160th Meeting of the CMC Board of Directors (**Public Copy)
May 15, 2016 / 12:45 p.m.
Board Members Present (5): Rev. Tony Ponticello, Rev. Roxie Benson, Rev. Tedosio Samora, Rev. Peter Graham, Rev. Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh
Board Members Absent (3): Rev. Vincent Fuqua, Rev Daniel Tipton, Rev. Rudy Colombini
Minutes for 159th Meeting Read and Accepted as Amended:
We have no new financial reports. Our posting volunteer has not been able to come in and do the work often enough to stay caught up. The other office staff is very busy. We hope to catch this up soon.
Supporting Member Report:
Currently 115 Supporting Members — $6,066.66 / month. $52.75 / member. Net loss 3 Supporting Members.
Net loss of $15/month
Lost 3: Rev. Crystal Kaplan, Rev. Dianna Nicholson, Rev. John Williams
Lost 2: Rev. Dianna Nicholson, Rev. John Williams
Gained 2: Rev. Patricia Herrin, Rev. Kathi Moon
Research on Forming LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) to Run Conferences:
Rev. Tony did research about this with 3 lawyers. An LLC would be a separate corporation and it would be difficult, or maybe impossible, to get nonprofit status for an LLC. It was the lawyers opinion that LLCs are usually not set up by nonprofits, and so it probably is not feasible for us.
The CMC gratefully acknowledges the service of Rev. Judy Junghans and Rev. Charles Mawson who have left the CMC Board. Formal acknowledgement letters have been sent. Our amended Bylaws stipulate between 7 to 15 members and that we should always have an odd number of Board Members. While it has been our custom in recent years to not have the President vote unless there is a tie, there is no such clause or stipulation in our Bylaws. At this time we have 8 member on the CMC Board so we have a vacancy to fill.
Motion: Ask Rev. Paul Marinkovich to become a member of the CMC Board of Directors. Unanimous.
Las Vegas Conference Report:
There were 456 attendees. This is the third largest enrollment we have had.
The final bill to The Rio of $130,799.54 has been paid. This leaves us with about $32,000 in the JP Morgan account and about $41,000 in the Bank of American account, or about $73,000 total. There are a large number of other bills that still need to be paid so the exact amount remaining will be lower than this. It will take about 3 months to complete the bookkeeping for the Conference.
A hearing with the Nevada Tax Commission will be held on Jun. 27 to determine if we can reverse the decision of the Nevada Department of Taxation and get our Nevada Sales Tax exemption. We would then have to apply to get the sales tax we have paid refunded. The hearing will take place either in Carson City or Reno. (Exact location not determined yet.)
The results from the “SurveyMonkey” survey were shared. 131 responses. Ratings were as follows:
49% — Excellent
35% — Very Good
9% — Good
5% — Fair
2% — Poor
Rev. Tony’s presentation at the Sunday finale did get some negative responses. Rev Tony has sent out many of the emails we received, and the majority of them praised the Presentation and the Conference. There were a few that were negative.
A broad discussion was held about the challenging and/or controversial presentation given by Rev. Tony at the Conference. The visuals of the presentation bothered some Board members. Other Board members stated that we all should be able to express who we are authentically. These Board members feel that we should be able to bring this expression to other people without being censored. Rev. Tony stated that he did not talk to all Board members before planning the Presentation because he didn’t want to set the precedent of needing Board approval for a Presentation. There were some very positive responses to Rev. Tony’s presentation. All views: positive, moderate, and opposed were expressed. A video is being produced of the presentation and may be published on of shortly after Jun. 4. The Board feels we have learned things.
2018 San Francisco Conference Planning:
Rev. Tony has now signed a contract with the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco for a Feb. 23, 24, & 25, 2018 Conference. This Conference theme will be “Love Makes No Exceptions.” The catering bill has been lowered since Rev. Tony’s last report. The new total meals price is now $287.82 per person.
Launch date is currently set for Jul. 1, 2016. We sold 182 tickets for the 2018 Conference at the Las Vegas Conference.
Rev. Tony detailed a new plan to start the Conference earlier at ~ 2 p.m. on Fri. We would start with a General Assembly meeting when ~10 of the Presenters would be up on stage, each giving a 6 to 7 minute introduction of their workshop. We would do a 2nd similar General Assembly meeting with the remaining ~10 Presenters on Sat. morning at 9 a.m. After that all the Presenters will have introduced themselves. Presenters will not be scheduled to present their workshops until after they have introduced themselves to the entire assembly. This is what the Las Vegas Presenters talked about at the Presenter/Staff meeting after the Conference. The Board agreed this was a good idea and there were no objections.
13 in ACIM-1
15 in ACIM-2
Rev. Roxie a Presenter for 2018 Conference:
Rev. Roxie expressed that she would like to be a full Presenter for the 2018 Conference. Rev. Roxie took part in some of the discussion. She voluntarily left the room for the later part of the discussion. Rev. Roxie came back for the vote.
Motion: Rev. Roxie will be a Presenter at the 2018 San Francisco Conference. Unanimous
New In-Person LGBTQ Group:
Rev. Peter presented a proposal to lead a continuing, weekly, drop-in group to provide spiritual support for members of the LGBTQ community named “LGBTQ and Beyond.” Group might be held on Thu. or Wed. night depending on availability.
Motion: CMC to start an in-person, drop-in, ACIM based healing group for the LGBTQ and Beyond community. Group will be by donation. Rev. Peter will facilitate. Unanimous
Sue Crosman has quit being the pianist for the CMC Sunday Service. Rev. Tony is going to get fill-in pianists on a weekly basis for awhile, until we find someone who would be a good fit. This would give us a chance to try out many different pianists. We can pay $100 per week. There was general agreement to this plan and no objections.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
Our next meeting, the 160th, is scheduled for May 22, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.
(Later changed to May 15 because of David Hoffmeister special event on May 22.)
Respectfully submitted by Rev. Tony Ponticello acting Secretary.
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