Center holds last public board meeting of year
by Larry Nichols
Dec 12, 2013 | 613 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The William Way LGBT Community Center’s board held its third and final public meeting of the year on Nov. 26.

Executive director Chris Bartlett reported that the center, at 1315 Spruce St., is in the midst of its end-of-year fundraising campaign, with annual appeal letters already prepared and going into the mail. Bartlett said he has set up meetings with many major donors to help the center meet its goal of almost $90,000 by this month.

Bartlett also reported that the center will co-sponsor “That’s So Gay: Outing Early America,” an exhibition featuring textual and visual material in the Library Company of Philadelphia’s collections that relate to gay history. The exhibition, part of the upcoming Reminder Day celebrations, will open in February.

Also upcoming is the Annual Meeting and Cornerstone Brunch, on Jan. 11. The board will elect new members and officers at that time.

Center development director Michael Pomante delivered the development report, which focused on the center’s end-of-year campaign. Last year’s initiative was highly successful, raising more than $80,000 for general-operating support, a significant increase of nearly $38,000 over the previous year’s effort. Pomante attributed last year’s achievement to a more aggressive, multi-faceted fundraising approach, and he said the current end-of-year campaign will mimic last year’s initiative.

Board secretary Kim Keegan reported on the center’s finances. The center reported a total income of $76,927.97 for the month of October in comparison to a projected income of about $84,973, an income shortfall of $8,045.03. Building revenue, events, grants and individual giving were below expectations but program revenue was above expectations, which was attributed to revenue generated by the Stardust Women’s Dance and a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event.

Total expenses for the center for the month of October were reported at $55,599.25, slightly less than the expected expenses of $55,782, a difference of $182.75.

Board co-chair Laurie Ward reported on nominations for new board members. Mandeep S. Jangi and Paul Steinke were presented for the two vacant appointment seats by unanimous vote. Nominations will be confirmed at next month’s meeting.

In attendance at the meeting were board members Jocelyn Block, Steve Brando, Anh Dang, Chris Durr, Amber Hikes, Keegan, Brad Richards, Jeff Sotland, Ward, Rudy Flesher and Leona Thomas. David Cermak, Tricia Dressel, Adam Hymans, Kathy McLean and Marshall Siegel were absent.

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