ACEL August Board Meeting Recap

On August 28th, 2018 ACEL held its second board meeting with the 2018-2019 board. 

  • President Marc Lefton motioned to approve the consent agenda. Treasurer Marsh Sutherland seconded. Motion Passed.
  • Vice President Magda Schmitzberger motioned to approve the July board meeting minutes. Board Member Anya Mayr Seconded. Motion passed.
  • Marc Lefton presented Jon Ovalle to the board as a candidate for Board Member At-Large, Diversity and Inclusiveness. After reviewing his application, Marc Lefton motioned to approve him as a board member. Marsh seconded. Motion passed.
  • Marc Lefton reviewed the concept of SMART goals with the board with a deadline to review them with the Executive Committee set for Tuesday, 9/18/18. SMART goals final review at the September board meeting for board approval.
  • Marc proposed the marketing committee start a monthly marketing workshop two weeks after the marketing committee meeting to teach the community new skills using ACEL as a client. Board had no objections and Marc will work with Santa Fe CIED to collaborate on using the space, dates and initial content.
  • Board Member Tiffany Fisher recommended to the board that it support three ballot initiatives:
    • City Moving Elections
    • Half Cent for Schools
    • Children’s Trust of Alachua Counts
  • Tiffany recommended we not support the GRU initiative
  • Marc Lefton motioned to approve Tiffany Fisher’s recommendations for ACEL’s public policy on these issues. Board member Diane Twitchell seconded. Motion passed.
  • The board had an open discussion about marketing questions, concerns and initiatives led by Board Member Anya Mayr. The following suggestions were considered
    • Check in process at free events for members/non-members (approved and implemented)
    • Discounting methods for members (in progress)
    • Getting non-members to sign up at events (implemented)
    • Members only dinner (in progress)
    • Marketing open nights at Hippodrome
    • Raffle at happy hour (implemented)
    • Local businesses to give prize packages (in progress)
    • Payment plans for members to include monthly membership (implemented) recurring yearly payments (implemented)
    • Membership card to show at events (in progress)
    • Meetup Group (implemented)
    • Sponsorship deck (in progress)
  • After discussion of our branding, the board decided to issue an RFP for bids on a logo redesign / style guide to be led by the marketing committee (in progress)
  • Next board meeting Tuesday, 9/25/18 6pm Santa Fe CIED

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ACEL is a 501c3 non-profit run by an all volunteer board. Your membership helps support all the great things we do in Alachua Count achieve our mission of keeping young professionals like you connected, informed and involved. Your tax deductible membership fee, often reimbursed by employers includes deep discounts on paid events, a thriving online community in our Slack channel, access to mentorship opportunities and microgrants and more.