Garrett County Commission for Women October 3, 2017 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Judy Carbone, Chair at 5:02 pm.
Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Cherie Krug, Kristal Huber; via video conference: BJ Gallagher, Michelle Harman, Robin Bissell
Guest attendees: Lisa Thayer-Welch and Cheryl DeBerry
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited along with a moment of silence.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Sherri Fredlock reported that checking balance as of our previous meeting was $1,574.38. A check was written for yearly MLAW dues for $75.00 and a deposit of $3,500.00 was made. That amount was our yearly disbursement from the County Commissioners. Balance in checking as of this date is $4,999.38.
Introductions of Commissioners and Guests then took place.
MINUTES: The minutes from the August meeting were approved with a motion made by Cherie Krug and seconded by Michelle Harman; all in favor.
Judy followed up that this amount from the County Commissioners was an increase of $500 vs. the previous year and this may be a reflection of the strategic plan submitted by the Commission as well as the impressive scholarship recipients that the County Commissioners met at our HOF Brunch.
- Name Tags - Judy will get Michelle’s badge to her.
- On 10/2/17, during their meeting, the County Commissioners approved our revised By-Laws and
- Update of the Maureen Sharps Scholarship was provided by BJ Gallagher. This will be a $5000.00 scholarship to a woman with a child/children who is attending Garrett College. It was clarified that the GCCW will be including this in their scholarship process for the spring of 2018.
- BJ requested updated By-Laws and Guiding Principles for inclusion on the GCCW website.
- Scholarship info will also be needed to begin advertising in January/February.
- Member Nominations: we have 2 potential members present at this meeting and 2 others who are interested. Cherie Krug will follow up with Cheryl DeBerry and Lisa Thayer-Welch at some point after this meeting to see if they desire to be on the GCCW and, from there, Linda Carr will write a letter to the County Commissioners recommending appointment, if they so desire.
- “In Between Meetings” - a meeting was held in September to address one of the 6 areas of concern as identified in last year’s Listening Session. Sadie Liller from the Garrett County Health Department spoke on the opioid epidemic. Judy reported that we sent a thank you note to Sadie and Bob Stephens, Health Officer, to whome Sadie reports and that Mr. Stephens requested the following of the GCCW: that we form some type of relationship with the Drug Free Community Coalition (Lisa Thayer-Welch was able to provide some insight into this organization and give some suggestions on how we may be involved) and stated he would welcome our presence at meetings. These meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 11:45 am to 1 pm. Kristal Huber agreed to participate in these meetings on our behalf. The second thing he asked is that we participate in “Anti-Stigma” events and that this is a topic that could be addressed by our group. It is noted that two of the events have already passed.
- The Fall Event that we have planned including representatives from various women’s organizations in the county is set for October 26th at 5 pm. There will be discussion on how to bring greater awareness and education on the key areas identified at the Listening Session: poverty, opioid epidemic and substance abuse, economic development, transportation, lack of female political leaders, and domestic violence. Invitations have been sent and, at this point, we have affirmative responses from Barbara Miller of Community Action and Heather Hanline of the Dove Center. The will be a brainstorming session of how the organizations can work better together and possibly develop a plan for an event next fall. We will need a volunteer from the GCCW to moderate this event. Judy will send out an agenda and ask for volunteers.
Hall of Fame - Possible dates were discussed and Judy/BJ will check with Dutch’s on the availability of the room for the event.
Scholarship - As yet unchaired. We do need the records for this committee from Robin McGill. Lisa Thayer Welch volunteered to reach out to her.
Legislation - The MLAW Fall Agenda Conference will be held on November 18th at the Howard County Community College. Legislation concerning women will be presented in the morning. Typically the MD Commission for Women held a round table in the pm however, that is being moved to Spring of 2018. There will be an advocacy seminar that may be attended in the pm for the Fall Conference. Cost for the event is $35 and a motion was made by Cherie to approve funding for up to 5 GCCW Commissioners to attend the event. BJ seconded the motion and all present were in favor. Judy will email registration forms for the event and all interested parties should complete the form and send to Sherri who will send a check to MLAW for up to 5 registrants. The deadline for receipt of the form is November 1.
PR/Website - BJ needs photos of HOF for the website and she will email Linda for these. She also needs updated by-laws, guiding principles and updated contact info for commissioners. We are going to explore the ability to have the GCCW website linked to the county website. A new brochure was discussed and the question was raised as to whether this was something that would be utilized. A suggestion for a business card sized publication basically referring interested parties to our website was made and met with positive comments. Judy felt that Linda Carr may be able to help with this and will follow up with Linda.
Membership - See comments in New Business regarding potential new members.
Historian - No report.
Community Service - Kristal brought up the idea of a back to school event next year that would provide haircuts and involve volunteer stylists from the community. She is also going to look into checking with other organizations such as the Dove Center about partnering in their events. This will be something that will be discussed at the 10/26 event.
- The Fall Update to the County Commissioners should take place at on of their November meetings to keep consistency with what was done last year. We should provide an update on strategic planning, a report of the 10/26 combined organization session, etc. We need volunteers to be present and speak on one or more of these items. Email communication will be sent prior to the update. Judy will check with Carol in the Commissioner’s Office to see what dates are available.
- Social Media Presence - Kristal volunteered to set up a GCCW Facebook page and Sherri will bring an example of a Social Media Contract to the next meeting.
- Poverty Simulation - Judy reported that she has heard from Nancy Forlifer in Allegany County and a poverty simulation will be held at WRMC on December 5th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This will conflict with our next meeting but arrangements could be made to reschedule the meeting with enough Commissioners were interested. No one had an interest at this point.
- Student Commissioners - tabled till next meeting.
- Related Events - The AAUW will be holding a Dough Raiser fundraiser at Uno’s on 10/12 and
the student chapter of AAUW will be holding screenings of “Iron Jawed Angels” on 10/18 at 3 pm and 6 pm. Engage Mountain Maryland will be holding a voter registration between viewings.
Linda Carr (via Sherry Fredlock) Secretary
August 1, 2017 -- Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Judy Carbone called to order the August 1, 2017 meeting of the Garrett
County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD at 5:10 PM.
IN ATTENDANCE:Judy Carbone, Chair, BJ Gallagher, Vice-Chair, Sherri Fredlock, Treasurer, Linda Carr, Secretary
Maureen Myers, Cherie Krug, Kitty Lauer
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited along with a moment of silence.
MINUTES: Minutes from the June 2017 meeting were approved as submitted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Sherri Fredlock reported that the current balance of our checking remains at $1,574.38. The only upcoming expense is a renewal to (MLAW) Maryland Legislative Association for Women of $75.00. A motion was made and voted on unanimously to continue membership within that group.
1. Nametags. Judy still has nametags for Michelle Harman and Kristal Huber. Cherie reported that she had worn hers.
2. Election of Officers. As discussed in the last meeting, Maureen and Cherie prepared a ballot for the nominations of officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. A motion had been made and approved that the existing officers were asked to continue in their duties. Nominees were Judy Carbone as Chair, BJ Gallagher as Vice Chair, Sherri Fredlock as Treasurer, Linda Carr as Secretary. These were voted on unanimously by the membership.
3. Planning Committee Meeting Report. Judy noted that notes from this meeting had been sent out along with a list of the items to be voted on this evening. The committees were reviewed as to their purpose, relevance and leadership as per by-laws. It was discussed to eliminate the Education committee (as this was covered under the Community committee) and to add a Hall of Fame Committee. Various committee heads are asked to review their committees description and have an update on their purpose and duties by the September meeting. An updated document entitled “GCCW Committees and Description of Scope of Work” (preparded by BJ) was disseminated, which will be the basis of an Operating & Procedure Manual which will be developed. A Nominations Procedure had been prepared by Maureen and Cherie and discussed at the planning meeting with revisions being sent to other Commission Members as well as the final Nominations Protocol. A motion was made to accept this new Nominating Procedure as amended. The floor was open to discussion and hearing none, Judy called for a vote. This passed unanimously. A second motion was made to accept the proposed By-Laws and Guiding Principles as amended. The motion was seconded and voted on unanimously. Judy will send amended documents to Carol Riley at the Commissioner's Office.
4. Member Nominations. Although our new nominating procedure follows a strict protocol for bringing on new members, after this month our Commission will only have 10 members of the required 12 to 15. Maureen and Cherie had come up with some names for us to ask to join the
Commission as early as this October to get a full membership again. Names submitted for consideration were Lisa Thayer-Welch, Jessica Fike, Cheryl DeBerry, Nancy Railey and Dallas Ouellette. Judy will reach out to Lisa Thayer Welch and Dallas Ouellette, Linda will reach out to Nancy Railey, Maureen to Jessica Fike and Cherie to Cheryl DeBerry. Sherri Fredlock had also spoken with another woman, Heather Cooper, who has shown an interest in the committee and will reach out to her again to gauge her interest. A deadline of September 1st was set to reach out to potential nominees.
5. Update on June “In Between” Topic Meeting. Judy gave an update on the June "in between" session which was a presentation by Sadie Liller of the Garrett County Health Department about "Opioid Use and Prevention". Although there was a small turnout, a good conversation was
had with Sadie on opioid use in our area. There are 456 women in our community currently in treatment, which is about 5% of our population. In 2016, there were 35 drug addicted babies born in Garrett County, up from 22 in 2015, so this is clearly a growing concern for our Commission. There seems to be a need for a recovery house or treatment facility in the county as well as awareness on prescription drug disposal and other issues. Judy will follow up with Bob Stephens, the new county Health Director, to discuss the possibility of more informational sessions and how our commission could take a role of support and advocacy.
HALL OF FAME: No Report
EDUCATION: No report
SCHOLARSHIP: No report.
LEGISLATION: The next MLAW fall meeting is slated for Saturday, November 18th. Several Commission members are planning to attend.
WEB: All information is current.
PUBLICITY: BJ will be heading this committee, to also include the Website. Linda sent BJ all copies of press releases related to various GCCW events.
MEMBERSHIP: See above.
HISTORIAN: Kitty is still going through old files and boxes. The Commission has asked her to define the duties of the historian as SHE sees them moving forward to bring for discussion for the October meeting.
BY-LAWS: See above.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: No report.
1. New Scholarship Opportunity. BJ announced that there was a potential donor for a new scholarship donated by the family of Maureen Sharps in her honor. The family wanted this scholarship to be available for non-traditional age women returning to college that were no longer eligible for the County Commissioner's scholarship. BJ spoke with Carol at the Commissioner's office, and although our group is not allowed to fund-raise, there is no issue with us moving forward with a donation. BJ is working out details and will report more in October.
2. Fall Event. There was also an update on a proposed fall event. Since the Hall of Fame is the Women's Commission signature spring event, there had been some discussion about a second fall event. At the planning meeting, we had discussed the possibility of bringing members from
other women's groups together to initiate a future fall event or conference with various speakers as related to women's issues. It was decided to invite one member from each of the women's organizations in the county including AAUW, the Civic Club, Junior Womens Civic Club, Republican Women's Group, the Women's Huddle group as well as members of the Health Department, Community Action, and the Dove Center for an exploratory meeting to be held on Thursday, October 26th at the College. Judy will draft an invitation to be sent by the end of the summer. A motion was made to allocate $150 to provide some light refreshments for the group. Cherie will contact Goehringers Catering to set it up and to reserve the room at the College
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was formally adjourned at 6:35 PM.
NE XT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Garrett College Board Room -- GIEC Room 127.
Linda Carr, Secretary
The next scheduled meeting for the Garrett County Commission for Women will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The meeting will be help in the President's Board Room at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland 21541.
Garrett County Commission for Women October 4, 2016 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Judy Carbone called to order the October 4, 2016 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE: Jeannette Fitzwater, Kitty Lauer, Robin McGill,Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, BJ Gallagher, Traci Royce
Guests: Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Maureen Myers, Kristal Huber
PRAYER: Judy Carbone offered the prayer.
PLEDGE: Judy Carbone led the Pledge to the Flag
PRESENTATION: Ruth Umbel and Joanne Harsh were honored by the GCCW for their years of service to the Commission and to the community. Members of the Commission presented Ruth and Joanne with a token of their appreciation.
NOMINATION OF MAUREEN MYERS TO THE COMMISSION: The GCCW members voted to recommend Maureen to the Board of Commissioners for appointment to GCCW.
MINUTES: A motion was made by Jeannette with a second from Sherri to approve the minutes from the August 2, 2016 meeting as corrected. Under Old Business, under Education on Page 2, Terry Riley’s name should be removed as one of the Education Chairs. The motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: There has been no account activity since the last report. The current balance in the account is $1167.00. A motion was made, seconded and was carried to accept the Treasurer’s Report.
OFFICERS AND CHAIRS: A motion was made by Traci with a second from Kitty to appoint the following officers for the coming year: President – Judy Carbone, Vice President – BJ Gallagher, Treasurer – Sherri Fredlock and Secretary – Linda Carr. The motion carried. Article VII of the By-Laws was reviewed. Under this section the following committees are required: Education, Scholarship, Legislation, Public Relations, Historian, By-Laws and Community Service. The GCCW has the following committees that are not listed in the By-Laws: Hall of Fame, Web Site, Membership, Mentoring. It may be possible to combine some of the committees we have with those required committees that we do not currently have. It was suggested that Judy contact the State Commission for guidance on committees as well as By-Laws. BJ and Traci volunteered to work on a By-Laws committee for the GCCW. Each Committee Chair is asked to email BJ a short description of your committee. She currently has protocols from Web Site, Publicity and HOF.
New Member Recruitment: Clarification of Protocol – Terry made a motion with a second from BJ for the GCCW to approve the following protocol for new member recruitment:
For the process of nominating new members for recommendation to the Commissioners, a current member of the commission will:
- Identify a potential member.
- Tell the potential member about the Commission and invite them to a meeting. The current member will explain that potential members are voted on by the current membership of the Commission.
- The potential member will attend a meeting to learn about the Commission and its mission and goals.
- The current member will talk with the potential member after the meeting to determine if they are interested in becoming a member of the Commission.
- If the answer is yes, the current member will provide all Commission members with a brief biographical sketch of the potential member.
- The Commission will vote (either at their next meeting or digitally) whether to recommend the potential member to the Garrett County Commissioners for membership.
- The GCCW Secretary will send a letter of recommendation and a brief biographical sketch to the Commissioners for their approval.
The motion carried. It was further decided that this protocol be part of a Policy and Procedure Handbook rather than part of the By-Laws.
Maryland Commission for Women Listening Session Follow-UP: Judy thanked those GCCW members who were able to attend this event. The MCW was very impressed by the energetic session. A report is on the MCW web site. It was decided to schedule a working session to go over the six needs areas to determine what the GCCW focus should be in the future. The working session will be discussed at the December GCCW meeting. Reporting on the session to the Board of County Commissioners was discussed as well. Judy will be sharing the Listening Session report at the Women’s Networking Luncheon. Judy shared that the MCW has an opening for a Commissioner and that she has information on how to apply. BJ expressed interest in serving on the MCW.
HALL OF FAME: Judy would like input from the GCCW regarding the 2017 HOF location and date. BJ suggested that she and Judy meet before the December meeting to discuss location and date.
SCHOLARSHIP: No report
LEGISLATION: No report
WEB: No report
PUBLICITY: A chair will need to be appointed.
MEMBERSHIP: No report
MENTORING: No report
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.
Garrett County Commission for Women April 4, 2016 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Ruth Umbel called to order the April 4, 2016 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE:Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Robin McGill, Dorothy Walters, Kitty Lauer,Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Linda Carr,Cheri Krug
PRAYER: Joanne Harsh offered the prayer.
PLEDGE: Robin McGill led the Pledge to the Flag.
MINUTES: Minutes from the February 2, 2016 meeting were approved as submitted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: The current balance in the account is $2874.60. Checks have been written for the Web - $53.96 and Master Draft for HOP Invitations - $39.00. A motion was made, seconded and was carried to accept the Treasurer’s Report.
OLD BUSINESS: During a discussion regarding fracking at the February meeting, whether to invite Rebecca Rare to a GCCW meeting which would be open to other community groups was proposed. After discussion, the Commission has decided that Judy will contact Ms. Rare to see when she might be available for a GCCW meeting. Judy will follow up with an email.
HALL OF FAME: The HOF is scheduled for April 30th. Ruth asked that Commission members make their reservations soon. Thirty invitations have been sent. Joanne will arrange for the bowls at Helbigs and Sherri will pick them up. Judy will prepare the biographies for the paper. Joanne and Sherri will man the registration table. Judy will print name tags. Ruth will confirm the
reservations with Dutch’s. The 2016 Nominees are Evelyn Heise, Louella Hinebaugh and Mercedes Pellet.
EDUCATION: Five scholarship applications have been received. One was incomplete. (Robin will send her a letter to encourage her to apply next year.) The four recipients are: Sarah Baker, Erica Umbel, Hannah Newcomb and Kenya Rinker. They or a family member will attend the HOF. Sherri will prepare checks.
LEGISLATION: The Paid Sick Leave Bill is moving forward. Equal Pay passed. Ruth and Judy shared their experiences with the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women. Ruth encouraged others to get involved in testifying in Annapolis on legislation concerning issues of importance to women. Judy will forward information regarding MLAFW to the Commission.
WEB: The site is up to date. BJ asked that any additional information be sent to her.
PUBLICITY: Dorothy reported that the papers have been very receptive – especially the Weekender. HOF articles with pictures will be in the paper after the event.
MEMBERSHIP: Joanne reported that we have 12 members. The following members will go off the Commission at the end of June – Ruth Umbel, Dorothy Walters and Joanne Harsh. Joanne reminded the Commission that we have a file cabinet at the Library.
MENTORING: Middle School mentoring is going well. Lisa Thayer Welch will speak with the group in April. Garrett College would like each new student to have a mentor in place by Fall.
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.
December 1, 2015 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Ruth Umbel called to order the December 1, 2015 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE: Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Robin McGill, BJ Gallagher, Dorothy Walters, Kitty Lauer, Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Linda Carr
PRAYER: Dorothy Walters offered the prayer.
PLEDGE: Robin McGill led the Pledge to the Flag.
MINUTES: Minutes from the October 6, 2015 meeting were approved as submitted.
GUEST SPEAKER: Paul Edwards, Chair of the Garrett County Board of Commissioners was the speaker for the meeting. He spoke in reply to the letter the GCCW has sent to the Commissioners with concerns regarding to fracking. Mr. Edwards shared that the County won’t have a lot of say in whether fracking is approved in the County. The State of Maryland has the authority to approve or disapprove fracking. The Board of Commissioners has been in favor of fracking. As far as health issues are concerned (addressed in the letter from GCCW), the Board of Health has the legal authority to regulate disease based on the nuance clause – like a smoking ban. That clause can’t be applied because it (fracking) is not in existence. The State of Maryland won’t let the County prohibit an activity that they allow. Mr. Edwards shared that we should know relatively soon what the regulations will be. Bills passed in the Legislature will trump any regulation. The County is pushing for an economic study. Funding is an issue since Garrett is the 4th poorest county in the State. No State agency has given any money for the study to date. ARC has given some money. The advisory group has asked the County what they should be looking at next. Several possibilities have been discussed – crime issues, working with a consultant on economic issues, etc. When asked if the advisory group would look into women’s issues – health, etc., Mr. Edwards stated that the advisory group does not feel competent to look into health issues. The Commissions thanked Mr. Edwards to attending the meeting and discussing our concerns.
TREASURER’S REPORT: The current balance in the account is $577.54. The check for annual stipend from the County Commissioners has been received and Sherri will deposit it in the account. A motion was made, seconded and was carried to accept the Treasurer’s Report.
The date for the 2016 Hall of Fame has been changed from April 23rd to April 30th. There are already two nominations.
EDUCATION: Robin’s focus will be on Scholarships for now. A discussion was held regarding job descriptions for each of the committee chairs. BJ will look into that.
LEGISLATION: No report.
WEB: BJ the listing of GCCW members
PUBLICITY: Dorothy will do PR in January for Scholarship applications.
MEMBERSHIP: The Board of Commissioners has reappointed Cheri and Judy.
MENTORING: No report.
HISTORIAN: The Library window is available for April and will feature the HOF.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Dorothy will do PR for Scholarship applications and put the info on the Web.
HALL OF FAME: Judy and Ruth will work on the 2016 HOF.
Judy reported that she attended the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) session on Saturday, November 14th, 2015, in Montgomery Village, MD, and, immediately afterwards, a round table discussion sponsored by the Maryland Commission for Women. In both cases, she was a representative of the Garrett County Commission for Women and a guest of the Maryland Commission for Women. In the MLAW session, there was a panel presentation entitled “New Perspectives on Legislative Advocacy” presented by several freshman legislators who shared their some of their experiences and learnings during their first term. Following this panel, several pieces of legislation that would be brought forward in the 2016 legislative session were introduced and discussed by the sponsors. These will be brought forward to the MLAW membership for voting on which to endorse before the session. After lunch, representatives from the various county women’s commissions met in a roundtable discussion. Judy reported that she was impressed by the work of other commissions that their representatives shared and discussed. The budgets of the other commissions range from $700 per year (Frederick) to more than $30,000 (Montgomery). While listening to the other representatives discuss their projects and activities, Judy reported that she kept a running list of activities she believes the GCCW could consider as part of future planning. These include:
- Strategic Planning
- Development of Advocacy Goals
- Associate Commissions (especially younger women, even high school age)
- Young Women of the Year Award (for our Hall of Fame, similar to the state’s commission on women, Women of Tomorrow based on Academic Excellence, Leadership and Community Service)
- Identification of Shared Interests of County’s Women’s Groups
- Policy and Legislation Advocacy (including attendance at the Women’s Legislative Briefing sponsored by Montgomery County)
- Requesting Money for Direct Service to Women
- Support for Dove Center (monetary and service)
- Implementation of a Listening Project (resulting in a report from the GCCW to the county commissioners on the issues most of concern to women)
- Sponsorship of Maryland Women’s Legislative Briefing
- Connection with Maryland Women’s Caucus (especially since we have no women legislators from Western Maryland)
- Development of a Garrett County Women’s Statistics Sheet/Paper (for publication and for sharing with the commissioners and our legislators)
- Regular Meetings with County Commissioners (where commissioners could attend GCCW meetings to listen and share information)
(Thanks to Judy for her notes.)
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:06 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Terry Riley, Secretary
October 6, 2015 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Ruth Umbel called to order the October 6, 2015 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE: Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Robin McGill,Terry Riley, Judy Carbone, Sherri Fredlock, Linda Carr
PRAYER: Sherri Fredlock offered the prayer.
PLEDGE: Terry Riley led the Pledge to the Flag.
MINUTES: Minutes from the August 4th meeting were approved as submitted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: The current balance in the account remains to be $777.54. Sherri has met with Elizabeth Huxford and the bank to update the account. Signature cards will need to be signed by those who will have access to the account – Sherri, Judy, Joanne and Terry. A discussion was held regarding reservation payments received for the HOF. A motion was made, seconded and was carried that there would be no refunds for the HOF.
WELCOME: Judy introduced Kitty Lauer to the Commission as a potential member. Kitty retired after a career at Johns Hopkins University, most recently as Dean of Finance and Administration at the Homewood Campus. She has been a full-time resident here for eight years. Kitty has been active in Garrett County since retirement as a previous board member of HART for Animals, Mountain Laurel Medical Center, and Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning and is currently a volunteer for Garrett Mentors, the Nearly New Shop, and the Garrett Area Agency in Aging.
OLD BUSINESS: Judy reported that she has not heard from the Commissioners regarding the letter that was sent to them about the effects of fracking on the health and well being of women and children. It was also noted that the letter had not appeared in the Letters to the Editor section of the Republican or as an article. Judy will check back with the Republican. Ruth will make an appointment with the
Commissioners to ask where they stand on the issue. An economic study was discussed at the last Commissioners meeting and our letter deals with that and is timely.
EDUCATION: Robin will serve as the Education Chair as well as the Scholarship Chair.
LEGISLATION: Sherri and Linda will work together as Legislation Co Chairs.
WEB: BJ emailed the following report:
Additions to the website have been updated to include:
Main Page: Meeting Minutes for June 4, 2015
HOF: Photos and descriptions of 2015 HOF inductees
HOF: Listing of past honorees
Contacts: Updated listing of GCCW members
PUBLICITY: Joanne shared a recent contact with a past Scholarship recipient who has graduated and is now working at WVU. It was decided that an interview with her would make a good PR piece. Robin will touch base with Dorothy.
MEMBERSHIP: Possible new Commission members were discussed.
MENTORING: Linda reported that mentoring has begun in the middle schools. There are six current mentors who are in the process of doing background checks. If you know of anyone who may be interested or you are interested, contact Linda.
HISTORIAN: Joanne checked with the Library regarding a window display. She will check the schedule for 2016 when it becomes available. April was discussed as a good month to showcase the GCCW Scholarship Program or HOF. Joanne will need help with the window.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We need to know how much money we will have for 2016 Scholarships. Terry will contact the Commissioners’ Office to request a check.
HALL OF FAME: Judy and Ruth will work on the 2016 HOF.
The 2016 Hall of Fame was discussed. It was decided to hold the event on April 23, 2016. Joanne will continue to send invitations to past HOF Inductees.
Judy share information about The Empowerment Project. Maureen Myers is a young local woman who has wonderful ideas about our community and would like to bring the movie and several of its producers to Garrett County as a celebration of women and the amazing things they do. Maureen was able to get the support of Garrett College to include the Empowerment Project as the subject of one of its Power of Possibilities programs. It will take place on January 28th. However, funding is still needed to cover the $650 licensing fee and the speaking fee, travel, and room and board of the producers (estimate at about $4000). Joanne made a motion which was seconded by Linda to sponsor The Empowerment Project in the amount of $200. The motion carried. The Empowerment Project will be put on the December agenda. Discussions are being held about the possibility of showing the movie to the middle school girls and also about doing a Garrett County movie.
Judy shared information on The Women’s Networking Luncheon which is held the 1st Wednesday of the month at Aces Run. Joanne spoke at the September luncheon about the Soup For Seniors Food Pantry which operates through Meals on Wheels. Many donations were received.
The revised GCCW By Laws were approved.
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Garrett College.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:12 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Terry Riley, Secretary
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.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
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.
June 2, 2015
Present: Ruth Umbel (Chair), Joanne Harsh (Co-Chair), Sherri Fredlock,
Dorothy Walters, Marilyn Moors, Linda Carr, Elizabeth Huxford, Robin McGill.
Prayer: Dorothy Walters
Pledge to the Flag: Joanne Harsh
Secretary Report: Notes from April 7th minutes were approved. Joanne Harsh
made motion to accept, Sherri Fredlock seconded; motion passed.
Treasurer Report: Elizabeth Huxford gave Hall of Fame report; balance in
account $757.54. Marilyn Moors made motion to accept, Joanne Harsh seconded;
Old Business:Hall of Fame Wrap Up – Good turnout. Recommendation to get
prepayment like Ruth Umbel encouraged, because 70 reservations were prepaid.
Joanne Harsh heard compliments about the event. At August meeting look for
someone to take over for Elizabeth Huxford, who goes off the board in September.
Committee Reports: Education – Marilyn Moors no report; Legislation – Sherri
Fredlock: House & Senate passed assistance for child care providers; grants
for training more child care providers who will receive certificates for that
training. Publicity – Dorothy Walters.Membership – Joanne Harsh reported a need
for new chairman & treasurer because Ruth & Elizabeth go off the
Commission in September. Marilyn Moors stated she would be going off the
Commission also, due to health problems. Ruth Umbel thanked everyone who worked
during this year.Scholarship – Robin McGill shared a Thank You card sent to the
Commission from recipient, Vanessa Artice.
New Business: Judy Carbone & Marilyn Moors talked about fracking as a
women’s issue, & they will have a letter ready at our August meeting.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Garrett College in the
Board Room. Elizabeth Huxford made motion to adjourn; accepted.
Written per request from Ruth Umbel, Chair, because Terry Riley, Secretary,
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.
Report on a meeting with Garrett County Board of Education personnel
For discussion at the Commission for Women meeting, December 2, 2014
On Tuesday, October 28, the Garrett Branch AAUW met with Cynthia Downton, President of the Board of Education and Michelle Harman, the Supervisor of College and Career Readiness. Their comments to us about being open to having community members serve in the middle schools as mentors to students who need individual attention was a revelation to those of us whose previous attempts had been unwelcomed on the part on school personnel.
They discussed several programs that they have already undertaken, including one by the Cumberland YMCA which has similar goals as we had discussed: promoting self-esteem, providing information about career choices, getting girls ready to make better use of their high school and college opportunities, etc. They are also in discussion with Garrett Mentors about continuing their mentoring program into the middle school years.
They, Michelle Harman in particular, would like us to come up with a proposal for carrying out such work. We had previously discussed mentoring training, and I would like to propose that we start with this, and that we involve Garrett College in this effort. I see the following as part of what we can do:
1) Establish a mentoring training program for people willing to work with middle schoolers, and make it open to the community and to Garrett College students, particularly those who are headed into education careers.
2) Investigate what credentials are necessary to work in the schools and with middle school girls. Presently, I believe someone volunteering for Garrett Mentors must undergo police background checks and be fingerprinted, at a cost of $60 (the last time I checked.) If we involve college students some may not have to resources to pay for this. We might want to look into grants or other sources of funding for this.
3) Prepare a Mentoring Manual with information about the role of a mentor, what middle schoolers are like and how to work with them, issues of confidentiality, and more. I am willing to do this and to include the better material we used the last time we did this work.
4) Find out the best way we can link into the middle school schedule and gather a group of women willing to give up one hour a week or so, for a half year or more, to meet with a girl to be her mentor. Continue to have follow-up meetings with mentors to discuss the issues and questions they have.
5) Or if we are unable or unwilling to undertake this, work with Garrett Mentors to become part of their middle school mentoring program.
Marilyn Moors - 301-746-4057; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1014 Buffalo Run Rd., Friendsville, MD 21531
AAUW President and Commission for Women member
February 3, 2015
Attendance; Ruth Umbell, Sherry Fredlock, Judy Carbonne, Dorothy Walters. With attendance low, there was not a quorum. We did however conduct a great conversation, as follows.
-finances are still the same. $5000 will go to scholarships.
-all 5 awardees were contacted, the 3 ‘no’ were encouraged to re-apply next year
-Judy brought up a concern about not having a financial cushion. If we have a low turnout for breakfast, where does the money come from?
-We will take/publish a photo of the scholarship winners with the Commissioners
-Garrett Mentors may be expanding into middle school. How can we have the best impact here?
-2nd Chances for Women, AAUW sponsored, is March 28 @ the college.
-Legislation Report from Sherry…there is legislation under way to provide scholarships for women’s education expenses.
-HoF articles will start running soon.
-We still have 2 membership slots open
-HoF invitations are done
-Dutch’s is booked for 4/25/15
-Sherry F will contribute the programs for HoFJ
-Should we move the meeting to the college, where after 5pm entry into the building is not an issue?
CALL TO ORDER: Joanne Harsh called to order the October 7, 2014 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Garrett College, McHenry, MD.
ATTENDANCE: Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Elizabeth Huxford, Robin McGill, Cherie Krug, Marilyn Moors, BJ Gallagher, Dorothy Walters,Terry Riley, Judy Carbone
MINUTES: The September minutes were approved as submitted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: A check for $2500 from the Commissioners has been received. Once the check has been deposited, the balance in the account will be $5424.93.
SCHOLARSHIP: The main focus of this meeting is to finalize the Scholarship application and flyer. Changes to the MOU and Attachment A include the organization’s title – Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW); the MOU will be put on GCCW letterhead; the term “female” will be changed to “woman”. The Guidelines will include a statement that the applicant can’t win two years in a row; Garrett College Office of Financial Aid will be added to the list of where the application forms are available. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 5, 2015. One letter of reference will be required – not three. Robin’s e-mail will be included on the flyer in case the applicants have questions. Robin will update the flyer and e-mail it out. Marilyn and Cherie will make the changes that were discussed during this meeting to the MOU and the application. The number of scholarships to be awarded was discussed. It was decided to wait until the applications have been received to make a decision. It was suggested that we maintain a balance in the checking account to cover one year’s expenses.
WEB SITE: BJ will put the application in Word and put it on the Web site. The goal is that applicants will be able to complete and submit the application on-line.
PUBLICITY: Dorothy will write an article for the Republican with a group picture. The picture was taken for the newspaper with all members showing the signing of our new scholarship MOU and application. The possibility of having a quote from a previous recipient was discussed.
MEMBERSHIP: We currently have ten members. Ruth Beitzel has completed two (3 year) terms. Terry is starting her second term. We need four additional members since Linda Carr said she would like to join us and will send her information to the Commissioners and attend our next meeting. Robin will ask Barb Chesley, Marilyn will ask Karen Lohr, Dorothy will ask Ellen Tran and Julian Masor, Joanne will ask Brenda Brosniham and Pastor Regina from the Lutheran Church at Red House.
LEGISLATION: The Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women will be holding a fall conference on Saturday, November 15, 2914 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library. This year’s conference will focus on how to advocate for women’s and family issues in the 2015 General Assembly session. For more information call 443-519-1005 or email email@example.com. Registration - $35 conference only or $45 which includes conference, workshop and lunch.
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. at GARRETT COLLEGE, McHenry. Joanne will bring her rum cake. Please bring an appetizer to share.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 p.m.
September 2, 2014 Minutes
CALL TO ORDER: Joanne Harsh called to order the September 2, 2014 meeting of the Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) at Clear Mountain Bank, Oakland, MD.
ATTENDANCE : Ruth Umbel, Joanne Harsh, Elizabeth Huxford, Robin McGill, Cherie Krug, Marilyn Moors
MINUTES: The July minutes were approved as submitted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: There has been no activity since the May meeting. The current balance is $2924.93. Joanne will request and pick up a check from the commissioners.
EDUCATION: See notes in new business.
HISTORIAN: need Chair
LEGISLATION: Marilyn reported that the Annual Women’s MD State Legislature Briefing will be held Sunday, January 25th from 12:30 to 6 pm. Ruth Umbel will try to attend.
WEB SITE: Everyone agreed that the site looks GREAT! Thanks BJ!
HALL OF FAME: No report
PUBLICITY: No report
Membership: need Chair
Mentoring Program: no report
MEMBERSHIP: Officers were elected. The slate is: Chair – Ruth Umbel, Vice Chair – Joanne Harsh, Treasurer – Elizabeth Huxford and Secretary – Terry Riley. Committee Chairs – Education – Marilyn Moors, Scholarship – Robin McGill, Historian - Open, Legislation – Ruth Beitzel, Web Site – BJ Gallagher, HOF – Ruth Umbel and Judy Carbone, Publicity – Dorothy Walters, Membership – Open.
There was much discussion on what the GCCW scholarship paperwork should look like, what we want our definition of a non-traditional student to be and how to get it put together in time for a December deadline. Since a spring scholarship was not awarded, the December deadline will be to catch us up on donations for the 2014 year.
Consensus of those present for who will be considered eligible for our scholarship are:
· 2 years out of high school
· And/or at least 20 years of age
· A female with a high school diploma or a high school equivalency
· A Garrett County resident for at least the past 5 years
· Accepted to a vocational, technical or academic program at an accredited institution, which will lead to a certificate of completion or a degree
Essay will be eliminated.
Scholarship will be for $1000.
Cherie will create a cover page for the scholarship application that more clearly outlines who is eligible, how much the scholarship is and what it can be used for, etc.Robin will create a poster similar to the one she created for BPW advertising the scholarship. Marilyn will create an application page similar to what AAUW and BPW are using.Once finalized, BJ will be asked to upload the program to a tab on our website.
NEXT MEETING: Many asked that the meetings be switched to the even months. It was agreed that this would work better for both our current need to finalize the scholarship material and to better plan the HOF in the future. Therefore, the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. at GARRETT COLLEGE, McHenry. This will be a special meeting to finalize the scholarship materials and to celebrate Ruth Umbel’s birthday. Ruth will provide pizza, Joanne will bring paper plates and drinks, Chere will bring cupcakes. Please bring a little something to share. The December meeting will be held on December 2 at Garrett College in the President’s Board Room at 5:00 pm.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.