[Missouri-l] Weekly Report
jparker at moblind.org
Fri Jan 22 16:07:37 CST 2010
Highlights of the week's activities:
1. On Saturday morning, I attended a meeting of the St. Louis Chapter of
Foundation Fighting Blindness. Information was presented on their Vision
Walk to be held on September 25. They also host an annual Dining in the
Dark program. The meeting was held at the St. Louis Society of the Blind
and they provided an excellent presentation on vision aids available to
individuals who are visually impaired. I also had the pleasure of meeting
David Ekin, President of the St. Louis Society and Jason Morris, President
of the St. Louis Chapter of Foundation Fighting Blindness. I will be
getting together with David Ekin in the near future.
2. MCB Tri-Fold brochures were sent to RSB in Jefferson City. They will
also be replenishing our supply of their brochures.
3. The December 31, 2009, financial reports were receievd from Rickhoff.
4. I had lunch with Debbie Greider on Tuesday. She filled me in on the
history of the Blind Pension lawsuit and how we got to where we are. We also
discussed possible privacy policies for implementation in the office.
6. Lowell met with Rhonda Holman, VP Health Care Foundation of Greater
Kansas City Health Care Foundation regarding potential for funding and the
application process for their area of service.
7. Lowell spoke with John Thompson of the Lighthouse of the Blind on
potential funding for MCB programs. They are particularly interested in the
Summer Camp program.
8. Jennifer and Lowell worked on the donor application for the Greater
Kansas City Community Foundation.
9. Lowell met with the Missouri Health Foundation to discuss the
potential for grants and other funding sources. While there, he met
multiple program directors and chairpersons relative to pursuing
applications based upon selection criteria evaluation.
10. Lowell contacted Jerry Christmas of Senator Claire McCaskill's office
to discuss funding sources for MCB from the Federal government.
11. Lowell spoke withTim Mirabella, Events Manager of the Foundation
Fighting Blindness Midwest Region, to discuss potential for a fundraising
event and how to get it organized. This is a contact Jennifer made when she
attended the St. Louis Chapter's meeting this past Saturday.
12. Lowell spoke with Clay Berry of Alpha Pointe about their signature
fundrasising event, Dining in the Dark, to see if something similar could be
implemented in St. Louis by MCB. Clay is facilitating a meeting with Gina
Gowin in their development office for further insight.
13. Lowell spoks with representatives of OPAQUE, a California-based
events organizer to discuss how they assist Alpha Pointe in orchestrating
events such as Dining in the Dark.
14. Both Lowell and Jennifer have been researching FoundationCenter.org
for information relative to locating potential funding grantors.
15. Two additional Schnucks eScrip cards have been mailed.
16. Jennifeir prepared a draft anti-discrimination statement for the
personnel policy manual. The statement, along with the entire manual, has
been forwarded to Debbie Greider for legal review.
17. Upon review, it was determined that our grant application to the
Gateway Combined Federal Campaign was rejected last year because MCB uses
cash basis accounting. Jennifer spoke with Mary Jo at Rickhoff about this
and about the possibility of changing to accrual basis accounting for fiscal
year 2010-2011. Mary Jo will be speaking with the CPAs at her firm about
this. Jennifer has also spoke with William Hawkins about this issue.
18. There are currently 21 individuals registered for MCB's Legislative
19. Fiver Special Services grant applications were sent to the Committee
20. Betsy gathered requested information and sent it to the auditor for
the annual audit.
21. We continue to receive updated affiliate membership lists.
22. Betsy updated the grant request spreadsheet.
23. Payroll was processed. Payroll will be prepared by Rickhoff
beginning with the next pay period.
24. Betsy has created name badges for the Legislative Conference, and
continue to update them as registrations are received.
25. IMPORTANT: February 2 is the deadline for making hotel reservations
for our Legislative Conference.
We hope everyone has a nice weekend!
Jennifer Parker, CAE
Missouri Council of the Blind
St. Louis, MO 63109
The purpose of Missouri Council of the Blind shall be to promote the general
well-being of our members and legally blind people in Missouri, and to
support or participate in other programs promoting the best interests of
legally blind people everywhere.
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