Sandy Grant, Kathy Osbun, Gloria Stubbs, Art Rosenblum, Davida Brautman, Marie Kay Hansen, John Hamilton, Ann Walker, Nancy Wilson, David Getzoff, Marc Alexander and Barbara France
Suzanne deKozan, Ed Brautman and Sandy Barrett
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 by Chair, Kathy Osbun at 10:00 a.m.
Approval of Minutes:
The Minutes of the June 15, 2016 Board meeting were approved as read.
Sandy G. reported that we received $211.00 at our June meeting in the donation jar, an individual donation for $35.00 from Beverly Nystrom, $.71 in interest, $36.31, from the Oliver’s Community Card, $834.00 from the Human Race, $766.29 via Art from the Unitarian Church plate donation and $8.27 for selling three tulip pins. The total income for the month was $1891.58.
Expenses for the month included Dance class expenses of $116.00, $100.00 to Davis Phinney Foundation for our speaker, Kevin Kwok, $50.00 for meeting setup-takedown, $17.40 for printing various flyers for our meetings and $250.00 for facility rental for the months of June and August, and rental fee for the singing group of $68.00. Total expenses for the month were $601.40.
Net income for the month is $1290.18. Net income for the year is $1003.18.
Art verified that all statements match bank statements. Art and David audited the accounts and found all to be in order. John moved that the Treasurer’s report and the audit be accepted, Gloria seconded the motion which was passed on a voice vote.
Dance Class: Nancy reported that the class remains enthusiastic and well supported.
Singing Class: John reported that 7 attended the last class. Jamie has returned and the regular class schedule will resume.
Men’s Breakfast Group: The facilitators in the PWP break-out groups will gauge interest in continuing the Men’s Breakfast Group. They will ask for interest with a sign up sheet, inquire if someone is willing to act as contact person and suggest that the group could meet at another time to make it easier for more to attend. The group could be called MWP rather than Men’s Breakfast Group. It was decided that the group would need a minimum of five people in order to start a viable group.
Marc said that Dr. Khandhar has been very instrumental in bringing a Movements Disorder Specialist, Sirsha Nandipati MD, to Kaiser San Rafael and he would like her to get acquainted with the community. To this end he thought it would be a good idea if she spoke to PSGSC. Marc is looking into arranging this in the near future.
Ann and Marc will act as facilitators for the August meeting.
The Dance for PD dvd volume 2 is missing from the Library. The woman who checked it out cannot be found so Marie Kay will purchase a new volume 2.
Mary’s Pizza: Kathy has reserved October 5 as our date for the Mary’s Pizza Dine and Donate. We will print 25 copies of the coupons and more will be available in emails and online on the website.
Human Race: Marc has renewed our application with the Human Race. We received $834.00 this year but the group that participated on our behalf actually brought in $1400. The Race association keeps 25% of the proceeds but that still leaves a difference between the $834 and 25% of $1400. Jean Stranahan, who headed the group is inquiring about the discrepancy. Jean will head the group again next year and she hopes to have wider participation from PSGSC.
Movements Disorder Specialist:
Dr Khandhar has been instrumental in bringing Sirsha Nandipati MD, a Movements Disorder Specialist to Kaiser San Rafael and he will be overseeing her training. She will be based in San Rafael but will have a clinic one day a week in Petaluma.
How to spend our money:
Kathy prepared a list of programs for PWP with descriptions of the classes with their costs and scholarships, if applicable.
There was general consensus that we could offer scholarships with a 25% co-pay to the yoga and RockSteady boxing classes for the first period of time. The LOUD and BIG programs present greater difficulties in figuring out how to fund them. There are requirements before you can be in the programs, medicare may or may not be applicable and the time requirements are considerable. The consensus was that we present these programs with the notice that the individual would have to look into the requirements and insurance coverage and then if they are ready and qualified to undertake the program scholarships could be available. These programs have been helpful to other members but they are intensive and require a large time and financial commitment.
Marc reported on an article in the PANC Summer Newsletter about a program to train fitness and wellness instructors to be more educated and helpful to PWP. Dr. Khandhar led the training and the participants are issued certificates which allows them to use Parkinson’s Wise qualifications in their advertising. Marc will look into setting up such a program in our area. The new Dr. in San Rafael might be a good person to oversee the training. He will investigate further and report back.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m. by Chair, Kathy Osbun. The next Board meeting will be Wednesday August 17, 2016.
Barbara France, Recording Secretary