WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
March 14, 2018
1990 K Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
Robert Simms, Chair

Ellen Williams Carter Secretary
I. Call to order
At 6:45 pm a quorum was established. Robert Simms called the
meeting to order at 6:45 pm.
II. Roll call
14 - Members were present at roll call: Robert Simms, Maskeelah-Myrtle
Washington, Ellen Williams Carter, Louis Wolf, Nick Arena, Benito Diaz, Cliff Smith, Ron Pinchback, Donald Williams,
Eric Ramey, Sabooh Hakim, Jim Brown, Martha Peterson, Lona Alias,
6 - Excused absence: Julie Hewitt, Meredith
Cordisco, Christine Cotter, Vickie McGill, Jay Winter Nightwolf, Eileen Rosin
4 - Late: Nancy Sorden, Gloria Turner,
Tony Leon, Campbell Johnson
There were no resignations/removals.
The GM Jerry Paris was present.
The IPD Katea
Stitt was not present.
Timekeeper: Sabooh Hakim
III. Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was amended and
IV. Approval of the minutes
The February 2018 WPFW LSB regular meeting minutes were reviewed and
V. Management Reports
The General Manager, Jerry Paris stated the following:
Pledge and
The goal for the pledge drive was $375,000. The final amount raised during the drive was $300,000.
Donors are still sending in contributions. Miyuki Williams and Tanya were hired to assist with the drive. The viewing of
the Black Panther movie and discussion resulted in a profit of $5,000.
Several program changes were
made. Nekenge Turre’s show “In Our Voices” was replaced by E. Fay Williams who will present a show during that time
slot. In addition, a new environmental show will launch this week. We now have a WPFW app.

financial bills are paid. The balloon rental payments are all made. The last $27, 000 was made. The Suntrust bank
account has a balance of $100,000.
Questions and Statements:
Jim Brown how are we going to deal with the water
situation in South Africa?
GM we will cover that issue.
Benita Diaz did you get Info@ wpfw.org deleted
GM the deleted emails have not been recovered from google.
Cliff Smith we should set aside funds for
the new transmitter.
VI. Finance Report
The Treasurer, Nick Arena stated the following:
The station raised
over $296,000. so far during the February winter pledge drive. The bank balance as of 2/28/18 is approximately
$193,000. with payroll and bills current except for Central Services and other long term payables. The budget was
updated for October through February. The following project/budget activities will take place:
1. April Mailing to
Donors (no meeting date or time has been set):
• Nancy Sorden
• Tony Leon
• Lou Wolf
• Ellen
• Maskeelah Washington
2. Capital Campaign and Major Donor Team - who will join Jerry, Julie, Moe, Nancy
and Nick (meets Fridays at 3 pm by phone)
• Maskeelah Washington
• Campbell Johnson
• Lona Alias
3. April
Peer Fundraising - asking friends and family to give to the Station:
• Nick Arena
• Martha Peterson
Community Comment
John Tatum the Parliamentarian raised an issue that was postponed.
VIII. PNB Report
Diaz Report
Benito Diaz submitted a motion regarding the Parliamentarian John Tatum however, the motion was
postponed. Benito stated that the PNB will review the terms of the loans and make a final decision within the next few
weeks. Benito stated that the PNB created a new committee the Strategic Planning committee which will develop a
Strategic Recovery plan. He said that the PBN approved the HR contract for the permanent ED search. In addition, Benito
stated that an extension was filed by the auditor for the audit and the extension was granted until 5/31/18. Nancy
Sorden was elected as the permanent PNB chair.
Tony Leon
Tony Leon stated that the purpose of the Strategic
Planning committee is to develop a strategic recovery plan. Meetings are streamed and the committee welcomes responses
from the public and delegates via station directors. He stated that the CFO report has been sent to all stations. The
CFO is continuing to work on the FY 15 and 16 audits. The pension plan money is safe.
Nancy Sorden
Nancy stated
that the PNB needs to review the loans.
IX. Programming Committee, Donna Grimes (chair)
The General Manager
stated that the deleted emails have not been recovered from google.
X. MASC Committee
Motion- I move that the LSB
approve a budget amount of $2,500. for advertisement for a permanent program director. The vote results: 13 favor 2
XI. Outreach and Development
The programmer’s appreciation event was canceled. On April 5 the LSB will
present another resistance comedy 2: Social Media – the good, the bad and the funny. There will be 6 comedians. Four
volunteers are needed for the event.
XII. Adjournment
Motion to adjourn: There was no objection.
Robb Simms
adjourned the regular meeting at 9:45 pm
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter