CHC Board Minutes: January 4, 2019

Board of Directors meeting
Fri. Jan. 4, 2019

President Alejandra Cancino called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. Also present: Ben Meyerson, Rob Elder, Greg Karp, Stan Zoller, Dawn Rhodes, Jason Martin, Tahman Bradley, Mike Ewing, Maria Zamudio, Susan S. Stevens, and by phone Flynn McRoberts, Suzanne McBride, Howard Dubin, Maya Dukmasova, Kristen Schorsch, Matt Kiefer and Madhu Krishnamurthy.

December minutes were approved as submitted by Susan.

President’s report: Alejandra thanked Greg for the huge amount of work he did on the PayPal account, which is now operational for the Lisagor Awards entries.
Motion passed for the CHC board to forgive a $10,386.66 loan to the CHC Foundation for scholarships and internships.

Treasurer’s report approved: Greg said we have about $3,900 in checking and $70,000 in savings.
He is switching the Ethics AdviceLine phone from AT&T to Grasshopper, providing a test period is successful, to save money. Greg thanks EAL founder Casey Bukro for his help. Greg has completed Lisagor platform training as a back-up.

Secretary’s report: Susan said longtime supporter and Foundation board member Priscilla Ruth MacDougall, widow of former CHC President Les Brownlee, is recovering slowly from spinal surgery. Board will send her a get-well card.

FOIA: Kristen said planning is going well. FOIAFest date: Feb. 23 at Loyola. There will be 15 panels, same as last year. Stan will be taking over while she is on maternity leave. Board approved $200 for mugs to be given to presenters. Stan will tour Loyola’s new spaces with Richelle Rogers in the near future.

Membership: Rob said he and other board members made 80 calls to lapsing members, some of whom had already renewed. He described the SPJ database as awful.
Board approved spending up to $200 to redraw the T-shirt logo if need be for design purposes. Front: Journalists do it on the record. Rear: Protecting the public’s right to know.
Rob also contacted Newberry Library regarding our archives, which Susan has stored. Newberry welcomes everything and wants annual additions. He and Susan will meet Tuesday to go over what she has. Newberry contact:
Alison Hinderliter
Interim Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives
Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 255-3694

Programs: Maya said 25 people attended our holiday mixer at Billy Goat’s.
Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m. at DePaul’s downtown campus: climate change program with former CHC President Cynthia Linton and several current journalists. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Board approved up to $300 for expenses, including snacks.

Lisagor: Ben said entries are coming in. Dawn spotted a glitch. Promote. Promote. Promote. Need more forms? Contact him. He will NOT extend the deadline beyond Jan. 31. Ben said he is looking for someone to take over Lisagor next year.
Board gave its OK to the CHC Foundation for selling journalism-related items at the Lisagor banquet. Susan will coordinate with Kathy Catrambone for the set-up.

Watchdog: Jason has started publicizing the award and grants. He has one grant application already.

Website: Mike said Lisagor is on and he’s getting ready to add FOIAFest. Site is getting lots of Lisagor hits. Matt will help with FOIAFest.

Foundation: Stan tipped his hat to Rob who negotiated the CHCF Facebook page away from Karen Kring. Stan is now the administrator, and will add at least one more board member. He is working on a promotional brochure. Dann Gire is again handling the Brownlee Scholarship applications.

SPJ sponsorships: Alejandra said she is keeping up the pressure to conform with SPJ’s Code of Ethics.

Meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m. Next meeting: Fri. Feb.1.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Stevens, secretary