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Porch Press Board Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

Submitted by Nancy Leighton

Persons in attendance: Kris Raper, Nancy Leighton, Fred Smith, from SAND, Henry Bryant, Genie Strickland, Howard Fore, from East Atlanta, Lyn Hillman, Mia Pond from Grant Park, Stephanie Fretwell-Hill Coordinating Editor, Rebecca Goode-Peoples, Grant Park Editor.

Minutes: October (2013) Minutes may be hard to find. Kris is sent on a mission to try to locate the October Minutes.

Financial report: (Fred Smith)

Wells Fargo checking$12,036

BOND checking$11,296

BOND savings$26,000

Discussion of CD from BOND

Advertising: Stephanie asks about Kristin getting into advertising.

History of the Porch press Recitation: Henry discusses ancient history of the Porch Press going back to the piggy-back rail yard days in the 1980s. Pre 2003 there was internal tension. Henry called a family counselor.

Fianacial Report: Does an 8 page paper pay for itself? No, we need to look at advertising. A 12 page paper hardly pays for itself. 16 page or above is necessary to break even of get in the black.

Reading of the minutes: Kris located copy of October (2013) Minutes and printed them out read and approved.

Election of Board Members: both Stephanie Fretwell-Hill and Rebecca Goode-Peoples have been nominated by GPNA. Stephanie was voted in as new Porch Press board member from Grant Park to replace Penny Luck. Other board members up for election from SAND and EACA all approved.

Election of Secretary: Nancy Leighton elected.

Editorial: Stephanie discussed several people responded to articles requesting editors. Rebecca said some people backed off when they found others are also interested. Everything fell through for SAND so Kristin is still willing to continue as temporary SAND editor. We have someone for East Atlanta editor. Stephanie met with everyone and several eliminated themselves. We need stories from SAND, that’s a problem with no SAND resident for editor.

Internet: Facebook: an ad… Who is doing Facebook? Lyn is. Should we…

Distrabution/Cirulation: Earth Shaking Music papers are on the floor. Hodgepodge papers are piled on table. No box yet, need to get box from Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Proofreading: Lyn says she could use a few more proofreaders.

Internet: Howard, Connecting articles to Facebook. Twitter account log-in has been lost by Darin Glass. Looking for advertising apt.  but not there yet. Lyn has access to hosting account.

Hardware & Software: Our equipment, we have all hardware and software updated but they are not installed yet. Henry and Kirk will work on that together.

Advertising: Fred reports that several advertisers called with ads after we went to print. Discussion of google group spread sheet to keep track of who we’ve approached.


Mia suggests that when we approach an advertiser we phrase it that their ad is “supporting our neighborhood.”


Henry points out that people to see an ad 7 times before the ad sinks in.

Next Board Meeting: When is next board meeting? April 14, should we have a special place for our annual meeting to replace the retreat we can no longer afford to go on? Should we switch to a Saturday to have a nice meal with our meeting? How would April 5 work? Let’s try for Martha Brown Church. Let’s get donations of food & beverages.

Adjourned 9:25pm

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