The annual meeting of Neighborhood Falmouth was held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 via Zoom video conference.


DIRECTORS PRESENT: Mike Bihari, Carol Chittenden, Jack Easterling, Marcia Easterling, Martha Gavenas, Sue Gnospelius, Carol Kenney, Susan Loucks (Director), Bob McIntire, Ken Peal, Karen Roberts, Tom Sbarra, Gretchen Sweeny, Lee Turner, Grant Willis.

DIRECTORS ABSENT: Mary Pat MacKenzie, Karen Rinaldo, Janet Totten.

ALSO PRESENT: Marion Bihari, Rhona Carlton-Foss, Carol Casey, Skip Corcoran, Charles Crawford, Ric Gerace, Barbara Gillis, Alison Robb, Laura Sonnichsen (staff), John Souza, Jackie Webster, Marilyn Zacks.


The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. by President Peal. After his introductory welcome to all virtual attendees, Secretary Willis announced that a quorum had been reached (including proxy votes from 47 members).

Director Loucks then recognized and thanked retiring directors McIntire, Peal, and Sweeny.


President Peal then offered the slate of incoming Directors for approval, namely:

  • Marion Bihari (1st term)

  • Carol Casey (1st term)

  • Nan Denton (1st term)

  • Margaret Gifford (1st term)

  • Mary Pat MacKenzie (2nd term)

  • Grant Willis (2nd term)


No further nominations were advanced from the floor. On a motion by Peal, it was voted unanimously to approve the slate of directors as presented.

SECRETARY: Willis then offered the slate of prospective officers of the Board for approval, namely:

  • President: Mike Bihari

  • Vice-President: Martha Gavenas

  • Treasurer: Karen Roberts

  • Secretary/Clerk: Grant Willis

No further nominations were advanced from the floor. On a motion by Willis, it was voted unanimously to approve the slate of officers as presented.


TREASURER: Roberts briefly reviewed NF's financials over the past year, which showed a steady performance within budget, ending with a net income of $28,730. She then went over NF's proposed budget for 2020, which aims for income of $200,000 against expenses of $198,000. Finally, Roberts explained the effect (so far) of the current coronavirus pandemic upon NF's fundraising. We have had a good response to our appeal letter about the postponement of the annual Gala, with most sponsors staying "on board" with their support. In summary, she said, NF is "well-positioned to weather the storm."


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Director Loucks reminded everyone of the recently begun program of

supportive calls to isolated and lonely seniors, as well as a group call among members, volunteers and directors each weekday at 11:00 a.m.


CORONAVIRUS: President Peal distributed copies of a list of actions which NF has taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic since March 12, 2020.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Grant Willis, Recording Secretary

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