Open Worship in Silence at 11:35am
Ginger opened with the quote " it is inside ourselves that God learns"
Cash Flow Report
Lisa is ill and apologizes for not being at meeting. Current balance \$5478 in checking account, about to pay assessments for 2012, \$35 from IMYM 42 per member and attender In the emergency reserve \$589.00. Special one time dividend \$25.03 from Ent, moved to emergency reserve. Total savings with building Bottom line total \$67,739. Thank-you for continued services by the finance committee work.
a. Finance Committee
Announcement and Recommendation regarding bookkeeping In minute [Ann](/Friends/AnnDaugherty/)'s work has increased when she first volunteered, no longer has time increased in amount of work made it difficult to focus and do her job as bookkeeper step down until Meeting can find someone to pay to be bookkeeper. In the last round of doing financial statements, [Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/) realized that spreadsheets too complicated, recommend using Quickbooks, much simpler, less time, and less money. [Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/) brings forth proposal for Meeting to purchase Quickbook Pro 2012, she will set up accounts, current cost on Amazon is \$135.99 per license. Is Quickbook Pro standard for bookkeepers? Yes, there is a non-profit but more expensive than just the straight Quickbook Pro version. Very usable, program. Only caveat is that every few years Quicken requires an upgrade. [Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/) notified Meeting that she could no longer be bookkeeper but would clerk [Finance committee](/committees/Finance/) and train [Ann](/Friends/AnnDaugherty/) as a bookkeeper. Recommendation that Meeting contract for Bookkeeper services. Budget will need to be reconfigured to reflect new service and Quickbook Pro license. Meeting returns matter to Finance committee for purchase Quickbooks and look for bookkeeper services. Finance go forward with revised budget and bring to the meeting. Sarah will load 1st quarter into Quickbooks to see how long to generate financial reports, some time savings offset cost of software package. Meeting expresses gratitude towards [Ann](/Friends/AnnDaugherty/)'s assistance and [Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/)'s continued assistance. Finance usually sends out notice about assessments instead of printed letter, will be sending out email instead.
b. Ministry and Oversight
Reviewed customary duties of [M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/), [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) sends email to friends for State of Meeting report. Solicit Friends of meeting feel free to report how their life in the past year has been reflected in light of Quaker testimonies. Friends please report quaker engagement [Dede](/Friends/Dede) time is coming to an end, haven't been able to get an nurse to come. Trying to get a nurse, need to find a nurse and needs hospice care. Molly talked with number of family members, both Sarah and Dede with final requests, family liked that Meeting was a process for after her passing. Forms in clerk box? Not sure where location of clerk box, meeting will do search for clerk's box. Outreach to Jennifer (Tup's daughter) for memorial with M&O. Transfer of Membership for Deb Gimpelson to [Kapiti Monthly Meeting](http://quaker.org.nz/meeting/kapiti) [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) prepared transfer and Meeting commends transfer to Kapiti Monthly Meeting. Update on charge for proposed [Religious Education and Action Committee](/committees/REA/) Discussed and ongoing conversation and further seasoning before being before Meeting, want to formalize and do something in the light. Bill will accept clerkship with [M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/).
c. Meeting Home
Sent out minutes from Meeting committee, had a deep and meaningful conversation. Assumes \$476-500 monthly mortgage with 8% with 5 year balloon payment. Pay down the principal or refinance. FGC will do 15-year mortgage. Update on offer on 950 E. Cimmarron Interest in next door house, Meeting made an offer, expecting a counter-offer. Put some money down with Title company. Once a contract is signed, contact inspectors renovation option. How much can we change for how much, administrative overhead, will have at least a month to work out. We are anticipating counter-offer. Several stages for Meeting to attend to process \$35,000 down, \$500 a month mortgage. Financing rate and the reminder, seller might carry mortgage. Counter-offer, series of due diligence and renovation of first-day space. Will building meet Meeting needs, want inspectors tell us and prudent reserve what we continue to afford, 1 full year of expenses without any more contributions. \$12,000 towards maintenance and renovation before needing further fundraising. How much renovation can we do before triggering bringing building up to code, before we close need other elements in place including renovation and bringing building up to code. Building approved original contract, a counter-offer brings new contract. If Ann and Bryan approves counter, meeting approves counter-offer now during Business Meeting. Any concerns about [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) accepting a counter-offer with counsel, authorizing Clerk. We've been through this multiple times, go ahead. If Clerk has reservations, share with Friends through email along with expert councils. Clerk will feel quite free to share decision with meeting. Clerk fill confidence of Meeting to go further. Sense of this meeting Clerk in consultation with wise friends and affiliated people, will provides with due care about this decision. Past experience has been good guide for the Meeting. House next door, [Peter](/Friends/PeterLeVar/) and [Bill](/Friends/BillDurland/) looked for sale. \$70,000 is the current offer, owner almost sold but that large kitchen, indoor bathroom, garden space. Building in foreclosure, [Bill](/Friends/BillDurland/) would like to find out status of house. Area in Colorado Springs, prices still down.
d. Education Committee
Pending on what [M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/) decides about [Adult Education and Action](/committees/REA/) separate from [First Day School](/FirstDaySchool). [Genie](/Friends/GenieDurland/) agreed to be clerk for [Adult Education](/committees/REA/). Sense that things may grow out of learning situation. Larger meetings have a program hour, a lot of people stay about various programs. Wondering if program hour of interest to the Meeting? Also have a book study? Book study a part of [Adult Education](/committees/REA/) Friends should bring suggestions to [Genie](/Friends/GenieDurland/). [Martha](/Friends/MarthaLutz/) and [John](/Friends/JohnGallegar) will be getting together to figure out first day school programing.
Nothing to report.
- Old Business
a. Consideration of contract/offer made on 950 E. Cimmarron
Discussed earlier in meeting.
b. Other considerations (remodeling, adjacent property, etc.)
d. FCNL postponed, need to set time and strategy for FCNL discussion. Genie liaison, next pot-luck Genie and Bill will be Philadelphia. We need to submit preference by middle of April. Two forth day Sunday's, and potluck in April. Call special after worship, how do Friends feel about a special meeting? Greater attendance at a potluck, send out email, recommendation April potluck to consider FCNL material to meeting annouce discuss at April potluck.
- New Business
a. Colorado Springs Quakers Website questions
1. What aspects of the current website (/) do Friends like? Adult education and needs to update information. Material we share is up to date. Should be participatory and members without a gatekeeper functionality by Sarah and Jeremy. Sarah wish-list: > a. Freeze banner a top instead of moving around. > > b. Member position of, how to update? With contact > information? > > c. Create an administrator's manual. How to navigate or > accomplish tasks on the website? > > d. Fix adding of new users functionality. Ann Martin, her > password doesn't work. Administrator cannot change. > > e. Looking at reports business meeting, report tab. Post > current year and have an archive of prior years. > Molly feels different about the look and stylish appearance, when she uses the site. Likes that is user friendly, look forward to use calendar and checking. Likes basic information, links to other Quaker sites useful. How to post committee reports and minutes on website? Work with recording clerks. Browsing about Colorado Springs Quakers? Searching with search engine, get search terms in website for higher Quaker Meetings, Friends in Colorado Springs. What is the situation about Friends Church compared to Quaker Meetings, Friends Church has dropped Religious Society of Friends, difference between the two. More people use internet to find our Meeting, Quaker Finder well-know, well-respected location for our meeting. List of sites for Meeting, make sure we are cross listed. First page needs to say what we are, simple explanition of who we are and what we stand for? Something from welcome packet, more buttons, about us the first, donation first item. News of the meeting. What is on first page? What is central on front page? Meeting home picture on the first, news. Like buttons, add contacts, people tab with committee clerks and business information. Functionality for committee, FGC and IMYM memberships. IMYM website, documents, contact people side links. Colorado Springs Friends Meeting is recent origin, but [Religious Society of Friends](/ReligiousSocietyOfFriends) goes back to the beginning of our founding. Compress site, more information and side-bars for more information and live links. About us, keep website current, get people to do update. Glad to work corporally, impression that website is old. Molly quit updating content. [Joyce](/Friends/JoyceDoyle/) searching organizational websites frustrating to see old content and not up-to-date. Upmost importance to keep website current, logistical difficulties. Some attention as a meeting, are there some things that we want to be stable and b) keep current with contact. See if continue to support and effort and improving website. Current site is pilot and needs updating.
b. IMYM Directory of Adult members and attenders
If Friends don't want to be included, must OPT-Out to [Ginger](/Friends/GingerMorgan/) or [Jeremy](/Friends/JeremyNelson/). We will honor wishes of Friends. We will resend and update directory and then send to IMYM.
c. IMYM 2012 Census
[Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/) would like to turn over census and email to [M&O](/committees/MinistryAndOversight/), leave for [Bill](/Friends/BillDurland/) and [Sarah](/Friends/SarahCallbeck/) to work out.
d. Dedicate March potluck Daniel's graduation from CC? He is moving back to up state New York after graduation. Martha will inquiry which date is best for Daniel.
Closed in silence.
Respectfully submitted in the light,