Press Club of Dallas
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Center for Community Cooperation
Call to Order:
President Niki McCuistion called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
Board Members Present:
Frank Librio, Niki McCuistion, Shawn Paul Wood (phone), Cary Broussard, Hugh Aynesworth, Deborah Fleck,
Board Members Absent (Excused)
Michael Grant, John Strange
Atomic – Website designers demonstrated the new website and sought feedback from the board. Board members agreed to review website copy and functionality and provide suggested changes within the next week.
Review of Minutes:
Motion: A motion to approve the February board meeting minutes was made by Cary, seconded by Deborah. Motion carried.
Motion: A motion was made by Frank to approve the February financials and seconded by Hugh. Motion carried.
Motion: A motion was made by Hugh to establish a Financial Committee to include Niki, Frank, and Michael to oversee revenues and expenditures and establish a monthly budget – and seconded by Deborah. Motion carried.
Special Event Checking Account:
Motion: A motion was made by Deborah to establish a special events checking account to be used only for events production and a repository for scholarship funds to prevent comingling of funds with the club’s operating budget – and seconded by Hugh. Motion carried.
Excellence in Journalism – North Texas Legends
Cary reported that the event is scheduled for Thursday May 21 at the Sixth Floor Museum from 6-8:30pm. Kristi Nelson from NBC 5 has agreed to host the event. Cary is working on catering costs and other event logistics.
Motion: A motion to allocate up to $2,500 from the special events fund to pay for event production expenses up front and to be reimbursed with proceeds after the event – was made by Frank, seconded by Hugh. Motion Carried.
Frank is Chairing this event and will provide details at the next board meeting. Frank is working with the Stoneleigh Hotel (Le Meridien) to host this event in the penthouse library/music room, former meeting area for the club.
April 28, 2015 is the event date and a contract with the hotel has been signed by Niki to secure the venue and date. Frank and Niki received enthusiastic permission by hotel management to place an appropriate plaque or marker of some type commemorating the space as the club’s home for some years.
This event will include a check presentation from the Press Club and Michael Jenkins to the Communities Foundation for scholarships – half of the net proceeds from the Jenkins event for 2015 – with the remaining funds conveyed in Mr. Jenkins honor in 2016. The club will also unveil the new logo and website and introduce the board members.
Motion: A motion to allocate up to $2,500 from the special events fund to pay for event production expenses up front and to be reimbursed with proceeds after the event – was made by Cary, seconded by Hugh. Motion Carried.
Mayor Mike Rawlings Roast
Frank has contacted the Mayor’s staff to see if the Mayor is agreeable to being roasted for the purposes of a club fundraiser. Frank is awaiting an answer. If the Mayor agrees, this event would likely take place in late June or early July. A structure will be developed for sponsors, roasters, tickets etc. The event will require an MC and scripting.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:29 pm by President Niki McCuistion.
Respectfully submitted: Secretary: Frank Librio