April 7, 2015
CALL TO ORDER:  Ruth Umbel called to order the April 7, 2015 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE: Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Cherie Krug, Robin McGill, Marilyn Moors, Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Linda Carr
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:  The following scholarship recipients were presented with their checks and pictures were taken for the papers – Sierra Griffith, Vanessa Jean Artice, Angela Guthrie, Rachael Mae Geer and Traci Jean Gilpin. Each applicant was given an opportunity to express their appreciation to the GCCW.
MINUTES:    Notes from the February meeting were approved as submitted. Special thanks to Dorothy for taking the notes.
TREASURER’S REPORT:   The current balance in the account is $424.93. This is the balance after the scholarship checks were written. A discussion was held about maintaining a balance that would cover our costs for a year.
WELCOME: Judy introduced Linda Carr who was welcomed as a member of the GCCW.  Linda shared that she is happy to join the Commission. Linda is interested in working with middle school girls.
OLD BUSINESS:  Ruth shared a thank you from St. Mark’s for their music program.
HALL OF FAME:  Ruth expressed her thanks to the following members: Judy Carbone for Invitations and programs; Dorothy Walters for Publicity; Joanne Harsh for Mailing and Bowls and Elizabeth for Dutch’s arrangements.  Liz and Marilyn will take care of registration. Sheri will print the program. There are currently 25 reservations.
EDUCATION:  Marilyn shared a report on the meeting she had with GC Board of Education personnel (Attached). As the reports states, Marilyn would like to approach Garrett College to run a training program for students to become mentors. The students who would become mentors could earn extra credit for being mentors. Linda Carr and Marilyn will work together on this.
LEGISLATION:  Ruth reported that a two year moritorium on fracking was put in place. Maryland owes the US government 28.4 million for the Affordable Care Act.
Judy suggested that the GCCW advise the County government on fracking. The Commission needs to make sure women’s issues are included when considering the impact. A motion was made by Joanne and seconded by Robin that a letter be presented to the Commissioners to look at women’s issues when considering fracking. The motion carried. Judy will draft a letter.
NEXT MEETING:   The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Terry Riley