January 19, 2011

Portland Buy Local Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Planet Dog Conference Room

In Attendance:  Chris Busby, Stuart Gersen, Judy Halpert, Nancy Lawrence, Joan Leitzer, Kristen Smith, Susan Tran

Also in attendance: Mary Marsh, Elliott Teel, Seamus

Susan opened the meeting with a follow-up discussion on the strategic planning session.  The group agreed that the session was very useful and that our board should plan a special meeting annually to assess our organization’s goals and objectives.

Nancy and Judy provided an overview of the new Volunteers Committee which was formed as a result of our planning session.

Kristen gave an update on the new web site and our plans for the launch. She requested feedback from those who reviewed the site ahead of the meeting.  Stuart, Chris, and Susan all supplied information on their experiences and offered suggestions for Kristen to share with the web site developers.  A letter has been drafted to send via post to all Buy Local members announcing the web site, introducing the upcoming renewal campaign, and providing ad rates for the 2011 printed directory.  The board approved the printing expenditure as well as an allowance for mailing costs.  Kristen will see if the letters can be folded, stuffed, and mailed by Xpress Copy at a reasonable rate.

The board approved three new board members: Mary Marsh, Elliott Teel, and Danielle Marks.  Susan will follow-up with the new board members for their contact information.

Chris provided an update on the Marketing Committee. The next poster has a late-February/early-March target date. Amy The is designing this poster and also the new cover for the printed directory.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes recorded by Susan Tran

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