Africa Classroom Connection
Board of Director’s Meeting Minutes
Call in Meeting
6:00 p.m. Call to Order
February 27, 2017

Present: Henry Bromelkamp, Barbara Bencini, Michelle Biros, Tammie Follett, Rich Kleber, Jeff Nelson, and Pat Plonski.
Absent: Robyn Coquyt, Roy Goslin, Anne Hussian, and Peter Maritz..
Secretary’s report
Minutes from meeting of January 23, 2017 were distributed and reviewed in advance. Tammie Follett moved and Jeff Nelson seconded that the minutes be approved as presented. The motion carried.

Treasurer’s report.
Jeff Nelson Reported as follows:
January 31, 2017 account balances:
Malawi Fund $16,300
Checking / Net Assets $9,605
YTD revenues $200
YTD expenses $10
YTD net surplus $190
Month of January 2017 activity:
January revenues $200
January expenses $10
January net surplus $190
A donor history report was previously presented by Jeff Nelson outlining key donations received over the past month. Members were encouraged to review this donation schedule. It was further noted that approximately $2,700 in revenue remains outstanding from the Park Square Theatre and efforts are ongoing to secure this revenue.
Following discussion, Rich Kleber moved and Tammie Follett seconded that the presentation by the treasurer be accepted as presented. The motion carried.
Chair’s Report
Henry Bromelkamp presented as follows:
A number of good photographs from travel to Africa have been secured for ACC use and will be used on the ACC website and for donor recognition.
Malawi Project
A memorandum of understanding has been established and it is anticipated that approximately $16,000 will be provided in a grant to Malawi soon for school construction.
New York City Initiatives
Ginger Wange in New York is working to establish a Freedom Day event to spread awareness of and raise funds for ACC in New York. A cocktail party of 20-30 people is envisioned.
ECAG recently send a collections of DVD’s, letters, and pens to ACC to be used for promotional purposes. A discussion ensured about how to maximize outreach work being done by ECAG to raise the profile of ACC (including the use of the ACC logo) in co-branding efforts, but how to also protect the ACC brand. It was determined that Henry should have a general discussion with ECAG on the topic of coordination and co-branding, with decisions brought back to respective organizations for approval.
A learning tour to be held in partnership with Books For Africa is scheduled for mid-January of 2018. Accordingly, it is determined that there will be no ACC learning tour this fall. Following the January/February 2018 learning tour, a smaller tour of 4-6 people targeted towards upscale donors will be planned for the fall of 2018.
Development Report
Tammie Follett reported that planning for the April 25th Freedom Day event in Minneapolis is well under way. Sponsors are being arranged and a mailing will go out soon. It was suggested that a phone call or pre-recorded video message from the South African Ambassador to the U.S. to the attendees should be secured.
Donor Relations Committee
Rich Kleber reported that the donor relations committee has discussed activities and that more meetings with donors will be arranged in the future.
Communications Committee
Henry Bromelkamp reported that the Communications Committee needs more activity and a new chair as Anne Hussian is not able to continue in this role. A number of names of people to serve on the committee and act as chair were discussed. Henry and Tammie will approach a number of candidates.
Trevor Noah
Henry Bromelkamp indicated a plan to approach Trevor Noah, the South African comedian/ author who hosts the Daily Show, to provide visibility for ACC. The board agreed that this would be a positive development.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Patrick Plonski
Board Secretary

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