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LINKAGES –BOARD MEETING
Monday, April 2, 2012
Rochester City Hall (Church and Fitzhugh Sts.) Room 309A
1. Approval of minutes: March 2012
2. Nadezhda Nagomaya , exchange teacher from Velikiy Novgorod, will discuss her visit to
Rochester and her experience in area schools.
3. Finance report
4. Unfinished business:
Barb LeSavoy – update on plans for Partnership for Women’s trip to Novgorod
Nick Coulter - plans for June trip to Novgorod
5. Committee reports:
Program, Culture, Arts Paul
Partnership for Children Sara
Partnership for Elder Care Debra
Partnership for Prevention
of Substance Abuse Bill
Women’s Issues Barb
6. Annual Board election – Nomination committee – June 2012
7. President’s report
8. New business
Adjournment: 9:00 PM
LINKAGES –BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 5, 2012
Rochester City Hall (Church and Fitzhugh Sts.) Room 309A
ATTENDANCE: Roger Young, Barb LeSavoy, Tanya Schueler Choukari, Nick Coulter, Bill Fulton, Paul Caccamise; guest: Kristine Fredrick.
Meeting was convened at 7:10 pm.
1. Approval of January 2012 Board meeting minutes was deferred.
2. Finance report – Roger prepared a summary of current Linkages finances. The annual fundraising campaign netted approximately $4,000. Assets in the Vanguard account has appreciated substantially in the past six months (current value c. $19,000). A majority if the account is in equities. There was discussion about whether we should consider a reallocation of the assets in the mutual fund account; most not-for-profit agencies have a larger share of assets in reserve in fixed income investments which tend to be less volatile than stocks. A 70% bond /30% stock portfolio was discussed. The group discussed studying this further before taking any action. Because of the increase in the stock market, Linkages has benefited from the current allocation.
3. Open World visit: The visit was felt to be a huge success. Paul thanked the planning committee: Bill Fulton, Sara Catalano, Nick Coulter and Joe Gersitz, as well as the host families, Roger Young, Debra Fromm-Faria and others, for their major contributions of time and energy to the visit. The facilitator and interpreter assessments of the visit were extremely positive. The interpreter, who has worked for other Open World visits, remarked how well organized the week was and how remarkable it was to see a well-coordinated group appear each morning and at each event to transport the Russian guests and implement the program.
Roger and Paul are working on preparing a reimbursement claim which will be submitted to Open World. We will be claiming c. $11,300, an amount that includes $2,200 in administrative fees for Linkages.
4. Education Committee
Nadezhda Nagomaya is scheduled to arrive in Rochester on March 15. Kristine Fredrick is hosting a pot luck dinner for her on March 16. The Education Committee is organizing a public “farewell event” on April 10 at the Brighton Town Library (Education Room). Nadia will be discussing her experiences in the area school systems at the meeting.
Kristine Fredrick, member of the Education Committee, was present as a guest presenter. She and Tanya asked to revisit the decision not to send a teacher to Novgorod this summer for a seminar for English language teachers. The committee is fearful that by interrupting the annual seminar schedule, there will be an opening for other groups to fill the gap by sending a teacher(s) from other countries. They anticipate competition for the opportunity from Great Britain, for example. The seminar is an opportunity to teach not only English language skills but also American history and culture.
The Education Committee presented a plan to send Kristine this June to conduct the seminar and also to conduct an evaluation of the value of the program for teachers and for the school system in Novgorod. Kristine was a seminar teacher once before and also speaks Russian.
The Committee came prepared with a significant donation toward the costs of sponsoring Kristine and with a plan to do fundraising to cover as much of the cost as possible.
The Board voted to accept the Education Committee plan and to contribute up to $2,000 to cover the costs for Kristine to travel to Novgorod as the seminar presenter in June 2012. Linkages will cover the difference between the actual cost and funds raised by the committee.
5. Partnership for Women’s Issues: Due to scheduling problems, Barb LeSavoy is unable to make the trip to Novgorod in March as planned. She proposed postponing the trip until later in the spring. Airfares are higher at that time; she requested that the Board recommit to her plan to travel to Novgorod in spite of the higher travel costs. It is still important to meet with counterparts in Novgorod and conduct her own needs assessment of future directions for the partnership. There was discussion about the possibility of going to Novgorod in the fall as an alternate plan. There was no vote taken at this time. Barb decided to reconsider her plans and look into traveling later in the year before asking the Board for approval of revised plans.
6. Nick Coulter is planning to join the College at Brockport/GRC student group going to Novgorod in June. He will support Debra and Jed Metzger in their Eldercare and also Children’s Partnership activities. He also saw himself helping the Substance Abuse partnership by contacting Open World visitors and others in the field about next steps for the partnership. He has purchased his own ticket for the trip. He requested support from Linkages with the cost of a visa and transportation from Moscow to Novgorod round trip. (Total cost of additional expenses would be approx. $500.) At this point in the meeting it was noted that because two members had left, there was not a quorum so action on this matter was deferred until the April meeting.
7. Committee reports:
Communication - A spring newsletter is planned featuring the Open World visit.
Program, Culture, Arts - The farewell event for Nadia on April 10 will be publicized by e-mail and by postcard to the Linkages membership, Education committee members and colleagues and the ISCOR Board members.
Partnership for Children - No report.
Partnership for Elder Care – Debra was out of town visiting field placement students. She is gathering applications from students who are interested in the course on International Social Work and the seminar in Novgorod in June
Partnership for Prevention of Substance Abuse - no plans for further activities beyond the Open World visit at this point.
Women’s Issues – See notes above about Barb’s plans for partnership activities in Novgorod in May or in the fall.
7. New business – no new business.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.
Almost two years ago, a TV crew from Velikiy Novgorod came to Rochester to prepare a chapter in a series about Novgorod's several sister cities. At long last, I have posted the resulting TV show on youtube. I am not entirely clear on the rights. I am sure we of linkages can check it out. I am not sure we can post it publicly. So, write me and I will send you a link.
Thanks to a grant from the Open World program, Linkages welcomes six young leaders from our Sister City, Velikiy Novgorod, Russia. They will be in Rochester for about a week, with a full program of information exchange in social work. They have already had some cultural experiences at Niagara Falls, a local winery, and various Super Bowl parties.