2nd annual BWIGH board meeting
Saturday, May 3, 2014. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston, TX
Meleah Ekstrand, VBE, Treasurer.
Angelique Geehan, MBE, President, Training Coordinator.
Mary Puryear Potee, VBE, Vice President, Queen.
Edith Santiago Jasso, trainee, Librarian.
Erin Young, VBE, Outreach and Publicity Coordinator.
Jacquie Kosako, VBE.
Tiffany Rugnao, VBE.
- We reviewed the VBE Code of Ethics and BWIGH and BWI principles and mission. We agreed to three changes in the text, highlighted in the BWIGH principles on the following pages and all present renewed our commitment to working according to these guidelines.
- Reports on current status and achievements in 2013
- Public meetings — Angelique described the chapter having started with one monthly educational meeting with additional social meetings and workshops and having temporarily stabilized at four educational meetings per month and no additional social meetings. Each meeting location appears to be attracting more attendees despite intentionally minimal outreach. Despite changes in meeting locations, we have been able to maintain scheduling consistency. All present agreed to maintain this pattern until adjustments become necessary, possibly as other Houston Baby Wearers subgroups desire to merge with BWIGH or other areas merit our establishing another regular meeting there. We also discussed naming meetings after the arterial highways they are nearest.
- Organizational meetings — We held one board meeting in 2013 and then agreed to, instead of quarterly meetings, try online or phone check-ins. These were not maintained consistently. Angelique will work in 2014 to devise a more efficient way of coordinating our leadership activities.
- Training and staffing — With five accredited educators (Meleah, Jacquie, Erin, Mary, Angelique) and two moving to inactive status (Tiffany, with notice, and Melissa, without notice), all present agreed that more educators and volunteers would be welcome, with having at least three staffers per meeting as a goal. Angelique will determine who in the BWIGH Facebook group plans to complete the accreditation process in 2014. She will also write a summary of the requirements for joining the group so that those interested will have a clear understanding of the responsibilities involved. Jacquie will maintain her accreditation but cease anchoring a meeting and working as Publicity and Outreach Coordinator. Tiffany will not renew her accreditation but has agreed to remain on staff as a volunteer, duties to be determined.
- Treasurer’s report — Meleah announced the chapter has $685 in the treasury and that she was conducting an audit of our activity. The requirements to remain in good standing with the parent organization have been met. All of the startup debt the chapter incurred has been paid off.
- Membership Coordinator / Secretary’s report — none given (Melissa vacated the Membership Coordinator position, then Tiffany, who temporarily took those duties as Secretary, resigned her officership. Edith agreed to take on the position of Secretary.)
- Librarian’s report — Erin is resigning as Librarian and taking on the Publicity and Outreach Coordinator position. Edith has agreed to serve as Librarian. Angelique reviewd that in 2013, BWIGH stocked two lending libraries with at least one of each primary carrier type, a weighted demo doll, storage bins, a folding dolly, bungee cords, business cards, safety+business post cards, brochures, a poster-size sign, and a vinyl banner. All present agreed we would like to set up two more libraries during 2014. It was agreed that Angelique would find a volunteer interested in completing “library kits” with a PayPal Here reader, pens, first aid kits, and other items deemed necessary.
- Publicity and Outreach Coordinator’s report — Jacquie; Erin will be taking this position. Angelique reviewed that chapter’s Facebook page, which was set up in 2013, had grown to have 793 likes
- Events Coordinator’s report — Lauren PL; will eliminate this position
- IBW Coordinator’s repot — Mary; will plan events and coordinate with group
- BWI, Inc. report — Angelique answered questions about changes in organization leadership and policies
- Headbands $3 each. (Angelique); ordered and distribution is in progress. Only VBEs will wear orange headbands.
- Cancel or suspend Square account; use PayPal Here (Meleah)
- Candidates for BWI, Inc. BOD nominating committee (Angelique)
- International Babywearing Conference (July 17-21, Tempe, AZ)
- Set date for next year’s meeting: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Reinstatement or transition, goals and feedback by role
- President: Angelique
- Vice President: Mary
- Secretary: Tiffany >> Edith
meeting report duties delegated to meeting anchors
- Treasurer: Meleah
- Publicity and Outreach: Jacquie > Erin
- Librarian: Erin > Edith
- Membership Coordinator: to be filled
- Training Coordinator: Angelique
- Fundraising Coordinator: To be elimiated
- Events Coordinator (Holiday Market): To be eliminated
- IBW Coordinator: Mary
- BIRTH Fair Sling Station Coordinator: Angelique
- VBEs: Tiffany, Meleah, Jacquie, Erin, Mary
- MBE: Angelique
To offer information and support to families who wish to use carriers as part of their caregiving practices.
- We are working to empower caregivers to make choices they are happy with for their own families. Each family is different. We treasure differences as much as we do common ground.
- We offer information. Some information may come from our own experiences, and some will have been relayed to us from others, but we recognize that it is simply information. We remain open to changes in what we know as best practices, and as educators, we take responsibility to stay updated and be critical of information we receive and share.
- Others’ experiences and choices are may be different from our own. Our default assumption is that others’ choices do not reflect either approval or disapproval of our own choices.
- Safe positioning is can be different from optimal or ideal positioning. We encourage everyone to understand and use ideal practices as much as possible.
- We obtain clear consent before taking actions that affect others bodies and attempt to be aware of actions that affect their emotional state as well. We believe babies and children learn respect from being treated with respect, and further, that adults deserve the same respect we accord our children.
- We believe that humans are doing the best they can with the information and skills they have. Whenever we hear “should,” “have to,” “need to,” or other language that could be taken as judgmental, we will try to determine that no personal views are being imposed on others. This means we ourselves will be working to trace where any “shoulds” come from in our internal dialogues and question the sources.
- The group endeavors to accomodate the needs of all members as much as possible, in balance, just as if we were a family. We take responsibility for communicating our own needs to the group. We welcome contributions of ideas and resources from the members of our community.
- We are careful in our communications. We attempt to use inclusive, gentle language and are committed to using nonviolent communication as much as we can.