BMW MINUTES, March 9, 2020
(to be approved)
PRESENT: Steve Pothoven, Dave DeCook, Bill & Jayne Wolf, David Koppenaal. Absent, Bruce Bradford. Guest: Mark Davidhizer (Visionworks)
The meeting began with prayer and devotional thoughts from Bill.
Mark reviewed the “BMW Strategic Plan 2020 Outline” with the group. It will involve telling the BMW story to new friends and inviting them to the next step. The effort will include:
- Connecting, updating, meeting, and appreciating current donors. Promoting “Project Everest” (need a handout for this)
- Creating a development calendar
- Reducing newsletters, to create more time for connecting (Sending 2 larger and 4 smaller newsletters)
- Holding the Taste of Bangladesh event, as a true celebration and opportunity to connect with new people (July 25th)
- 10 “cottage meetings” for interested new friends
- Meeting personally with 200 donors. (Dave has committed to 100.)
Mark encouraged us to be active, have a plan and be authentic. Relationships and friendships are key. Find out what theyare interested in as well. Thank them. Invite them to an event. Presentations should only last 15-20 minutes—not drag on.
TREASURER’S REPORT: (see handouts) Steve handed out a final report from 2019. At the end of December, there was $67,000+ in checking. In summary, we were all grateful to the Lord for such a positive end to the year. $50K+ gifts came in December. BMW ended up on a positive note ($42K) after expenses this past year and came in under budget by about $20K. This is much better than the year before.
Steve mentioned that there was about $40K in the bank now (after the 2020 trip to Bangladesh, etc.).
It was also calculated during the meeting that last year around ½ of the budget was met by larger gifts (over $5?) for a total of $144K.
Steve’s report was approved as submitted.
Dave reported on the trip to Bangladesh. Felt like with all the complexities of many graduations (13), many visitors and various domestic travels and programs, all went well and God protected them all. The graduations went well and were well attended. The total attendance for all 13 was about 3800. This was the first time that Matthew did not coordinate graduations. He gave training for them and then the staff took responsibility to hold these events. Dave and Thomas attended a staff camp, including team building and hermeneutics. They selected 10 staff to take another 3 weeks for finishing the course (80 hours of training). Dave and Nan also traveled to India with Matthew and Mou for a short “vacation” and relational time. The needs for this coming year are for 4 more staff and 3 more districts. They must choose these wisely. (Prayer needed for this.)
Bill reported on the Taste of Bangladesh – July 25, 10am to 3pm – Johnson Park. They have a small steering committee of Bill and Dave. They will need invitations, maybe finding a rickshaw, dancers, food.
Board members – A board packet for new board members is being developed with the help of Visionworks. Dave talked to one possible new board member.
NEXT MEETING: MONDAY, APRIL 13, 4PM.