Also in attendance were five nominees for board membership: Gloria Stubbs, Ann Walker, David Getzoff, Jim France and Art Rosenblum.
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 10:00 a.m. by Chair Kathy Osbun, who introduced five nominees for positions on the Board.
VOTE ON OFFICERS: On the motion of Sandy Grant, seconded by Barbara Stiling, the board officially accepted, with regret, the resignations of Bud Suiter, Mike LeMole, Douglas Schwartz and Patricia Staudacher. Kathy Osbun said, “We can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done.”
VICE CHAIRMANSHIP: Kathy Osbun asked for a volunteer to fill the position of Vice Chair/Program Coordinator, which she has performed for more than a year in addition to the Chairmanship position. After some discussion, Suzanne deKozan and Karen Lovvorn were named to co-chair the position and see how that works out.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS: There was unanimous approval by ballot vote of the following newly nominated board members: Gloria Stubbs, Ann Walker, David Getzoff, Art Rosenblum and Jim France. The board now has a full contingent of fifteen members. All fifteen board seats are for one-year terms.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Sandy Grant reported income for the month of December, 2011, as $57 from the “donation jar” passed around at the Saturday general meeting; a $1,000 donation from the Edwards [family] Foundation (childhood friend of Kathy Osbun); a $500 donation by Kathy’s mother, May Beth Greenway; a $30 donation from the RV [wood] Carvers ( through Bud Suiter, in addition to $544.75 in prior donations by the RV Carvers; and $1.49 in interest on savings.
Expenses for December were $261.01, including a $200 honorarium for the holiday party choir, $36.00 for supplies and $25.00 for State document filing fees. The total balance in checking and savings is $24,063.76.
PSGSC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, but Sandy made a point of saying that “it’s okay” for volunteers to request reimbursement for refreshments and other items that they often pay out of their own pockets.
In other financial matters, the board voted unanimously to continue membership in the Volunteer Center for an annual fee of $125.00, and also approved setting aside $200.00 for professional financial services, as backup, if needed, to prepare historical financial documents that the government may or may not ask for. Sandy said she will attempt first to prepare the documents without assistance.
INTERNAL AUDIT: Newly elected members Art Rosenblum and David Getzoff volunteered to perform an internal audit of PSGSC finances. Sandy said the audit is to ensure that her financial statement balances match bank statements balances.
SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING DATES: Saturday support group meeting dates for 2012 are as follows: January, no meeting; February 4; March 3; April 7; May 5; June 2; July, no meeting; August 11 (second Saturday); September, no meeting; October 6; November 3; December 8.
FUND RAISERS: Kathy Osbun provided details of several fund raisers. One will be on April 11 at Mary’s Pizza; another in October at Mary’s on a date to be set. S.H.E. women’s apparel in downtown Santa Rosa will host a fashion show with ten percent of sales on that day (May 17) and that week going to the PSGSC. That fund raiser is being organized by Dana May Casperson.
Suzanne deKozan said she will check with the County of Sonoma to see if PSGSC is eligible to be listed as an option for employee charitable donations through payroll deductions.
Kathy tabled for the next meeting a discussion on whether to participate in the Human Race. Outgoing board member Mike LeMole volunteered to obtain more information and consult with those who have raised money in the past from the Human Race.
FEBRUARY SPEAKER: Kathy said she has confirmation that movement disorders specialist Dr. Suketu Khandhar will be the speaker for the Feb. 4 program. This announcement evolved into a discussion of how to get a movement disorders specialist to locate in the Santa Rosa area, even on a part-time basis. In answer to a question by David Getzoff about the number of Parkinson’s patients in this area, Suzanne deKozan said, “We think about 500.”
BROCHURES: Newly elected board member Ann Walker volunteered to oversee the distribution of PSGSC’s new tri-fold color brochure.
PATIENT PACKETS: Kathy Osbun showed samples of packets produced by the National Parkinson Foundation for distribution to new support group members. One packet is for patients, the other for caregivers. Another item for people with Parkinson’s is a kit including a bracelet identifying the wearer as a person with Parkinson’s, a form to take to the hospital when admitted and a printed note describing the precautions to be taken when caring for someone with Parkinson’s. Those precautions include providing medications on time, every time, not substituting medications, and not stopping levodopa therapy abruptly.
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: Suzanne deKozan reported that the committee was making headway atPalm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, but that facility--which was hoped to be the model for other hospitals in the care of Parkinson’s patients--has had management changes and it is not clear what will happen. Meanwhile, Davis Brown said he has met with Anita Chapman, a Sonoma State professor of nursing, and Nancy Thomas, who did her master’s thesis on Parkinson’s meds, for breakfast at Coco’s. Davis said both were enthused about working with the committee and the nursing professor suggested the involvement of a master’s candidate named Ryan Roberts. Davis said some goals of the committee are to achieve an aware and care program at all hospitals in the county, a commitment from hospitals to treat Parkinson’s patients correctly, and a long range goal of a treatment facility for people with Parkinson’s.
Davis also requested reimbursement of $35.65 for the lunch meeting. Noting that he (Bud) helped raise funds for the support group, he asked, why the meetings involve lunch and associated expenses. Davis said that was the time the guests had available. Kathy suggested getting prior approval for meal expenses and looking for other types of meeting places.
PRACTICAL PLOYS: Tabled to the next meeting was a decision on whether to reprint the entire “Practical Ploys for Parkinson’s Patients,” 96 pages in length, or add 19 new pages as an insert. Editor Joe Hootman will obtain an estimate of printing costs.
PAN CONFERENCE: Mike LeMole asked the board to consider funding some expenses for attendance in March at the annual conference of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). Pan will pay for airplane and hotel expenses, but not for food or other incidentals. Bud Suiter asked “why do they go (there) at all,” and Kathy noted that “a lot can be done over the internet” with webcasts of the conference. LeMole said the delegates to the conference report back to their organizations on new developments and lobby congressmen while in D.C.. The matter was tabled to the next meeting.
MEETING ADJOURNED: The meeting was adjourned by Kathy Osbun at 12:10 p.m.
The above minutes are subject to approval at the next board meeting scheduled for February 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the new meeting location, Vintage Brush Creek Senior Living off Hwy 12 east of Brush Creek Road.
George Irizary, Secretary