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St. Cloud Out - Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2006

Present: Gabi, Brandi, Jerry, Joel, Joe, Ozzie, Stephen, Gary S., Timothy

Secretary's Report:

  1. Last month's minutes read by Gabi. Motion to accept made by Ozzie, second by Gary and approved by all.

Treasurer's Report:

  1. Since it was our annual meeting, in addition to our account balances Brandi made handouts with income and expenses from May 2005 through May 2006, spending by category, and cash flow for the film festival. It was a good breakdown and a guide for the future.
  2. The film festival expenses were as low as possible this year because we asked for deals because we did not receive grants. We cannot count on it being so low every year. Three to five thousand should be a safe bet for future film fest planning. This year’s profits are earmarked for next year’s film fest. Next year we have tentatively planned the film fest for March 16 and 17 at the Pioneer Place again.
  3. There is not much left in the Outfront account. Brandi will check if they can remain our fiscal host if we have a zero balance.
  4. Our account balances are $367.28 in the Outfront account and $3917.19 in the St. Cloud OUT account for a grand total of $4284.47.

Funding/Grants/Fundraising Committee Report:

  1. Central Minnesota Community Foundation may be a source of funding for us.

Twin Cities Pride Committee Report:

  1. Joel is the keeper of the calendar. Please contact him regarding volunteering at the booth at [email protected]
  2. Financial needs – tablecloth, updated directories, candy. Stephen moved that the committee have up to $150 to spend for these needs. Thomas seconded the motion. Approved by all.
  3. Other needs: reuse the canopy from GAB, Jerry can make paper weights again, display board from Timothy, and Dan has lots of stuff from last year.
  4. Don’t forget to bring bottled water!!
  5. PLEASE SIGN UP TO STAFF THE BOOTH. WE ARE LOOKING FOR 2-3 HOUR TIME SLOTS BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

Resource Committee Report:

  1. Jerry will send a reminder for updates to the directory.
  2. Renewal of the web site – we can do up to three years at a time. If we do three years we don’t have to worry about it again for a long time. Some worried about spending so much during a volatile year. Motion for a two year renewal made by Stephen, seconded by Ozzie and approved by all.
  3. Web site statistics: April
    • Total visits 1185
    • Average per day 39
    • Unique visitors for the month 525
    • One time visitors 363
    • Repeat visitors 162

Advisory Committee Report:

Old Business:

  1. Big Gay Garage Sale tabled until June

New Business:

  1. Annual Business meeting
    • We read through the mission statement and made some minor changes. Motion to accept made by Stephen, seconded by Jerry and accepted by all
    • We read through the bylaws and made some minor changes. Motion to accept made by Ozzie, seconded by Joel and accepted by all
    • We read through the monetary policy and made some minor changes. Motion to accept made by Stephen, seconded by Joel and accepted by all
    • Joe’s term as secretary is up. He agreed to continue. Motion that Joe be the secretary made by Gary and seconded by Gabi. Approved by all.
    • There is an opening on the advisory board. Ozzie nominated Tim and Tim accepted. Approved by all.
  2. Brainstorming for next year – just ideas not solutions!!
    • page in directory for GLBT friendly businesses, churches, doctors and lawyers
    • voter education – get out the vote
    • local Pride picnic
    • Parade
    • boat cruise on Mississippi
    • lending library
    • sell brats at Coborns
    • Big Gay Garage Sale
    • field trips
    • Art for OUT
    • visibility—handholdings
    • include rural MN in outreach
    • window decals, hate free zone, bumper stickers
    • get the groups together – socials
    • entertainment
    • support for under 21 crowd
    • solicit Barnes and Noble to have a reading around National Coming Out Day
    • queer bike ride
    • figure out a way to invite lesbians to OUT and get them to stay
    • recruitment for OUT in general

Announcements:

  1. Lutherans Concerned meeting May 18 at 7 pm. The topic this meeting is “Wrestling with God and the ELCA” There will be two speakers.
  2. Minnesota AIDS Walkathon on Sunday May 21. Ozzie and Stephen are walking it
  3. Tim said that there is a multicultural community center in town that is GLBTA friendly.
  4. GAB Spring Fling is Saturday May 13.
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