Present: Arthur, Bohdan, Melanie, Tom, Ed
Check-in and opening prayer: Melanie
Minutes: The minutes from February were received.
Treasurer’s Report: Discussion on the role of a bookkeeper vs. the role of the treasurer. The chair will contact a board member regarding taking on the role of treasurer with a local bookkeeper. The current balances are: FRLC $1835.53, Conference $2037.80. We received a donation from Portico for support of the Conference.
Coordinator’s Report: The Conference website is done. There are eleven people registered for the Conference. The Episcopal church group is fully on board. Promotional events are lined up for June, including six Synod Assemblies. A planned promotion at a conference in Washington DC was postponed. We may be reimbursed expenditures. We are in touch with all the Minneapolis area conferences and are planning to attend meetings of three of them. We were represented at a faith community nurse gathering in St. Cloud, also at the Parish Nurse gathering and an LCMS event.
The flyers are done—there are two sizes. The flyer can be downloaded and printed at: https://www.addictionandfaithconference.com/uploads/1/1/1/5/11159635/afc_flyer_2019.pdf
Please print some flyers and take them wherever you go.
There is also a resource to print and take to your congregation on how they can support this event: https://www.addictionandfaithconference.com/uploads/1/1/1/5/11159635/congregational_support_options.pdf Please print and share this with your congregation.
The FRLC page is in the process of being updated to reflect the current information and to add a PayPal button.
How you can support the Conference:
1) Register now directly by contacting Louise at: email@example.com Doing so will save you some money and help us with conference expenses but you will need to pay with a check. We don’t see the money paid through online credit card registrations (through Eventbrite) until after the conference.
2) Print flyers and make a pitch to your colleagues to attend the Conference. Contact your Synod and try to get information on your Synod website, including a link to the Conference website: https://www.addictionandfaithconference.com/ Offer them the opportunity to support this ministry by sponsoring scholarships.
3) Contact your local Thrivent representative, ask them to sponsor the Conference and let them know why this is an important ministry for them to support. This is the only option for receiving support through the Thrivent organization.
4) Help us identify potential Conference sponsors—treatment centers etc. There are a variety of levels of sponsorship available. Wendy will contact them if we give her the leads. Information is available here: https://www.addictionandfaithconference.com/advertise.html
We are working on narrowing the list of breakout sessions and coordinating the schedule with the Episcopalians. They have resources to share.
Bohdan will follow up with the inactive board members.
Discussion of how board members might be available to provide information and answer questions about the FRLC in the local area. The chair is available by video call as needed or will be in Minneapolis on June 22. The secretary and another board member will be in there May 13-17. All are willing to a meeting if it would be helpful.
Tom closed the meeting with prayer.
Next regular Board meeting: Thursday, April 4, 2019.