The meeting took place on the 18th day of the month in the Cope Ashlock room at the station, 916 East Broadway. It was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by board President Dan Hemmelgarn.
In attendance were Curt Wohleber, Vice President Ellen Schlie, Tao Weilundemo, Laird Okie, Gail Plemmons, Treasurer John Betz, President Dan Hemmelgarn, Secretary Heather O’Connor, and Station Manager David Owens.
-The budget summary was briefly explained by Treasurer John Betz.
-The CPB will make their offer around the first week of November. Last year this was around $70,000, with approximately ⅔ up front.
-The prioritization of payments on past-due accounts is a topic of discussion. Generally we prioritize rent, electricity and staff.
-Several checks have failed to clear. Ellen made a suggestion that Kara be asked to track down a list of uncleared checks, and contact the recipient or take whatever action is required to resolve the situation.
-The Missouri Arts Council may offer some funding after the CPB money comes through.
Dan reopened discussion of sending an appeal letter after the pledge drives. His suggestion is that we send a letter and track the amount of income that is received from that initiative. David’s method is to draft the letter, send it out via email (Kara recommends Mail Chimp) and thereafter the list is generally winnowed to approximately half the initial number. The typical list is then approximately 1200 recipients who will receive a paper mailing. Tao mentioned that Shelter Insurance does printing for anyone at very cheap rates. He has a connection there that may be engaged for this purpose.
Station Manager’s Report:
The fund drive yielded approximately $18,900.
Upcoming outreach events include a radio theater event at Lee School, and an open house for Halloween trick-or-treaters. David may be tabling at Missouri River Rendezvous that weekend.
In addition to a general solicitation letter, David may craft an appeal to get more volunteer help from the group of existing supporters. There was discussion of defining sustaining membership and other ways to mount a new campaign.
The budget committee made plans to meet Thursday October 20th at 1 p.m.
Website update: Tao is working on getting the website store up and stocked and functioning. He met with Charlie and discussed the playlist; it hasn’t been working properly and nobody can access it. There is a form for Morning Ayre that works and it will be temporarily used for the music list.
Lease negotiations: The Daltons received the letter, and Dan got a call from David Dalton. David Dalton said that they (the children of Warren Dalton) are not wanting us to leave, but their move at the time or after their father’s death is undetermined. David Dalton offered to come to a board meeting to discuss and answer questions, but did not agree to our proposed modifications to the lease agreement.
Grant opportunities: John Betz has met with grant writer Diane Oerly, investigated some grant making organizations, and has honed in on the Kresge Foundation. They have a focus on underserved and low-income communities. Certain types of their grants may fund for operations.
He would like permission to go back to Boone Coop and apply for a project.
Laird suggested we do a targeted series of phone calls to people who have donated before. The board was supportive of this idea.
Capital campaign: David suggested everyone come up with a list of people who might be willing to make large supportive donations to the capital campaign.
Minutes taken by Heather O’Connor