Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization
Monthly Board Meeting
Location: Webber Park Community Room
November 4th, 2021 — 6:30-8:30 PM
Attendees: Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight (Executive Director), Em Matson (Communications Director), Jane Riley Best, Krystin Eldridge (Vice Chair), Kevin Aldwaik (Treasurer), Sheree Breedlove (Chair), Michael (Community Member), Monica Colberg, Eric Hoffer (Secretary).
6:43 PM Call to Order: Sheree Breedlove, Chair
Noted that November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Took a brief moment of silence.
6:44 PM Approve Meeting Agenda (in board packet)
Let the minutes show that Maria Ahlgren has resigned from the WCNO board due a potential conflict of interest with her job
Moved by Kevin. Jane seconded. Approved unanimously.
6:45 PM Board Recruitment w/ Guest: Ariah Fine, City of Mpls
6:46 PM Review/Approve October Minutes (in board packet)
Moved by Kevin. Krystin seconded. Approved unanimously.
6:48 PM Finance Report: Kevin Aldwaik, Treasurer
JUST got the report from our consulting accountant today at 4pm. The noted consulting charge is for 6 months of our accountant. Finances are stable, but we have not yet received the first Office of Violence Prevention reimbursement–that’s why it appears behind.
Moved by Kevin to receive/approve the report. Eric seconded. Approved unanimously.
Motion to approve the Financial Policies and Procedures. Seconded by Eric. Approved unanimously.
6:51 PM Executive Director’s Report: Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight, E.D.
Mostly been working on budgeting. 2022 is our first opportunity to implement our Strategic Plan as well as our Equitable Engagement Plan. Neighborhood Network $ (largely for admin) is being cut over the next few years, so creating a diversified funding plan is paramount. Included three outreach organizers (African American, Asiain American, and Latinx) in the budget plan, funded by grants ($22/hr for 8 hours/wk).
7:01 PM Board Recruitment Presentation: Ariah Fine
Two main things: 1) Building relationships, 2) Important Ask
For board members: Write down 5-10 names and connect with them about WCNO in the next month. Practice making the ask!
Down the road, how do we see every event as an opportunity for leadership development?
7:17 PM 2021 Budget: Kevin Aldwaik
Reviewed narrative draft of budget in detail. Total budget proposed: $235,000 ($177,476 in hand and $57,524 to raise).
Kevin moved to approve the proposed 2021 budget draft. Monica seconded. Approved unanimously.
7:26 PM Discussion of Policies and Procedures
Motion by Eric to remove By-Laws and Employee Handbook for further discussion, then approve remaining policies and procedures en bloc. Seconded by Krystin.
Discussion: Kevin made a friendly amendment to remove the Membership Hiring Policy, and the Member Grievance Policies additionally, as they are connected to the By-Laws. Sheree seconded. Approved unanimously.
Vote on new motion: Approved unanimously.
7:45 PM Member Hiring and Grievance Policies
Patricia will check in with the city/legal about whether membership hiring policies and grievances needed separate policies, or should be in by-laws. The approved text would be the same in either.
7:41 PM Bylaws
After discussion to clarify the updates previously discussed, by-laws were put up for approval (still requiring full membership vote at the December annual meeting)
Moved by Eric. Seconded by Kevin. Unanimous approval.
8:20 PM Adjourn
Respectfully submitted by Eric Hoffer, WCNO Secretary.