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2015-10-21


LATVIAN FOUNDATION

SUMMARY OF GENERAL MEETING, September 26, 2015


Chicago Latvian Zion Lutheran Church

6551 W. Montrose Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60634


meeting starts at 14:15

  • performance by Chicago Men’s Choir

  • audience introduced to Dace Kezbere - curator of “No Home to Go To” exhibit and Astrida Jansons - author of “Darlinga Likloçi”


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND WORK ACCOMPLISHED

CHAIR

  • gives overview of LF goals and geographical distribution of membership (we’re everywhere!)

  •  2015/16 - 5 large and 4 small projects selected. $10,000 allotted to small projects and $25,000 to large projects. Through crowdsourcing 6 more projects raised $1,893

  • summarizes application process, and describes projects selected.  Detailed information can be found on LF web site www.latviesufonds.info

  • in 2016 LF celebrates its 45th anniversary

  • summary of board positions, LF also on Facebook and Twitter

  • LF administrator (Operations consultant??) is leaving, so rest of board members have to take over responsibilities

  • next year’s goals: 1. increase LF membership 2. increase donations  3. improve mailing list  4. involve youth in LF  5.continue to raise LF profile

GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR

  • in 44 years LF has supported over 500 projects and granted over $1.7 million USD

  • now LF has an electronic application form, and information is available in English

  • everything available on website www.latviesufonds.info

ACTIVE PROJECTS ADMINISTRATOR

  • presently there are 29 active projects - 19 small projects and 10 large projects

  • gives examples of the various finished projects, including the film about the Baltic University, the online children's magazine “Mazputniņš”, the Latvian Youth Seminar in Latvia last summer, the film “Dieva Putniņi”, a  Latvian radio program interview of Latvians in the U.S, and the photo album of Baltic Refugees in Gotland

TREASURER (presented by Chair)

  • 5 new members in 2015, over $11,000 in donations and close to $2000 raised through crowdsourcing

  • $27,000 received through a testamentary donation from Aina Draviniece

  • remembrance of Maruta Karklis who passed away very recently

  • close to $3,000 donated in her memory

  • present Treasurer is ultimately leaving

AUDITORS

  • all in order

  • in future, all monies will be transferred to LF's U.S. account

  • in 2015, 107 LF members voted

  • need to find persons to help administer LF

GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR

  • present Grants Administrator has taken over various responsibilities from the Administrator (Operations consultant ???) who is leaving

  • Grants Administrator will now manage Website, Facebook

  • LF archive available - www.alaid.org

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

  • discusses investment strategy and interest and dividends earned over the past few years

  • goal is to protect base capital, at present worth $775,312

LF REP IN LATVIA (Chair reads report)

  • represents LF in Latvia, attends events, provides information, contacts with Irbite’s and Vitolu funds


DISCUSSION AND ISSUES RAISED

  • vote to hold next general meeting in the Latvian Center in the Catskills when ALMA has its meeting there

  • discussion re how to divide LF responsibilities

  • importance of improving the data base (mailing list)

  • vote to allot $10,000 to small projects and $25,000 to large projects in 2016/17

meeting adjourned 5:15pm




LATVIAN FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING September 27, 2015

LATVIAN COMMUNITY CENTER

4146 ELSTON AVE.

CHICAGO, IL 60618


11:00 - 12:30pm

present - Kristina Simane-Laimins, Astrida Ezergailis, Ilze Petersons, Renate Kenney, Valda Grinbergs, Brigita Tupurins-Rumpeteris, Martins Daiga


ISSUES/RESOLUTIONS

  • new board is accepted

  • discussion of job descriptions and division of new responsibilities

  • resolution to hold $4,000 in reserve for administrative purposes.  This amount was previously used by the outgoing Operations consultant

  • discussion about how to produce the LF newsletter and who will do it.

  • resolution to offer Mara Gulens job to produce newsletter

  • idea - flat fee for finished product ($300 - $500)

  • Newsletter  - discussion re contents for fall issue - materials to be submitted by Oct. 30, newsletter published by Nov. 18th

  • resolution to provide new computer to Grants Administrator, given the fact that she is taking over much of the work of the Operations Consultant

  • discussion of importance of regular contact with members

  • need for “uniform corporate image of LF”

  • Valda to organize LF materials (LF archives)

  • Astrida to work on primary database

  • will categorize by place, and LF board members will check names in their areas

  • resolution to provide Astrida with the ACCESS program


MISCELLANEOUS

  • LF agrees to finish work with LAPA to scan LF materials for archives. Board agrees to payment of 350 Euros

  • possible exhibit for LF's 45th anniversary.  Chair to correspond with LAPA

  • Valda announces that ALMA has agreed to holding its meeting in the Catskills together with LF on September 24 and 25, 2015




General meeting and Board meeting chaired by Kristina Simane - Laimins, minutes prepared by Ilze Petersons

 


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