March 15th, 2023 Meeting Minutes
JOMO Pride Inc Meeting Minutes
Mar 15th @ 6:30pm
Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
Submitted by Sheba.
Sign-in & Speaking Requests:
Call to Order
Roll Call – Approve Quorum
Board Members - Ron Burch, John Pulido, Ashley Benson, Naomi Stephens-Lewis, Sheba Lewis, Loni Smith, KA Stephens, Kelsey
Other Members - Cecil Cornish and Jaclyn Shepard
Others in attendance - Stephanie Purdunn, Leigh Baker- Access, Bridget Sutton, Michael Gregory, Chalea
Approval of Board Minutes - Feb 22nd - approved
Approval of Board Agenda - Mar 15th - approved
Guest Speaker - Stephanie Purdunn with Freeman Hospital
Stephanie’s department helps individuals to obtain health insurance and more insurance if they are underinsured. Missouri Healthnet is changing their guidelines and several Missouri individuals (90,000) will be without health insurance, this will also affect several individuals that are on Missouri Healthnet during pandemic. Re-enrollment for Missouri Healthnet is before April 1, 2023. Stephanie’s department can also help with legal aid, food stamp applications, and housing.
Freeman would like to have a booth at Pride and also separate events.
1. Reports of Officers
Co-Chair - emails sent for media contracts with Boom & GAYLY, ad live for April fundraiser, around 90 chairs plus chair rack donated by S. Joplin Christian Church
Co-Chair - spreadsheet completed
Treasurer -$11,110.93, also no Third Thursday this month
Secretary - minutes completed and saved, worked with Benson to find singer for African National Anthem for Pride
Sponsorship - Sponsors National Sucide Prevention and Liberty Utilities with booth. Need to mass email previous sponsors to get them on board for Pride this year. To call storage unit on Zora to get a price. Loni motioned, board approved.
Volunteer - John and Naomi to gather and get items ready for silent auctions.
Marketing - N/A
Entertainment - Four entertainers, the cost for them $300, also Susan B for a performance, also need to find younger performers.
Asst. Ent -
Committee Director -Met with library.
2. Unfinished Business
St. Louis June 24th-25th
Springfield June 10th
Tulsa June 24-26th
June event Queer Block Party. Ron motioned, board approved. Needing to decide on performers. All age show from 7 to 10 pm. After 10 pm 21 plus.
ii. Balloon decor for stage
iii. Ron will contact and get exact prices for pieces.
ii. Grant $7,500 towards total pride costs
3 . New Business
ii. Drag Bans, Arkansas and Kentucky, its stalled in Missouri. Possibly do a fundraiser for this? JOMOEQ has connections to a reporter at KSN News and could do a story?
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