Meeting Minutes June 25, 2013

Council for Children with Chronic Health Conditions Meeting Summary


Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 6 p.m. at the Upham-Walker House


The meeting was called to order by Chair Bob Quinn at approximately 6:09 p.m. with a quorum of members present, including: Barbara Richardson, Sarah Aiken, Paula Garvey, Kristen McGraw, Diana Pepino, Mike Dennehy, Michael Wilkey and  Alicia L’Esperance.  Quinn made opening comments and introductions.

Secretary’s Report – Executive Director Jeff Woodburn gave the report as Michael Dennehy was not present at previous meeting on May 12, 2013.  Sarah Aiken moved and Kristen McGraw seconded a motion to approve the meeting summary, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report – Kristin McGraw provided the report presented  Community Partners’  Operating Statement and detailed ledger  ending in May, 2013 and Wendy Wells’ Disbursement report ending June 10, 2013.  There was some discussion about the council’s funding source and the special projects fund being able to transfer to the next fiscal year.  Jeff Woodburn reported that he had spoken to Brian Collins about this and suggested we approve a plan to spend the funds.   Sarah Aiken moved and Michael Wilkey seconded a motion to approve, which passed unanimously.

Bylaw revisions – Bob Quinn and Barbara Richardson provided a report on changes to the bylaws.  Several revisions have been made after reviewing the bylaws in a subcommittee and then the entire council.  There was discussion about the process of member reappointment, but  it was determined that this is governed by state law.  Mike Dennehy moved and Sarah Aiken seconded a motion to approve the new bylaws, which passed unanimously

Presentation was made  by Dan Habib – Film-maker, UNH Institute on Disability about his new film  on the use  of “Restraint and Seclusion” in schools.  He asked the council to consider supporting federal legislation to govern the use of restraint and seclusion and possibly if state legislation was introduced to regulate seclusion.

Executive Director’s Report – Jeff Woodburn provided his report of which there is a written copy herewith.   Mike Dennehy and Paula Garvey agreed to serve on the committee to oversee the writing contest along with Corry Hughes and Martha Toy Fountain.

Woodburn informed the council of  two recommendations by the Grants committee (Alicia L’Esperance, Mike Dennehy and Kristen McGraw)  to appropriate $1,000 for each of the following: Camp Meridian and Joni and Friends New England.   While standard practice – allows the grants committee to carry out appropriations outlined in the budget and votes of the full council – he thought having a record of this in the summary was important.  The full council decided to spend $5,000 in “camper-ships.”

New business –  Kristen McGraw explained an initiative that she is starting to raise awareness for youths with unseen chronic health conditions.

Michael Dennehy moved that the meeting adjourn, which was seconded by Sarah Aiken, and it passed unanimously.