Board Minutes: May 17, 2017: 11:30 – 1:01PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

May 17, 2017, 11:30 – 1:01PM


Present: Board members Wendy Keegan, Kay Gunter, Tim Krueger, Anna Leslie, Dawn Maloney, Rod McHattie, Ray Van Tongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator.


Excused: Michael O’Neill, Jordenn Martens, Tabatha O’Brien, Sybil Sides.


Unexcused: none


Quorum: Yes


Welcome and Introductions: Wendy welcomed Network Board members and thanked them for participating in the meeting.


Additions to the Agenda: none


April 19, 2017 Meeting Minutes: The minutes had been sent to Board members for their review prior to the meeting. The actions listed in the meeting minutes were discussed; all actions were completed.

Motion to approve the April 19, 2017 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Kay; second: Ray. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


Grant Status Report / Budget Update:

Current Grants Status:

-Kaiser Permanente Community Fund Grant (KPCF) ($161,095). This three year grant for implementation of a “Coordinated Prevention System for Healthy Starts” began on January 1, 2014 and was scheduled to end on December 31, 2016. There is some funding remaining on the grant. In our final grant report, we requested a no-cost extension to continue to use the remaining funds to complete planned activities related to the grant, some of which were scheduled but had to be delayed due to inclement weather. We currently are completing those activities.


-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training for women inmates was provided by a private donor through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Amount expended is $2,805.


Approval of Expenditures: The Itemized Voucher amounting to $2,706.21 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:


Invoice #2017 5T            Cowlitz County Treasurer – April Payroll           $2,500.00

Invoice #174-2017          Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc – Feb Phone       $     16.96

Invoice #238-2017         Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc – Mar Phone      $      14.23

Invoice #3838                 MPC Digital Solutions – Internet – May 2017     $      10.00

Invoice #3598                 More Power Technology Group – Technician Svc $  118.80

Invoice #2017 2               Sharon Weinhold – Supplies/Mileage                $       46.22


Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Rod; second: Dawn. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


Payroll for the period April 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017 was $2,239.39, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $52.57. As of April 30, 2017, the balance in the checking account used solely for payroll and payroll processing was $2,684.11.


-Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia Donation Opportunity. The Network was selected as the beneficiary of the 2016 Cabaret Follies. Performances were on November 4 and 5. On November 17, 2016, the Network received $141.71 from the sale of t-shirts. On May 10, 2017, the Network received a check for $3,500 from the proceeds of the show. On behalf of the Cabaret Follies Board, the Board President expressed gratitude for the Network Board’s efforts to support and promote the show, and especially for those performing in the show. The President said more than 120 volunteers spent hundreds of hours planning, preparing, fundraising, rehearsing and performing, and they are proud of the donation, especially since it is their first year as a non-profit group. The Network appreciated being designated as beneficiary and thanked the Cabaret Follies Board for the donation.


-RFP for Behavioral Health Programs. The Network submitted a proposal on January 20 to the Cowlitz County Human Services Department in response to their RFP seeking proposals for services focused on behavioral health service gaps identified in the Behavioral Health Gap Analysis Report. The Network’s proposal addressed the recommendation: Develop more diverse services for at-risk youth. In April, the Network was invited to share more information about its proposal with CCHSD personnel. In May, a decision was made by the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners to fund 3 of the 14 proposals. The Network proposal was not selected for funding. The 14 proposals requested about $6M; less than $1M of funding was awarded. The email from CCHSD announcing the decision said that although funding cannot be guaranteed in the future, the proposals will be kept on file in case additional funding under the RFP becomes available. The Network asked for feedback on its proposal and ways it could be more competitive in the future.

ACTION: Keep Board members apprised by email of the status of the Behavioral Health Program funding as information becomes available. (Sharon)


-City of Longview Community Development Block Grant. As discussed during the April Network Board meeting, the Network submitted a proposal titled: “Improving Family Resiliency, Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency” to provide family and career development training for residents in the high poverty Highlands, Olympic West, and Broadway neighborhoods over a 14-month period. The project proposal includes providing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency, Financial Literacy and Resume Building/Interview Skills trainings to residents, particularly those with low income, special needs and the elderly. These residents also would be connected with resources that could improve their quality of life. Proposals were due on April 26, 2017; decisions are planned for June 8, 2017.

ACTION: Keep Board members apprised by email of the status of the City of Longview Community Development Block Grant funding as information becomes available. (Sharon)


Other Funding Opportunities. The Network Board reviewed and discussed other grant opportunities that could support the goals of the Network and projects listed above.

ACTION: Pursue other funding opportunities that support the projects and goals of the Network. (Sharon)


Network Board Membership: Board members reviewed membership and attendance records. Rod will be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and Network Board members expressed interest in recruiting another member of the Longview School District to join the Board. Rod suggested his replacement who he thought would be an excellent addition to the board. She will begin work on July 1. There was discussion on other potential Board members including representatives from the cities, Kelso School District, and ministerial association.

ACTION: Contact, generate interest and invite potential Board members to join the Board. (Sharon)


Financial Literacy Training: As of May 17, Kay and Sharon have presented seventeen Financial Literacy training sessions at Corrections for the women inmates. The response continues to be good. To date, seven graduates completed the 4-part training series and earned a Certificate of Completion and a Second Chance at one of four financial institutions. If the women are released prior to completing the four classes needed to get a Second Chance at a financial institution, they are referred to Lower Columbia CAP where they can complete the series of classes. Notices have been received from CAP that women are attending and completing the classes at CAP after their release. Board members were impressed that the women continued to return to the training so they could earn the certificate either at Corrections or at CAP.


NWHF Implementation Grant:

-Community Charter. There currently are 36 Community Charter member organizations.


-Linking Cowlitz County. Notices were emailed to Community Resource Directory resource owners reminding them to update their resource(s) if they needed to be updated. The goal is to keep the Community Resource Directory current at all times. Over the last month, the Network updated over 100 resources; other resources were updated by the resource owners or Dawn.


-NEAR and Compassionate Schools Community Forum. Plans are on hold until information is received regarding the funding opportunities previously addressed.


-ACEs Presentations. The Network has received requests for ACEs presentations by the Kelso School District, Cowlitz Tribe and various individuals from the community. Michael is working directly with the requestors to schedule times for the presentations.


Review/Feedback on Events:

-Science of Hope Conference, April 25 & 26, SeaTac. It looked to be a great conference. Michael was a participant and member of a panel presenting “Essentials for Childhood: What it is and How it Hopes to Help Communities and Stakeholders.” To see the many presentations that have been posted, go to Foundation for Healthy Generations website at

-10th Annual Run the Path, May 6, 9am, Lake Sacajawea Lions Covered Shelter. Nice weather and turnout. Tim and Sharon hosted a table and had good conversations with participants.


Upcoming Events:

-Walk and Roll Month, May. There are many activities planned to promote active living, including hiking, biking, walking and running events. Dan Burden will lead a walking audit in Woodland and Longview/Kelso in the morning and afternoon, of May 25 respectively. The Heart and Stroke Walk was on May 13. A Garden Bike Tour is scheduled for May 20.

– Youth Marijuana Prevention Education Program – “Keeping up with the Times.” May 24, 8:30-4:30, Great Wolf Lodge.

-Community Report Card Meeting sponsored by Pathways 2020, May 25, 5pm, Expo Center. The Community Report Card will be unveiled. Dan Burden, keynote speaker, has been invited for the day to walk the community and give a presentation on the Build Environment. Cost of program and dinner, $15.

-Wendy has been attending the Washington State Legislative updates and finds them to be very informative. She will email them to Network board members in the future.

ACTION: Share Legislative update information with Board members. (Wendy)



ACTION: Keep Board members apprised by email of the status of the Behavioral Health Program funding as information becomes available. (Sharon)

ACTION: Keep Board members apprised by email of the status of the City of Longview Community Development Block Grant funding as information becomes available. (Sharon)

ACTION: Pursue other funding opportunities that support the projects and goals of the Network. (Sharon)

ACTION: Contact, generate interest and invite potential Board members to join the Board. (Sharon)

ACTION: Share Legislative update information with Board members. (Wendy)


Next Meeting: June 21, 2017

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