Chabot-Las Positas Association of
March 12, 2010
San Ramon Country Club
Members present: Dick Albert, Clyde Allen, Linda Barde, Helen
Bridge, Norma Kernes, JoAnne Neu, Don Nilson, Isobel Polvorosa, Chet
Rhoan, Heidi Spearer, Sharon Trethan, and Bill Threlfall.
Absent: Lettie Camp, Gay Conner, Esther Goldberg, Sophie
Rheinheimer, plus emeritus directors Art Larson, and John McKinley.
Approval of minutes: The minutes of the January 23, 2010
meeting were approved.
President’s report: After welcoming new board members,
President Bridge nominated Linda Barde for the new position of Vice
President. She was elected with a unanimous vote. After a short
discussion, the board decided to have four meetings yearly, rather
than the current three. A discussion of current History Project
items was followed by updates about emeriti Art Larson and Reed
Buffington. The board voted to bestow the title of Director Emeritus
on Art Larson and John McKinley.
Newsletter: Heidi was complimented on the Spring Newsletter.
She will retain the position of Newsletter Editor for the time
being, until a replacement can be found.
Heidi suggested including language in the constitution to make
regular meeting attendance a requirement for board members. Bill
Threlfall will confer with President Bridge and write such language
to become part of board member duties.
Communications Director: Bill reported on the increasing hits
on CARE’s website, and particularly the online newsletter. The board
set a future goal to encourage members to receive their newsletter
online only, as a way of controlling costs of mailing.
Treasurer: Sharon reported that the number of dues-paying
members is down from last year. The cost of our annual meeting is
down this year, partly because entertainment was eliminated. The
board, after thanking Don again for his work on the photo slideshow,
recommended that we have the slide show again next year, with
additional photos. Motion was passed to reimburse Helen for Art’s
CARE Fund: At the request of new board members, Clyde
explained the purpose and uses of the CARE fund, as opposed to the
small operating fund for the organization. A short history was also
given about how the funds were used in recent years. After a
discussion, the board voted to have an agenda item at the next
meeting to review a proposal for a new way of distributing money
from the CARE fund. This will be the main item of business.
Activities: In Gay’s absence, a discussion was held about the
great success of this year’s annual reunion. With one hundred people
in attendance, this may have been the most successful reunion ever.
Member feedback suggested that the entertainment wasn’t missed. The
date of January 22, 2011 was selected for our next reunion.
District Liaison: Sharon reported that supplies of CARE
brochures are running low. New brochures will be printed by an
outside firm. At Sharon’s recommendation, the board made Donald
“Dobie” Gelles an honorary life member of CARE, citing his long-time
support for retirees.
Chabot Liaison: Norma reminded us to come to a special tour
of the newly renovated Chabot campus, especially for CARE members,
to be held on May 7, 2010.
Las Positas Liaison: Due to his wife’s continuing health problems,
Don will no longer be able to do liaison work. Sophie Rheinheimer
has agreed to replace him. Don will now be a Director at Large.
Directors at Large: Chet gave information about current STRS
issues. Linda reported on progress toward developing trip ties with
another retiree organization. JoAnne was welcomed back to the board.
Isobel reported on the status of the plan to name buildings at
Chabot. A committee has been formed, and the plan is moving forward.
Next meeting: The next board meeting will be Thursday, June
17th, at 11:00 at the San Ramon Golf Club.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.
Linda Barde, substitute secretary