JOMO Pride Inc Pride Planning & Board Meeting Minutes
Thur. April 29th , 2021 @ 6:30
In-person Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
Submitted by Co-Chair: Loni
Call to Order
Roll Call – Approve Quorum
Board Members – Ron, Johnny, Ray, Loni, Natalie, Carey, Ashley, Josh, Jarret
Others in attendance – Jaclyn, Ashley, Stephan, Sally
Approve Board Minutes April 15th - (held in drive) – Approved with no objection
Approve Board Agenda for April 29th – Approved with no objection
Presentation by Sally:
Grew up in Seneca, moved away for 20 years. She had a difficult time growing up here and has experienced violence. She noted that things have progressed but there are still a lot of opportunities for improvement. Many individuals have to hunt for resources in the area. We need a more concentrated location for services and assistance for the LBGTQ community in Joplin. Center Link connects centers around the world.
We need a have a community survey (gather data to show top 3 resources that the community needs). Starting there can guide what is needed as a first step.
Ron mentioned that this seems to be in line with the aims of JOMO EQ. They focus on education and support groups for all ages in the community. Their organization folded a while back and they are now focused on restarting the organization. Keep us updated on progress, if there is anything we can do to assist we would love to get a center going in Joplin.
1. Reports of Officers and Committees
Co-Chair(s) - Sent prelim grant updates to JCVB, checks from Ida, new grant info, Day 1 logistics finished, need to complete day 2 logistics
Treasurer – Bank balance $14,516.11
Secretary - None
Sponsorship - new sponsorships, donations needed, currently collecting
Entertainment – Not present
Asst. Entertainment – Not present
Vendor - None
Media - 3160 Facebook likes, 3300+Facebook followers, 165 followers on Instagram (we need to establish a TikTok account).
Marketing - None
At-Large - None
Youth Liaison - None
2. Unfinished Business
A Co-Chair resignation - nominations for appointment from Board?
Discussion about vacant position:
Motion to fill vacant Co-Chair: Carey nominates Loni Smith, Ray seconds -passes with no objections.
Motion to abstain from filling vacant Secretary position until next meeting: motion passes with no objections.
B. Pride Pageant - June 26th
C. PrideFest Aug 28th - 29th
D. Turnabout fundraiser - July 24th - Carey from Board, Mel from Blackthorn, Ron will if needed - anyone else?
E. Grant 2022 deadline is JUNE 10th -
F. Future fundraisers and revenue streams
G. Marketing -
H. Sponsorship -
J. Bylaws update meeting/retreat event - when?
K. Resources page - make post. Compile statewide LGBTQ non profits and add to list. Mental and physical health resources need compiled. Allied business need compiled -
L. website - Ron got with Patrick to start finishing vendor/sponsor log in area with check in/rules processes etc. to finish invoice specs to get reimbursed from grant for this work, discussed replicate how pageant page works on the JOMO PrideFest event tab to easily input and change information as needed, also issue with day 1 & day 2 vendors buttons etc. He is currently working on site.
M. Refund approval - Ron - 2 tables, table cloths total - $102.81 - receipts available -Approved with no objections.
N. Rotary Club event - June 3rd at 12 - Discuss speaking topics that should be covered. About our organization and event, ways to get involved and support us and the community.
O. Discuss hiring a CPA to handle finances
Carey contacted Liz, has not heard back
Loni to contact Chamber to see if there are any options there.
P. JOMO EQ Discussion – Natalie
JOMO EQ is requesting temporary merger with JOMO Pride to be able to utilize the resources of the non-profit status and build up the educational and group meeting side of the organization. JOMO EQ would become a subsidiary of the Pride Board. With their committee status, they can leverage our resources to build up their organization, find meeting locations at reduced costs and start to grow again. Board was open to the idea but asked that JOMO EQ provide data about committee bylaws, contingency absorption, financial obligations and other logistics for inclusion in Pride Board. They need to clearly define their requested partnership and submit a Business Plan by the next Board meeting for consideration.
Q. Spiva - Ashley B No Updates
3 . New Business
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