Florida Society of Jewish Deaf
Board Meeting July 2, 2020
Sorenson video group chat
All Board members present.
Called to order at 1:06 PM
Secretary - Past Board minutes of March 30, 2020 accepted.
Treasurer – Unaudited report – bank balance is $31,154.09, donations $1561.00 - unaudited
Online meetings - Sorenson better than Zoom according to Jerry, Google met includes auto-captions, Jerry has licenses for Zoom and Google Meet for large groups which is expensive
5th Gala – Glenna emailed office – still doable with people and tables spread out, can postpone to later date, or use a smaller yacht up to 50 people – they are flexible. Also need to do cancellations or postponement for bus and hotel reservations.
JCC and Federation access issues – Joy has been contacting people with spotty responses – need to develop an action plan of contacts, press releases, meetings, etc. for all these major organizations. There is a big picture issue of business and nonprofit funding problems. Jerry brought up Goodwill with their closure of stores, and DHH program – what happens to DHH funding?
High Holy Services – not good idea to do it at WCC- maybe do meal orders at home? Could try doing virtual instead or could partner with other Deaf Jewish organizations already doing it
MOTION #1 Move to cancel WCC contracts (Wendy/Carol) (NB – all refunds were returned)
Yizkor – still do it online at same price $10 per line and will post on web site
Membership dues for 2021 – Should we lower fee to $10 for current members? Consider it for vote at Fall Board meeting
Webmaster – need to a find a person with more recent skills (NB Eric Beer has agreed to do it)
Florida Sales Tax exemption was renewed for another five years, also did filing with IRS – all done by Martin
COVID-19 programming – try offering online classes such as cooking, genealogy, etc., already have other resources for religious related events, may need liability release form for participants for certain classes, could hire Deaf experts with foundation money, Jerry willing to plan a series
Should we purchase or borrow virtual meeting package including webinar format? Should we do prepared videos on eblast? Or do partnerships? Martin will investigate the options
JCC virtual programming – need to continue contacts and discussions to develop policies and funding for communication access – Martin & Joy will develop an action plan
JDC letter requesting pictures – due to their situation and lack of control the answer is No.
Next Board meeting will be August or September after all have done assignments/gathering information, etc.
Adjourned 2:55 PM
Glenna Ashton, Secretary