NDAB Board Minutes December 5 2022

bord Meeting Minutes from December 5, 2022

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Trampes Brown, Lexee Steffan, Rebecca Anderson, Helen Baumgartner, Doug Stip, Gerald Byron, Milissa Miller, Allan Peterson and Zelda Gebhard


GUESTS PRESENT: Mary Stip, Doug Puetz, Paula Anundson, Brant Adams, & Michelle Zentz

CALL TO ORDER: Trampes called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm via Zoom.

ROLL CALL: Helen took roll call.

GUEST TOPICS: Doug Puetz – Zoom weekly updates


President: Trampes reported NDAB will be enrolling in Mail Chimp. Beth Bakke spoke to the Director of the Talking Book Library and was informed that the November issue of the Promoter would not be sent out in digital format due to a staff shortage. She did send the newsletter out via email to the members who receive digital. In February, the digital format will be available once again. Doug Puetz asked that the Sneak Peek be sent out earlier so people can plan their week. Trampes sends it out as soon as he can when he gets it from NDVS/SB. SFL transportation is being lined up for 6 participants going down and 7 coming back.

Secretary: On October 7th, Doug made a motion to approve the October 3rd board minutes, seconded by Missy. MC The minutes were approved on October 7th.

On October 15th, a sympathy card was sent to the family of Jean Marks.

Treasurer’s Report: Helen questioned the decrease in the CDs at Bell Investments. Rebecca and the Finance Committee will check to see why the CD values are dropping. Allan made a motion to accept the Sept and Oct Treasurer’s report, seconded by Lexee. MC

Development Director: Allan reported there have been preparations made for GHD. The match fund goal is $25,000. The theme is “See Blind Possible”. December 20th is the deadline for submitting pictures and videos to be used for GHD.


Finance: No report

Membership: Lexee is our new membership chair as Vice President. She presented a new member, Brandon Kartes from Grand Forks who is blind. Zelda made a motion to approve him as a member, seconded by Allan. MC Allan made a motion to approve Tom Capes, seconded by Gerald, MC. Missy suggested that Brenda Morelli, Joyce Harris, Gretchen Dobervich, and Brandon Kartes’s dues be applied to the 2023 membership year.

Communications: Brant reported the website has been updated and is working well. There will be posts on Facebook when we get closer to GHD.

Sports and Rec: Brant reported there is a Spring Sports and Rec weekend planned in conjunction with the NDVS/SB Family weekend March 30 – April 2 in Bismarck.

Life Enrichment: Zelda reminded the board about the guidelines for the Life Enrichment program and encouraged people to consider applying.

Convention 2023: A report was submitted by Paul Olson with an update on what progress has been made thus far.



Policies & Procedures: Michelle reminded the board that the policies, procedures and manuals need to be updated. They will be sent out to the Board for review prior to board meetings and reviewed during future board meetings.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 7:00 pm.

ADJOURN: Allan made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Lexee. MC The meeting adjourned at 8:13 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Baumgartner, NDAB Secretary