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Board of Directors Meeting July 7, 1975 Minutes
Board Members Present: Phil Draper, John Baker, Hale Zukas, Debbie Kaplan, Michael Williams, Chuck Cole, Don Galloway, Jan McEwen, Don Berry, Herb Willsmore.
Others: Pete Leech, Camille Plunkett, Ray Zanella, Gary Gill, Carol Wiebe, Ken Stein, Betty Bacon, Dick Santos, Bill McGregor, John Hessler, Lynn Tijerina, Jerry Wolf, Dan Drake, Daryl Grauer, Willy Winocur, Ed Roberts, Neil Jacobson.
Minutes of the last regular Board meeting read and approved.
Phil Draper appointed Debbie Kaplan President of the Membership Meeting which follows tonight's Board meeting.
1. Don Berry's position as Secretary/Treasurer ends tonight, so we must elect a replacement. Phil Draper asked for volunteers. Neil Jacobson and Hale Zukas volunteered. Neil Jacobson was elected Secretary/Treasurer.
2. Lynn Tijerina is the new staff Ombudsman.
3. Debby Kaplan made the following presentation concerning Disabled People's Resource Center:
The DPRC has an office in Boalt Hall for the summer which we are hoping to keep. The DPRC does para-legal work, solving problems that don't need an attorney, referring people to attorneys when needed. The DPRC deals only with disability-related legal problems, but will refer disabled people with other types of legal problems to other services that can help them. The Center is in the process of incorporating, and seeking Tax Exempt status as a non-profit corporation. The Center is also seeking funding and has had an offer from United Cerebral Palsy Association. However, in order to receive money the Center needs a memorandum of agreement with a corporation that already has tax exempt status. The DPRC would like CIL's Board to write such a memorandum. This would mean that funding for the DPRC would come thru CIL until the DPRC gets their own tax exemtion number. United Cerebral Palsy also wants the assurance the memorandum of agreement would provide.
HALE ZUKAS MOVED THAT THE MEMORANDUN OF AGREEMENT BE EXECUTED. Jan McEwen seconded the motion.
Chuck Cole said that he felt Hale Zukas' motion should be cast to state that CIL's Board invites the DPRC to draft the memo which would then be reviewed by us.
Amendment to Hale Zukas' motion: THE DPRC WILL DRAW UP A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR REVIEW BY THE SECRETARY/TREASURER AND ONE OTHER BOARD MEMBER. THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE EXECUTED PENDING
― 2 ―THAT REVIEW AND APPROVAL. Don Berry seconded. CHUCK COLE RESTATED HIS AMEMNDMENT: CIL'S BOARD SUPPORTS THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DPRC AND AUTHORIZES THE WRITING OF A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT. Instead of taking a vote on the amendment to the motion, Hale Zukas accepted the amendment.
The motion carried with Debbie Kaplan abstaining to avoid any conflict of interest.
4. Lynn Tijerina spoke about the pending CIL Retreat:
Attendance for the retreat is mandatory. Special arrangements are being made to get everyone who can possibly come there. Neil Jacobson, Scott Luebking, and Ray Uzetta are co-ordinating transportation. There's a meeting on July 10 at 3pm to discuss the retreat further. About 80 people will be attending since the retreat is open to staff, Board, and volunteers with a regular working schedule. The purpose of the retreat is to help further communication and understanding, to provide an open arena for discussion, and discover areas of disagreement so they can be resolved and we can move ahead. Written reports are being requested from each project or area of CIL, including the Board, so we will all gain some knowledge about CIL. These reports are due on July 15 and the Board report should cover the real function of the Board, how it should function, and problem areas. Chuck Cole and Debbie Kaplan will write the Board report.
5. Pete Leech gave the following presentation on the training project:
We've gotten thru the heaviest part of the on-site training process. 6 rehab counselors from Arizona and 6 from Nevada spent a full week living in a disabled role with a disabled person. There were 3 week-long units with 4 counselors attending each week. Over 500 person hours of training went into this.
There is still some money left to make some films to improve the projects training materials. The main concern now is whether and how to continue. There will be no more RSA money but the states we've worked with are enthusiastic about the program. At least one state has committed their in-service training money to continue this.
6. Ed Roberts on the current state of CIL:
The parking lot all the way to the furniture store is ours as is the building near the end of the parking lot. The crude partitions in the show-room will hopefully be done by the end of the week. We have $20,000 for remodelling: $10,000 from Rehab, $7,500 from the county, and $3,000 from Berkeley. The city also moved us. When the front room is done most of the staff will move into it so that remodelling in the back can begin. We hope to put windows and doors in place of the roll-up doors. A burglar alarm system is going in. It's a silent alarm to the police plus a bell that goes off in the building.
It looks like we'll be getting a health plan soon. The AFL-CIO has voted us in, with low dues and we can form our own union.
JOHN BAKER MOVED TO ADJOURN THE BOARD MEETING. Debbie Kaplan seconded. Motion passed.