Board Meeting Minutes — September 2009

Board Meeting Minutes — October 2009
December 8, 2018
Board Meeting Minutes — August 2009
December 8, 2018

Board Meeting Minutes — September 2009

915 E.Broadway, kOPN Studios, Ashlock Room September 15, 2009

In attendance were Scott Meiner, Tom Verdot, Ray Marks, Jim Baker, Randi Bishop, Ryan Kind, Kyle Cook, Ann Mehr, and Bridget Early.

Call to Order:

In the absence of Board President Thomas Sobieck, Vice President Scott Meiner assumed the duties of President and called the September Board meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


There being no requests for changes or additions to the minutes of the August Board Meeting, Scott Meiner asked for a motion to accept . Tom Verdot made a motion to accept the minutes. Ray Marks seconded the motion. The minutes of the August 18 Board meeting were accepted as submitted.

Officer and Staff reports:

Scott Meiner informed the Board that the Executive Committee had narrowed the search for a new bookkeeper down to two candidates. He said that the committee would be meeting again at the end of the Board meeting to discuss a final decision.

David Owens gave a report on the current financial status of the station and reported to the Board that all necessary paper work for next year’s CPB grant was in place. Ryan Kind asked that the general manager make a call to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting to ensure that KOPN’s paper work for the following fiscal year’s CPB grant had been received and that the process was moving forward without problems. The general manager told the Board he would be in contact with CPB.

The general manager reported to the Board that he was continuing to work on understanding how credit card donations were being processed under John Clark’s system. The bank account as of the time of the Board meeting was $5,983.27. David said that funds were slowly coming in to the station as a result of the lapsed donor pledge phone drive.

David informed the Board that he had discovered the KOPN website was down. He said that he had that John Clark had made payments to the server using the KOPN credit card and that the bill had not been paid. Tom Verdot expressed concerns about David’s being the only one in the office now who had access to credit cards and passwords to the various financial and station files on the computer. The Board asked David to develop a system that would allow someone else to gain access during an emergency if he weren’t available to do so.

David informed the Board that he and his staff would be having weekly Tuesday meetings at 1:30 p.m. to work on the upcoming October fall drive. He extended an invitation to Board members who might wish to sit in on them.

Ryan Kind asked about the status of the fall drive letter. The general manager informed him and the rest of the Board that the letter was written and should begin reaching members by Friday. To increase the number of volunteers for the drive, David reported that Christine Gardener is contacting all programmers and encouraging them to be more involved in helping out at the telephones. Prizes for volunteers who contribute the largest number of hours to helping out during the drive will be a part of this year’s fall drive plans. Thank you gifts for the drive will include shirts, cups, tickets for Ragtag, upcoming festivals, the Farmers’ Market, and magazine subscriptions.

Kyle Cook requested that the staff get something posted on the website advertising the fall drive.

In response to suggestions from various staff members and volunteers about mentioning KOPN money difficulties during the drive, David responded by saying that he didn’t think it was a good idea to “broadcast” such downbeat and negative news during a pledge drive. He felt that pledging should be upbeat and positive in nature. The Board agreed.

Committee Reports:

Randi Bishop talked to the Board about the possibility of using the tower being offered to KOPN by Mark Timberlake. She informed the Board that Timberlake said he was available to meet with them for a discussion over the details. She suggested that if KOPN were interested in pursuing this that the Board should not delay in coming to a decision since Timberlake might decide on something else.

Scott Meiner informed the Board that he was now serving on the Board of CAT-TV. He passed along to the KOPN Board that CAT had an interest in pursuing future joint ventures with KOPN. The Board agreed that it should be remain in contact with CAT in the future and should pursue possible joint projects as they arise.

The Board discussed the possibility of using a golf tournament to raise funds for the station. There was a unanimous agreement that this was something it wanted to pursue.

Meeting adjourned: 8:15 p.m. Next Meeting: October 20, 2009

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