ALLIED PARTNERS - August 13, 2008
Present: Mary Jean Bartholomew, Mike Bodden, Cheryl Caruso, Jan Christian (Orchard Ridge UCC), Susan Corrado, Ryan Estrella, Alice Howard, Linda Ketcham, Leslie McAllister, Shirley Robbins, Sue Sawyer, Alex Thornburg, Jack Tiffany, Lena Trivedi (Urban League).
The meeting opened with the members' brief recounting of their summer highlights. On motion by Mary Jean and second by Sue, the minutes of the June meeting were approved as presented.
Treasurer's Report: Jack presented a thorough report of income for June, July, and August so far, with total income by source for 2006-Aug. 2008. We went down the list of churches and others contributing, to see which ones have representatives on the Board. Most do, others were one-time contributions. Thanks to Jack for this report!
Urban League Proposal
Food Pantry: Mike said that "way more" people are coming to the pantry, and way more new people. Food drives are needed now, more than at Thanksgiving. At that time, the Pantry will give out 150 turkey baskets to regular customers. CAC provides the turkeys (free) and the rest of the food @$15 each basket. Churches will be asked to donate money for this rather than food.
Wellness Center: Susan reported that ongoing programs, such as the Latino Garden, continue. She is planning a Women's Book Club, and is meeting with UW students involved in this year's health promotion programming, and with photographers and students involved in the Photovoice project. This is intended to raise consciousness about the impact of smoking on individuals and the community.
Eviction Prevention: Ryan noted that some families have been without utilities this summer, and he is working to get them all back on utilities.
Boys and Girls Club: Cheryl reported on the summer camp, and the upcoming backpack distribution.
Book Project: Sue S. said that the planning of the book project will be coordinated with reading projects in the schools, to avoid duplication of activities.
Meeting adjourned. NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 - 10:00 AM.
Shirley Robbins, Recorder