Board Minutes 3/16/21

Cowlitz Community Network Board Meeting

Cowlitz County Admin Building Annex | 207 4th Avenue N. Kelso, WA 98626

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 11:30 – 1:00PM


Present by Phone: Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Louise Brown, Gabby Meador,

Charlie Gourde, Jeane Conrad, Corie Dow-Cramer, Laurie Severson Guests: Amanda Davis

Staff: Amber Rosewood

Additions to Agenda

There were no additions to the agenda.

Welcome and Introductions

Michael welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their participation. A call-in number was provided for Board members and guests. 


The February Board meeting minutes were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting.  

Motion to approve the February 16, 2021 Board meeting minutes as presented (Corie), second (Charlie). The motion carried.

Grant Status Reports

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Financial Literacy Grant                           $10,000

Financial Literacy Training | Jul 1, 2020 – Jun 30, 2021      

Current Request: $884.00 | Remaining Balance: $4,087.00

Financial Literacy funding is for training at-risk youth and financially vulnerable families. Training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing, etc. CCN Financial Literacy emails to stakeholders include lessons for children and information on budgeting and credit for adults. The Network is working to schedule virtual learning sessions with our community partners. We have built out our online resources, pre-scheduled financial literacy resources to our social media accounts and drafted newsletters containing financial literacy links and trainings.

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Behavioral Health Grant                           $10,800

Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care | Jul 1, 2019 – Jun 30, 2021

Current Request: $803.00 | Remaining Balance: $ 5,323.00

Behavioral Health funding provides technical assistance and training for childcare providers who serve children with challenging behavioral needs and support for families. CCN Behavioral Health emails to stakeholders include a connection to local learning opportunities and behavioral health evidence-based information and resources. The Network is providing four STARS Hours eligible virtual training events between April – June, 2021.

Community Foundation of SW WA Behavioral Health Grant:                                      $25,000

Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care | Awarded Dec 2019

Current Expenditures: N/A | Remaining Balance: $11,661.35

The Behavioral Health funding provides technical assistance and training for childcare providers and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges. The Network applied for additional funding but was not chosen as a grantee for 2021.The Network has scheduled a virtual book club to begin reading Conscious Discipline – Expanded and Updated and will pilot an online book club using a Private Facebook Group to begin reading Easy to Love, Hard to Discipline.

WA Department of Commerce/Seattle Foundation Child Care Partnership Grant     $60,000

Child Care Access Report | Sep 23, 2020 – Jun 30, 2021

Current Request: $4,986.22 | Remaining Balance: $49,984.38

This grant was awarded in the amount of $30,000 in reimbursable funds from the Dept of Commerce and $30,000 in upfront funding from the Seattle Foundation. Monthly invoices reflect the split in funding. Child Care Partnership funding CCN supports local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity for underserved areas and for historically marginalized communities. The project funds the supplemental work of the Cowlitz Community Charter as outlined in the 2020 Annual Agenda and Objectives. The Network is currently working with ten contracted partners on the CCPG for survey collection, family engagement, developing the child care access report and outreach and advocacy.

Old Business

The board discussed the recruitment and retention of new members and reaching out to other Networks in the state.

New Business

There is now an online calendar on the website and upcoming events include the Conscious Discipline – Building Resiliency in Uncertain Times Virtual Training on April 13th from 6:30-8pm, the Conscious Discipline Virtual Book Club on April 27th and upcoming Child Care Partnership Grant work group meetings.

Financial Report

The Funds Status Report and Expense Report were sent to members for their review prior to the meeting. Members discussed alternative financial documents for recordkeeping and Charlie volunteered to review current documents.

February Expenses

Cowlitz County Treasurer                   Payroll Transfer                                              $  3,000.00

ADP                                                    Payroll                                                             $  2,904.00

ADP                                                    Payroll Fees                                                    $       59.68

Survey Monkey                                   Subscription                                                    $      107.02

Zoom                                                   Subscription                                                    $        16.20

Boast                                                   Subscription                                                    $        49.00

Canva                                                 Subscription                                                    $        12.95

Facebook                                            Advertising                                                      $         82.41

More Power Technology Group         Website Migration                                           $       378.35

Account Balances

Red Canoe Savings                                                                                                    $        10.16

Red Canoe Checking                                                                                                 $   3,618.31

Cowlitz County Treasurer                                                                                           $ 82,769.84

Motion to approve the Expense Report (Gabby); second (Jeane). The motion carried.

Upcoming Community Events

3rd Annual Celebration of Children

April 12-17


Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 11:30am-1pm