Board of Directors Meeting - 18 December 2006

PRESENT: Steve Cooke, John Eichholz, Dan Gillotte, Gail Graham, Jean Helms, Deirdrie Lang, Doug Walter, Bella Waters and Karen Zimbelman.

A. MEETING PRELIMINARIES

  • The meeting was called to order at 9:03 a.m. (PDT) by Gail Graham.
  • The agenda was rearranged to discuss CGIN’s executive direction options at the beginning of the meeting, and operations, if time permitted.
  • Minutes from October 16th and 30th 2006. M/S: Doug/Steve: approve the minutes as presented. Approved unanimously.

B. REPORTS AND DISCUSSION The moved straight into discussion regarding CGIN’s management future. Key points were:

  • All agree that the third choice outlined by KZ was not an option. Board desires to move out of maintenance mode.
  • KZ suggested that CGIN put out a RFP, non-specific to whether this is a contract with an individual or an organization.
  • RFP should include important characteristics of CGIN (open membership of all incorporated food co-ops, maintenance of security system), and draft goals for 2007-2009
  • RFP should include important characteristics of CGIN (open membership of all incorporated food co-ops, maintenance of security system), and draft goals for 2007-2009

There was no formal review of the operations report, but discussion on two specific topics:

  • Increase in site statistics: the increase in number of page views could be as a result of something different about how page views are being accessed now that Bella is doing the content loading, or (more likely) as a result of the software that generates our “broken links” report

C. 2007 BUDGET AND GOALS

1. Proposed 2007 goals These are the same four goal areas as discussed with Stas’ this summer. This document was KZ’s attempt to put together a “road map” of the objectives discussed, within the goals framework and to assign some recommended dates to each.

2. Proposed budget . KZ reviewed the assumptions that went into the budget, especially the major items such as management cost, the need to plan for expenses to attend CCMA, and other costs related to change in management.

M/S: Jean/Doug/: approve the goals and budget as presented. Approved unanimously.

D. LOOKING AHEAD AND WRAP UP

1. Nominating committee: : The nominating committee is hoping for a contested election and will be in touch with those board members whose terms end in 2007. The board generally supported KZ’s request for her to remain on the board in an “ex-officio” or “emeritus” status, though no specific decision was made. The 2007 elections timeline looked fine and the nomination packet will be sent to Jean and Dan after the membership renewal has been sent out.

Upcoming meetings:
29 January 2007 conference call at 10:00 PST
26 March 2007 conference call at 10:00 PST

Board moved into executive session at 11:35 a.m.

Minutes by Bella Waters