August 4, 2015  Minutes
CALL TO ORDER:  Ruth Umbel called to order the August 4, 2015 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.

ATTENDANCE: Ruth Umbel; Joanne Harsh, Cherie Krug, BJ Gallagher,  Robin McGill, Marilyn Moors, Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Linda Carr, Dorothy Walters
MINUTES:    Minutes from the June 2nd meeting were approved as submitted. Special thanks to Robin for taking the minutes.
TREASURER’S REPORT:   The current balance in the account remains to be $757.54. A request was submitted in March to the Commissioners for $3,000 to be included in their FY2016 Budget for the GCCW. The money should be available now.
Linda and Marilyn discussed mentoring Middle School girls with Garrett Mentors. The group is not able to expand their mentoring at this time. A meeting will be held with the Southern and Northern Guidance Counselors this Fall. Cherie shared information about Secret Mothers through the Women’s Unity Group on campus which is for GC women students. She will keep the Commission posted. The purpose of the group is to encourage women students by writing notes and cards.
Judy and Marilyn presented the Commission with a proposed letter to the County Commissioners regarding the effects of fracking on the health and well being of women and children. JoAnne made a motion which was second by BJ that the letter be sent to the County Commissioners and to the Editor of the Republican for inclusion in the Letters to the Editor section if possible. Thanks to Judy and Marilyn for their efforts. A copy of the letter is attached.
EDUCATION:  Marilyn has offered to provide training for the mentors.
LEGISLATION:  Ruth reported that there is a feeling that fracking will take place in Western MD after the two year moratorium on fracking ends because legislators are in favor of it.
WEB:  The write ups for the current recipients of the Hall of Fame will remain on the WEB site for the year that they are selected. Names of all recipients will remain on the WEB. Minutes are on the site. The scholarship application is on the site. Pictures of this year’s winners need to be added. BJ will add a legislative update when it is ready.
PUBLICITY:  Linda will do an article on the GCCW in the Lake Front in April to highlight the HOF.
HISTORIAN:  JoAnne agreed to be the Historian. She will check with the Library to schedule a month to showcase the GCCW in the window.
Membership Chair Joanne Harsh distributed the current GCCW By Laws along with the Garrett County Commissioners rules concerning the Commission for Women. Both need to be updated.
Motions were made and seconded to change the following:
Article IV – Officers and Elections Section 3 needs to read that election of officers shall be held at August meeting.
Article IV – Officers and Elections Section 5 needs to be added to read: The term of an officer may be extended if circumstances deem it to be necessary.
Article VI – Meetings Section 2 needs to be added to read: Attendance at meetings maybe available through electronic means.
Article VII – Committees Section 1 needs to include Scholarship as a committee.
A motion was made and seconded to elect the following slate of Officers: Chair – Ruth Umbel; Co-Chair – Judy Carbone; Treasurer – Sherri Fredlock and Secretary – Terry Riley. The motion carried.
Judy shared information on The Women’s Networking Luncheon which is held the 1st Wednesday of the month at Aces Run. She will email the information to the Commission.
NEXT MEETING:   The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Terry Riley