June 27, 2017

posted Jul 10, 2017, 9:36 PM by Amherst Club
President Allen Hanson opened the meeting with a report on the state of the club.
Board and Member Decisions
* It was decided to reduce the scope of our fundraising and our big Annual Event was not held this year.
* We voted to have only 2 meetings per month to be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month beginning with the quarter that starts October 1st, , 2016. 
* We instituted brown bag lunches on the in-between Tuesday of the month.  They have been very successful and fun.
     There was no interest in changing the current schedule of lunches.
* Dues:   The Board voted that On October 1, the new per quarter dues structure would be $75 for full members and $30 for Associates.
* Linda Honan brought forth the new brochure that she, Ruth Miller, Jacquie Price and Allen Hanson have developed. The brochure is upbeat, positive, and colorful.
* The Board decided to suspend the Club’s membership in the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Money could be better used for allocations.
* Therese Donohue took over as our Club Treasurer.
* It was decided that after 3 QUARTERS of non-payment of dues, a letter regarding termination options will be sent to the member.
* The Board changed the membership process to now allow open membership
*We welcomed Angelo Mazzocco, Jules Chametzky and  Carol Dick as new members.
Philanthropic Events
* A transfer of stock from a donor to our Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation for redistribution to All Out Adventures was carried out.
* The Club’s annual student service award from our Endowment Fund went to ARHS senior Ben Goldman. The Boys and Girls Club presented the check for $700 to Ben, and a donation of $50 was made in Ben’s name to Ability PLUS at Mount Snow.
* The school backpack support collection raised $135.
* The Amherst Club again participated in the Amherst Education Fund’s Trivia Bee!
* The Club had a large representation at the Jones Sammy Awards on May 2.  Our $500 sponsorship ad was well received and honored Arthur Kinney. A thank you note from Arthur was read.
* The Board decided to suspend the Club’s membership in the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Money could be better used for allocations.
Treasurer, Therese Donohue, reported a bank balance of 14,517.50. Total Income was 26,751.44 and expenses were 12,234.19.  Included in the above totals are the Endowment donations of $1093.55.  $593 of the Endowment donations are held in the checking account for ease of disbursement.  The Community Foundation holds $32,797.91 for the Club and we have $1390.00 that we can draw on for allocations.
We now have about 60 members.  The dues structure seems to be working fine.
The Membership expressed interest in allocating at least half of our bank balance to recipients to be determined.  In a discussion regarding fundraising, the members had several thoughts
·      Our energy/resources seem to be limited for holding a large event again.
·      Could we pick out just 1 organization to support?
·      Have a Tag sale on the South Amherst Common..and hold other small events.
·      Start a mentoring program/ volunteer to do English tutoring thru the Jones.
·      Create a lockbox to hold funds although our Endowment contributions are probably similar to this idea.
·      Support a project happening now and give a larger amount.
·      Solicit some ideas from past recipients.
·      Perhaps members would contribute the amount of an event ticket without having to do the work involved.
The Secretary cast one Ballot for the following slate of officers.
President:  Gigi Barnhill
Vice President/ Allocations:  Philippe Galaski
Secretary:  Joan Hanson
Treasurer/Registrar:  Therese Donohue (these positions are newly meshed this coming year)
Archives:  Jacquie Price
Program:  Ellen Kosmer, Larry Siddall, Andrea Battle
Nominations:  Allen Hanson
Lunch Notes:  Linda Honan
Membership:  Ellen Kosmer
Activities:  Phyllis Lehrer
Webmaster:  Jim Wald
Allen passed around the Club Directory for updates for the 2017 issue
Member Roger Webb suggested that officers remain in their positions for 2 years.  Board will discuss this idea.
A brown bag lunch for July 18 has not been scheduled.  Members were asked to contact new President, Gigi Barnhill, if they wish to have one.
Alice Swift won the wine
Nancy Brose won the raffle money.
Meeting adjourned at 1:25.
Respectfully Submitted,
Joan Hanson, Board Secretary