Art Rosenblum, David Getzoff, Phyllis Sands, George Irizary, Arlene Irizary, Ann Walker, Gloria Stubbs, Kathy Osbun, Sandy Grant, Dana May Casperson, Marc Alexander, Davis Brown and Barbara France
Board Members Absent:
Suzanne deKozan and Karen Lovvorn
Colleen and Ron Trouse
Call to Order:
The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Support Group of Sonoma County (PSGSC) was called to order at 10:10 a.m. by Chair/ President Kathy Osbun.
Approval of Minutes:
The Minutes of the October 16, 2013 meeting were approved with the following corrections:
Under Programs, in the second paragraph replace the name Nancy for Dorothy on the topic of break out group facilitators.
Under Data Base item in final paragraph,” new member packets” will replace “new member packed.”
In addition to the income and expenses cited in the Treasurer’s Report there was income of $363 in donation jar at November meeting, $173 from Mary’s Pizza Fundraiser, $1000 donation from Kathy’s mother, $55 from tulip pins and expenses of $4.41 sales tax.
Kathy pointed out that all PSGSC officers must be re-elected at the January annual meeting. To prepare for that all members should announce their intentions to remain on the Board or resign.
Phyllis Sands announced that she will leave the Board after this term. Kathy thanked her for her service to the Board and regretfully accepted her resignation. The entire Board thanked Phyllis.
All other Board members have agreed to stay for the 2014 year with the possible exception of Karen Lavvorn. Arlene volunteered to talk with her about her plans for the next year.
Kathy said that there are 15 Board positions and the by laws require a quorum of eight to vote on issues. We have never had less than a quorum so we can continue with less than 15, if we are unable to find replacements before the January meeting. Ideally, we would have the 15 plus an alternate member. Kathy asked for suggestions of people who might like to serve on the Board.
Arlene reiterated her feeling that we need to have diversity on the Board for patients and caregivers. As well, we need to have more dependable committees to help with the general meetings. Arlene and George set up and take down after meetings but often George is called on for other tasks as well. While looking for Board members we should also be looking for people to be dependable members of these various committees.
Names suggested so far for future Board positions as well as committees, include Marie Kay and /or John Hansen, and Beverly and/or Malcolm Rodman. Kathy suggested that all Board members think about possible Board and Committee members and perhaps talk to them at the December Christmas Party. When we contact people and they show interest in taking on a position we should invite them to the next Board meeting.
Marjorie Leeb has volunteered to take over videoing the speakers at general meetings. It was suggested that we ask Mike to be back up videographer.
Since George Irizary sometimes carries so many responsibilities we need to find a co-chair to manage set up and take down with him. Pat and Carl Ryan are frequent helpers and Gloria will contact them about formalizing that arrangement.
Break out Groups:
The large group plus two smaller groups worked out at the November meeting. Ann said that she enjoys working with the Library and does not want to be a full time facilitator but is willing to step in occasionally.
While looking for future Board and committee members we need to consider finding full time facilitators as well.
Arlene wondered whether groups such as the Women’s Group or the Men’s Breakfast Group represent a possible liability for PSGSC. Our insurance is specific to the Church where we hold meetings but these groups, and possibly others noted in our brochure, might be considered as falling under the umbrella of PSGSC. Arlene thought we should have a legal opinion and Sandy has agreed to contact Don Winkle, our attorney, on this matter.
In our brochure Bill Court, who has recently died, is listed as contact person for the Men’s Breakfast Group. Colleen Trouse said that Malcolm Rodman has been making calls for the group so Kathy said she would contact him to see if he would be willing to be listed as contact for the group in the PSGSC brochure.
New Member Packets are now available. Sandy said that Redwood Care Givers are in the process of moving at the present time and it will be a month before they print new brochures.
Marc announced that on December 14, 2013, there will be a program in San Francisco at the W Hotel presented by the Michael J Fox Foundation where the major Bay Area institutions will present their clinical trials and report on their status.
This announcement will be put on the list serve to alert PSGSC members who might be interested in attending.
Also, there will be a Parkinson’s Advocates in Research presentation by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation March 6-8 in Florham Park, New Jersey.
People who might wish to participate must apply before December 16, 2013. The program is a three day intensive learning seminar about leading research and developing advocacy skills. Marc attended such a program in San Francisco last year and thought it worth while.
Susan Wiegman who presented the November program sent fliers for the exercise program at Memorial Hospital and a flier on fall prevention. These will be put out at future meetings.
Dr. Steven Finkbeiner from UCSF will be our August speaker. Dr. Finkbeiner is Senior Researcher, Professor of Neurology, Director of Gladstone Institute of Neurologic Diseases, Director of the Center for Huntington’s Research and the Hellman Foundation’s Alzheimers Research Program.
Dana May is looking forward to April which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. She would like to have concrete ideas for promoting PD awareness locally presented by the December meeting so that we have time to implement them by April. She said that Carmen’s restaurant in Town and Country Center does fund raisers along the lines of our Mary’s Pizza fundraiser.
Aware In Care:
Staying in touch with people who are having health problems has been and remains a problem. Suggestions to help communication include devising a phone tree. Art’s Church has a very effective outreach program where members indicate that they would like being checked on and others who are willing to check on members. Art will talk to the chairman of that group and bring back their plan for our possible use.
Transportation has been an ongoing issue. Liability is a large issue and the public and para transit transportation options often fail the needs of PD patients. A Kaiser PT contacted Kathy for information about our group and would welcome brochures to hand out to her patients. Sutter Hospital is opening and we should get brochures to their PT Department.
Next Board Meeting is December 18.
January 15, 2014 is the Annual Board Meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m. by Kathy Osbun. The next Board meeting will be December 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Brush Creek Senior Living.
Barbara France, Recording Secretary