January 12, 2021- Annual Meeting, Member Only -Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday, January 12, 2020

Annual Meeting-Member Only

Virtual Meeting via ZOOM


Present:  Ruthy Argumedo, Patti Arlt, Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Chris Carrillo, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Sandra Cuellar, Michelle Decker, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Fran Inman, Mark Kaenel, Lena Kent, Carol Kim, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Mike Layne, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, Darcy McNaboe, John Mirau, Tomas Morales, Dan Murphy, Vikki Ostermann, Bansree Parikh, Catherine Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Elizabeth Romero, Dan Schenkel, Kristine Scott, Phil Southard, Sol Teh, Eric Ustation, Pete Van Helden, Ray Wolfe and Frank Zabaleta.

Announcements: 1) Congratulations were expressed to the Inland Empire Community Foundation which has been selected as “Nonprofit of the Year” by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP).  The award will be presented during IEEP’s 10th annual awards virtual ceremony on January 14, 2021 at 4:00p.m.  2) The Inland Leaders group had a virtual meeting last week on January 6, 2021.  Their next meeting is scheduled for the first week of February and they plan to  continue to meet regularly in 2021.

Louis Goodwin, Chair, presiding.

Motion by K. Scott/Second by K. Coate/Passed: Minutes from January 5, 2021.

A majority of the members present voted to extend the invitation of membership to Riverside Community College District.  Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, Chancellor will serve as their primary representative and Marisa Yeager, Director of Government Relations will serve as the Alternate.

Mark Kaenel, Treasurer presented the 2020 Financials.  He summarized the Year End Balance Sheet and commented that cash balances increased and that liabilities are nominal.  He expressed appreciation to the members that kept our Accounts Receivables current all year.  He presented and summarized the 2020 Year End Profit & Loss Budget vs Actual.  He noted that computer expense was, as previously discussed, greater than expected but needed to boost up the website and purchase equipment to enable virtual access when we are able to return to in-person meetings.  Program expenses are down as we no longer had catering expense since March.  Appreciation was expressed to members who declined trip reimbursement and those who made direct contributions toward the Washington, D.C. trip expenses.  Overall Inland Action finances are in a good position.  Comments and questions were requested.

The 2021 Budget was developed with input from the Executive Committee and Staff.  There will be no increase in dues for 2021 and the budget includes the anticipated addition of 2 new members this year.  The Personnel Committee is still working on finalizing payroll expense but for the purpose of presentation the historical 2.5% increase was used.  When the Personnel Committee completes its actions, the budget will be revised and returned to the full board for review and approval.  Program expenses were calculated with the assumption that in person meetings could resume the second half of the year.  The Executive Committee determined it is unlikely the group will travel to Sacramento this year.  The proposed budget reflects funds for group travel to Washington, D.C., however if not appropriate we may send a few people for small, targeted meetings on specific subjects.  Funding for special events assumes the ability for in-person gatherings.  Recommendations include a retreat for the organization, new member reception, Congressional and State Representative reception, a social event for both applicants and those recently selected for State Boards and Commissions.  Additionally, as the group has discussed taking a leadership role of the West End Transit System which includes new vehicle technology and a tunnel to the airport, an event that includes other supporters such as Ontario Roundtable and The Monday Morning Group, etc. could be planned.  Funding that enables us to make a strong come back when in-person gatherings are allowed would be an advantage.  Questions and comments were requested.  Members were reminded that all documents can be viewed by members on the Inland Action web site under the Financials tab.

Motion by M. Burrows/Second by K. Coate/Passed: The 2021 Conditional Budget subject to the Personnel Committee actions.

Louis Goodwin, Chair congratulated both staff and the membership for their successful adaptive leadership in these unusual times.  Citing increased member participation and meeting attendance he appreciated that the group didn’t “skip a beat” using technology and a stellar selection of pertinent speakers   The Chairman summarized the Annual Report which had been e-mailed to members on January 10, 2021.

Deborah Barmack, President, explained the requirement of the annual Conflict of Interest Policy and completion of the associated questionnaire.  Both the policy and the questionnaire had been e-mailed to members on January 10, 2021.

Kristine Scott, Past Chair, gave the report from the Nominating Committee for the 2021 Officers,  Committee Chairs and Members-at-Large.

Officers:  Lowell King, Chair/Kevin Dyerly, 1st Vice Chair/Michael Rivera, 2nd Vice Chair/ Ken Coate, Secretary / Mark Kaenel, Treasurer / Louis Goodwin, Past Chair.  Frank Zabaleta has agreed to serve as Assistant Treasurer.
Committee Chairs:  Ken Coate, Appointments/Michael Rivera, Economic Development/P.T. McEwen, Education/Ken Coate, Environment/Dan Murphy, Healthcare/Bill Lemann, History/ Dan Roberts, Judicial/ Kristine Scott, Legislative/ John Mirau, Membership/ Mike Burrows, Transportation.
Members at large: Pam Langford, Vikki Ostermann, Bansree Parikh, Ray Wolfe.
Motion K.Scott/Second P. Arlt/Passed: The 2021 Slate of Officers, Committee Chairs and Members At Large as presented.

Meeting adjourned at 8:48 a.m. and Committees broke out into their respective groups.