He commented that we have 25-30 totally new addresses and 40-60 new email
addresses. We are staying connected to people. Heíll tabulate some more, but
not necessarily the web categories. He has prepared a report of what he
thinks we should do, and believes we have tapped into the faithful. "It was
a way to pull some folks in that we hadnít otherwise."
Listserv and Database
Sandy Anderson reported that the listserv currently has 326 members. It
is growing right now because group coordinators are finding new people,
Sandy Pfunderís survey is adding new persons, and Sandy Anderson is going
through the NPCA directory and finding additional persons.
The database has 1,368 entries (individuals and couples). There are 773
with addresses, and weíve made progress in identifying people who didnít go
Buralarda and Membership
The issue of Buralarda, expected to be sent in January, is
overdue. General discussion noted that Buralarda is the one
thing where we still contact everyone. It was stated that we should expect
members to pay for it. But it was also recognized that cutting off people
who are not paying dues jeopardizes our membership.
Our paying membership is stable around 350, with the individuals paying
dues changing. The discussion noted that the presence of our network is what
we offer our members. It keeps the membership up as we age, and it supports
our bayram dinners.
The persons not paying dues are also not returning the survey.
We have many extra directories. It would be a shame to put out a new one
with these surplus ones sitting here. Perhaps we could sell the old
directory at a reduced rate. Or, we could sell them at half price when we
put out the new one.
We should consider putting the directory on the Web. People would update
their own information. We would maintain security with password protection.
On the other hand, members will look for people in a directory without using
a computer. Members donít look at the website. It may be important to keep
the directory and pictures. We will lose contacts if we go online. Plus,
there is not quality control when people correct their own data. We will not
be able to keep track of it.
The directory is a good marketing tool since memberships are greater
during years that we publish it. We need to republish every 3 years because
addresses are changing. A couple of Board Members say they never look at it;
a couple of others use it frequently. Perhaps we should put it on the web as
well as in bound copy.
We need to remember the age and experience of our members; radical new
directions are not going to happen. Weíve done amazing things and need to
set new directions. The question is, What will we do in 10 years, when weíre
in our 70ís?
What are new things people want, like travel? One person suggested we
talk to the embassy about having us go back for 3 months at a time to do
community service. For that we would need a local Turkish organization.
There is a Turkish volunteer organization connected to the GŁney Anadolu
project. Yıldız Yağıcı knows them about the GAP project. People will pay
perhaps $2,000 to go over, and they will want to have a 501(c)(3) to deduct
taxes from. Sandy Pfunder will follow up.
Treasurerís Report and Budget
We voted unanimously that all contributions must fit within $5,200,
which is over and above what people send in as a contribution.
Sum of contributions $4,815. Our set-aside 5,200. Total: $10,000
With this change to the budgetary process, we will no longer make
contribution decisions as they come across the table.
We also voted to set aside $4,000 for the directory.
Sandy A. read the proposed agenda from Jim Healey and the Portland
planning team, attached.
Next Meeting: Atillas on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30.