ALLIED PARTNERS RETREAT #2, November 7, 2007
Present: Mike Bodden, Susan Corrado, Dan Haupt, Alice Howard, Marge
Lyford, Leslie McAllister, Shirley Robbins, Jack Tiffany.
The meeting opened on a high note: Susan has been named "Nurse of the
Month" on Fox 47, nominated by an Allied resident. She was interviewed
by Fox today, and this will be broadcast on the 9:00 news Sunday evening.
1. We reviewed our mission statement in the brochure and revised it to
read as follows:
The Partners are people of faith, committed to service, who
join together with a common goal to assist our neighbors in the
Allied-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood on Madison's southwest side. We also
work with residents, organizations, and agencies active in the area.
2. Question: What does Allied Partners membership do for member
congregations and organizations?
--Helps meet their mission -
--financially (giving money, food, other items, and
--opportunities to share experiences with neighborhood
--awareness of needs, challenges, and strengths of people
living in poverty.
--feeling of hopefulness by having opportunities to "do
something" about problems.
--direct relationships of neighborhood residents and
agencies with the people of the congregations, as in mission moments,
--opportunities for persons and groups to advocate for the
neighborhood with agencies and government bodies.
3. Question: Are we meeting our commitment to our four projects?
--Needs: a Board; more volunteers, both regular and available in
"crisis"; leadership in fundraising, dealing with donations, and
scheduling and recruiting volunteers; dependable sources of money;
backup supervision and people ready for transition of major
--Suggestion: Written information detailing specific tasks and
times for volunteers. Mike will produce this.
--Idea: PR materials and a way to get this to all member churches.
--Uses of this fund has changed over the years. Discussed
possible uses, consensus is that there should be a mix of regularly
occurring needs and "unplanned" needs, with emphasis on the latter.
--We would like a goal of $100 from each church; this will be on
an AP regular agenda.
--The present procedure is working well. The need has increased;
$21,000 will be spent in 2007, with a goal for 2008 of $21,000.
Needs: To share some of the family stories, now appearing in Dianne's
reports, with the congregations. To know the outcomes of the
situations where we gave money (how to get this information?). Offer
Dianne's flower cards for sale at churches.
--Funding: Inconsistent, while the Center has fixed expenses.
Allied Partners provide one-third, the City one-third, and grants and
donations one-third. We have not met our commitment for 2007; $3,000
short. Needs: specific fundraising? get this need to the
congregations (with what "hook"?).
--Volunteers: What needs could congregations fill? We will get a
list of the appropriate person(s) at each church to receive information
from the Wellness Center.
--PR: Need a speakers bureau? Susan will speak to congregations.
We have a display board, and the AP slide show. Can the Wellness
Center Board develop other materials?
4. Question: Do we need a committee structure?
--"In theory" we have a Finance Committee (Jack, Marge, Dianne,
Barb Park) operating by phone mostly. AP has several fiscal agents,
the committee just assembles a report.
-- A decison was made to begin with two Standing Committees,
Finance and Membership, and one ad hoc Committee for fundraising.
Jack, Marge, George Anderson (MUM), and Dianne and Barb if
they consent to continue.
Should include residents. Functions: monitor church
representatives to AP and how they connect AP with their congregations;
identify potential volunteers, recruit new congregations, develop a job
description for representatives to AP, know whom to contact in the
congregations other than the official rep, keep track of the membership
list (active/contributing), develop an outreach strategy.
--(Ad hoc) Funding:
Susan, Linda K., and Mike
Develop a strategy.
5. Question: What is Allied Partners' role in advocacy and public
Dan noted that his congregation is comfortable with the four
tangible projects but not with political advocacy on social issues
which are divisive within the church.
Jack suggested that our role is to facilitate dialogue, make
information and opportunities known to members as individuals, to
discuss these issues, but not to vote a position.
This will be an agenda item for future Allied Partners meetings.
6. Finances: Jack
Jack gave a printout of a Draft Report on 2007 work and 2008
budget; a sheet of "How to Contribute" instructions; a sheet
describing the four projects and their financial needs; and a cover
letter. This pack will go to each Allied Partners representative and
to each pastor.
7. Meeting adjourned. Shirley Robbins, Recorder