February 2014 Board Minutes

FRLC Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Six board members attended, although our secretary was unable to stay on the call. In her absence, the chair attempted to take minutes.

Everyone checked in. Winter has been challenging but we are grateful to be sober.

The minutes of the January meeting were approved.

The Treasurer’s report was discussed and approved. The annual comparison to 2012 was helpful. We received $5891.46 in donations in 2013 as compared to $6663.00 in 2012. We are $105 ahead of last year despite increases in the coordinator’s salary and mailing costs. There was a $5,000 donation in 2012 and no single large donation in 2013, so this is really encouraging. There are more and larger donations coming in. More copies of our book have been sold this year than any year so far. Our treasurer is willing to continue serving and we are grateful to have him do so. Report approved

The Coordinator reported that there has been more activity, with steady participation in the conference call meetings and more phone contacts requesting support. He is grateful for those calls. His congregation is launching a capital campaign and will be giving 10% of the funds raised to mission, including the proposed Fellowship for Lutherans in Recovery who are laity. He will be contacted our website designer for training. In the meantime our chair person has been posting the minutes.

Retreat: The next retreat cruise was proposed for February 9-14 to the Bahamas leaving from Jacksonville, FL. The cost would be $279 for an interior room or 329 for an oceanview. It appears to be cheaper to fly to Florida than other ports and this was the best price he found. The coordinator will start working on the publicity once it is approved. It was moved, seconded and passed to approve this proposal for the cruise.

The Coordinator and Newsletter editor are still having difficulty contacting each other by email. The Coodinator will try using a phone.

LCMS relations: John Fale is a contact person and has been referring people to FRLC. We learned about a new program: Mercy Operations (chairperson did not get the name down). More will be revealed.

As the person requesting that social media be put on the agenda was not present, we briefly reviewed our members’ presence on the ELCA Clergy group. Another borad member has tried to get something going on the FRLC and the How it Works: Lutheran Clergy in Recovery group.

Next Meeting March 4, 2014