were read and accepted as amended.
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Financial Reports:

Profit and Loss: Oct. 2012 to Dec. 2012 (4th qtr.)
Income $38,732.48   Expenses $43,580.46   Income Overspent ($4,847.98)
Equity Report: Dec. 31, 2012 $49,993.67   Oct. 1, 2012 $55,789.65   Loss of Equity ($5,795.98)

Profit and Loss: Jan. 2012 to Dec. 2012 (full year)
Income $155,853.21 Expenses $167,212.49 Income Overspent ($11,359.28)
Equity Report: Dec. 31, 2012 $49,993.67   Jan. 1, 2012 $61,183.65   Loss of Equity ($11,189.98)

This is an average loss of ~($947)/ month. We no longer have the rental income that we used to. Plus, large contributing Supporting Members have lowered their pledges, sometimes substantially. The actual conference profit is still unknown and we are only dealing with estimates here so the amounts could be off substantially in either direction.
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Supporting Member Report:

Currently 104 Supporting Members -- $4,868 -- $46.81/ member
Net gain of 6 members but a loss of $5 month pledged.
Gained (9): Barb McKinstry, Steve Ibarra, Jon Welker, Evan Fowler, John Williams, Jeff Tomboulian, Dennis Donlon, Mary Linkletter, Lisa Trevino
Lost (3): Earl Wells, Arthur Ladds, Sharon Randall

This is the most members we have even had, however the dollar amount has not increased (actually decreased slightly) because new members come it at the lower rates, and we have lost high pledging members, or they have reduced their pledges.
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Old Business:

Video project has stalled:
There is no one to video services regularly and no one to do the video editing.

Health Insurance:
There has been no progress on finding a less expensive health insurance alternative for Rev. Tony.

(Name withheld) did not accept our offer to join the CMC Board:

Progress report on San Francisco facility painting and refurbishing:
Painting is done. "Thank you Rev. Rudy." New tables and a few other cosmetic things haven't happened yet to complete this first stage.
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New Business:

Chicago Conference Report:
362 enrolled. Increased 25 from last meeting. This is good. Should be in the black. Rev. Tony is negotiating with John Hutkin to buy another block of 20 tickets. He's already purchased and distributed 60. Should know by end of the month.

Class Report:
Mon. 6:30 p.m. and Wed. 4:30 p.m. ACIM-1 classes full with 10 students each. Tue. 8:00 a.m. class started Jan. 1 and has 4 students. 24 students in ACIM-1 is very good. The Thu. ACIM-2 class will have 4 students after Jan. The Mon. ACIM-2 class may not have any students soon.There are possibilities of students joining ACIM-2 as the year progresses because several ACIM-1 students graduate as the year continues.

Rev. Tony talked about the importance of keeping all students doing their homework as they accrue it, and not letting them slide too long. It creates problems and probably looses students in the long run. It was decided that students should turn in homework within three weeks of the missed class. This will be put into the Agreements. It will be the teachers job to manage this.

The Urtext class has 2 students. Rev. Judy would like to change her Urtext class time form 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate her East Coast student and to hopefully get more students. This change could give us an opportunity to do new publicity.

The Hayward class has discontinued. It completed the year. The one remaining student decide to quit.

Upcoming Ordinations:
Ordinations are currently planned for Sun. Feb. 17 in San Francisco (4 potential new ministers) and Sun. Feb. 24 via the telephone (7 potential ministers). A problem manifested when we did a "quick" ordination via the telephone at the end of the 2012 year Mon. ACIM-2 class. We did this to give one graduating student the legal ability to perform a wedding that she had been asked to perform. The quick "ordination" was audio recorded and put on Facebook publicly as a "CMC Ordination." The 4 new "minsters" started announcing they were CMC Ministers all over Facebook and elsewhere. This wasn't supposed to happen. This was being done for legal purposed only. Originally, we were only doing this for the one person who needed it, but of course, the others in the class wanted it too. In the future the CMC will not do quick ordinations. Perspective ministers must wait until the actual ordination is scheduled and held, before they are legally ministers and before they could perform a wedding.

Informal Text Telephone Classes:
Discussion about whether we should have a telephone Text study class that was less structured, went through the Text at a slower pace, and did not lead to certificates or possible ordination. There would be no homework requirement. Starting such a class at the half year point, beginning of July, was a good possibility. Discussion tabled.

Sunday Service / Speaker Feedback:
Discussion about if there was a procedure for giving feedback to Sunday speakers and helping them to improve. Rev. Tony has heard from others that some talks are not at the level they should be at and Rev. Tony shares their concerns. Sometimes Community Voices talks are also not putting our best foot forward. It was affirmed that Rev. Tony can monitor this and talk to people privately about their talks.

There was discussion about Miracle Shares at Sunday Service. The point is that these are supposed to be short testimonials about how the study of ACIM is helpful and practical in the person's life. They may also imply that participation with the CMC is helpful and valuable. They are intended to be short, practical, promotions for the study of ACIM and for participation with the CMC. This purpose has gotten lost. People are giving second sermons that are sometimes theoretical. The purpose was not to have one long and then one short sermon. Rev. Tony will come up with guidelines and broadcast them.

Rev. Rudy Wants To Be the CMC's Image Coordinator:
Rev. Rudy feels this is his field of expertise. He wants to see the San Francisco facility modernized. He wants the look to be cleaner, and a museum to the ACIM teaching. He envisions scrolls with popular sayings for ACIM on them. Rev. Tony expressed his concern that these changes not overly disrupt the regular functioning of the CMC and not take to much of his his time, especially before the conference. The painting caused a lot of time consuming work for Rev. Tony. There was general agreement that this is a good direction. Perhaps sketches of plans would be useful, however Board meetings don't afford us enough time for these discussions. Perhaps a Board, day long retreat is needed to flesh out these ideas. For now, the rest of the first stage still needs completing. We still need the tables and other cosmetic changes to be completed. Discussion tabled for now.

CMC Should Always Charge For Classes:
Rev. Charles expressed that he doesn't feel we should have free classes and expressed concern about the proposed wedding class on Wednesday Feb. 6. He feels we should value our work and be proud of it. A suggested donation of $25 for the wedding class was discussed and opening it up to any CMC Minister who wanted to take it. It should be mentioned that there would be written materials distributed with the class.

Motion: The CMC ask a $25 suggested donation for he Wed. Feb. 6 Wedding Class, that the class be open to all CMC ministers, and that it be known that there will be written materials distributed with the class. Unanimous

Discussion about the volunteer/employee situation was tabled for lack of time.

Discussion about the different monetary levels of Supporting Memberships was tabled because of lack of time.
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Meeting was adjourned at 2:25 p.m. The next meeting will be on Mar. 17, 2013
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Respectfully submitted, Rev. Tony Ponticello / Acting Secretary

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