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Members Present:  Mary Hennings, Danny Sands, Eric Bersh, Randy Houk, Joe Ternullo, Vera Rulon, Jay Spitulnik, Judy Danielson, Kistein Monkhouse, Tim Blevins, Sarah Krug, Matthew Holt

Full attendance record available here.

Welcome: Mary


Management of Exec Session minutes: Mary

Sessions are supposed to be private.  Will not be published.

Exec Director’s Update: Randy

Whittier Street may have a second sponsor.  100-150 in person, 75-100 online.  Development focus has shifted to corporate grants, sponsorships, memberships.  So far, ACR, Healthsparq, Mitchell in.  CareQuest, NRC pending.  Health-Union has committed as Gold sponsor for 2023, 2024, 2025.  SPM needs to figure out how to create a consulting arm to make the Health-Union project work as well as other consultations.  Expertise can come from Board and general membership.  Oversight should be considered.

Update on Connect & Travel fund: Mary & John: Vote

Danny motions to drop Connect and adopt Wild Apricot.  Sarah seconds.  Vote passes.  Discussion about returning current travel fund back to general funds. Joe reminds that we deferred a vote in June until July meeting.  This is a temporary suspension.  Joe motions, Matthew seconds.  Danny is opposed. Matthew argues that we should keep the travel fund available. Joe argues “what has been the benefit to SPM by providing these funds?”  Motion is passed. 

Where we are and where we’re going: Vote

Lively discussion.  Review of strategic goals.  Comparison of old way vs. new way.  Mary says we need cultural changes and we may need to spend some money.  Jay suggests we look at the old way and see if we can make it grow.  Mary asks where are we missing the mark?  Judy suggests we’re struggling to be more process-oriented.  Danny discusses about imposing more structure.  We’re learning a lot.  Watch “The Bear” on Hulu.  Randy says this was always going to be a challenging year.  Eric suggests we “walk before we run.”  Tim discusses the fact that the energy is coming back.  Jay suggests we need to define processes first.  Need a common definition.  Danny discusses definitions that others who succeed us can follow.  We may need to bring in an outside consultant to help us.  Vera suggests we create a formalized process.  Mary says we don’t have enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.  Mary and Jay will talk offline to help create processes.  Danny: we need to spread around the work so Board members don’t burn out.

New board member recruitment: Discussion

We are short-handed.  We need to get more members quickly. 

Finance Update: All

We need a finance person on Board.  Joe and Mary meeting with outside consultants to see if we can get help.

Resolution: Joe Ternullo

Joe’s last meeting.  Motion to adopt Resolution (beautifully written) by Mary.  Motion carries.  Joe thanks the Board.

Adjourned at  7:30 p.m.  Next meeting: August 23, 2022, 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET

Respectfully submitted,

Eric N Bersh, SPM Board Secretary