Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Partnership Update from MuseumWise and Museum Association of NY (MANY)

Thinking creatively towards envisioning a new model of service, as with all significant endeavors we started with an idea and now bring it into being with a plan. A primary goal of this investigation has been to create an open process, establishing a conduit for sharing information with and receiving evaluation from our constituencies. To that end, please enjoy this second installment of our Museumwise - MANY membership communiqué, which will bring you up-to-date as to our progress over the last few months.

Working in partnership, Museumwise & MANY have made great strides towards reaching several of our initial milestones of conducting organizational assessments of the two organizations, planning the first of two facilitated meetings of both boards and staff, and developing a stakeholder engagement strategy. Keep an eye on your inboxes, because our next round of messaging will include a link to our membership survey to gather your thoughts about consolidation and what a new model of service may look like for you.

Our next significant milestone will be the first joint meeting of the boards on July 18th in Albany. Led by our facilitator Scott Sears, this will be an opportunity for the Museumwise and MANY boards to sit down together to get acquainted with the vision, value and service of each other's organization and to begin envisioning the qualities of and defining the outcome criteria for a blended organization. The rapport developed among the T7 planning committee has set the stage for a progressive and productive session with the two boards. As a launching point for these discussions, the T7 compiled an organizational assessment document placing Museumwise's and MANY's services, programs and future interests side by side to establish similarities between and distinctiveness of the two organizations.

One of the activities on July 18th will be the creation of a 'shared history' - a timeline of trends and events that have defined the New York State museum community and Museumwise's and MANY's histories over the last 10+ years. Can you help us flesh this history out?

Please share with us your thoughts about the trends and events that have defined each organization and our collective professional community by sending them along to Catherine and Anne

Thanks in advance for your replies -

Best regards,

Catherine Anne
Catherine Gilbert, Anne Ackerson,
Executive Director Director
Museumwise Museum Association of New York

Monday, June 27, 2011

HOPE-onomics 2011 June 30th at the Otesaga

Hope springs eternal. We’ve all heard the quote—but what does it mean in a recovering economy? The last few years have seen bumps and bruises in every part of your business. Doing more with less, cutting costs without losing ability to service, motivating your employees through change, and scratching your head every night wondering when it’s all going to end. The forecasters are saying this may or may not be the year—but are you ready? Join us for this interactive, motivational,
informative business discussion that will help you prepare your business for the recovering economy and position you to succeed in 2011 and beyond

About our Speaker:
Rick Grandinetti has designed, produced, coordinated and conducted thousands of keynote speeches and presentations throughout North America. He is the author of various educational programs utilized by numerous organizations throughout the United States. He guarantees a high energy presentation, evoking passion and reform within your organization and is a speaker not to be missed!

Who should attend:
CEO’s, CFO’s, officers, directors, managers, team leaders, sales and human resource personnel will all benefit from this presentation.

To make a reservation:
As a service to our business partners there is no fee to attend this breakfast.
However, seating is limited. Please RSVP by June 27, 2011 to Carol LaFleur ,
518-533-7880, email or complete the information
below and fax to 518-458-9690:
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Special Note:
This breakfast event is being brought to you by the Northeast Kidney Foundation. Did you know that 1 in 9 people have chronic kidney disease but most don’t
know it? At this breakfast presentation you will hear about services offered by the Northeast Kidney Foundation, how they can benefit your business, and about how your company can participate in the Walk for Kidneys scheduled for October 30 at SUNY Oneonta.

Phone: 518-533-7881
Fax: 518-458-9690
99 Troy Road
Suite 200
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Northeast Kidney Foundation
Invites you to breakfast at the Otesaga!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After Reports That The IRS May Have Mistakenly Stripped NY Groups Of Tax-Exempt Status, Schumer Urges All Nonprofits To Double Check The IRS List

Report Provides County-By-County Breakdown Of The Over 6,000 New York Nonprofit Groups That Lost Tax Exempt Status – Groups Can Correct Error, But Have To Do It Soon Before Costs Go Up

Schumer: Losing Tax-Exempt Status Could Be An Unfair Blow To New York’s Nonprofits

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled a new section of his website to aid New York nonprofit groups that may have mistakenly lost their tax exempt status. Schumer is strongly encouraging nonprofit groups to check a recently-released Internal Revenue Service (IRS) list, available on Schumer’s website, to ensure that they have not been mistakenly stripped of their tax-exempt status – a move that could cost these groups thousands of dollars. Schumer’s webpage was launched shortly after media reports indicated that several nonprofit groups, including the New Windsor Little League and Plattekill Public Library, were included on the list released June 8th, despite the fact that their paperwork was up to date and filed with the IRS. Several nonprofit groups were never contacted by the IRS, despite several attempts to send mailings and other communications to warn the groups of the looming deadline to avoid losing their designation as a 501(c)(3) group.

“Little leagues, public libraries, museums, meal programs, and other nonprofit organizations that are the very fabric of communities throughout Upstate New York are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status and paying thousands of dollars in penalties through no fault of their own,” said Schumer. “Whether because of a lost notice in the mail or paperwork errors, no nonprofit should needlessly lose their tax exempt status. Every nonprofit group in Upstate New York should take a moment to ensure that they won’t be forced to pay unnecessary taxes this year. I’ve launched this new page on my website to make it easy and painless for groups to make sure that they’re not on the list, and to take steps to correct the problem if they are. Remaining tax-exempt helps keep costs down while boosting fundraising for charity organizations.”

"The good work of community charities has a vital impact on the everyday lives of New Yorkers,” said Doug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits. “Whether it is providing volunteer first responder assistance, providing food and housing to families in need, caring for our children, disabled and elderly, fostering economic development or creating and promoting arts and culture - charities are integral to our quality of life in ways that are often taken for granted. NYCON is eager to do what we can to assist those organizations whose tax status have been revoked so that they continue their important contributions."

On June 8th, the IRS released a list of 275,000 nonprofits nationwide who automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they failed to file annual reports for three years in a row. The list included over 19,000 New York organizations, including more than 6,000 across Upstate New York. While the IRS believes that many of these organizations are no longer operational, they acknowledge that some groups on the list might not have been aware of the requirement, and are taking steps to allow these nonprofits to reinstate their tax-exempt status. In making the announcement, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that, “We realize there may be some legitimate organizations, especially very small ones that were unaware of their new filing requirement.”

The list includes a diverse range of nonprofit groups including sports leagues, public libraries, museums and other educational programs, conservation groups, religious organizations, business networking groups, and others. There are over 106,000 registered nonprofits in New York state, according to the New York Council of Nonprofits, employing over 1.2 million New Yorkers statewide. Included in this total are 3,000 food pantries that feed approximately 3 million people each year. Over 17,000 people work in New York museums, which help contribute over a billion dollars to the state’s economy each year, thanks to visits from 6.6 million families, senior citizens, and students. In 2010, the American Red Cross in New York responded to 3,920 local disasters, and has trained nearly 590,000 people in First Aid. The group has also trained over 168,000 people in emergency preparedness, collected over 400,000 units of blood, and helped over 66,000 military families through their Armed Forces Emergency Services and Community Outreach Programs, according to the New York Council of Nonprofits. New York charities play an important role in communities across the state, and should be allowed to continue to do their good work in a tax-exempt state that will help their bottom line, allowing the nonprofits to serve more Upstate New Yorkers.

Here is how the nonprofits who lost their tax-exempt status break down across the state:

  • In the Capital Region, approximately 952 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In Western New York, approximately 687 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, approximately 867 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In the Southern Tier, approximately 562 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In Central New York, approximately 811 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In the Hudson Valley, approximately 1,942 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

  • In the North Country, approximately 426 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status.

Being included on the list means that these nonprofits are no longer eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, and that any income the group receives may be taxed. This has the effect of raising taxes on the nonprofit, while also putting a serious damper on their fundraising. The Pension Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2007, requires tax-exempt organizations to file an information return or notice each year with the IRS. Smaller groups are required to file for the first time in 2007, and the law automatically revokes the tax-exempt status of groups that do not file for three consecutive years. As a result, the first nonprofits to be revoked under the new law saw their status removed based on 2010 returns, filed in April of this year.

Fortunately, as long as groups are aware that they have been improperly stripped of their tax-exempt status, they can take corrective action at minimal cost to the group. Any nonprofit that can demonstrate that it has met its filing requirement for one or more of the last three years can fax copies of their past tax returns to be reinstated at no cost to the group. Additionally, those groups with under $50,000 in income that have not filed tax returns over the past three years can file for reinstatement for a reduced fee of just $100. If the groups fail to file by December 31, 2011, that fee jumps to $400-850 for 2012. Due to the limited window to take advantage of cheaper and easier ways to reapply for tax-exempt status, Schumer is encouraging nonprofits across Upstate New York to check his website and the list of those that lost 501(c)(3) status to ensure that their paperwork is up to date. If a group finds that they have lost their tax exempt status, they can follow the instructions on Schumer’s website and take steps to see that it is reinstated.

The new section of Schumer’s website can be accessed by visiting

Foothills Names New ED

The Daily Star reported that Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center will be staging operations under an executive director starting next month.

Huemac Garcia, whose career has been with NYSEG and Catskill Area Hospice, will start at Foothills on July 11, a media release issued Tuesday said.

Read more here.

Feedback: Foothills seems to have some momentum going, and putting an ED in place to focus on fund development and management infrastructure makes perfect sense. Hopefully, the new ED and board continue to build a strong partnership together and with the local community.

OCCA executive director leaving

The Daily Star reported that the executive director of the Otsego County Conservation Association is leaving for another job.

Erik Miller of Oneonta will leave his position with OCCA to join the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board, according to an OCCA media release.

STERPDB, an economic development and planning agency, partners with eight member counties -- including Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties -- to address multicounty issues to improve the region's quality of life.

Read more here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Senate unveils health ‘market’

The Daily Mail reported that a bill key to implementing last year’s federal health care overhaul in New York state was introduced this week in the state Senate.

The proposed legislation would establish a health insurance exchange, a marketplace where individuals and small businesses can, come 2014, shop for and compare private insurance plans.

The Senate bill “is a first step in advancing a health insurance exchange that will ensure affordable and accessible coverage that meets the unique insurance needs of all New Yorkers,” said Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta, who, as chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, has sponsored the legislation.

Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, is the bill’s cosponsor.

The bill was drafted following a roundtable discussion in April with health care and insurance experts.

“This legislation sets up the governing structure and basic functions that are required in order for the exchange to begin to function, while providing for a transparent process and careful consideration of policy choices,” Hannon said.

There has yet to be a companion bill introduced in the state Assembly. Seward says talks are ongoing with the Assembly and the governor’s office.

Seward’s bill establishes the exchange as a public authority with an 11-member board of directors. States have the power to choose how the exchanges are governed and whether it will exist as a nonprofit organization, quasi-governmental entity like a public authority or within a state agency.

“We don’t want this to turn into an expensive and beaurcratic program,” Seward said in explaining the decision to create the exchange as a public authority.

The exchange will not receive any state funding, under the bill. Seward said its operation could be kept going by fees paid by participating health care providers and others. It’s unknown at this point how much it will cost to keep the exchange running.

According to Seward, the federal government has given New York $28 million to date to establish the exchange.

Although a public authority operates with more independence than a state agency, questions still exist about whether the exchange will be sufficiently insulated from political influence and special interests within the insurance industry, including who will be charged with choosing the board of directors. “Some of these decisions are yet to be made,” Seward said.

Under the health care law, states must establish the governing structure of the exchanges by the end of this year. By 2013, states must prove to the federal government they are qualified to run the program. Consumers will be able to purchase insurance through the exchanges in 2014.

Members of Congress, too, will be getting their health insurance through exchanges starting in 2014.

The exchanges are a main provision of the health care law. The hope is that by increasing competition among health care plans and providing more choices for individuals and businesses, costs will come down.

“As a result of high costs, the market for individuals in the state has been in sharp decline for years,” said Paul Howard, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, in a recent report. “As recently as 2001, more than 128,000 individuals were enrolled in (health maintenance organizations) in the direct-pay market. By 2010, enrollment had plummeted to just 31,000.” Premiums have roughly tripled during that period, according to Howard.

“In all, about 15 percent (2.6 million) of New York’s residents are uninsured, a group that is largely young (about half are aged 18 to 34), in good health and without dependents,” he added. Under the new federal law, young adults can remain on their parents’ plan until they turn 26. That provision has already taken effect.

To learn more about the law’s many provisions and when they take effect, visit

“Frankly, I have mixed feelings (about the health care law),” Seward said.

Judges on a federal appeals court panel on Wednesday repeatedly raised questions about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, expressing unease with the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face penalties.

All three judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel questioned whether upholding the landmark law could open the door to Congress adopting other sweeping economic mandates. The panel is made up of two Democratic appointees and one Republican appointee.

The Atlanta panel did not immediately rule on the lawsuit brought by 26 states, a coalition of small businesses and private individuals who urged the three to side with a Florida judge who struck down the law. And it's never easy to predict how an appeals panel will decide.

But during almost three hours of oral arguments, the judges asked pointed questions about the so-called individual mandate, which the federal government says is needed to expand coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans.

With other challenges to the law before other federal appeals courts, lawyers expect that its fate will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chief Judge Joel Dubina, who was tapped by President George H.W. Bush, struck early by asking the government's attorney “if we uphold the individual mandate in this case, are there any limits on Congressional power?” Circuit Judges Frank Hull and Stanley Marcus, who were both appointed by President Bill Clinton, echoed his concerns later in the hearing.

Acting U.S. Solicitor Neal Katyal sought to ease their concerns by saying the legislative branch can only exercise its powers to regulate commerce if it will have a substantial effect on the economy and solve a national, not local, problem. Health care coverage, he said, is unique because of the billions of dollars shifted in the economy when Americans without coverage seek medical care.

“That's what stops the slippery slope,” he said.

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor representing the states, countered that the federal government should not have the power to compel residents to buy to engage in commercial transactions. “This is the case that crosses the line,” he said.

Hull also seemed skeptical about the government's claim that the mandate was crucial to covering the 50 million or so uninsured Americans. She said the rolls of the uninsured could be pared significantly through other parts of the package, including expanded Medicare discounts for some seniors and a change that makes it easier for those with pre-existing medical conditions to get coverage.

The court, which did not indicate when it would rule, has several options. But Hull and Dubina asked the lawyers on both sides to focus on a particular outcome: What could happen to the overhaul, they asked separately, if the individual mandate were invalidated but the rest of the package were upheld?

Parts of the overall law should still survive, said Katyal, but he warned the judges they’d make a “deep, deep mistake” if the insurance requirement were found to be unconstitutional. He said Congress had the right to regulate what uninsured Americans must buy because they shift $43 billion each year in medical costs to other taxpayers.

Clement, however, argued that the insurance requirement is the “driving force” of the broader package, which he said violates the Constitution's legitimate authority. Without it, he said, the rest of the package should collapse.

“If you take out the hub, the spokes will fall,” Clement said.

Marcus, meanwhile, said the case struck him as an argument over individual liberties, but questioned whether the judicial branch should “stop at the water’s edge” or intervene.

The 11th Circuit is not the first appeals court to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul, as panels in Cincinnati and Richmond have both heard similar legal challenges to the law within the last month. But legal observers say the Atlanta panel’s decision could be the most pivotal because the ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida is considered the broadest assault yet on the law.

While a Republican-appointed federal judge in Virginia struck down the requirement that nearly all Americans carry health insurance, Vinson invalidated the entire law, from the Medicare expansion to a change that allows adult children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance. Three federal judges, all Democratic appointees, have upheld the law.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Girl Scout offices in Oneonta, Norwich to close

The Daily Star reported that the Girl Scout offices in Oneonta and Norwich will close June 30, according to a media release from The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways' board of directors. The offices are at 3200 Chestnut St. and 99 N. Broad St., respectively.
Read more here.

Feedback: Although for some this may seem a negative, especially in Otsego and Chenango Counties, but as nonprofits try to increase effencies and strengthen their business operations (and maintain services), these kinds of difficult decisions are needed and should be expected.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Milford Central School Playground committee has a $50,000 grant opportunity through the Pepsi Refresh Everything grant

This is a very competitive grant that needs your vote!
Only the top 10 voted on ideas receive the funding requested, we are currently ranked 178th.
Your daily vote is crucial in helping us!

How do you vote?
There are two ways to vote:
1 - Text 106894 to PEPSI (73774)
2- Vote via your facebook/email account
Go to
at the bottom of page is place to sign in. At this spot you can sign in through your facebook account or create an account

You can vote once a day by email(s) and text.
(you can register multiple emails and vote from each one daily)

You can vote the entire month of June everyday!!
Please ask friends, coworkers, family members to help support MCS!

Lorre Gregory
Grant Writer/Media Specialist
Milford Central School
42 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 237
Milford, NY 13807
607.286.7721 ex. 8408 phone
607.286.7879 fax

Lentz Replaces Clarvoe as OCCA Board president

Effective June 1, after three years, Martha Clarvoe is stepping down as president of the Otsego County Conservation Association Board of Directors and is transferring the leadership role to current Board Secretary Vicky Lentz.

Following careful consideration Clarvoe, whose term expires in January 2012, has decided to relinquish her duties as president in order to dedicate more time toward special projects for OCCA and to the building that she and her husband, Paul, are renovating. They are refurbishing an 1840s storefront on County Route 11, Hartwick to encourage main street development in their home town.

“I have really enjoyed my time as president,” said Clarvoe. “OCCA is a wonderful organization which offers many ways for its members to get involved with community conservation programs. I look forward to continuing on the Board and concentrating my efforts on energy conservation projects and to promoting alternative energy options for our county.

“The OCCA Board of Directors is dedicated to protecting, preserving and improving the environment of Otsego County and we will continue on that path,” she said.

Clarvoe replaced Win McIntyre as OCCA president in 2008 and is well known in the environmental community for her efforts in the areas of recycling and energy conservation. Under Clarvoe’s direction, OCCA continued the Otsego Lake Challenge Campaign – picking up where McIntyre left off – which has funded more than $300,000 in major Otsego Lake and Upper Susquehanna Watershed initiatives. Other highlights of Clarvoe’s tenure are the Otsego County “Natural Gas Well Locations and Leased Properties” map, establishment of The Willard N. Harman OCCA Biological Field Station Internship Endowment Fund, and finalization of OCCA’s alternative energy position statement.

Serving as OCCA secretary since 2008, Lentz is also chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Executive, Audit, and Natural Gas committees. She has been instrumental in setting organizational policy, including the position statement on gas drilling, Board member job descriptions and Board member nominating procedures. Most recently, Lentz assisted in an OCCA-funded riparian buffer rehabilitation project on the Butternut Creek.

“Not only does OCCA find the funding for projects like this, we also provide the opportunity for interested people to lend a hand with the work,” Lentz said. “This project was a collaborative effort between OCCA, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, and the Butternut Valley Alliance. It was fabulous to see the community come together to help stabilize the creek bank. I will enjoy watching the trees grow as I drive by every day on my way to work.”

A biologist specializing in the immunology of the large-mouth bass and a tenured professor at SUNY-Oneonta, Lentz joined the OCCA Board in January of 2007. As president, Lentz would like to see OCCA continue to expand its role countywide. Her particular areas of interest and concern are natural gas drilling, preservation of natural areas, and sustainable farming practices.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to expand my role with OCCA,” said Lentz. “I think that, while we are faced with issues that require our immediate attention, OCCA should not lose sight of long-term environmental concerns in the region. We also need to continue our ongoing conservation efforts throughout the county, and I look forward to serving as president of the Board.”

Lentz is originally from southern Indiana. With her husband, Edward Lentz, she lived in the Philadelphia area for 25 years. During her undergraduate years she attended Indiana State University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, and did graduate work in plant biogeography at Rutgers University in Camden, later obtaining a PhD in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. Lentz and her husband are the owners of Fox Falls Farm and CSA in New Lisbon, specializing in meats, eggs, sheep, wool, grains, and whole wheat flour.

A resident of Hartwick, Clarvoe was elected to the OCCA Board in 2000. She has a long history of involvement in environmental concerns and, since joining the Board, spends 20 hours or more weekly as an OCCA volunteer. Clarvoe has played a key role in OCCA program areas including recycling, alternative energy, light pollution and energy conservation. As special projects manager, Clarvoe encouraged the Village of Cooperstown to create its Sustainability Committee and to sign on to the ICLEI-Cities for Climate Protection Campaign; is a member of the Bassett Green Team; has been a key figure in the continuation of the Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program; is a founding member of Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a subcommittee of OCCA; and, most recently, has promoted the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program with EnerPath/NYSEG.

For Clarvoe it will be OCCA business as usual. She will continue as the organization’s special projects manager – focusing on energy conservation and recycling efforts – and will assume the duties of secretary on the OCCA Executive Board, in the position vacated by Lentz.

“I believe Vicky's four years of service on the Board have proven her to be a dedicated conservationist, and her interest in alternative energies and locally-produced foods will help guide OCCA in its future educational programs,” Clarvoe said. “An organization's goals must change with the times. I believe OCCA will be adding new focus items to its strategic plan, and Vicky is the person with hands-on experience to direct us in these new areas.”

Under the OCCA bylaws, the president can appoint a replacement to serve out an unexpired term. Official Board appointments are voted upon and confirmed each year by OCCA members at the Annual Dinner.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County's natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit

Darla M. Youngs, Administrative Director

Otsego County Conservation Association

101 Main Street, PO Box 931

Cooperstown, NY 13326

(607) 547-4488;

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Girls program grows from 21 to 777 in decade

The Daily Star related that Girls on the Run locally started 10 years ago with 21 girls, founder Paula Huntsman said Monday, and this year, 777 girls in six area counties participated in the course to build self-esteem and encourage fitness. Last year, 426 girls signed up.

On Sunday, an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 walkers and runners _ mostly girls _ were in Cooperstown for this year's 5K event at the Clark Sports Center, said Huntsman, who will step down as council director at the end of this month. Read more here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nonprofits Can Win Gas for a Year

For the 2011 Fueling Good Program, we’re focusing our support on four charitable categories: Education and Social Investment, Energy Assistance and Conservation, Environmental Protection and Restoration, and Health and Well-Being. Your organization must serve one of these interests and have 501(c)3 status to be eligible to participate. Please choose a category during registration. Thank you, and best of luck!

Get an overview of Fueling Good:

How it works:
· Starting June 1, nonprofits will be able to register at to participate in the summer program. From July 14 – August 11, local communities will begin voting at that site for charities of their choice. (The full rules/details will also be available on the site starting June 1).

· CITGO will be awarding gas to 12 nonprofits at the end of August, with more to follow in the fall.

Who is eligible?
· 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the 27 states where CITGO operates.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Leatherstocking AEA Steering Committee Meetingq

May 26th

Dan Maskin, Opportunities for Otsego
Danielle Newell, Smithy Pioneer Gallery
Michael Wesolowski, Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
Susan Kenny, Roxbury Arts Group

Discussed April 20th program and ideas for next meetings
• Discussed employee benefits changes occurring as a result of the healthcare reform
• Discussed possible health insurance reform seminar in September
o Provide info/speaker about healthcare reform and impact
o Involve Bassett Medical Center in discussion about reform
o Invite local politicians to discussion
• Additional meeting discussed focusing on fund development
o Possibly invite a consultant to present to the Leatherstocking AEA
 Linda London (from Albany area)
 Susan Palmer (from Binghamton area)
 Looking at week of 7/25 to 7/29