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minutes from the meeting on January 14th, 2014

From: Nick D.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:58 PM

Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting for whoever was unable to attend.  We have decided on a few changes, all of which will take some time to implement.

1.  We are going to begin accepting donations to help cover our costs for meetup fees, website costs and next year's picnic.  I am going to look into setting up a paypal account or finding another means of letting members donate electronically, cash and checks will be accepted as well.

2.  We are going to find a different location for our discussions.  Most likely this will be a room at a public library, it will be free and easier for us to hear each other speak.  Discussions in a restaurant with smaller groups work well but with larger groups it becomes difficult for members at other ends of the table to hear each other.  For now we will continue meeting on Tuesdays but probably a little bit earlier (we will always have the option for meeting for dinner after our meetings also.)  As always, updates will be posted at the meetup group.

3.  I am going to move forward with the adopt-a-highway idea that was suggested over a year ago.  I had concerns about us not being able to find enough members to participate but it was suggested that I should stop worrying and start acting.

4.   The idea of us becoming a non-profit organization came up again as well.  We discussed this a little bit with mixed opinions about if and when we should take that step.  The Springfield Area Freethinkers have spent most of the summer preparing bylaws as they are applying for non-profit status.  They are meeting this Saturday to vote on the bylaws and I am going to join them and hopefully learn a little bit more about their organization.  If anybody would like to join me, send me an email and we can carpool.  After this meeting I will set up another meeting specifically to talk about the issue of us becoming a non-profit.

Thank you to everybody who attended and to all who have helped us grow over the last few years.  It has been my pleasure to lead this group and I look forward to seeing how these changes help our group along.

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