NYC AAZK Monthly Meeting Minutes – February 20, 2015
Sarah Parker – President, Bill Orrico – Secretary, Michelle Medina, Joe Nappi, Erin Mowatt, Elizabeth Mills, Florence Klecha, Kelvin Alvarez, Brent Atkinson, Andrew Kathriner, Lenny Billie
· Dues must be paid for the new year ASAP
· Barnanza raised $141 and dues were collected from 12 members
o Suggestion box a success. Most suggestions for BFR venue change, increase in workshops and panel discussions, monthly meetings shortened in duration, and holding fewer but larger fundraisers
· Recharter is due March 1 – Officers are working to complete it
· Bowling for Rhinos – August 17
o New location “34th Ave Lanes” in Woodside, Queens
o $25/$30 for 3 hours (includes 2 pizzas/lane and 1 drink ticket/person)
o Option to buy whole lane for $200/$220
· March Meeting – Need ideas for type of meeting or it will be another simple business meeting
o No ideas from meeting – Contact officers with suggestions
· April Meeting – Presentation Night at Aquarium
o Aquarium requests funding if food budget is over $100. Will be preparing itemized list and be put to a Chapter vote
· Run for the Wild – April 25 – Should we have a table?
o Consensus is that we should have a table at the event. Brent and Bill volunteered to work at table. Anyone else interested should contact officers
· Panel Discussion
o Survey results lacking – Many did not receive the survey – will send again
o If interested in joining committee for future discussions contact Cindy or Avi
· National Zoo Keeper Week – July
o Planning has already begun by committee – in contact with management
o Concerns voiced by members included increased work during week, lack of feeling appreciated by management, and ineffectiveness at reaching public
o Do we want to keep gifts from chapter to keepers? – Vote
· Bowling for Rhinos
o New location and prices should greatly increase interest and attendance
o Want more involvement from public – Posters/signs, contact NYC Cultural institutions, table at events?
o Increase fundraising by including individual Bowl-a-thon component
o Option of second BFR event in Bronx area to attract different subset of Keeper Staff?
§ BFR once a year but different event can be held north. Looking at locations for Croctoberfest in Bronx. Cinco de Rhino?