NAORR Preconvention Board Meeting
January. 2, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM by Richard Steinbrink, President.
Present: Richard Steinbrink, Harvey Tattelbaum, Donald Berlin, Ralph Kingsley, Ken Weiss, Sue Weiss, Terry Kroloff, Robert Miller, Nina Packman, Seymour Prystowsky, Irwin Goldenberg, Richard Klein, Arnold Trask, Karen Weiner, Ceclle Arnold, Sion David, Ann Folb.
Minutes of January 2013 board meetings were accepted as amended - 2015 convention begins Jan. 1, not Jan. 8
Chair Stanley Relkin substituting for Selig Salkowitz
Treasurer Ralph Kingsley presented projections for 2013-2015 budget.
Membership is down from 564 to 521
Dues OK despite misprint in newsletter.
Note loss of cruise income due to NCL cancellation of clergy.
Budget accepted unanimously.
2015 Convention Report - Don Berlin
Aaron Panken has accepted to be our scholar. The convention will be held at the
Embassy Suites Scottsdale, AZ January 1-5, 2015
Some days Tefilah will follow first meeting of the day as is the case this year.
Executive Vice Presidents’ Report – Sue and Ken Weiss
521 members in 335 families
NARRR Wallach Fund has a $213,000 balance.
Distribution in 2013 of $2400 (half of what was availble-all that was requested).
Mitzvah now linked to Hesed for real need, no longer for extras.
5% of 3 year balance distributed each year.
Must be requested and each request is reviewed by the committee chaired by Irwin Goldenberg
Assistance is in the form of loans when possible.
The principal is invested with RPB.
Members of class of 1964 attending: 14 rabbis, 9 spouses, 3 first timers.
Kudos to Hillel Cohn for new logo.
How should we approach 60 year olds? Discussion will continue. Nina Packman will work with Ken and Sue to develop a plan
Outreach has 10 volunteers to make connections. This will be part of the portfolio of incoming 2nd VP. Can we better use NAORRRNET and Ohr L’NAORRR to reach out?
Suggestion was made to add keeper of data, chair of NAORRRNET, and webmaster/newsletter editor ex officio on Board.
Motion by Ralph Kingsley to propose by-law changes to January 2015 convention (30 days advanced notice is required):
1.Create two ex-officio board positions for tech coordinator and communications coordinator\ 2.Designate second vice president as chair of membership and outreach for by law change vote at 2015 convention.
Richard Klein made motion to commend Harold Robinson for his service to the Reform Rabbinate with his updates on US military casualties. Passed unanimously.
Harvey Tattelbaum expressed his deep gratitude to Don Berlin for stepping in to help shape the 2014 program. All agreed.
All joined in thanking Richard Steinbrink, Ken and Sue Weiss for all their hard work.
Thanks also to outgoing board members: Nina Packman, Bob Miller, Terry Kroloff and Sim Prystowsky
Adjourned at 5:50 PM.
Richard Klein for Selig Salkowitz.