President, Tom Kashatus called the meeting to order on the above date and time, and then proceeded to follow the order of business.
Secretary, Linda Conner read the minutes from the previous meeting of February 9th 2010. President, Tom Kashatus took exception to statement that the president “proposed the following changes to the NTCO by-laws”. The statement was corrected to “the nominating committee proposed the following changes to the NTCO by-laws”. President, Tom Kashatus also corrected the omission of the Hospitality Committee, of which Sia Sager is chair, from the organizations’ committees discussed during the previous meeting. With corrections noted, Mary Margaret Kashatus made a motion to accept the minutes as read and placed on file, seconded by Heidi Selecky; all voted in favor.
Treasurer, Francis Zaleski read and presented the treasurers report. (Written report of February 9th 2010 was given to the secretary) Mary Jo Evans made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as read and placed on file, seconded by Sia Sager, with all present voting in favor.
The Treasurer had no bills or communications to present at that time.
President, Tom Kashatus reports:
1. 2010 membership is at120 members.
2. Leigh Bonczewski expressed interest on behalf of the Rotary Club in possibly becoming involved in the organizations’ clean up and recreation projects.
3. The Summer Fun program will be chaired by Melissa Bova and co-chaired by Pat Bova respectively. Swimming and bowling were discussed as possible activities.
1st Vice President, Palmira Miller reports:
1. The Great American Clean-up begins March 1st. Activities will commence with the organizations’ participation in the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to be held in Wilkes-Barre on March 14th, 2010. JP Mascaro Inc. has committed a truck for the organizations’ use in the parade.
2. Payment for the tee shirts ran over the allowable monies by $10.63 in shipping costs. Carolyn Phillips made the motion for the organization to pay the overage, Carol Kuhn seconded; all voted in favor.
3. Possible dates (April 12th thru 30th) were discussed for the Big Junk and Illegal Dumpsite clean-ups.
2nd Vice President, Bill Hourigan had no report at that time.
1. The Fund Raising Committee reports that sales of the calendars, video discs and collectibles have slowed significantly with the calendars especially so. With approximately 100 calendars left in inventory, Heidi has suggested possibly ordering fewer calendars (200 rather than 300) for sale next year.
2. The possibility of historical picture book in the future was discussed.
1. The Newport Township Recreation Board met and listed priorities for the coming spring/summer season:
· Repairs to the tennis courts were discussed with the possibility of grant monies.
· Murph Fletcher proposed activities for the Townships’ summer fun program.
· John Grabowski proposed tee shirts to commemorate the re-opening of Coal Street Park; the commissioners turned this down due to lack of funding.
· President, Tom Kashatus presented to proposed changes:
Article IV – Section 4 [Voting] will have the sentence “Members must be in good standing in order to vote” added to the end of the statement. Frances Zaleski made a motion to accept. Palmira Miller seconded the motion; all voted in favor.
Article VI – Section 6 [Committees] will have the sentence “Members of the community organization who are not board members of the corporation may be appointed to a committee” eliminated from the statement.
Linda Conner made a motion to accept; Carolyn Phillips seconded, all voted in favor.
Article VI [Board of Directors of the Corporation] will be amended to include a section on vacancies to state as follows: “The President shall fill vacancies within the Board of Directors, other than those due to expiration of term of office, with a member of good standing. All appointments will be for the remainder of the annual year and that office will be open for election, for the duration of the normal term for that office, prior to the annual meeting of the corporation. Palmira Miller made a motion to accept; Linda Conner seconded, all voted in favor.
In the interest of time, Frances Zaleski made a motion to table further amending of by-laws until the next meeting. Paul Jarecki seconded the motion, which was put to the floor with 8 voting yes and 3 voting no. The motion passed.
2. President, Tom Kashatus announced that voting for the Board of Directors would commence:
· To the 3-Year Term, Stephen Phillips and Russ Sager were recommended by the nominating committee. Three times the President asked for other nominations. Three times there was no response. Nomination was closed.
· To the 2-Year Term, the nominating committee initially recommended Steven Masakowski and Thomas Kashatus. Thomas Kashatus declined nomination and was replaced with Heidi Selecky. Three times the President asked for other nominations. Three times there was no response. Nomination was closed.
· To the 1-Year Term, James Caley was recommended by the nominating committee and Carol Marcincavage was nominated from the floor. With all present voting, 7 voted in favor of Carol Marcincavage, 6 in favor of James Caley. Carol Marcincavage was declared winner.
Good of the Organization
Frances Zaleski made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Bill Hourigan seconded the motion, with all voting in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.
Submitted by: Linda Conner