NAORRR Pre-Convention Board Meeting, January 3, 2013.
Manhattan Beach, California
Present: Arthur Abrams, Donald Berlin, Jonathan Brown, Irin Goldenberg, Ralph Kingsley, Richard Klein, Robert Miller, Nina Packman, Sim Prystowsky, Philip Schechter, Stanley Relkin, Selig Salkowitz, Richard Steinbrink, Arnold Task, Harvey Tattlebaum, Karen Weiner, Ken Weiss, Sue Weiss.
Guests: Steven Fox, Jonathan Stein.
1. The meeting was called to order by President, Phil Schechter at 4:00PM.
2. A roll call indicated that there was a quorum present.
3. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. (copy attached)
4. Jean Haddon reported on the Cruise Chaplaincy program for last year, and the projections for this year. There were $4,100 in contributions to NAORRR by the Cruise Chaplains, Report attached.
5. A motion to thank the Haddon’s was made and PASSED.
6. The absence from the meeting by Rick Block was noted. Susan’s father is seriously ill.
7. The absence of Aggie Herman was noted; she was unable to attend due to a fall and a resultant fractured pelvis and wrist. Wishes for a Refuah Sh’leimah were noted.
8. President’s report: Phil Schechter (copy attached) began with his recounting the benefits and joys of his presidency
Some of the difficult situations included a Rabbi who wanted to be a member od NAORRR, but could not be considered because he was not a member of the CCAR.
a. The news of Ken Weis’s serious surgery and continuing recovery resulted in administrative consequences. Sue took over, and continued their work preparing for the Convention and the ongoing activates of NAORRR.
b. Thanks to Hillel Cohn for volunteering to take over the mailings and other tasks, which are appreciated but not required.
9. VP Dick Steinbrink reported that there were 75 leaders/participants in this year’s Convention.. He thanked the Committee for their work.
10. Second VP Harvey Tattelbaum commented about the concern regarding west coast convention attendance. Although attendance numbers in November were low, thanks to a group of members who made numerous telephone calls to friends and west coast members, there are about 180 attendees.
11. Our meeting dates conflict with PARR convention dates, and this is one cause for low numbers of west coast rabbis who attend NAORRRR.
12. Plans are underway for our 2014 convention in Orlando. Harvey reported that David Ellenson will be the leader of three lecture sessions and one anecdote session. Gene Borowitz has agreed to be the Keynote Speaker, if his health permits.
13. Exec. VP’s reports:
Ken: spoke on the importance of reaching out to new, and potential members. He asked for the Board’s help. The CCAR has adopted the policy of offering NAORRR members a 50% reduction in convention registration fees to encourage our members to attend. NAORRR now has 566 paid members. The Wallach Fund now has six trustees. Three are appointed by the CCAR and three by NAORRR Joe Goldman serves as Chair. The Fund is used to help some of our members who may need financial assistance in attending our conventions. Four of our members have made use of the Fund to attend this convention. The Fund, established by the Wallach’s with two $100,000.00 gifts, and invested in equities is presently worth approximately $190,000.00. Half of the income generated is available for distribution annually. Remaining income is returned to the corpus. The Mitzvah Fund: Irwin Goldenberg Jeffrey Stiffman and Ralph Kingsley as Treasurer, are our representatives. The Fund, which supplements the CCAR Hesed Fund is invested with the Reform Pension Board. It has approximately $500,000.00 Not more than 5% of an average of the balance of the prior three years income may be distributed annually; and that which is not distributed is returned to the corpus The Hesed/Mitzvah Fund is used to help support requests for financial aid, frequently on an emergency basis, and can be made in the form of loans or gifts. The amount of individual allocations is reviewed each year on a case by case basis. This past year the Mitzvah Find distributed c. $20,000.00 to six individuals, beyond other amounts given by the Hesed Fund.
Discussion followed about the present and future needs and users and the structure of the two Funds. It was suggested that we approach the CCAR leadership with suggestion that a needs criteria be developed for continued assistance.
14. A motion was made that we support a motion that the CCAR consider application of the same criteria as presently apply to the Mitzvah Fund. PASSED
15. The opening evening ice cream social is underwritten by the Hillside Memorial Park.
16. The Weiss’ have prepared a job description for the Executive VP’S, as requested. It is, essentially, a time line to be used in preparing for conventions.
17. The question was raised as to ways to reach out to the recently widowed, and to welcome them into conventions, and the workings of our group.
18. Selig Salkowitz has agreed to write notes to member families who have a Simchah , such as Bill Leffler does who suffer losses and other tragedies.
19. We have purchased for $600.00 a projector to be used at conventions; it has almost paid for itseld at this convention.
20. There are 29 -30 newcomers at this convention.
21. Rav Soloff has been working on an archives of members reflections to be sent to the Archives. He needs a successor to continue the work.
22. Time and Place: Next year’s Convention will be at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando Fl,, January 2 – 6, 2014.
Discussion followed regarding the 2015 convention site. We have received the offer of a good package, $115 00 from the Scottsdale hotel. Other cities suggested were San Antonio. New Orleans. Each was considered not to have good January climates. Another option was a location ‘west of FL..
Scottsdale will be revisited.
Stanley Relkin suggested a letter be sent to Board members reviewing locations and the matter should be discussed further.
23. Treasurer’s Report. Ralph Kingsley presented the new eighteen month budget , copy attached, for consideration. . There has not been a dues increase for several years; expenses have increased; and there is need for a minimal dues increase.
Dick Steinbrink moved the following dues increases:
Rabbis: from $25.00 to $50.00
Spouses: from $15.00 to $25.00
24. The President suggested the following as members of the Nominating Committee:
Laszlo Berkovits, Helaine David , Stanley Gardein, Roberta Schwartz, Mark Shapiro, Stanley Yedwab; Stanley Relkin, Chair.
Motion PASSED. The committee will meet at lunch on Friday..
25. Ohr Lanaorr There have been increase in postage, printing and mailing; and the development of our website. They are reflected in the new budget.
Motion: To thank Hillel Cohn for all he has done. PASSED.
26. Sue Weiss continued the Executive VP Report:
Outreach: Value and continued need for calls to people who can’t /won’t attend conventions. There have been good results from calls made so far. There is a need for volunteer callers. Sue has names to be called. .
27. Old Business:
Time and Place: Stanley Relkin made a motion. Copy attached, that we create a three year cycle of meeting locations. Motion was tabled 8-7 votes
28. Good and Welfare: Suggestion that a list of past presidents be placed on the back page of convention programs.
29. Meeting was adjourned at 6:15 PM followed by the Board dinner.
Selig Salkowitz, secretary