Board minutes-Beginning January 2021
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JCO BOD Meeting 2021-02-08@ 6:30PM
(Meeting held on Zoom)

All JCO Board members were present. Other members present were Miriam Rosen and Fred Rothenberg.

Alan reported that things were still unusual [due to the corona virus]; Houses of worship can now be opened at 25% occupancy. We have the option to consider opening. Alan asked who of the BOD would attend and only one member affirmed. It was decided to continue the services on Zoom.

Committee reports:

Finance: Fred Rothenberg, Chairman, gave the report. The summary from the January 3 meeting is attached and was emailed to the BOD previously. 
1.We have 80 members; all but 2 have paid dues. 
2.The Finance Committee recommends that the Board discuss the loss of members and how to avoid this.  
3.The projected net loss for the year of about $11,000 is $5,000 greater than the budget had approved.
4.Contingency fund contributions for the year are over $13,000, bringing the total to about $32,000 (over a three-year period).
5.Total cash balance at May 31, 2021 is projected to be about $86,000, including donor-restricted cash of about $5,000 and Board restricted Contingency fund of about $32,000.
6.Finance Committee suggests that we start the budget process for the year beginning June 1, 2021.  
7.Finance Committee wonders if JCO plans to do something special for Passover.

Brochures: The brochure is complete.

Religious Committee: Sheila, Chairman, gave the report. The Rabbi’s contract is up for renewal.

Social Action: Alan gave the report. Last Monday Leah Hecker called Alan to see if she is expected to make the next meals for the homeless. 

Facilities: Alan stated everything is in good shape. The 2 new evergreen trees in the front yard are scheduled for pruning.

Publicity: Report by Sharon, Chairman, who asked if we want to place an ad in OVN for Passover; Alan suggested that we do not. 

Programs: Cecilia, Chairman, gave the report. Fred asked about the next Enneagram presentation by Nusa Maal. It is this Thursday the 11th at 6PM. This will be published in the Blast. 

New Business: 
Renewal of Rabbi’s contract: Sheila asked if we have any comments about the Rabbi. Sharon suggested that she limit her sermon to perhaps 15 or even 10 minutes. Sheila will discuss the contract with the Rabbi and requested other members to accompany her. Janet and Sharon offered. Sheila will set up the Zoom meeting.

Passover: The first night, the 27thof March, occurs on a Saturday night. Janet suggested making baskets filled with assorted ingredients for Passover preparations, and delivering them to people who RSVP for the service. Alan appointed Janet, Debe, Sheila, and Cecilia to be responsible for acquiring all of the items needed for a basket.  Janet changed a prior motion so that it includes providing baskets to all members; Cecilia seconded. Motion passed with one negative.

Telephone Committee: Miriam offered that, in the past, we have had a telephone committee to call the entire membership. [At that time] each Board member had been assigned a short list of members to call. Miriam offered to be one of the callers. There was no objection to continuing this practice.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:46PM.


Jewish Community of Ojai Board Meeting 
08 March 2021

Alan Greenberg called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM. All members were present with the exception of Sheila Cohn. Non-BOD members present were Bob Birk, Miriam Rosen, and Fred Rothenberg.

Alan gave a prayer focusing on the medical recovery of Sid Cohn, husband of Sheila Cohn.

Opening comments: Alan presented two items pertinent to the Board: 
1. Leah Hecker and her son have served the March meal to the homeless, completing the JCO obligation for this fiscal year. He commended Leah for her service to the community.

2. Alan was approached by Gene Zubrinsky, a gentleman who wanted to rent the Sanctuary for his wedding to Brenda Barnes. After discussion, Gene and his future bride decided to become members of JCO, which eliminates the rental fee, security deposit, and extra insurance. 

Minutes: Alan asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February meeting. Janet so moved and Andrew seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Finance Committee: Fred Rothenberg, Chairman, gave the report. 
 This year's highlights are: 
1) The projected net operating loss for the current year is about $7K higher than the approved budget.
2) The cash balance does not include the restricted contingency fund. 
3) This year’s contingency fund contributions were about $13K; the total contingency fund is now at about $33K.

Draft budget for year beginning June 1, 2021: 
1) Operating revenue: $85,100; 
2) Operating expense: $80K; 
3) Net income [loss]: -$5,100; 
4) Unrestricted cash balance: $ 39,794; 
5) Contingency fund cash balance $45K.

The committee believes that 2021-2022 offers an opportunity to generate additional memberships with a significant number of high-end programs.
The BOD approved the draft budget with minor alterations.
The next Finance committee meeting is on April 7th at 4:30.

Social Committee: No report offered.

Religious Committee: Nothing to report.

Membership: Larry Steingold, Chairman, commented, that we need to have activities to keep members. If we have the money, we need to do something to increase membership. 

Some programs have been great; Doc Pomus (March 13 @ 7PM on Zoom) will be wonderful. Also scheduled is Golda’s’ Balcony on April 3, at 7PM. We need to gear for entertainment and let people know. It was suggested to send out an eBlast about individual programs. 

Larry reported that he had googled “Jewish Ojai,” and “Chabad” shows up; JCO shows up as an auditorium. There was a discussion about our email presence. 


Publicity: Sharon West, Chairman, read the proposal for ads for Passover in the Ojai Valley News and Ventura County Star. The details had been circulated to all the Board members prior to the meeting (attached). The Board agreed to spend a total of $414 for ads.

The Rabbi has written an article about Passover, which was circulated to the Board. This will be presented to the Ojai Valley News for publication.

Social Action: Nothing to report.

Facilities: Alan Greenberg, Chairman: Sheila requested that we install air conditioning in the kids' room upstairs. Alan said he had already done that.

Program Committee: Cecilia Starin, Chairman. 
The next program is Saturday night March 13th; a film named Doc Pomus. 
On April 3rd, there will be a presentation of Golda’s Balcony, which was an award winning Broadway hit. 

Old Business:  

Passover - Gift bags for Passover: There was a discussion of putting out another Blast to members about the gift bags. A motion was made by Janet to extend the deadline for requests by one week until March 16th; Debe seconded it. The motion passed unanimously. 

Good and Welfare: Cecilia reluctantly stated that her 2-year commitment on the Board ends at the end of May, and that she needs to step down. She graciously commented that she has warm feelings toward us all. 

Miriam Rosen commented on Passover bags, clock batteries, Chabad and Rabbi Lotker program.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02PM

Submitted by Sharon West, MD