ALLIED PARTNERS: - July 26, 2011
The July meeting of Allied Partners was called to order at 4:00 pm with the following people present: Jack Tiffany, Mike Bodden, Eileen Dresser, Dorothy Krause, Selena Pettigrew, Gloria Manadier-Farr and Susan Corrado.
FOOD PANTRY: Mike Bodden spoke to concerns he has become aware of
regarding the high balance in the food pantry account. He said that
the balance has grown over time and that in addition to money that
comes to the Pantry through Partner Sources, they have received one
large gift in the recent past. The Food Pantry Committee has
recognized the need to have the pantry able to handle replacement of
equipment in case of some catastrophe (this would involve replacing
multiple freezers and refrigeration units). According to the Allied
Partners By-laws, the Food Pantry Committee sets policy and makes
decisions regarding the Pantry. Money given to the Pantry can not be
used for other Allied Partner purposes.
ALLIED FESTIVAL: Selena Pettigrew said that it has been difficult to get donations from businesses this year. The final planning meeting for the festival is tomorrow. The festival is Saturday from noon to 5:00. Partners are being asked to bring side dishes. They are expecting 300-500 people.
SUMMER PROGRAM: The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and involves 20-25 girls. This summer’s discussions have included relationships, conflict resolution and healthy eating. They have started using a question box to allow the girls more confidentiality in bringing up topics.
EVICTION PREVENTION: There is currently no money to give out.
WELLNESS CENTER REPORTS: WELCOMERS-The June focus included self-care, wellness, and abusive relationships. About 21 people were involved. Following the successful June Blood Drive, the group will be planning another blood drive for September.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION/NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH—They continue to work out the glitches and expect to be up and running in July.
BREAKFAST CLUB—Participation ranges from 15 to more than 20.
ALLIED COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR—involves about 30 ages 10 and up. SENIORS—having Bingo weekly, meeting monthly for a meal, and looking at starting yoga classes.
FATHERS were acknowledged and honored by Mothers and women.
TASK FORCE MEETING REGARDING CITY SERVICES—Police, Fire and other city
services provided by the Cities of Madison and Fitchburg are meeting
regularly with the service providers in the Allied Area. We would
like to have Allied Partners listed as a service provider to give us a
seat at the table. The meeting is the 4th Thursday of the month at
5:00 at the Boys and Girls Club building. Meeting notices are on the
City of Madison webite.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: We still need either a convenor or a Treasurer. The Eviction Prevention fund is almost broke with a balance of $119.00 With no further business or time, the meeting adjourned.