Cowlitz Community Network Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Present: Michael O’Neill-Chair, Louise Brown, Laurie Severson, Kay Gunter
Absent: Jeane Conrad, Gabby Meador, Corie Dow-Kramer
Staff Present: Rochelle Fassold
Introductions and Icebreaker
Michael welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their participation. Everyone participated in the icebreaker question.
Additions to Agenda
-More Power tech issues
Consent Agenda documents were sent to members for review prior to the meeting.
05-2022 CCN Minutes (draft)
06-2022 Treasurer’s Report
06-2022 Red Canoe statement
Motion: Laurie motioned to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, Louise seconded, and the motion carried.
Grant Status Reports
Behavioral Health | Cowlitz County Health & Human Services | Award $7,800
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022: To provide technical assistance for child care providers that serve children with behavioral needs in Cowlitz County.
Expected Outcomes: 80% of child care centers will have staff participating in at least one training; at least 100 child care provider staff will attend at least one training; at least 6 trainings will be conducted for providers; at least 4 trainings will be conducted for families, share information at least two times per month; at least 100 new subscribers on the distribution list.
Program Activities: The Network has scheduled virtual learning Conscious Discipline sessions for childcare providers and families on the fourth Thursday of the month, January – June 2022, from 6-7:30pm.
Program Updates: There were 2 attendees at the April session and the feedback for the session was excellent. 1 participant received a $50 Conscious Discipline gift card and the other participant received a CD book for attending. It was determined that 6:30pm would be a better time for people to attend so the last class on June 23rd is rescheduled to 6:30pm-8:00pm. Rochelle gave an update on success of FaceBook outreach and confirmed that the last program report due on July 29th would get completed and submitted.
Michael informed the board that the Red Canoe account has been updated
Board Member Application- Kay Gunter reintroduction
The board voted for Kay to rejoin the board: Laurie approved this motion, and Michael seconded, and the motion carried
Newsletter delivery platform: Sender (124 opened and 14 clicks) vs Mailchimp (257 opened and 149 clicks), of 530 recipients
Rochelle informed the board of the delivery issues of the newsletter and emails being bounced when sent with Sender. The board agreed that Mailchimp seems to be the better choice for sending our newsletter.
More Power tech issues-
Michael explained our struggles using More Power for our tech support and how they charged the Network $175/hr to set up the new laptop. This past week Rochelle’s email was having issues but Michael was able to get More Power to resolve the email issue at no additional cost after reaching out to them several times. The board discussed options for getting a more affordable and reliable tech support person going forward. There were recommendations to ask Youth and Family who they use, possibly bringing on a tech savvy board member, reaching out to school districts, churches. Rochelle agreed to follow up with Y&F and get leads for other options.
Community Charter meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 9:30am, at the County Administration Building, 3rd floor conference room
Michael shared the agenda for the meeting. Rochelle will send out calendar invite this afternoon. We’ll need to gather an estimate from Charter members and contacts on the number of children cared for by FFN and the challenges families need support on for the new grant application. Discussion on continued efforts to reach families in the Hispanic community-Woodland School District, Y&F, St Rose Church and other possibly other churches.
Stella Museum- Sat, July 9th Free Kids Day 11am-4pm, July 23rd Craft Day, August 20th Butterfly Boat 11am-4pm
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19th when Rochelle will be on vacation.
Rochelle will contact all board members to possibly push out and reschedule the next meeting to July 26th from 12pm-1pm and update the board.