MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MAY 17, 2000
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETING TIME! Meetings will now begin at 6:00 p.m., third Wednesday of each month.
Members Present: Angie Barnett, Suzan Doordan, Larry Klevans, Jerry Newman, Jo Ann Dawson, Nancy Simpers, Jerry Hendricks, Dan Schneckenburger, Bob Carroll, Barb Snyder, Mario Gangemi, Dennis Clower, Doug Hill. Staff/Guests: Holly Hannum, Carol Riggs, Sylvia Barkofski
The meeting of the Board of Directors, Fair Hill Environmental Foundation, Inc. was held at the Fair Hill Nature Center, May 17, 2000, 6:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order by President Dennis Clower.
Minutes: Minutes were reviewed by the membership. Motion #1. Motion was made by Suzan Doordan, seconded by Mario Gangemi and unanimously passed to accept the Minutes of April 18, 2000 with the revision to correct the date of the second clean up from March 25 to May 25.
Financial Report: Larry Klevans presented the Financial Report which are filed as part of these minutes. Motion #2. Motion was made by Suzann Doordan, seconded by Nancy Simpers and unanimously approved to accept the Financial Report as presented.
Executive Director Search Committee:
Suzan Doordan and Dennis Clower provided an overview of the selection committee process. Over 60 resumes were received and nine (9) candidates were selected for interviews. Larry Klevans, Angie Barnett, Dennis Clower and Suzan Doordan interviewed each candidate. The committee is recommending that the Board of Directors hire Carol Riggs as the Executive Director effective July 1, 2000. Angie Barnett thanked Jerry Hendricks for all his work to place the advertisement on the various internet web sites. It was quite obvious that candidates had found out about the vacancy through this site and used the site to gather information for a well-informed interview process. The Executive Director will be responsible for reporting directly to the Executive Committee of the Board. Motion #3. Motion was made by Committee, seconded by Mario Gangemi and Nancy Simpers and unanimously passed to accept Carol Riggs as the Executive Director at an annual salary of $35,000 with $2000 to be applied toward insurance benefits.
Bob Carroll reported that as of May 17, 2000, membership dues collected year to date was $3655.00. Bob reminded the members the need to meet the challenge to purchase two membership gifts per members to help expand membership to our friends and family. FHNC will be responsible for sending a letter to notify the new member of the gift and to include public relations materials in this packet. Mario Gangemi and Bob Carroll volunteered to conduct membership recruitment efforts at the upcoming Scottish Games.
Jerry Hendricks reported on behalf of the various fundraising committees.
Holly Hannum reported that the Whig ran a photo today of children at the FHNC.
The Summer Day Camp is full except for programs targeting older youth.
The summer edition of the Habitat newsletter will be promoting the summer programs.
Jerry Newman informed the Board that Home Depot had not responded as of this date to the request for donation of smoke detectors. The lodge is in need of minor repairs such as the bathroom and installing a new water cooler to ensure the children have water after hot days out in the outdoor classroom. The new Executive Director will be asked to look at the building to ensure there are adequate and sufficient emergency measures in place such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and clearly marked exit routes.
For the Good of the Board
Jerry Hendrick reported that there was a road clean up on April 22 with four (4) volunteers participating.
The Board is reminded to respond to Linda Walls regarding contacts on the Foundation Boards.
Dennis Clower has established a network and linkage with the Cecil Land Trust who is working toward establishing an environmental education program at Garrett Island. The Board is excited about the opportunity to be working with this group in the future.
Jerry Newman reported that he is working with the community group to restore a wildlife habitat to the Woodlawn Landfill in the summer.
Motion #5. A motion was made by Larry Klevans, seconded by Mario Gangemi, and unanimously approved to contribute the $45 membership fees to join the Business and Education Partnership Council (BEPAC).
The Homebuilders Association has been approached to assist in building an outdoor pavilion which will provide a covered picnic area and space that can be screened in for inclement weather classes. This expansion would also enable additional summer camps to be held.
Jo Ann Dawson informed the group that she is currently conducting carriage picnic from her barn to the FHNC area.
Meeting was adjourned by President Clower.
Next meeting date: June 21, 2000, 6:00 p.m.