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January 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

DATE OF MEETING: January 8, 2017

BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Becky Bond, Justin Donahue, Erin East, Sarah Ganassa, Prarthana Kotagiri, Kate Mitchell, Earl Pearson, Aubrey Redd, Amanda Salguero, Aisha White

STAFF MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Nick Collins, Rachel Hemmerstein, Connor Spahn

ABSENT: Amanda Carr, Kristin Walter

On January 8, 2017, we conducted our first board meeting of 2017, as well as our first ever live board meeting. Our hope is that this new process for hosting board meetings will embody our priority of radical transparency and inclusivity. Why radical transparency and inclusivity? Because we are all needed to impact positive change on this planet. If we aren’t all in it together, then we won’t be successful. By being open in this way, we hope you have a better sense of what the board and staff are doing to support the FeelGood movement.

Watch the video recording of FeelGood’s January 8, 2017 board meeting here:

Here is a summary of what was discussed:

  • Each board member had a chance to outline their accomplishments over the past few months and their plans for the spring. To review the board members’ accomplishments and 2017 spring priorities, click here.
  • Connor, Program Director, shared a program update, which included summaries of the program enrollment, chapter statuses, and chapter fundraising to date. To view this program update, click here.
  • Justin, Finance Chair, provided an overview of the current financial statements, as well as his goals for how he would like to share this information to the board and movement in the future.  To view the financial statements, click here.
  • Connor shared the proposal of roles for the Big Cheese Planning Committee.  This committee will be made of, ideally, 3 student/alumni volunteers and 1 staff member, with the goal to plan and execute the 2017 Big Cheese taking place this August in Bryn Athyn, PA. For more information on the available roles and position descriptions, click here. If you are interested in volunteering for a role in the Big Cheese Planning Committee, please email Connor Spahn (connor@feelgood.org) & Aubrey Redd (aubrey@feelgood.org).
  • In an effort to advance our strategic priorities (1. ensure sustainability, longevity, and integrity of the movement, 2. grow movement in depth and breadth, 3. increase investment in Commitment 2030 Fund & deepen impact locally/globally, 4. operate like a movement), we are engaging the Board of Directors, board committee members, and Changemaker Ignitors in three distinct, but related conversations:
    • Chapter challenges
    • Respond as a movement
    • Acting from a place of inclusivity, and empowering the leadership of our whole movement (students, alumni, Changemaker Ignitors, board members, staff)

Our next steps are to continue hosting calls, distilling brainstormed ideas, prioritizing initiatives, and creating an action plan for moving forward.

  • Pop the Bubble – Kern Beare of Crew 2030 left on Saturday, January 7 with his son, Will, for a road trip from California to Washington, D.C. to engage folks in dialogue about what divides us, what unites us, and how we can move forward, together, and develop a unifying vision for the country, one that “pops the bubbles” of separation – To follow, host, or join the Pop the Bubble Tour and learn more click here.

We invite you to share your thoughts, insights or questions on the tasks that the board members are taking on towards the movement’s overall goal of co-creating a world that works for all life.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the above items, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me, Prarthana Kotagiri, Board Secretary, at board@feelgood.org.

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