Chabot-Las Positas Association of
March 26, 2009
San Ramon Golf Club
Members Present: *Richard Albert, Clyde Allen, Helen Bridge,
*Lettie Camp, Gay Connor, Esther Goldberg, Norma Kernes, Art Larson,
Don Nilson, *Chet Rhoan, Heidi Spearer, Bill Threlfall, George Anna
Tow, Sharon Trethan
The minutes of December 11, 2008 were approved.
President's report: Esther Goldberg
Board Membership: The role and need for the position of VP
was discussed. In referring back to the minutes of the March 20,
2008, the Board approved the motion that the past President will
take over when the President is not available.
Reunion: Dick Albert made a motion to eliminate entertainment
during the dining portion of the reunion so easier conversation
could take place among members.
A budget sheet for this event was shared by Sharon and after a
discussion regarding better use of the funds for door prizes and
offering complimentary lunches to invited guests, the motion was
Gay reported that the 2010 Reunion will be January 23 and the cost
will be $22.00.
Past President's Report: Helen Bridge had no report
Treasurer's report: Sharon shared a budget sheet which
reflected the balance as of February 28, 2009. Our
membership numbers are: 377 members however 133 have never paid, 40
life time members and 99 members have paid 2009 dues.
CARE Fund report: Clyde reports that there were no
Newsletter report: Heidi was waiting for Esther's President's
report but if one is not forthcoming, the space will be used for
Helen's historical contribution. The newsletter content is limited
by page layout requirements & authors are encouraged to check with
Heidi regarding submission length.
Webmaster report: Bill presented a copy of the website
activities. There are now 83 members in the Directory. There were
206 visits to the site, and 186 hits on the CARE home page in the
past two and one-half months. Bill also sends a notice to members
reminding them the newsletter is available online. It costs
approximately $150.00 a year for the web service.
Activities report: As previously reported by Gay, next year's
reunion is set for Jan 23, 2010 and the charge will be $22.00. A
motion was made and approved to have a slide show during the dining
portion of this event. Don Nilson is willing to put both past and
present photos from both Colleges into a slide show that can be run
in the background at the next reunion. Don and Bill will work on
this project that can then be linked on the web.
Healthcare report: Esther stated that this was an important
position to retirees. Until a permanent member can be elected,
George Anna Tow will be a temporarily filling this position for one
year. She will speak with Glenys Wilson regarding concerns and
resources. There continues to be a need to help retired individuals
and to keep an eye on the reserves at the District as decisions
could impact health benefits.
District liaison: Sharon gave high recommendations for
Deborah Lavietes from the benefits office at the District.
Chabot liaison: Norma reported that a meeting/tour of Chabot
College with former senior administrators will take place on April
1, 2009. Chabot's hot sheet deadline is April 10 with the newsletter
going out April 21st. Chabot's retiree reception is scheduled for
May 6 and Chabot's graduation will take place on Saturday, May 30 in
the Grand Court.
Las Positas liaison: Don shared the newsletter from LPC
President that was sent to all residents of the Tri-Valley with
updates on construction projects and new programs. Art complimented
LPC's outreach program as the banner at the Stoneridge Mall caught
Directors at Large: Helen asked how Chet and Dick would bring
their skills to these positions. Chet felt he could contribute to
the retirement issues previously covered by John McKinley. Dick
would use his writing connections to further promote the Historical
Other Discussion Items:
1) Art shared information and the booklet on Chabot's Sport's Hall
of Fame. This covers 40 years of sports history! This was an effort
on the part of Zack Papachristos.
2) As members leave the Board, Art stated how important it is that
the Constitution and By Laws be the foundation of the members and
that they need to be both vital and operational at the same time.
He recommended the following revisions which will need to be voted
on by the membership:
To the Constitution: Section 4 Membership
"As provided by the By-Laws, the Board at its discretion, may grant
the Title Directory Emeritus to members departing from the Board."
To the By-Laws: paragraph 3 to Section3 Membership
"When a member of the Board departs the Board after giving many
years of meritorious service to CARE and to its members, the Board
may, at its discretion, grant to that member the title Director
To the By-Laws: Section 5 Officers and Directors
Five Principal Officers: I recommend filling the vacation positions
of Vice President and it was noted that the position of secretary
Sixteen Directors: I recommend filling the vacation position of
Health Benefits Director and adding four At Large Directors. It was
noted that George Anna Tow was now a one year temporary Health
Benefits Director and we currently have three at Large Directors,
Richard Albert, Art Larson and Chet Rhoan.
The Board voted to adopt all recommendations and to submit the
changes to the Constitution and By Laws for ratification by the
members at the annual business meeting held at the reunion in
3) Bill asked the board to consider how we could provide services to
attract new members other than health benefits advocacy, annual
reunion and communication opportunities. How could we address
retiree questions? Connect retiree through activities? It was
suggested we use the web and newsletter and provide a checklist or
use a heading called "Did you know?" for retiree Q & A. Bill takes
ownership for web information but articles for the newsletter need
to be written by the Board members and then submitted to Heidi.
History Project: Helen said information was slow right now
but ideas coming in include: How the Buffington Award began and the
criteria that were established, a piece on Charles Matthews to
include a poem by Dick Albert, the Sports Hall of Fame that Art
shared, the upcoming tour of Chabot with previous College
Administrators. Perhaps each Board member would commit to a story
from their past!
Photo Opportunity: With so many CARE Board members present
this was the perfect time to have an updated Board photo.
Next Meeting: August 20, 2009
Meeting adjourned at approximately 1:00pm
Lettie Camp, Secretary