The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Falmouth was held on October 15, 2020 via Zoom video conference. PRESENT: Mike Bihari, Carol Casey, Carol Chittenden, Nan Denton, Jack Easterling, Marcia Easterling, Martha Gavenas, Sue Gnospelius, Carol Kenney, Susan Loucks (Director), Mary Pat MacKenzie, Janet Totten, Lee Turner, Grant Willis. ABSENT: Marion Bihari, Karen Rinaldo, Karen Roberts, Tom Sbarra.


The meeting was called to order at 3:33 p.m. by President Bihari.

SECRETARY: On a motion by MacKenzie, it was voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the September 17, 2020 meeting, as amended by the deletion of director Gnospelius from the list of those present.


TREASURER: In Treasurer Roberts' absence, Director Loucks presented the Treasurer's Report. Assuming the feds forgive our $21,645 PPP loan and we are able to credit it in this calendar year, we project 2020 will show $200,555 in income and $172,176 in expense, for a year-end net of about $28,400. Meanwhile, Loucks and Roberts continue putting together the 2021 Budget for Board approval. On a motion by Willis, the Treasurer's Report was accepted for filing, subject to audit.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Director Loucks reported that Fran's performance review is complete, and it has been decided she should receive a $150 bonus. The waitlist has been reduced from 30 (last report) to 20, and we have enlisted one new volunteer. Membership and Volunteer brochures have been updated and are headed to the printer. A Planned Giving brochure should be out by December. And the jigsaw puzzle exchange is helping keep folks occupied!


Volunteer: J. Easterling said that, although there was no committee meeting, he has noticed an "uptick" in fall cleanup requests.

Member Services/Activities: M. Easterling reported few requests thus far for assistance in voting, although interest may pick up as Election Day approaches. It was agreed to use the committee's call lists to stay in communication with members---keeping up to date on how they are doing, finding out whether they need fall chores done (or assistance in voting) and notifying them of the imminent availability of the long-awaited NF Cookbook. Bihari noted there is also a VIPS pen-pal program which fosters adult-student communication.


Tech: Will report next month.

Development: Loucks said that the Fall Appeal has to date raised about $6,000 from 57 contributors; we are hoping for at least $15,000. Our grant request to Massachusetts Service Alliance brought in $3,958, which will help reimburse NF as we distribute our COVID-19 "goodie bags." Still to come:


Development: Willett Fund, Kelley Foundation, Falmouth Fund.

Further work on the fundraising video has been postponed for now, due to the cold weather and the need to wear masks.


NF Cookbook: 400 books have been printed at a total cost of $3,120 and will be available in about 3 weeks; we must sell at least 245 (at $21.50) to make a profit. MacKenzie suggested putting blurbs in local church bulletins.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Grant Willis, Recording Secretary

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