June 1, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

Subject: MINUTES 6/1 MEETING
ATTENDANCE:

Len LaCara, Rob Linton, Jack Rosenberry, Lisa Famiglietti, Dave Overacker, Mike Danger, Jason Dusett, Leah Stacey Wayner, Juan Vazquez, Rachel Barnhart

BANQUET RECAP:

– Liked having a second bartender.
– Cocktail hour extending an hour and a half was a good move.
– We’d like to keep the buffet open longer. Some people who went up for seconds found the buffet closed. Rachel suggested investigating grazing stations, where everyone can get up at once to get food.
– We’d like to incorporate milestones into the program next year, including major anniversaries and retirements.
– We’d like to come up with a visual component to the program, such as slideshows or videos. This costs about $400-500.
– We must get things done earlier for the next banquet. Book MC, get word out about organizational winners far in advance.
– There was some talk about moving the banquet into the fall. We have tentatively booked the convention center for May 14, 2016.

MEMBERSHIP

Dave pointed out growing membership remains a challenge. Rachel thinks events are key to continuing to grow membership.

Rob is a big proponent of a student membership, with a suggested fee of $15. There was some debate about whether this would provide value to students and how much the organization wants to focus on students. Lisa would like to see a scholarship one day awarded by RMA.

EVENTS

Lisa is becoming the group’s event mastermind.

Here is what we have tentatively planned:

– Mixer in July. This could be a membership drive. Mike is exploring whether we can hold this event at Entercom.

– Changing Face of Radio in September. This would be a panel discussion.

– Branding. This would be a panel discussion.

– How to Cover a Tragedy. This would be a panel discussion.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

We have to check bylaws about adding new members and determine term lengths for current board members.

NEXT MEETING:

JULY 6, 7 P.M. SPOT COFFEE

Submitted by Rachel Barnhart, Board Secretary

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