Monday, November 03, 2008

Minutes of Core Team Meeting on October 30, 2008

Monarch Movers & Shapers Core Team
Meeting Minutes: October 30, 2008
12:30 PM, Monarch Learning Center

Core Team/Faculty Members:
Present: Justin Fox, Stephanie Wheatley, Carrie Logan, John Hardesty, Kandace Shyer, Miranda Bennett, Julie Meaux, Marty Webb, John Barone, Debrah Hall, Shannon Woodruff, and Neal Sarahan.

-Meeting called to order at 12:35 p.m. by Chairman Fox.
-Lunch enjoyed by all.
-Current projects lists and agendas distributed.
-Stephanie Wheatley presented Miranda Bennett and Patrick Word Bennett a “Welcome to the World” gift basket on behalf of the M&S Core Committee.

Opening greetings by Chairman Fox
-Chairman Fox commended Stephanie Wheatley for replacing fabric on desks in the classroom; also commended were Stephanie and Julie Meaux for their assistance in cleaning up the Hurricane Ike storm debris on the Apprentice campus.
-Chairman Fox announced his wife, Scharlene Fox, will be teaching beading and jewelry to students of the Life Academy on a weekly basis this semester.
-Chairman Fox reminded members of the M&S committee to recruit additional members to our group.
-Chairman Fox urged M&S members to think of new ways and innovative projects to get the word out regarding The Monarch School, citing Marion Defalco as a good example of this proactive approach. Of course, all of us responding well to the various projects requested by the Monarch faculty are always appreciated, too!

Remarks by John Barone, Director of Communications
-A Place for All is selling well. It is available for $25 on M&S members are encouraged to sell and promote the book whenever and wherever possible. The book sells for $20, a discount of $5, if the book is bought directly from the school. John requested additional PR regarding the book by distributing flyers where appropriate, such as churches and religious schools.
-John Hardesty volunteered to take copies of A Place for All to his upcoming meeting with a bookstore manager regarding John Hardesty’s CD.
-Five schools have requested faculty at Monarch to train their staff after learning/reading of the book.
-Look Me in the Eye by John Robison has been edited for content, removing foul language and, therefore, making it appropriate for students of Monarch to read.
-Random House has hired Monarch to write a leader’s guide to Look Me in the Eye.
-John Barone presented a Monarch homepage to the M&S group and requested that the M&S members use it on a trial basis. Contact John to be walked through the loading process.
-The Monarch Hour had another wonderful broadcast on KPFT Radio on October 13th, co-hosted by John and Dr. Bryant Shaw, with the topic “Including Children with Neurological Differences in Extracurricular Activities.”

Remarks by Shannon Woodruff, Director of Development
-The Westin Miracle Makers Morning free fundraising breakfast was October 16, 2008 and it was a roaring success. So far the tally of funds raised is $147,000, with a goal of $150,000 as contributions continue to come in.
-The Capital Campaign is just $3,000 short of $5.8 million. The first phase of the new building is a $6.9M project, so overall, we’re about $1.1M shy of our First Phase goal. There are some excellent donor prospects working!
-The Fort Bend breakfast will benefit the scholarship fund. This breakfast will be held on November 13, 2008 at Sweetwater Country Club. Shannon is still in need of Table Captains for this breakfast. Please attend if possible and invite and/or recruit guests from Fort Bend. The featured student speaker will be Bailey Ferguson, and Barbara Adcock will be the featured parent speaker.

Remarks by other Monarch staff members
-Tessa Sandlin announced the website for M&S members wishing to purchase a shirt with The Monarch School logo and “Movers and Shapers” underneath. Log on to The website is self-explanatory; however, payment should be made directly to the school rather than on the website. Tessa also announced that the Life Academy will be selling holiday items at Unity Church’s Arts and Crafts Festival on Nov. 16 and will host a Holiday Gift Sale at Monarch on Dec. 9.

Builders Committee update by Stephanie Wheatley
-Stephanie announced the desks project has been completed.
-Stephanie is planning on going to the zoo with volunteers possibly in November.
-Work on the school scrapbooks continue, with Kandace helping.
-Parents are providing lunches until May 2009.

Heralds Committee update by Justin Fox
-Marion Defalco is on a leave of absence, but is expected to return soon..
-Justin and John Hardesty will be representing M&S at Rice University for its Volunteer Fair to be held in the spring. The September 2008 event at Rice could not be attended by them, due to Hurricane Ike. More M&S volunteers are invited to be present at such events.

Educators Committee update by Miranda Bennett
-Banner project on hold while Miranda transitions into motherhood with the precious Patrick Word Bennett.
-Blog is up and running.
-John Hardesty has volunteered to team with music therapist Kay Taylor again this school year. John offered last year but, as Dr. Hall noted, room space is the challenge. Although logistics still have to be arranged, Dr. Webb indicated there is a new targeted project for John’s musical talents.

Developers Committee update by Justin Fox
-Committee will continue to promote fund raising and friend raising for the Movers & Shapers.
-An underwriter has been found who will help pay the cost of the audio/visual system for the Chrysalis Building at the new Monarch campus..

Meeting Adjourned at 1:20 PM
The next M&S Core Committee meeting will be in early December, with the exact date TBA soon.

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