Board Minutes

June 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

June 17, 2015

Press Club Minutes June 2015

Press Club of Dallas

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Center for Community Cooperation


Call to Order:

President Niki McCuistion called the meeting to order at 4:13 p.m.


Board Members Present:

Frank Librio, Niki McCuistion, Cary Broussard, Hugh Aynesworth, Deborah Fleck, Michael Grant, John Strange


Absent – Excused:

Shawn Paul Wood


Review of Minutes:

Motion: A motion to approve the April board meeting minutes was made by John, seconded by Michael. Motion carried.  


Financial Report:

Motion: A motion was made by Frank to approve the April minutes – and seconded by John. Motion carried.


Scholarship Report:

Niki reported that the Press Club Scholarship Foundation founders have reached out to her and invited her to join the scholarship selection committee at the Communities Foundation of Texas. The Bert Shipp Scholarship Fund has received approximately $1,500 to date which has been deposited into the club’s temporarily restricted account at Chase Bank for future scholarship grants.


Nominating Committee Report:

The nominating committee consists of Frank (Chair), Deborah, and Hugh.

  • June 17: Frank will send email seeking nominations to the board / members
  • June 30: Nominations due
  • July 1: Nomination Committee meets to vet candidates and form a final slate
  • July 3: Final slate of candidates posted on website
  • July 9: Meet the Candidates Night at the Stoneleigh Hotel Lobby
  • August: Annual Meeting (Date TBD)


Membership Committee Report:

Deborah reported that the club has 97 members to date but that there are some renewals that are due. Also, Pierce Allman has joined under a corporate membership for $1,000.


Event Updates:


Networking Event:

Nylo Dallas South Side Networking Hour
Tuesday, June 23

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Excellence in Journalism – North Texas Legends

The event was a success with 125 people in attendance. A press release was sent out post event and a story appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Voice, and Dallas Examiner. Carey made suggestions for next year regarding catering, and starting the process earlier to give more time to secure venue and other logistics. Carey suggested the planning should begin in October to work towards a May event.


Motion: A motion to approve an expenditure for professional services for an individual performing social media ‘live tweeting’ during the event not to exceed $260.00 was made by Nikki, 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, a committee will be formed and a structure will be developed for sponsors, roasters, tickets etc. The event will require an MC and scripting.


UPDATE: The Mayor has indicated through his Chief of Communications and Policy that he will consider this event and Frank will work with Scott Goldstein to keep discussions moving forward.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:58 pm by President Niki McCuistion.


Respectfully submitted: Secretary: Frank Librio


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