FSFAPA Board Meeting

THURSDAY, June 18 – 3:00 p.m.
Hilton Orlando

Submitted for approval by FSFAPA Secretary Charles Parker.

Meeting started by at 3:00 p.m.

Following were in attendance: Harriett Wynn (President), Chris Johnson (Exec VP), Charles Parker (Secretary), Orlando Avila (Director of Programs), Maria Bond (Treasurer), Kara Elliot-Jordan (RVP), Trish Allen (Adoptions), Thomas Croom (RVP), Keith Best (RVP), Melanie Stimmell (RVP), Lillie Blackshear (RVP), Lynda Thompson (Parliamentarian/Bylaws/Conference Chair), Harry Dubia (Membership),
Amanda Williams (Nex Gen/IL) LaShaun Wallace (Duffels), Laurallyn Segur (CBC Advisor), Dorothy Alvarez (RVP), Gay Frizzell (QPI Advisor), David Brown (Nominations), Rose Stayduhar (FAST Coordinator) and Trudy Petkovich (Executive Director).

Not in attendance: Kristi Putnam (DCF Advisor), Wendy Vernon (Advocacy – excused), Victoria Herrin (Band Manager – excused).

After attendance, the minutes from the prior Board Meeting were accepted with corrections. Motion made by Thomas and seconded by Orlando; motion passed with no opposition.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Enjoyed working with everyone to get the conference set up; some gave 110%, a few gave a little less. Encouraged those that need help to let other board members know – so nothing gets missed. We have to work together, but we will get it done. Chris interjected that Harriet, Lynda and Trudy have carried much of the load for the conference and thanked them – but there is still plenty for us all to do. Harriet thanked LaShaun Wallace for stepping up and helping lay out the program, welcomed Rose to her first Board meeting.

EDUCATION CONFERENCE – Lynda let everyone know that the team meeting to kick off Friday would be at 8:45. Encouraged all to be vigilant about badges for participants and kids (teens have shirts as well) for safety. Board approved giving FSFAPA Travel Mugs to speakers as Thank Yous.

BOARD SHIRTS – Orlando announced the shirts were in and would distribute after the meeting, price was in the $20 range if you ordered a Polo (dependent on size) and the board paid for one Oxford for each board member.

EVP/RVP – Chris reported that he and Harriet were going to meet the prospective RVP for Suncoast Region at the conference as an interview.

NEX GEN BAND – Playing at the Conference at both general sessions (Saturday and Sunday.)

TEEN RECRUITMENT – Committees are making progress, Pat Smith (Saturday’s Keynote will share the new Fostering Success PSA and some support materials, logo.)

NOMINATIONS – David and Charlie are moving forward with the nomination process, David indicated that all RVPs and the three sitting executive board members up for election have been re-nominated for their current positions (either by email or in-person to him). At this point there are no opposing nominations for any of the positions, the floor will be open at the General Membership Meeting on Friday for final nominations. Any contested elections will be held at the GM Meeting this Fall (TBD).

DCF ADVISOR – Kristi is leaving DCF to relocate with her husband (who has been working out-of-state).

QPI ADVISOR UPDATE – Gay reinforced the information about the Teen Recruitment project. David interjected that he is looking for parents of teens in care to share stories for a blog in support of the recruitment effort.

FAST – Rose asked anyone that had helped with FAST previously to email her the capacity they held. She is still working her way into the position. Charles indicated that some of the emails she had been in on were copied to him, and he shared that her responses were exactly the type of support the position needed to offer, and her understanding of the procedures was a big plus.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT – Trudy shared that there will be a Purple notebook either in Clear Lake or at Registration for suggestions and notes for coming conferences. Please use it!

Duffles will be distributed after RVP meetings on Friday.

Board wears long-sleeve red shirts on Satuday.

A motion was made to adjourn (by several) and seconded (by several) and the meeting closed at approximately 5 p.m.