Meeting Minutes: June 4, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 4, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present Roberta Wax, Alice Walton, Stephanie Bluestein, Natalie Windsor, Frank Mottek, Joel Bellman, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Kathryn Mora, Richard Saxton

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:14 pm.

I. Approval of minutes from May 7 meeting. Bluestein moved to approve the minutes, Walton seconded, three abstentions. Approved.
II. President’s report – Bluestein reported on the quest to obtain a mailbox. The smallest mailbox is $45 for six months. Wax moved for a vote in favor, Bellman seconded, all voted in favor.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson gave the treasurer’s report. Bellman moved to approve, Natalie Windsor seconded, all voted in favor.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees –
a. Awards – Marcellino said nothing to report
b. Banquet – Walton said nothing to report.
c. Courts – Marcellino said nothing to report.
d. Diversity – No report
e. Ethics – No report
f. FOI – Bluestein discussed amicus brief and whether we had to pay $500 to add our name. We don’t yet have a firm answer. The merits of getting involved were debated.
g. Generation J – Bluestein had nothing to report
h. Membership – Marcellino said membership was basically flat year over year. We lost about 50 members but also gained 50 members. Marcellino discussed doing more to retain members and the group discussed potential tangible membership incentives.
i. Nominations – Bray not present.
j. Regional Conference – Bluestein presented results of survey which had very helpful feedback. Bluestein asked permission to share results with LV chapter, group agreed.
k. Scholarships – Saxton said we had two applications from photojournalists.

V. Old Business
a. Patt Morrison book signing on June 13 – Bellman said we have confirmed everything for that. It will be on a Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 at The Association downtown.
b. Mega-Mixer on June 27– Saxton will get stickers for name badges and pins. LA Press Club has also signed on.

VI. New Business
a. Filling vacancies on board – Bluestein discussed a potential new board member who Zahniser had approached. Natalie Windsor motioned to appoint the new member, Wick seconded. Everyone voted in favor.
b. Event for July – Mottek will inquire about a potential speaker. Bluestein will look into a potential workshop for July.
VII. Adjournment at 8:40 p.m.

Next board meeting: Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria
(Note: No board meeting in August.)

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