Cary Broussard Headquarters – 6060 N. Central Expy #101

Attending board members: Paul Wahlstrom, Song Yang, Cary Broussard, Barry Hoffman, Liz Farmer, Hugh Aynesworth, Zane Harrington, Arnold Wayne Jones, Martha Tiller

Absent board member: Tristan Hallman

4:24 p.m.

Approval of Minutes – Jan. 22 Meeting

Arnold Wayne Jones made a motion to approve the minutes, Barry Hoffman seconded.

Financial Report

Cary Broussard said the board is $944 behind last year and she will be double checking that the final payment to Irving Convention Center has gone through. Taking that payment into account, the board has about $13,500 in the bank.

Martha Tiller asked if all the sponsors have paid and Cary Broussard offered to follow-up to see.

Martha Tiller made a motion to approve the financial report from January 31, Arnold Wayne Jones seconded.

Membership Report

Zane Harrington said there were two membership expirations that he’s trying to follow-up with and two others that he got reinstated.

Arnold Wayne Jones said that the website was down recently. Paul Wahlstrom said it is back up.

Communications

Liz Farmer shared the Facebook post about the networking event with key Facebook groups and contacts. She also developed a flyer with job development and job search tips for the event.

4:42 p.m.

Steve Smith joined the meeting by phone.

Website changes

Song Yang reported that there were three days of outage, which she’s looking into. She said she couldn’t get into the CMS but is making progress on the website and would like to put tools like Chartbeat into place. Chartbeat would monitor the site, provide insight into the growth of it, and alert the board to any outage.

Fundraising

Paul Wahlstrom said ideally our fundraising goals would be to raise at least $15,000 for each of the two big events.

Cary suggested the board hosting an event featuring Hugh Aynesworth’s Netflix docuseries on Ted Bundy.

Legends Awards

The board set the date tentatively as May 18 and decided to open up nominations soon.

5:30 p.m.

Arnold Wayne Jones ducked out.

Education training

Barry Hoffman suggested hosting a forum featuring top broadcast talent from Texas on the state of journalism.

Martha Tiller suggested getting speaking fees underwritten.

Changes committee

Zane Harrington offered to look into swapping Legends and the Aynesworth Awards, perhaps for 2020. If they were swapped, the board discussed that submissions for Aynesworth Awards could open Jan. 2 and close March 31.

Board changes

Tristan Hallman submitted his resignation from the board in writing. Barry Hoffman moved to accept the resignation and Liz Farmer seconded.

6:03 p.m.

Adjourned