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Board Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2016

Present:

  • Pam Merchanthouse, President (Friends Fellowship Community)
  • Brad Glover, Vice-President/Treasurer (First Bank Richmond)
  • David Burton (Burton & Simkin Attorneys)
  • Lynn Knight, (Earlham College)
  • Tim Love (Reid Hospital & Health Care Services)
  • Jenie Lahmann (Morrisson-Reeves Library
  • Linda Przybysz (Ivy Tech Community College)
  • Rob Tidrow, Vice-President (Richmond Community Schools)
  • Richard Peterson (Porter Advertising, LLC)
  • Jane Holman (Executive Director, WayNet.org, Ex-Officio)

Absent:

  • Beth Fields, Secretary (Wayne County Government)
  • Randy Baker (Richmond Power and Light)
  • Aubrey Blue, Secretary (Cope Environmental Center)

Call to Order:

President Pam Merchanthouse called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM in the Community Room at the Richmond City Building.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes were read and reviewed. Tim Love motioned acceptance of the minutes, seconded by Jenie Lahmann and the motion passed unanimously.

New Business:

Director's Report

Mrs. Holman reviewed the Director's Report.

Mrs. Holman provided an update on membership as well as updated on County Connections, and activity on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. She reviewed the reports and analytics, and noted activity was stable. She reported that she removed expired memberships and their linkage on the website.

Mrs. Holman mentioned that the Wayne County Connections had successful tapings at the WCTV Studio as well as an onsite taping at Abbott's Candy in Hagerstown.

Jane attended the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast "Interns". She found out more about interns and she explored ideas on how she might use an intern at Waynet. With one computer in the office, it would be difficult to utilize and intern to do website maintenance.

John Mulherin with Hull Property Group – Richmond Square Mall Property - investigated the purchase of Waynet photos to be placed on drywall areas of the Mall.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet was reviewed. Waynet is currently in the red. After April they will be back in the black due to membership payment cycles. Rob Tidrow motioned acceptance of the Balance Sheet, seconded by Brad Glover and the motion passed unanimously.

Fee Waiver Membership

Sprout of Control was previously a fee waiver member under the financial umbrella of the Wayne Township Trustee but now has become a separate entity. The fee waiver was discussed. David Burton motioned acceptance of the fee waiver, seconded by Lynn Knight and the motion passed unanimously.

A discussion over membership benefits and new memberships occurred.

Richard, Pam, David, and Linda met regarding communication ideas for new and current memberships. They have each set up a list of businesses (which they each read aloud) they will be focusing on for prospecting memberships. Each member of the Waynet Board is encouraged to secure a new member to Waynet.

It was discussed that the Employment Page on Waynet is a popular page that could help businesses fill employment openings. This could be used as a key factor in some businesses trying Waynet membership as part of their marketing package.

It was suggested that the Platinum membership get an added benefit. Add 10 free Waynet photo library images for free per year for the member to use as they wish. There was not a vote on this suggestion.

Jane pointed the Board to several online resources on Waynet that can assist Board Members in making the initial phone call and outlining the benefits of membership. Suggests are found here: waynet.org > about us > board reference (contact Jane for the login info) Jane offered to do follow-up meetings or make packets for potential members. Please contact Jane for this information.

With 50,000 visitors a month, Waynet has proven to be a powerful local resource.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2016, location to be determined.

Adjournment:

Being no further business, Richard Peterson made a motion that the meeting be adjourned at 1:00 PM. Seconded by Jenie Lahmann.

Respectfully submitted,

Jenie Lahmann, Acting Recording Secretary

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