134th Meeting - 03.11.2012

134th Meeting of the CMC Board of Directors
March 11, 2012 / 12:45 p.m. -- Public Copy**


Directors Present (5):  Rev. Marci Benson, Rev. Tony Ponticello, Charles Mawson, Rev. Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh, Rev. Tedosio Samora

Directors Absent (4): Rev. Rudy Colombini, Bart Bacon, Rev. Vincent Fuqua, Rev. Peter Graham


The Minutes Were Read and Accepted As Read.


Financial Report:

No new financial reports at this time. Jan. - Mar. 2012 quarter should be ready at next meeting on May 20.

Supporting Member Report:

Good News — We're still growing!

Currently 91 Supporting Members — $4,881 / month pledged (~$54/member)

Net gain of 6 members and a gain of $202 / month pledged

Gained (7): Rev. Franz Enciso, Nora Jones, Paul Marinkovich, Julia Kerl, Paul Frishkoff, Mary Gerard Lenihan, Rev. Donna Little

Lost (1): Grace Noelle

A Proposed Mission Statement was submitted by Rev. Vincent & Rev. Tony. Proposal was amended as below and then approved. It was noted that the Mission Statement can evolve and change easily through a Board decision.

The Community Miracles Center is a worldwide community for anyone who is interested in the spiritual teaching A Course in Miracles. We are on the "Great Crusade" in learning how to forgive the world that we are in. We do that by LISTENING to guidance from Holy Spirit or our Higher Power, LEARNING about true cause and effect, and actively DOING things to shift the errors in perception. Our mission is to transform the world we see into a reflection of Heaven and manifest the "Real World." We do this locally, nationally, and internationally.


Old Business

Discussion about conference presenters and their roles and associations with the CMC is tabled for now. Bart is researching some issues and he may bring this issue up at a future meeting.

Discussion about adding real time internet "chat" to the CMC web site has been dropped for now.

Discussion about the reading of the Minutes at the meeting. General consensus is that reading the minutes is a good thing so we will continue to do it. Rev. Tony should send the minutes a second time when he sends the Agenda for the next meeting.


New Business

Associate Ministers

Guidelines for considering someone to be an Associate Minister are.
A) Ordained CMC Minister,
B) Supporting Member,
C) Active in some capacity with the CMC (committee membership, active in Sunday Service, active attendance in classes, active in MOLDG, active in Facebook group, a CMC volunteer, etc.)

These guidelines are not rigid and exceptions can be made in individual cases.

Approved List:

1) Rev. Franz Enciso,
2) Rev. Tedosio Samora,
3) Rev. Judy Junghans,
4) Rev. Rudy Colombini,
5) Rev. Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh,
6) Rev. Alicia Albahae,
7) Rev. Adrienne Bermingham,
8) Rev. Peter Graham,
9) Rev. Geri Baskind,
10) Rev. Vincent Fuqua,
11) Rev. Marci Benson,
12) Rev. Marilyn Grant
13) Rev. Charles Mawson (Once he is officially ordained)
14) Rev. Christine Yoffe (She will be asked if she wants to be one)

Rev. Linda Chappo was considered. She is not a CMC Supporting Member at this time. She has been in the past. She is active, gives sermons, and is doing higher end computer volunteer work from her home. We will ask her if she would like to join as a Supporting Member.

Status About Employee

Rev. Tony is currently working 7 volunteers. Things aren't where they need to be but important, critical work is getting done in a timely manner. Rev. Tony would like to keep working with volunteers until we can truly assess the financial situation, see what we can afford, and then see what we really need in terms of skills. We need to ask for a few more volunteers.

We are saving about ~$2,300 per month not having an employee. (wages, payroll taxes, medical insurance)

We were able to keep our group medical plan even though there is just one person on it, Rev. Tony. Kaiser doesn't dissolve the group once the group has been formed (at least not yet). Rev. Tony's premium stays the same but the employee’s premium just drops off.

CMC Financial Situation

Getting the CMC back in the black operationally is of key importance. Rev. Tony gave update on current rental incomes and advertising done to rent the CMC. Getting new Supporting Members and getting existing Supporting Members to increase their pledges is also a key. We will have figure at each meeting for average Supporting Member donation. The importance of classes was discussed. They are both income sources and a source of new Supporting Members. Students tend to become Supporting Members after studying for awhile.

With saving ~$2,300 / month, an increase in pledge income of over $1,000 / month, and an increase in class income we should be well on the way to ending the shortfall of income remaining we experienced in the 4th quarter of 2011, revised to $10,861 or about $3,640 per month.

New Board Members

Rev. Adrienne Bermingham has resigned from the CMC Board. We’ve now lost two Board Members. Do we want to add any more at this time? Rev. Judy Junghans was discussed as a possibility. She has been active with us since ordained in 1993. She is currently teaching our Urtext class. She post on the MOLDG. She posts on Facebook page.

Motion Rev. Judy Junghans be asked to be a member of the CMC Board of Directors. Unanimous

Another Urtext Class

Rev. Judy Junghans is willing to do another Urtext class. She would like to try an early morning class, possibly Thursday at 7 a.m. Pacific. This is 10 a.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Central, & 8 a.m. Mountain. There might be a market here. Also, there is a possibility of International Conference Call technology. A 7 a.m. call in California is a mid to late afternoon call in Europe and might open up European possibilities. We need to look into this. Rev. Judy will ask her student who has dropped out because of the time problem if she would like to take the class at this earlier time. Consensus to talk to Rev. Judy and if she wants to do another Urtext class and if there is interest to go ahead.

Proposed Meeting Change To 3rd Sunday

Discussion, if we moved the meeting to the 3rd Sunday of the month then for the meetings on January and July there would be more time to have the financial statements done. On the 2nd Sunday there could be a meeting as early as the 8th of the month and that isn't enough time to have the financial statements ready. This is especially true in January.

Motion: Hold regular Board Meetings on the 3rd Sunday of the odd months (Jan, Mar., May, Jul., Sep., & Nov.) Unanimous

CMC Web Site Challenge

Rev. Tony reported that we need to make our web site truly compatible with smart phone mobile devices. This is the future and we need to meet this challenge. Rev. Tony does not know all the technology that is involved but he is aware of the challenges. We use three different web "engines" to generate our web site. We need to start the web compatibility process. It is currently beyond Rev Tony's skill set but maybe not beyond his tech capabilities. There was consensus that we should invest the resources in investigating this and moving forward.


Meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.


Next CMC Board meeting will be Sunday May 20, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted:
Rev. Tony Ponticello, Acting Secretary


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