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March 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

DATE OF MEETING: January 8, 2017
BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Becky Bond, Amanda Carr, Justin Donahue, Erin East, Sarah Ganassa, Prarthana Kotagiri, Kate Mitchell, Earl Pearson, Aubrey Redd, Amanda Salguero, Kristin Walter
STAFF MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Nick Collins, Rachel  Hemmerstein, Connor Spahn
ABSENT: Aisha White

On March 29, 2017 we held our bi-monthly board meeting, our second meeting held live. Prior to going live, the board voted to extend Rachel Hemmerstein’s role as Acting Executive Director through December 2017 or until a new Executive Director is identified. In the coming months, a recruitment plan will be identified for this role. A team of staff and board members will together recruit FeelGood’s next Executive Director, which will then be confirmed by a vote of the whole board (per our newly revised Bylaws, below!). Because of the importance of this transition, the board and staff felt that extending the time allotted for making this transition was strategic.

To see updates from every board member/committee and the work they have done since the January board meeting, click here.

You can watch the video recording of FeelGood’s March 29, 2017 board meeting here:

Below is a summary of what we discussed. If you are interested in a certain part of the board meeting, simply jump to the time indicated in parenthesis at the beginning of each point:

(2:20) The board voted to approve the bylaws, and you can click here to view these approved bylaws.
(9:20) Connor, Program Director, and Nick, Operations Director, shared a program update. To view this program update, click here.
(18:18)The board voted to approve adjustments to the FY2017 budget presented by Justin, Finance Chair. You can view the financial summary by clicking here.
(38:28) Earl, Vice Chair, shared updates on the board member recruitment process. The following board members have reapplied and been approved to serve next year:
Aubrey Redd, Program Development Chair
Justin Donahue, Finance Chair
Kristin Walter, Development Chair
Prarthana Kotagiri, Secretary
Sarah Ganassa, Community & Culture Chair
Connor shared information about the CI application process. For those interested, the CI Application closes Friday, April 7.
(45:52) Board Retreat update provided by Becky, Board Chair.
(50:00) Aubrey and Kate provided a Big Cheese Planning Committee Update. The Big Cheese will be held on August 4-7 in Bryn Athyn, PA. Registration launched at the beginning of March, and info sessions are planned for the week of April 10. The theme is “Making FeelGood Your Own.”
(55:00) Rachel, Acting Executive Director, provided an update on the Strategic Goals & the Annual Report (coming soon!)

Strategic Priorities were grade based on our performance as an organization so far:

#1: Ensure sustainability, longevity and integrity of the movement through current transitions. Grade: B+
#2: Grow the movement in breadth and depth, empowering 250 youth leaders and engaging 600+ grassroots members. (175 leaders by end of this year, 500 members by the end of this year). Grade: B
#3: Increase investment through the Commitment 2030 Fund and deepen impact locally and globally. Grade: C
#4: To intentionally and strategically operate like a movement, not just an organization. Grade: B

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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