153rd Meeting of the CMC Board of Directors (** Public Copy)
May 24, 2015 / 12:45 p.m.

 

Members Present (9): Rev. Judy Junghans, Rev. Tony Ponticello, Rev. Tedosio Samora, Rev.  Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh, Rev. Marci Benson, Rev. Charles Mawson, Rev. Peter Graham, Rev. Vincent Fuqua, Rev. Rudy Colombini
Members Absent (1): Rev. Daniel Tipton

Minutes from the 152nd meeting read and accepted as read.

Financial Reports:

Profit and Loss: Jan. 1 2015 to Mar. 31 2015 (1st qtr. 2015)
Income $67,987.02  Expenses $79,726.05  Income overspent ($11,739.03)
Equity Report: Mar. 31, 2015
Current $71,043.49  Jan. 1, 2015 $78,097.29  Loss of Equity ($7,053.80)

Not good, but expected. Loss of equity of $7,053.80 means we lost $2,351.27 a month. Conference income was mostly collected by this time and the Conference itself was in Apr. after the 1st qtr. Next qtr. will have $10,000 donation which came in early Apr. The over $6,000 Conference Sunday Collection was very good and will help. Registering over 300 for the 2016 Las Vegas Conference will also help the 2nd qtr. Rev. Tony believes the 2nd qtr. income remaining will more than make up for the 1st qtr. income overspent.

Rev. Tony said that it is a mistake to think that we are now “rich” and have lots of extra money. We still need to be very conscious of the money we spend. We have more money flowing through the CMC, but as the income goes up the expenses go up as well.

A person being ordained on March 15, 2015 was helped with her flight (CMC contributed $311.20) to make it to her ordination in March because of a last minute problem with her “free” ticket. This has never happened before. Rev. Tony should let Board know when irregular things which cost money happen.

There should be 2 cash/check deposits done a month, on the 1st and on the 15th. They should happen no later than 2 days after those dates.

Supporting Member Report:

Currently 116 Supporting Members — $6,290 / month, $54.22 / member
Net gain of 6 members / gain of $530 / month pledged.
Gained (9): Jordon Donovan, DavidPaul Doyle, Candace Doyle, Mary Gerard Lenihan, Rose Mary Cheek, Ron Zaleski, Patricia Herrin, Elvira Sanchez, Leslie Sanchez
Lost (4): Eugene Rowe, Rose Ornelas, Rick Greathouse

Conference helped us get some new Supporting Members.

Old Business:

Rev. Heather's Performance Evaluation (PE) completed:
Rev Tony completed Rev. Heather’s Performance Evaluation (PE) report form. It is a 5 page original document. Rev. Heather and Rev. Tony have filled it out and gone over it together. There were 25 items to be rated from 1 ("needs to improve") to 5 ("above average"). 3 was average. Rev. Tony’s evaluation of Rev. Heather and Rev. Heather’s evaluation of herself were discussed. There was a discussion about the many assets that Rev. Heather brings to the CMC and how valuable she is and all the hard work she does. There was a discussion about some areas where there could be improvement. Rev. Tony stated he must share some of the responsibility for the work areas needing improvement since he is Rev. Heather’s Supervisor and trainer.

It was agreed that Rev. Heather is paid below what would be normal for the type of work she does.

Motion: Rev. Heather’s salary be increased $300 immediately and another $200 can be added in 90 days if Rev. Tony feels there is an improvement. Approved.
8 yes, 1 no

Motion Rev. Tony’s salary be increased $500 per month effective immediately. Unanimous.

New Business:

2015 NYC Conference Update:
Final Conference attendance number was 507. Conference was very successful. It will still be about 2 months before we will have the bookkeeping done. We took in over $49,000 for the weekend, which included over $6,000 for the Sunday Service. We registered 272 for Las Vegas conference.

Classes:
There was a discussion about ACIM-2 classes taking more of the Teachers time. Since all ACIM-2 students are Supporting Members the amount taken in is less, $75 instead of $95 for 10 weeks. Therefore the teacher makes less.

Motion: Teachers always get paid as if the students were paying $95 for 10 weeks, that is $4.75 per week per student. After discussion the motion was withdrawn.

2016 Las Vegas Conference Discussed:
We have a contract with Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino for April 8, 9, 10, 2016. We could take 800 people. Room price is $99 / night. There is a $25 "Resort Fee" added to each room which covers internet and exercise room, plus there is room tax added. We have over 300 people currently enrolled. This has greatly exceeded expectations but there is a financial issue because the $399 cost was too low for this much early enrollment. Rev. Tony estimates that this means we have to take 600 or more to make it profitable. Exciting growth: Rev. Rudy has agreed to bring the Unauthorized Rolling Stones to the event for the Saturday night dance party. There was a discussion about the CMC Board having more input in the choosing of Presenters. There was a discussion about new Presenters and who was returning.

Motion made to extend the meeting. Unanimous

There was also a discussion about video recording the Conference. Rev. Tony explained the problems with this, because the Presenters want to maintain distribution rights and content rights to their own work which is understandable. Also Rev. Tony said that when this has been done in the past it has always lost money. There just isn’t that big of a market. Plus Rev. Tony also feels like this “dilutes” the experience which is really about being there, not watching videos of the event. 

Meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Next Meeting, the 154th, Scheduled Sun. July 19th at 12:45 p.m. Pacific.

Respectfully Submitted Rev. Peter Graham, Secretary

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