The John Trigg Ester Library

JTEL Board of Directors Meeting, Sunday, 3.20.2011

JTEL Business Office, the Annex, studio #8, 6 pm (please note time!)

Special Meeting to discuss a proposal from Don Cameron


Roll Call

Discussion & decision

Next regular meeting: Sunday, April 17, 2011


Roll call: Ken Bluhm (via proxy), Roy Earnest, Eric Glos,Melinda Harris, Deirdre Helfferich, Monique Musick

Abstaining from meeting: Nancy Burnham, Amy Cameron

Call to order 6:05 p.m.

There has been a lot of private discussion already

Deirdre- personally feel we can’t accept it: $2,000 a month for a place we need to leave anyway- waste of money

Eric- generous offer but doesn’t fit budget or overall vision

Getting money

Detrimental to our energy and direction

We’ve developed a purpose for the last 7 years- this is not it

Thank Don for a very generous offer

Positive- acknowledges that we have come far enough as a group to make the offer

This is a commercial space- not compatible with our purposes

Right now we pay close to nothing, we can’t afford $2,000 a month

Certainly not yet

It seems everyone already agrees we can't do this

Roy: Move to call the question

Eric: Second

Discussion ended.

All opposed to the ANNEX proposal. Give thanks.

Commit the board to this course of action- design and build this building.Melinda does think that Mitch’s building, the log one across from the Post Office is one that could be considered if we can’t build this library for some reason. No other Ester building or location would be appropriate

Create some strong language in support of building this library on “our land” Need to make sure we don’t trap ourselves

Resolution of understanding that we are committed to this library

Creating a permanent home

Roy- Feels strongly that the land be included in this statement of intention. The property we have is perfect

Resolution of Commitment:The JTEL Board is committed to creating a permanent home for the library on our land in Ester.

Propose this at the board. It isn’t right that some members are not allowed in this meeting.

Discussion on the endowment

Alaska Community Foundation, Babbie Jacobs

Sent an example agreementWant us to insert any language we want inserted


Name any specific purposes

Suggested that we keep it very general

An endowment will always exists- if for some reason the grantee disappears the ACF will repurpose the endowment for another related mission

Give suggestions to Deirdre for what to say

Get the endowment set up before the end of April- before the 15th even better! The sooner we can set this up the better! They already are 501(c)(3)- people can make tax deductible donations Let’s get this set up as soon as possible

We will e-mail our input and get the endowment set up

Need to determine who the fund advisor is

Make the Board in charge of the endowment

The board is elected by the members

The board is who discusses things and votes on actions

Need to read the information and will make recommendations

Move to adjourn: Roy

Second: Eric

All approve 6:35

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