Minutes for November 8, 2018 St. Johns Lutheran Home for Children Board of Trustees Meeting Crossroads Lutheran Church Snyder, NY
Mission Statement: Our mission is to perpetuate the historical ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children to area children and youth.
Vision Statement: We exist to review and evaluate selected children and youth ministries within the 4th Judicial Department of New York, providing financial assistance to approved programs from the income generated through the wise and prudent investment of our assets.
Regular Board Meeting Called to order at 2:02 PM with Prayer by President Polowy.
Absent: Buchanan, Dietz, Grase, Johnson, Johnston, Lindeman, K. Mansfield, T. Mansfield and Steeves,
Mission and Vision Statements were read by Ron Peters.
Minutes from the October 11, 2018 were reviewed and accepted as corrected. M/S/C Corrections: Under Minutes - April 12, 2018 should be September 13, 2018; Judy Polowy should read “Judy is resigning as of December 31, 2018” and Under Niagara Lutheran Home – 1st sentence needs to be clarified – NLRC needs to be written out to read”Niagara Lutheran Debilitation Center” and 2nd sentence needs to have “also” added to read “they are also building a new facility…
Correspondence: Presented by Ron Peters –1) Notice of class action for Medtronic Securities
Financial Reports – Ron Peters: Financial Reports for October 2018, presented for approval. M/S/C. Challenge Grants not used: Org. Youth - $2,000 & St. Peter’s - $200
Brochure Committee – George Roeser - No Report
Fund Raising Committee – Sharon Patterson/Terry Gensler/Gail Dietz – Terry Gensler resigned due to time restraints. Sharon would like 1-2 new members. Next meeting is November 27th at noon at the Pancake house in Williamsville.
Organic Youth: Presented by Nick Stroczkowski – Lasertron Event was attended by 103 youth. Youth Council is still in the planning stages. Youth/Leadership training event is being planned for the spring; (1) topic for sure will be Working with special needs youth.
LCLC: Kurt Schlewitt – Partnering with organic youth has proven to be a good relationship. They are applying for a grant for young adult training. Quilt auction was a success & thanked St. John’s for their support. Lee at the Conference for National Directors to further his education. Fall newsletter has been approved and will go out soon. LCLC will hold their open house in the spring. Senior High retreat will be in January and Jr. High retreat in March. There will be a number of updates coming from LCLC, watch social media, Facebook for them. When asked how LCLC compares to other camps Kurt replied that with the information supplied at camp directors meeting from around the area, LCLC fairs very favorably.
Membership: Sue Swanson-Wittek – A new member from St. John’s Gardenville would like to come onto the board, but he is a Pastor. The By-laws state that we can only have “Lay” people from each church. Sue made a motion to “amend the by-laws, article 1 section 1 to remove the term “Lay”. M/S/C Notice must be given to the board of the proposed change for vote at the December Meeting. Ron will highlight it in the December meeting notice.
Niagara Lutheran Home – (not supported by St. John’s) – No Report
Ragtime – Agnes Hilary – Pastor Gary doing much better. They have begun planning for the Summer Ragtime program.
Seneca Street CDC – Ron Peters –Next board meeting November 15, 2018. Finance Committee meeting November 13th. Fundraising and grants doing well.
Old Business –
Transfers have been completed for Courier Capital and monthly withdrawal has been increased to include the amount we were taking from MML. Fidelity-We are waiting from the check to come from UBS, then it will be sent to Fidelity and the withdrawal amount will increase by the amount we were taking from UBS. Federated Clover-Broker Dealer transfer is still pending; M. Lynch is requiring paperwork to prove our Tax Exempt and IRS standing.
Nominating Committee – John Mosher- Will meet November 23rd.
Approved the re-appointment of Penny Pasehka and Sue Swanson-Wittek to represent Grace South Buffalo for another 4 year term. M/S/C
New Business –
We’ll need to vote on the disbursement of the 2019 budget, we have (1) new agency recommended for funds and the $1,900 from 2018 Ragtime Program that was not held was added to the total grant budget. Grant committee met 10/5. M/S/C
A request for funding has been received from Somali Bantu Community Organization. They are a 501c3 corp. and they do an after school program similar to Seneca Street’s, but for Somali Refugees. The Executive Committee recommends a one-time grant of $1,000, with the understanding that they should apply through Lutheran Charities next year. Currently we have $3,397 in Base money and $1,141 in Challenge money available. This does not include the $1,900 from Ragtime. M/S/C
Good of the Order –
Adjournment: Closed with the Lords Prayer Traditional Version @ 3:07 PM
Next meetings are:
Executive Board – Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Amherst Lutheran Church
Regular Board – Thurs day, December 13, 2018 Crossroads Lutheran Church