December 14, 2014 Zimfest Association Board Meeting Synopsis
Members in attendance: Jacqueline Fallon, Tsitsi Hantuba, Dana Moffett, Amy Robinson, Jennifer Kyker, David Simon, Alex Weeks, Paul Mataruse
Non-voting member in attendance: Claire Jones
Jake Roberts has joined the team, so there is a strong group now hard at work. Teacher and workshop applications should be ready by January. Alex feels that Event Brite may be a good platform for concert tickets but may not be optimal for multiple workshops or housing. He created a test event and could not identify a mechanism to block multiple simultaneous enrollments. Alex plans to continue the old system for teacher applications. Paul has been in communication with the manager and feels we can likely overcome these issues.
Action item–Alex and Paul will continue to research this with a phone conference to the Event Brite manager.
2015 Conference Planning
Claire summarized the progress made to date in an email that was sent to board members earlier today. Still pending—availability of large auditorium; cost estimate to be available in Jan. Housing rates are available to start budgeting. Organizing committee is in formation—still a few positions available. The target date for opening teacher applications is Jan. 15 if possible.
Letter to the Community
David drafted a letter announcing the second year of our Annual Campaign and Membership Drive. After discussion and a little editing, we approved this to be sent out to the ZA mailing list. Alex will update the email list prior to sending out the letter. David will ask Larry to post the letter to the blog.
Potential New Board Members
We need to find a potential treasurer who could overlap Tsitsi before she rotates off the board next year. We prefer someone with accounting skill and who finds it interesting to consider what the numbers actually mean. Overall, it is not very time consuming, but there has tended to be more work needed in July to keep track of registrations as they come in. There may be some tech. solutions to make this easier. Tsitsi will be working with the tech team on this issue.
We brainstormed some people in the community we might approach as a possible treasurer. We would love to have additional Zimbabweans participate on the board, as well. Paul looked up the regulations and found that nonprofit board members should be US citizens or permanent residents in order for the organization to be eligible for certain grants. We will continue to reach out to potential candidates.
Conversion of Festival Coordinator Position
Converting the coordinator to an independent contractor would save a lot of time in terms of filing of taxes. Next step—Tsitsi will call Paychecks to research how to convert the position from employee to independent contractor. The change is justified because she works independent of direct supervision of the board and seeks employment elsewhere. Paul will submit Form SS-8 to the IRS. These steps represent due diligence on the part of the board to comply with federal law.
Brief Discussion of Meeting Time
We need to keep it the same for now. It might be worth having this discussion again when new board members reconvene after the next Zimfest.
Thanks everyone for your hard work in 2014 and happy holidays!
Next meeting—January 11, 2015, 6-8 pm, PST
Thank you for these timely minutes!
As a member of the tech committee, the IT minutes make sense, but might not be as clear to others. A suggestion: work toward having the minutes be documents that an absent board member, or any member of the organization can understand and that provides useful information. For example, adding a few extra words to, “Organizing committee is in formation—still a few positions available,” might clarify what positions are being sought. Volunteer coordinator? Programming? Festival Guide editor? etc.
Ever loving Zimfest!
Excited for Monmouth, Oregon!
As always, John, thanks for your comments and suggestions! For your and everyone else’s information, the principal unfilled position on the organizing committee is for a member of the tag team for Workshop Scheduling and Teacher Liaison. This person would have primary responsibility for Workshop and Teacher Needs leading up to and at the festival. The Tech Team is also in need of a website designer, someone to work on the appearance and architecture of the (exciting!) new web site. If you are reading this and have skills in either area, please get in touch!