BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: KATHY OSBUN, SANDY GRANT, SUZANNE deKOZAN, KAREN LOVVORN, GEORGE IRIZARY, ART ROSENBLUM, PHYLLIS SANDS, JIM FRANCE, BARBARA STILING, GLORIA STUBBS, DAVIS BROWN, DAVID GETZOFF AND ANN WALKER. ABSENT WERE DANA MAY CASPERSON AND JOE HOOTMAN. Also attending was former board member Mike LeMole.
CALL TO ORDER: The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Support Group of Sonoma County was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chair Kathy Osbun.
Other corrections were that Patient Packets introduced at the last meeting were produced by the Parkinsons Patients Support Group, of Sunnyvale; the patient “kit” pouches came from the National Parkinson Foundation; the name of a Sonoma State professor who attended a Development Committee meeting is Anita Catlin; and the 2012 December general meeting will be on December 8.
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT: By unanimous vote of the board, Kathy Osbun was elected President of the Board.
To recap, the board and its officers are: Kathy Osbun, President and Chairman; Sandy Grant, Treasurer; Suzanne deKozan and Karen Lovvorn, Co-Vice Chairs; and George Irizary, Secretary. The other members of the 15-person board are: Davis Brown, Dana May Casperson, Joseph Hootman, Barbara Stiling, Phyllis Sands, Jim France, Ann Walker, Art Rosenblum, David Getzoff and Gloria Stubbs.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Sandy Grant reported expenses paid in January of $200 for February and March 2012 facilities rental; $300 for one year of storage space rental; $200 for one year of mail box rental; and $125 for annual membership with the Volunteer Center. Interest on savings totaled $1.40. Sandy also listed the benefits provided by the Volunteer Center, including discounts on training classes, workshops, room rentals, printing, marketing materials and participation in the Human Race.
There was no general meeting in January, but in February, the “donation jar”: collections totaled $214, and speaker Dr. Suketu Khandhar, declined to accept the customary $100 honorarium. Dr. Khandhar’s presentation was attended by at least 85 people.
Sandy also reported that she has completed Federal Form 990—Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax—and will have it reviewed by Linda Rosen of The Non-Profit Assistance Group in Sebastopol.
CREATION OF COMMITTEES: A Finance Committee comprised of Sandy Grant, Art Rosenblum and David Getzoff was unanimously approved.
A Fund Raising Committee was unanimously approved. Kathy Osbun and Dana May Casperson will serve on that committee.
Ann Walker will monitor placement of PSGSC’s tri-fold brochure.
An Aware In Care Outreach Committee was formed, with Art Rosenblum, Davis Brown, Suzanne deKozan and Karen Lovvorn serving as initial members. Davis Brown will serve on the committee, but cast a dissenting vote against limiting the scope of the committee. Davis wanted the goals of the committee to include creation of a movement disorders clinic facility.
Sandy Grant summed up the apparent consensus of the board concerning a patient care facility: “It’s such a huge project. It really needs to be outside the scope of this group. It needs to be a separate project.”
To deal with that issue the Board subsequently formed a Long Range Planning Committee as a stand-alone entity. Davis and Suzanne deKozan will serve as committee members. Barbara Stiling said she could use her marketing background to help, once the committee develops a strategic plan and timeline.
Suzanne deKozan was put in charge of a Medicare Reimbursement Committee to explore ways to increase federal funding to Sonoma County doctors. For example, Sonoma County is classified as a “rural” county that receives lower Medicare reimbursement than Napa County, which is not considered rural by the Federal Government. The Board voted to authorize the Reimbursement Committee to recruit volunteers from the Volunteer Center to help research the issue.
FUNDRAISERS: A report on participation in the Human Race was tabled pending information to be obtained by Mike LeMole. Suzanne deKozan reported that payroll deductions for charitable contributions by county employees is handled by United Way and to get on their list requires contact with United Way. Kathy Osbun reported that a fundraiser at Mary’s Pizza on Summerfield Road is scheduled for April 11 and a fundraiser/fashion show at S.H.E. women’s apparel shop in downtown Santa Rosa is set for May 17.
The board allocated $50.00 for purchase of plastic holders to display PSGSC brochures at the S.H.E. and other events. Gloria Stubbs volunteered to look into purchasing the plastic holders. An additional Mary’s fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for early October.
SOUND SYSTEM: The Board tabled a decision on purchasing equipment for the support group’s troubled sound system. Kathy will ask the church at which meetings are conducted whether they have sound system problems and whether we could use their sound system on a rental basis. Meanwhile, Patrick Hardman, who operates the PSGSC sound system at meetings, is researching possible fixes to the sound system.
PROGRAMS: Kathy Osbun made a request that two copies rather than one copy of a DVD be made of the presentation Feb. 4 of Dr. Suketu Khandhar, for use in the PSGSC loan library. Mike LeMole said he would ask Bud Suiter to make two copies for our library.
The program for the March 3 general meeting will be a presentation on and distribution of AWARE IN CARE kits to all persons with Parkinson’s, to be used when patients are admitted to hospitals. Among other aids, the kit contains a bracelet identifying the wearer as a person with Parkinson’s, a printed note describing special precautions to be taken when caring for someone with PD, a note listing medications taken by the patient, and information stressing that medications need to be taken on time, every time. Also to be distributed will be Vial of Life information.
PRACTICAL PLOYS UPDATE: Tabled due to absence of Joe Hootman.
OTHER: Davis Brown asked the Board to put on a future agenda a discussion of outreach to members who for lack of transportation, illness or disability are unable to attend meetings.
Kathy reported that Arlene Irizary has contacted the Redwood Caregivers Resource Center about what PSGSC members can do to help save funding of the resource center, which is threatened with closure in the proposed State budget. Typed letters and calls to State legislators are recommended as more effective than E-mails.
MEETING ADJOURNED: The meeting was adjourned by Kathy Osbun at 12:02 p.m. The above minutes are subject to approval at the next board meeting scheduled for March 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Brush Creek Senior Living off Hwy. 12 east of Brush Creek Road.
George Irizary, Secretary