January 26, 2011
Author: Cheryl Miller-Harper
1. Approval of December 9, 2010 minutes
A motion was made and
seconded to accept the corrected minutes from the December 9 meeting.
2. Status of Action Items
Barbie will be
checking with Alisa Mierzejewski on our issues with the format that we have
seen, as well as the $500 fee for the NEAOBA e-zine and report back to us.
Bill has been putting
up events on the NEAOBA website. The
Green Mountain and Big E fall shows are not up yet since they are not currently
listed as pending AOBA shows.
3. Treasurer's Report
Lennie has sent out a
Balance Sheet as well as a Profit & Loss Sheet for our approval. With roughly $8700 in dues collected to date,
we are ahead of last year.
The Show Committee
has had their first meeting. The
committee is made up of Pam, Lennie, NIcola Blake and Liz MacEachran. The contract has been signed and the first
payment was to have been made on January 21. Bill will check with Lennie to make sure that
this has been sent out.
The judges will be
Wade Gease and perhaps Polly Michaelis.
Pam has ordered the
NEAC and NEAOBA magnets at a cost of $182.68.
She will send a copy of the invoice to Lennie for reimbursement. Lennie would prefer that we use a check to
pay a vendor as opposed to using our personal credit cards or checks. This will make it easier to record for his
books. We agreed to do this if at all possible.
The show magnets
don't have a date on them, so we can use the same set up to order more after
the 2011 show if we choose. When they
come, Pam will send one of the NEAC as well as one of the NEAOBA ones to each
Bill would like to
send out a magnet, a welcome letter, a few brochures and a copy of the NEAOBA
News with each new member packet he sends out.
The Board agreed that this would be a good use of the NEAOBA materials.
The Show Committee
has the host hotel selection in the works as well as the venue specifics. A Saturday night dinner does not seem to be
happening at many of the shows and is not in the plans for NEAC this year. The Friday night pizza party is still
We have already
addressed the magnets in place of bumper stickers in the NEAC part of the
There is a tentative
State Rep meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 8 P.M.
The next upcoming
event is the Farm & Forest Expo.
There was a
discussion about the use of the NEAOBA booths.
While we currently have no written protocol for booth use, the Board
wants to make it clear that the NEAOBA booth is not the proper place to do any
selling of personal farm products.
Alpaca products can be displayed at the booth, just not for sale.
Currently there are
two booths in Massachusetts. They will
both be going to North American, where one will be given to Jim Forster to keep
in Massachusetts and the other going to Connecticut.
The Board feels that
we can best move forward with the seminar for 2012 by trying to come up with
people who would be willing to sit on an Education Committee and help Matt with
the planning. Some people who came to
mind were Jack Dibb and Megan Burt.
8. Membership Report
117 members have
renewed for 2011 so far, with 9 more pending completion. There are 9 new members for 2011. Last year at this time there were only 88
renewals. The total membership for 2010
9. Other business
Barbie will be
emailing Jen Boshar to see if she would be willing to head up the Nominating
Committee again this year.
Barbie also told the
Board that it is again time to place the ad for NEAF in the Sheep and Wool
Festival booklet. The cost is $95.
Our next meeting is
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.
Meeting adjourned at
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