Minutes of the May 14th Management Committee Meeting
Present: Eric Sas, Judy Demarah, Mike Brostoff, Grace Hengst, Rick Mitchell, and Will McWhinney.
Meeting convened at 7:30 pm and the following items were discussed:
- Eric announced that Nancy Beverly has everything in place for Long Beach Pride and LA Pride events, including new flyers, brochures, and signs. She also has plenty of volunteers to staff the booth for Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th. Items for sale in the booth were discussed including pricing for them.
- It was discussed and agreed that a Membership report would be presented by Mike and a Financial report would be given by Grace at the next Management Committee meeting in July, and may be continued thereafter.
- A question was raised about the usefulness of the phone hotline since it has had outdated outings information. A plan for updating and using it as a referral to outings information was discussed that would remain more current including listing the weekly Griffith Park hikes and ways to contact us for more info such as the web address.
- Will gave an Outings Report and announced that Mike Brostoff is now an official leader. Jeff Johnson and Jerry Kaye have passed their provisional hikes and are just waiting to receive their patches from the Angeles Chapter. He advised the scheduling of an Outings Meeting and reminded us that the deadline for submitting outings for the July/Aug Tracks is June 1st. Will also discussed the issue of the difficulty in tracking the current membership status of leaders from the Angeles Chapter and that on a number of occasions an outing was rejected for publication in the Chapter Outing Schedule or Newsletter due to a leaders expired Sierra Club membership. Will also informed the committee that he may need to resign his position as Outings Chair if he is elected to the Angeles Chapter Outings Committee but would let us know later as summer progresses. Will said he would put out some feelers for a recommended nominee/replacement GLS Outings Chair. Will asked the GLS Management Committee for a letter of recommendation for the Angeles Chapter Outing Committee and it was agree that Rick would write one.
Mike has been making contact with various publications including Frontiers and LN, as well as Gay Outdoors on the web. Other ideas and organizations were proposed such as KPFK’s radio show IMRU that is broadcast on Sunday nights and that Nancy Beverly had previously appeared on it very successfully. It was suggested that certain events could be highlighted on such shows/publications. It was agreed that names of leaders not be mentioned on air or in publications other than in Sierra Club publications without the individual leaders express permission. Mike suggested that greater outreach to other gay organizations would increase diversity of participants and networking with other organizations. Will reminded us that when events are jointly ponsored with another organization that all Sierra Club rules must be followed. Another suggestion was proposed that we could make contact with community organizations that may need volunteers at their events or that a special event could be scheduled to include GLS members and the members of another group, such as a joint hike with a gay recovery program, with the goal of exposing others to the outdoors and the larger education/conservation mission of the Sierra Club while building up membership. Will asked for a volunteer to run a hike during the Gay Sports Alliance that will be doing a big event on Labor Day Weekend to support the Gay Games happening in Sydney this November. A concern was raised that there have been some comments that the pictures on the GLS website appear to give an impression that women predominate and a suggestion was made to include some with men also. A suggestion was also made that more easy hikes could be successful in attracting new members since newcomers tend to be less apt to go on longer hikes until they feel more confident in their hiking ability.
- Eric proposed adding another voluntary position of assistant editor for TRACKS explaining that he needs more articles and an assistant would be able to encourage others to write them. He said that he would try to recruit someone to help him but that he would continue to do the editing and layout. A discussion of the current costs revealed that each copy costs about $1.50 and costs a total of about $600.00 per printing and mailing. It was decided to revise the list of complimentary copies sent to various publications and organizations which would continue to expand our outreach to the gay community.
- The funds collected for the Awards Dinner at Casita Del Campo on May 12th had nearly paid for the event but did not add to the treasury. It was suggested that next year the dinner be advertised earlier and that the leaders could encourage attendance by selling tickets on the hikes. Will discussed the plan for the Ira Stein memorial project and suggested that could be used to benefit GLS more through adding lighting to the picnic area where the weekly Griffith Park hikes meet. Will announced that the current list serve on the web has 64 subscribers. Meeting concluded at 9:00 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted by Rick Mitchell, GLS Secretary.