Meeting Minutes: July 8, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Monday, July 9, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Present: Elizabeth Marcellino, Roberta Wax, Joel Bellman, Sarah Favot, Natalie Windsor, Ricardo Lopez, Julia Wick, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora

Favot called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from June 4 meeting. Zahniser moved to approve the minutes, Favot seconded. All voted in favor.

II. President’s report – (Favot will deliver) A P.O. box has been secured for the chapter. Bluestein will attend the convention in Baltimore. Bluestein working on a Google news tools workshop at USC in September.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson reported on the bank balance as of June 1. Zahniser moved to receive the Treasurer’s report. Natalie seconded. All voted in favor except Lopez who abstained as he was not present in June.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees –
a. Awards –Streifler did a rundown of the awards for those who were not familiar.
b. Banquet – Walton — nothing to report.
c. Courts – Marcellino had nothing to report.
d. Diversity – Lopez is now chair of the committee.
e. Ethics – Bellman had nothing to report.
f. FOI – Zahniser spoke about how there may be another amicus brief to sign onto. More information may be revealed between now and the September board meeting. Bellman reported that we still have not received the information we requested in regard to their Mnuchin visit.
g. Generation J – Nothing to report.
h. Membership – Marcellino said the membership committee had come up with two options for a tangible giveaway for new SPJ/LA members: a ceramic mug or a drink tumbler that can hold both hot and cold drinks. The mug is less expensive and the group expressed approval for the mug. The membership committee would like approval to spend $180 on coffee mugs to use as giveaways. This would cover 36 mugs.
i. Nominations – Nothing to report.
j. Regional Conference – Nothing to report.
k. Scholarships – Mora read the report. We did not extend the deadline. Richard sent multiple email blasts to professors at college journalism programs across the Southland. Four potential scholarship recipients were chosen. Much discussion was had about them. Zahniser moved to approve the committee report and have a larger discussion about scholarships in September. Wick seconded, all voted in favor.
The scholarships were awarded to:
Jason Rocklin CSUF – Greenburg (Political & Investigative);
Ethan Lauren SMC and CSULB – Farr (Future Journalists);
Natalia Vivino CSUN – Johnson (Broadcast Journalists);
Imani Stephens ASU – Innouye (Diversity).

V. Old Business
a. Patt Morrison book signing on June 13 – Bellman said it was a very nice event: 14 people attended.
b. Mega-Mixer on June 27– Favot gave a positive report and said a targeted Facebook post was also very effective. Between 120 and 150 people attended the mixer throughout the evening.
c. Video editing workshop on July 14 – According to Favot, the event sold out in three days and now has a waiting list.

VI. New Business
a. Selecting location and date for awards banquet – Walton
The banquet will be at the Omni Hotel in downtown LA on March 20.
b. Updated chapter brochure – Bray
c. Approval of chapter funds for the president to attend EIJ ‘18 – Favot moved to approve, Marcellino seconded all voted in favor.
d. Mixer with the Long Beach Post – All thought it was a great idea though some were concerned about holding an event in the dog days of August.

VII. Favot moved to adjourn at 8:37 Natalie seconded all voted in favor.

Next board meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (the day after Labor Day) at Louise’s Trattoria
(Note: No board meeting in August.)

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