Members present: Helen Howell, Paula Carvalho, Simha Reddy, Gordon McHenry, Adrienne Quinn, John Chelminiak, Nate Caminos, Dr. Damien Pattenaude, Juanita Spotted Elk, Harold Odom, Professor Sarah Rankin, and Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson
Intro and Welcome
Attendance taken and all present. Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson was introduced - last Board member to join the group. Team being surveyed to determine best meeting time.
Public Comment (1 of 2)
Public comment opened for 10 minutes but since no one there they will open again later in the meeting.
Discussion followed on ideas to get to know each other to better work as a group. They want to work as a cohesive team, but many folks don’t know each other/have not worked together before. Some ideas included:
. Asking about how each person was doing - general well being
. Asking about the origin of their name
. Having small break out groups for 10 - 15 mins to have more intimate discussions
. Determining the values of the Board
. Having a retreat (virtual)
. Sharing a story from your life that taught you about leading, or managing, etc.
. Talking constantly about how we bring racial lens to the body
. Agreeing on principles and outcomes and norms for engaging with each other
. Sharing a meal if possible
Public Comment (2 of 2)
Then opened for public comment again. One person on the line. Thanked the Board for the hard work again but asked them to work as quickly as possible. There are unsheltered homeless out there every day. Half of them live in vehicles. These people must be remembered. Hoping that the lived experience coalition can be a strong voice for these people.
KCRHA Start-Up Decisions
Materials were sent out last week covering six key decisions the Board had to make to enable the KCRHA to operate, the CEO to get hired and the CEO to immediately hire a few key people to get going. A PowerPoint was shared on these key items which included:
2. Payroll Services
3. Accounting Services
4. Health Care Benefits
5. Retirement System Participation
6. Social Security.
Key comments were that the package should be no less than what city and county offer now; and that there must be a way to carefully track where the money goes. Also the Board wanted to know how long they would be locked in to any decision before they could make a change if it was so desired. Voting on these six items will take place at the next meeting.
Officer Nomination and Voting
They then talked about the structure of the Board - whether they should have a Chair and Vice Chair; a Chair and Co-chair; Secretary, Treasurer or some other mix of leadership. The ILA gives them flexibility in how it is set up. It was agreed that inclusion of lived experience people is important.
Spotted Elk nominated Odom for a co-chair position. It was decided to determine the structure before they start to fill the positions. Also, they don’t really know each other yet, so it is hard to know strengths of the group and who might be better suited for each position. It was agreed to let the staff come back with options for the structure. It was also agreed to have the staff set up some type of digital retreat.
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