Dr. Jay Apostol and Brandon Wallace were sworn in as board members. David Saunders is also joining the board and will be sworn in at the May meeting.
President Ron Stair presided at the meeting. The slate of officers was accepted with Linda Van Eaton serving as corresponding secretary and Walt Hamer as secretary. The position of vice president remains vacant. The expectation that the vice president will become president after two years may need to be revised, the group concluded.
Apostol and Karen Nevin agreed to serve on the bylaws committee to update operations guidelines.
Board members adopted the budget for the 2011-12 year. Total income was projected at $45,300, a drop of almost $11,000 from the previous year due mostly to declines in transfers of funds from mortgages and donations. Spending of $35,000 was planned on house building for the coming year.
In the budget discussion, Nevin recommended establishing separate categories for critical repairs or participation in the "Brush with Kindness" program, which helps home maintenance aid community members who lack resources. The board decided to keep all construction-related funds under "house building."
Final tally on the recent fundraising dinner showed a total of $6,800 was raised. The Hughes Brothers, who performed at the event, had mentioned their participation as part of their community outreach in a recently aired infomercial.
Habitat's outreach to the business community led to luncheons on Feb. 3 and March 17. Board members talked about hosting monthly luncheons at which different Habitat committees could report on progress in their specific area. Greater involvement by community churches is also needed and may lead to an additional series of public meetings.
Nevin said the chapter qualifies as an affiliate in good standing in the report she will submit to Habitat International. The affiliate still needs to store documents in a fire safe container that is in a publicly accessible location. Copies of a self-audit were distributed, recommending the chapter has a separate office and dedicated phone.
Preparations are continuing for dedication of the current house on May 22. Grounds cleanup and landscaping still has to be addressed. Linda and Bill Van Eaton agreed to step in for Judy Hudson and help with the dedication.
The next board meeting was scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 10 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Fourth and Wishart.