Meeting Minutes: December 12, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064


Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Richard Hendrickson, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser


I.               Approval of minutes from Nov. 14 board meeting

a.     Zahniser moved to approve, Wax seconded, and Nonahal abstained. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     Michael Fleeman has resigned from the board as an associate board member but will remain active with the chapter.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson is transferring the chapter’s holiday party proceeds from PayPal into SPJ/LA’s checking account and it will be included in the report next month.

b.     The BOA balance as of Nov. 1 is $35.807.89, and as of Nov. 30 is $35,874.90.  Balance on the books as of Nov. 30 is $31,096.94. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Nov. 30 is $71,252.07, which includes a loss of $667.54 from the previous month.

c.      Windsor moved to receive the report, Bellman seconded. The motion carried.

d.     Hendrickson proposed having three people (the president, treasurer and past president) authorized to sign checks. Bellman moved to vote on the proposal and Wax seconded. Two out of three will need to sign any check. The motion carried.

IV.            Standing Committees –

a.     Awards – Marcellino

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     The release went out for the award honorees last week. Information for sponsorships will be sent out this week, and the banquet is Jan. 26.

ii.     Walton said Favot will help with the program and Seifer will help with the script.

iii.     Walton asked the board about whether we should include photos of honorees in the news releases moving forward.

iv.     The board discussed who could MC the event.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

i.     No report

d.     Diversity – Hendrickson

i.     No report

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

i.     No report

f.      FOI –Zahniser

i.     No report

g.     Generation J – Bowen

i.     No report

h.     Membership – Saxton

i.     No report

i.       Nominations – Bellman

i.     Approve slate of officers for 2017

1.     Bellman proposed Bluestein as President, Cocca as Vice President, Favot as Secretary, and Hendrickson to continue serving as Treasurer.

2.     Walton moved to approve, Nonahal seconded. The motion carried and the new slate of officers was approved.

ii.     Upcoming online board elections

1.     Bellman said we have four incumbents running again including Walton, Marcellino, Saxton and Hendrickson. There are also two new board nominations.

j.       Scholarships – Audi

i.     No report

V.              Old Business

a.     Dec. 2 – 4 SPJ/Scripps leadership training seminar recap – Cocca said the conference was excellent and thanked the board in supporting her trip there.

b.     Dec. 7 Holiday Party recap – Mottek/Nonahal

i.     Nonahal said the board made a small profit on the holiday party, which is very rare. Mottek said about 40 people attended.

VI.            New Business

a.     No new business.

VII.          Next board meeting: Jan. 7, 2017, 10 a.m., as part of SPJ/LA’s annual retreat, at Roberta Wax’s home in Northridge.

VIII.        Adjournment

a.     Wax moved to adjourn the meeting, Nonahal seconded. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,


Christina Cocca

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