Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes
Meeting date: 01/13/2014

Call to order:

A Special meeting of the Board of directors of EMS, was held at 687 McKinley street, Suite #2, Eugene OR on Jan, 13th 2014. The meeting convened at 6:31PM, Weston Turner, presiding, and Clif Cox secretary.

Board Members in attendance: all
Board Members not in attendance: none

Quorum present? Yes

Also Present Were: Rick and Bob

Approve agenda, and previous minutes.

  1. Approve the agenda
  2. Review previous meeting minutes
  3. Officer's reports
  4. Discussion with previous board members to transfer knowledge
  5. Mini Report on the last space committee meeting
    • Acton items from that meeting and progress report on them
  6. Report on todays city planner meeting
  7. More talk on revenue and moving to a new space
  8. Changing BOD meetings from Wednesdays to Mondays
Approval of Agenda: Motion was made by Clif, and seconded by James to approve this meeting's proposed agenda.

Unanimous approval.

Motion carried.

Approval of minutes: Motion was made by Darrell, and seconded by James to approve the minutes of the 12/11/13 meeting.

Unanimous approval.

Motion carried.

Officer's reports:


Rick kindly provided Darrell with the spread sheet for the bank account showing a balance of $3182.00 with all our bills paid for the month. Right now we only have a savings account but we should qualify for a checking account now. Darrell thinks we have about 16 members though it could be that some just haven't gotten caught up on dues in awhile. Kevin may have been giving members a longer grace period and so his numbers may have been higher.


The Secretary presented and read a waiver of notice of the meeting, signed by all the directors.

Quick update on the Wilson space.We are about ready to submit a new counter offer which our Realtor Suzanne is working on.

Resource Manager report:

How is the new storage plan implementation coming along? none yet oops! wink

Discussion with previous board members to transfer knowledge:

  • Questions for Kevin, Who's name is the current lease in? Rick's.
  • Who's name are the utils in?
    • EWEB: EMS
    • Comcast:EMS
    • PO Box: EMS
  • Is the lease or any of the utils on auto pay? Not that we know of.
  • Is anything in the bank account on auto pay? not that we know of
  • Who's name is the bank account in? EMS, and its a business savings account.
    • Who are the signers on the back account? Rick and Kevin.
    • How do we change them? Going with Rick to the branch with some ID.
    • We could have a checking account now Wo-hoo!
  • Does Rick want to continue as the registered agent for EMS?
    • No, but we should be able to change that when we submit our annual report.
  • Was their a Comcast BW issue and how was it resolved?
    • yes, it was dropping half the packets. If it still is a problem then open a ticket.
  • Could we transfer the domain name to the Org? Yes.
  • Do we really need to give 60 days notice? Yes..
    • Have we already paid first and last? TBD
  • Mark DW wanted to check if we had a W9. Not that we know of but we do have a EIN.
  • What is the monetary donation process?
    • Rick says there is a form on the website. Have the donor send the donation to the SF with a hard copy of the form. Then Email a receipt to the donor.
    • Bob thinks that you don't need a receipt if it's under $250 but more info on the site.
  • Weston had a question about what joint paperwork with the School Factory we (EMS) were behind on.

Mini Report on the last space committee meeting:

We had a pretty good turnout, Weston said that when he saw the Wilson space he liked it but it gave him great apprehensive about the financial liability. So a lot of the agenda in his mind was to work on more ways to ramp up our revenue (an ongoing theme), get the stakeholders involved go over the proposed revenues (worst case scenario), and then talk seriously about grants and sponsorships.

Acton items from that meeting and progress report on them:

  • James is learning from his biz friends what they want to hear. and how to approach them for donations.
  • Weston is working on getting money from his employer also.
  • Others should do the same.
  • Should one of us send out a prompt for the committee to beat the bushes for sponsorship?
  • Come up with a nice bullet list that we can all share when approaching new donors.

Report on todays city planner meeting:

Clif talked about todays city planners meeting w.r.t. the Wilson space. Looks good, maybe eventually we might need a dust collection system. Eventually we will have to craft a narrative of who we are and what we do for the City Planning Office, and also create a floor plan for the new space (a task for the Space Planning Committee).

More talk on revenue and moving to a new space:

We seem to have already covered most of these items. What classes can be started now? Kassie, talked about these things wanted to know what the expectations were. where we in getting OpenERP set up.etc... Darrel said we could handle small classes right now manually. Try to find something like moodel that will help run classes online or partially online. Some services for accepting money online are Eventbrite, Paypal, Dwalla, Authorizer.net.

Changing BOD meetings from Wednesdays to Mondays:

After some discussion it was decided that moving them to an earlier time on Tuesdays would probably be better.

MOTION - Darrell moved, and James Seconded that: We change the regular board meetings from Wednesdays to the first and third Tuesdays of the month startting 4:00PM.

Unanimous approval.

Motion Carried

Action Items:

  • Please find out if we paid first and last
  • Get board members on our utils and other accounts
  • Send out a prompt for the committee to beat the bushes for sponsorship.
  • Continue to work on OpenERP
  • Look into onetime donations and the associated ongoing liabilities
  • Look into Moodel
  • Change policy for new meeting. Done.
  • Change calendar for BoD Meetings. Done.
  • Get everyone who wants to be on the Business and Space Planning committee mailing lists on the lists. Done.
  • During the annual report, please update the registered agent to someone on the board. and any other corporation changes we need for just one fee.
  • Track our membership from month to month, this would be good data to be able to plot and show at annual meetings, and to simply get a sense of how we are doing when we get into a larger space.
  • Prepare two reports: a public report with simplified and anonymous membership data, and a private (board's eyes only) report with names and standing.
  • If members leave, we should follow up with them to understand why they left, i.e., where did we not meet their needs, etc.. This data would help us understand how to better retain members.
  • Open a checking account with our bank.
  • Find out what a W9 is and if we need one?
  • PO Box: in EMS's name, authorize at least one current board member to manage it
  • Comcast: in EMS's name, put at least one current board member on the account
  • Bank Account: in EMS's name, put at least TWO current board members on the account
  • EWEB: in EMS's name, put at least one current board member on the account
  • Work on getting the domain name into EMS name with a couple of role based email addresses to manage it.
  • Current lease: in Rick's name, not that important because we are moving
  • Craft a narrative of who we are and what we do for the City Planning Office.
  • Create a floor plan for the new space (first task for the Space Planning Committee).


The next board meeting will be a special one on Tuesday the 28th.


Clif moved for adjournment, Seconded by Kassie.

Unanimous, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16PM.

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Topic revision: r6 - 04 Feb 2014, ClifCox

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