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Minutes from the March 27, 2023 meeting of the Fresh Air, Inc. Board of Directors
(This document is also available publicly at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TbWlIyWSx879aDKHuslf_yZx9slB4yXinaXHyp59HSQ/edit?usp=sharing)
Minutes for March 27, 2023 meeting of the Fresh Air, Inc. Board of Directors
The March board packet can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1N5aGvoB046QUZ0HButBNmzpxYqE12j_Z
- Call to order and roll call
Kevin called the meeting to order at 7:03, read the mission statement and land acknowledgement. Jacque volunteered to serve as timekeeper.
Members in attendance: Kevin, Jacque, Chris, Michael, TJ, David
Members absent: none!
KFAI Staff present: Nora
Public guests: Willie Dominguez
- Welcome and opening remarks
Kevin thanked everyone for supporting him in his work – this feels like a cool time for KFAI and he is excited! Please let me know if he can help in any way. “We have a lot to do.”
- Approve consent agenda
Minutes of February 2023 meeting
The agenda was amended with a new item of board business and closed session at the end and approved unanimously.
Minutes were approved unanimously.
- Introduction of guests
Willie joined us during board business
- Report of Board Orientation and Retreat March 12
Jacque presented her notes from the board orientation/retreat, which can be found in the board packet.
Some board members may still need to sign several policies and acknowledgements.
We look forward to further meetings with Sam Choo!
Discussion turned to finding candidates to fill vacant board seats.
Kevin asked if there was any sort of document or narrative we could share with potential board members – a “why serve on the board?” to share. If we didn’t have such a document, he would be willing to help work on one – or a new one.
Jacque suggested LinkedIn might be a good place to seek candidates and also find inspiration in how other nonprofits are doing things. Kevin agreed that finding other groups and people in alignment with us would be a very good thing.
This also dovetails with finding potential people to serve on the Community Advisory Board.
Nora linked us to https://kfai.org/now-accepting-candidate-applications-for-kfai-fresh-air-board-of-directors/ which was also the cart text we have used in the past few election cycles.
TJ asked why we can’t seem to retain people. How can we invite people who are interested in staying for a longer haul than have been?
Jacque said that prepping candidates for the reality of serving on the board ahead of them joining will help. Seeking candidates already serving on like-minded nonprofit boards will also help because they will already be cognizant of “how heavy [the] lift(s)” are. We may also find a way to bring in diversity of veterans vs. newbies in terms of nonprofit board experience.
Nora had some suggestions for how we could sell people on board service as well. She said something about “fun?” I may have missed that.
Jacque recommended one hour followup meetings with Sam to help us remain focused on strategic planning, CAB and governance.
- Nora requested an additional piece of board business – approving a change in her position to from “General Manager” to “KFAI Executive Director and General Manager.” A motion was adopted by consensus.
- General Manager’s report
7:43 Nora’s report is available in the packet.
One additional item not mentioned in the report – plans for KFAI to host an open house during Open Streets Cedar Riverside (Sunday, August 20, 2023)
- Treasurer’s report
7:56 Jacque didn’t have a report tonight. There were some issues getting the updated financials in time. A report will be attached to the board packet when it is available and next month Jacque will present both this month and next month’s report.
- Preview goals for next month’s board meeting (Kevin)
7:57 Kevin challenged the rest of the board to contribute strategies for recruitment, both for the Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board. “How can we reach into the community for great representation?”
David asked if it might be a good idea to reach out to our larger donors and see if they had interest – or at least suggestions. Nora said she could generate a list of potential contacts for engagement. David suggested board members see if any names are familiar and we could make some phone calls.
Willie suggested we start posting more bulletin board calls for participation to show we are welcoming. He also suggested past board members who may not necessarily want to go back to being a board member might still like to volunteer on committees or assist in outreach efforts. How about some carts to announce we’re seeking committee participation? “Whatever our efforts, we have to be welcoming.” He suggested that our previous outreach committee notes could be found in the files.
- Public comment (three-minute limit OR one question/followup each)
8:10 Willie is happy to be here! “We just gotta keep pushing – I hope we can invite more people to the process – open those doors up a little more.”
- Closed session
8:13 The board entered closed session for discussion of staffing roles and evaluations.
8:58 Motion to adjourn passed.
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KFAI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING NOTICE FOR MARCH 27, 2023
This month’s Fresh Air, Inc. Board of Directors meeting takes place on MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2023, at 7:00 pm.
This is a virtual meeting; participants can participate online or by phone.
If you have questions about the meeting or wish to add an agenda item, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before the meeting. In addition, the Board roster, contact information, previous board minutes, and financials are available at kfai.org/board.
KFAI Board meetings are open to the public, and everyone interested will be encouraged to attend. The meeting begins promptly at 7 pm.
Monday, March 27, 2023, starting at 7:00 pm (CT).
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcemgqTksH9Mi4MeC2_uO1UPXSAoYLRFv
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The packet of public documents for this month’s meeting can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1N5aGvoB046QUZ0HButBNmzpxYqE12j_Z
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