APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the meeting of Nov. 17, 2010, (No meeting was held in December 2010) were read by Kathy Osbun. On the motion of Arlene Irizary, seconded by Doug Schwartz, those minutes were approved as read.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Kathy Osbun reported that Patricia Staudacher is taking a leave of absence. In a letter to the board, Patricia said, “As of January 6, 2011, I’m taking a leave of absence from being Chairperson of the PSGSC [Parkinson’s Support Group of Sonoma County] for at least 3 months. That’s until about April or May 2011. Due to both my health and some decisions I have to make I do not feel I can be an effective leader. Please let me know in what ways I can still help and be effective. Regards, Patricia Staudacher.”
On the motion of George Irizary, seconded by Doug Schwartz, Patricia’s leave of absence was approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: By prior arrangement with the board, Treasurer Sandy Grant does not attend board meetings, but does provide monthly and annual financial reports to the board and board members individually by email. In her absence, Arlene Irizary read through the report for the year 2010. As of Dec. 31, 2010, there was $190.79 in checking, $15,016.67 in market rate savings, and $10,230.45 in a CD. Total expenses in 2010 were $3,107.46, mostly for rent and speaker honorariums.
In an effort to increase transparency in operations, it was decided to publish a summary of the financial report on the PSGSC website that is sponsored by the family of Jeri and Bill Wylie and maintained by the Wylie’s grandson, Austin.
BUDGET COMMITTEE: Kathy Osbun reported that arrangements are being made to hold a Budget Committee meeting on a Wednesday afternoon or on a Saturday, depending on when members are most available. Members of the Budget Committee are Kathy Osbun, Patricia Staudacher, Arlene Irizary, Davis Brown, Bud Suiter and Mike LeMole.
PROGRAMS: Kathy Osbun, who also serves as Program Coordinator, reported that the guest speaker for the Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, will be Movement Disorders Specialist Dr. Matthew Arnold, arranged through the Parkinson’s Association of Northern California (PANC).
The speaker for the March 5 meeting will be Dr. Harry Simms of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, on the subject of sleep problems..
VOLUNTEER CENTER DUES: It was decided to pay annual dues of $125 to continue membership in the Volunteer Center, which hosts the Human Race, workshops benefiting non-profit organizations such as the PSGSC, and classes on finance and budgeting.
PARTICIPATION IN THE HUMAN RACE: A variety of considerations was discussed regarding whether to participate in the annual Human Race fundraiser. It was proposed that we consult with Steve Elliott, who chaired the PSGSC role in the event last year, before deciding whether to take on the event in 2011.
POST OFFICE BOX: No action was taken on acquiring a post office box that would serve as a permanent mailing address regardless of changes in board membership. Arlene Irizary said she would research the matter further.
STATUS OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS CLINIC: Davis Brown reported no new developments in the effort to create a Parkinson’s Disease clinic in Sonoma County, but said he understood that a survey is being conducted to determine how many physicians deal with patients with Parkinson’s.
DATA BASE: A volunteer with experience with Excel programs will be sought to take over the PSGSC name data base from Joe Hootman, who recently underwent hip surgery.
Kathy Osbun said Joe has done a wonderful job, but needs to give it up.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS: After potential new Board members introduced themselves and stated their reasons for wanting to serve, the Board later went into Executive Session. After much discussion, the Board’s unanimous consensus was to accept two new Board members: Barbara Stiling, who has served on the Board in the past and whose husband has PD; and Phyllis Sands, who has been our Support Group’s Phone Tree Coordinator.
ADJOURNMENT: Kathy Osbun adjourned the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The above minutes are subject to approval at the next board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at Brighton Gardens/Emeritus, 300 Fountain Grove Parkway, Santa Rosa.
Respectfully submitted, George Irizary, Board Secretary