MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE
FLAGLER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Monday, September 16, 2019 5:00 p.m.
Law offices of Politis & Matovina, 20 Airport Rd. Palm Coast, FL 32164
Board Members Present: John Russell, Regina Huzior-Balzan, Paul Martin, Alicia Washington, Alfred Washington, Jr., Roman Diveev (via phone)
Absent: William Bosch
Quorum present: yes
Proceedings: Meeting called to order by President, John Russell at 5:10 p.m.
Members reviewed the minutes of the July 15, 2019. Motion by John to waive reading and approve the minutes. Seconded by Paul. All were in favor. Minutes were approved.
Paul provided financial documents and the following treasurer’s report. A total of $14,552.51 was in the association account. Paul updated members on dues and indicated that there are 52 paid members. Restitution has been completed. Paul indicated that with the addition of the salary for the new executive director of $400 per month, the board will run a deficit next year. John moved to accept Treasurer's Report, Regina seconded. All were in favor. Motion passed.
John provided draft of the letter that had been discussed to the membership about the association's efforts to obtain return of the funds and the status of the restitution. He requested members review and provide feedback.
John discussed gavel purchases and indicated that the amount was yet to be determined. Paul mentioned supplies for attorneys' lounge and a discussion ensued on that topic about trying to get firms to rotate purchase of supplies.
Alicia discussed Community Legal Clinics coming up in October, with the first clinic being held on Wed. Oct. 2nd. She has informed presenters of their dates and topics. Flyers have been distributed and info has been spread through social media on many platforms. Members will continue to spread this information. Alicia indicated that the county clerk spoke about the clinics on a radio program. For the future, she would like to have clinics in both May and October. She also wants to get information onto news websites.
CLE presentation was tabled again as it was decided it could not be accommodated until the new year.
John stated that he has been unable to obtain the Bar Facebook password. He had some suggestions as to what it may be.
There was discussion of the need to generate additional revenue. John stated that the Bar used to distribute brochures wherein attorneys could place ads. These brochures were available to persons at the courthouse. John was going to locate a prior brochure and forward to members for review. It was debated whether to charge range of $30-$50 per specialty for attorneys to advertise in the brochures. Members will review info and follow-up.
A tentative date of Saturday, December 7th was set for the annual meeting, after debate on the subject. The meeting will take place once again at the Hilton Garden Inn, either beginning at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. and ending at 9:00. Last year the price charged was $30 in advance and $35 at the door. This year's price will depend upon costs given by the venue. Deposit will be needed possibly for 40 people. Paul will give a check for deposit to venue. There will be a membership table set up at the annual meeting for members to pay dues and application forms will be available for new members to join.
Alicia spoke about the passing of fellow attorney, Sid Nowell, and recommended that the Bar honor him at the annual meeting by donating funds raised in his name to the Family Life Center. Members expressed positive opinions about this tribute and determined it would be discussed further to include at the meeting.
John stated that the new Executive Director would be introduced at the annual meeting.
Dues notices need to be prepared to go out in December. There was discussion on pro-rating dues. Paul suggested that dues for 1/2 year should be $40. . Regina stated that if an attorney pays dues late, they should not get a discount. Motion by Paul that dues paid from Jan to June would be $75 and dues paid from July to Dec would be $40. Motion seconded by John. Five members were in favor. Regina objected. Motion passed.
Regina discussed posting all minutes and agendas on the Bar website in order to get more information to members and get more involvement. It was recommended that the Executive Director would begin to do this.
There was a review of the monthly luncheon schedule:
Location: High Jackers in Palm Coast. Fridays, at 12:00 noon:
No luncheon in December. An email will be sent reminding members of luncheon dates.
The next board meeting is scheduled as follows: Monday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Paul motioned to adjourn. Seconded by John. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Secretary, Regina Huzior-Balzan