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GFS USA Board Meeting, 3/12

GFS USA Board Meeting, 3/12

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GFS USA Board MeetingMarch 2-4, 2012Mariandale Retreat Center, Ossining, New YorkAttendees: Karen Rowe, CT, Shirley Edwards, CT, Eleanor Harris,CT, Carolyn Rhinehart, CT, Jane Smith, CT, Adele Ray, PA,Dorothy Orr, PA, Lisa Auletta, NJ, Jill Brzezynski, NJ, LoisFrankforter, CT, Liz Colton, PA, Albertina Whittaker, LI, ShirleyBrown, NY, Tracy-Ann Wilson, NY, Angel Bookal-Starke, NY,Beverly Chevalier, CT, Vivian Evans, NY, Patricia Bryant, NY, Judy Tillman, PA, Cheryl Millington, LI, Michelle Clarke, NY, Llyn Carter,PA, Delores Alleyne, CT9:30 am, Opening Prayers – Rev. Liz Colton opened the meetingwith a prayer from the book Simple Abundance.Agenda: Changes in the order of the printed agenda for thismeeting will be reflected in the minutes of the meeting.President’s Report: Llyn Carter welcomed all who were inattendance. Thank you to all for your thoughts and prayersduring her recent illness. She is making very good progress buthas been tending to her medical needs and apologized for somethings being unattended to in regards to GFS. Llyn thankedDelores Alleyne for finding Mariandale Retreat Center. There has been one new charter since last August, Prince of Peace, Diocese of LA, California.Llyn was glad to hear that the National Assembly Committeehas found a venue. She is looking forward to moving forward withNational Assembly. (Report later in the agenda.)Llyn heard from Australia. They have recently changedchairs. They change their chairs every three years.Laura Kriss could not be at this meeting because she is awayat college. Synae Allen could not be here due to a death in herfamily. Lyndia Rawlins could not be here due to illness.Vice President’s Report: Report attached. These are highlights asDelores read her report to the Board. Delores Alleyne welcomedeveryone to the meeting and thanked all who sent prayers to Llynfrom the US and around the world. Delores has been in contact
with many of our GFS sisters here and around the world. The GFSFaceBook page has grown to 400 members. Over 50% of theemails sent through Constant Contact have been opened which isgood news. This can be a good tool to use to communicate thewonderful things our branches are doing. The GFS Website is upand running and has been updated to 2011. Further work needsto be done in making it a user-friendly site. To accomplish this itwill take time and the National Board commitment to see to itthat it is accomplished with the necessary funds that areallocated. A Highlight newsletter has been introduced and thiswas distributed. Also, Delores created a Junior Highlights for ages5-12. This was distributed. Thank you to Lois who brought it withher to the meeting this morning. Delores asked everyone tocontact the Highlights team if you have anything for the nextissue(s). The 61
National Assembly 2013 is scheduled to be heldin New Jersey at Georgian Court University. A contract has beensigned and the Planning Committee is moving forward. Moreinformation will be forthcoming from that committee.Secretary’s Report: Minutes from the September 2011 BoardMeeting were reviewed by the Board.
Michelle Clarke made amotion to accept the September 2011 Board minutes aspresented. Jane Smith seconded. Motion carried.
 Treasurer’s Report: Michelle Clarke reviewed the reports. Reportsattached.Budget V Actual:2010-2013 Revenues total: $108,500.00Difference (Budget less Actual): $41,394.052010-2013 Expenditures total: $154, 875.00Difference (Budget less Actual): $88,663.59
Outside Audit done by Alice Blount-Feeney. The Dioceseis in good standing.-Fiscal year September 10, 2010-August 1, 2011-Alice has been working on trying to get money from theVictory fund in Ohio. There is approximately $8000.00 init. Questions arose as to how we should pay her for her
time. Discussion followed. The thought was to wait andsee if the money gets recovered first and then revisit that.Diocesan Dues 2012-2013: (Due by 2013)CT unpaidLos Angeles PaidNew Jersey – PaidDelaware unpaidNew York PaidPennsylvania – PaidLong Island- unpaidRhode Island unpaidW. Mass. –unpaid
Delores Alleyne made a motion to accept the treasurer’sreport as presented. Jill B. seconded. Motion carried.
Directors’ Reports:Lisa Auletta reported on National Assembly 2013.-NA will be held at Georgian Court University (a women’scollege), easy to get to.-Dates are June 27, 2013-July 3, 2013.-Cost is $500.00 per person, $50.00 extra if you request asingle room.-Facilities are very nice. They are getting prices for trips,busses, etc..-Committee meeting once a month to discuss NA plans. They have a list of items for Dioceses to assist monetarily. The trips are for kids and adults. People will fly into eitherNewark Airport or Atlantic City. One trip already set forkids will be Great Adventure.
(The following information does not follow the agenda as it  pertains to NA but information was kept together for the purposeof the minutes.)
 Jill B. continued with a list of items that Dioceses could pledge for:-Water bottles-DJ for banquet-Snacks/hospitality room-Craft supplies-Binders The committee still needs the following information:

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