MINUTES OF MEETING JANUARY 18, 2018
The meeting began as usual with a crime report from CSO Derrick Nelson but by the time he was done it was clear that the election scheduled for the end of the evening needed to be held a lot earlier. The Club had run out of chairs, people were standing along the walls, and there were arrivals still checking in. So the election was started at about 7:30. In the change of schedule and in the absence of our nominating chair, Patsy Wedding, the president neglected to ask for nominations from the floor. Since several ballots had already been marked and put in the box, it was deemed too late to do that. One candidate seemed to want to run for treasurer, although by his own admission he “didn’t want the job,” so the suggestion was made to hold a second election, for treasurer, at the March meeting. The board will take this under consideration.
This election raised a number of new issues about the Association elections and they will be taken up at a board meeting very soon. The problems and possible solutions will be brought to the membership, we hope in March.
With the agenda now out of sequence, the meeting continued with a presentation by Ron Diner of Raymond James about the “Lunch Pals” program at local schools, followed by a very intense discussion about the group home on Lakewood Drive. Present for this were Grace Moseley, a district rep from Rep. Wengay Newton’s office, and Leila Wilson, from Sen. Darryl Rouson’s office. There were the expected disagreements about the problems at this house, the nature of the boys housed there, what Lakewood can do to help and what needs to be changed in DCF policies and practices. As might be predicted, there was considerable disagreement between and among those who have raised foster children, those who worry about crime and housing values, the views of our city councilman with his own perspective as someone who works with children, and the immediate neighbors of the house. (This is going to be an ongoing discussion; advice and input from the Tallahassee reps has been received and will be presented and reviewed at the March meeting.)
As voters continued to arrive and the ballots continued to be filled out, there were announcements about an October 13th movie night by Pam Miller, Patsy Wedding’s finance report, an update on membership by Mike Fosnight, and Kent Rodahaver’s Skyway Marina update. Kent also conducted his “Tell me Something Good, Lakewood” program.
Judy Ellis advised that the rumor of our leaving CONA was not true and that in fact the board had voted to renew our annual membership on the basis that, while CONA has lost some of its teeth by adopting a policy of never taking a stand on an issue, there is still much of value there.
The final discussion was with regard to the annual yard sale and whether to even have one after the last couple of unproductive years. The consensus was that we need to find a better way to do this and that since Hurricane Irma seems to have had a negative effect on the availability of saleable items, the best course was to put this off until 2019.
The three volunteer tellers having completed the count, Patsy Wedding announced the results:
Judy Ellis 143
Helen Simon 57
Patsy Wedding 169
Dennis Russo 3
Marcie Sefchick 13
Bonnie Rocks 124
Kim Brown-Williams 65
Marcie Sefchick 10
The meeting adjourned about 9 p.m.