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VPNA Minutes – February 8, 2017

2017 February 22
by Melissa
In attendance: Melissa Bowman, Chair | Anna Maste, Newsletter Editor |Cathy Lumb, Communications Coordinator |Patrick Gilbride, DNA Liaison | Erin Toner, Member-at-large| Agnes Das, DCC

Guest: Stephen Grant re:incorporation process

7:00 Welcome Melissa
7:05 Councilor updates: No update Frank
7:15 DCC updates: Agnes
7:30 Incorporation presentation Melissa


8:45 Publicity: newsletters; social media plan: Cathy will create a draft proposal regarding social media/publicity guidelines and we will circulate it to the group for feedback.

We will finalize the details for the Family Day event through email.

8:55 Information for future meetings: mailchimp Melissa
9:00 Adjournment Melissa

Much of the evening was dedicated to learning about the process of incorporation. Some of the key points were:

Incorporation means: we would be our own entity (therefore not personally liable, especially for programming and events that we run); the City is generally very supportive of NAs as long as we don’t display negligence or malice; directors (board members) can technically still be sued in some cases such as willful blindness or fraud; incorporated organizations tend to have a greater sense of credibility but that also comes with greater accountability (ie. financial statements and filing taxes). Receiving grants is often easier/possible through incorporated organizations.

A final decision regarding incorporation will be made at our March meeting.


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