Minutes of Meeting
DECEMBER 11, 2003 - MEETING MINUTES
Legal Aid of North Carolina Clients Council Meeting
Site/Location: Mount Zion First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC
|Ella Mae Rogers
||Cyritha A. West
|Rev. Simon Burney
george Hausen, Executive Director, LANC
Celia Pistolis, Staff, LANC, Central Office
Evan Lewis, Staff, LANC, Greenville Office
Chris Marks, Staff, LANC, Central Office
Dock Kornegay, Staff, LANC, Central Office
Mary Hedgepeth, Staff, LANC Clients Council
CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Allen Johnson, (Presidnet) called the meeting to order. He thanked
everyone for coming and extended an invitation to all to attend the opening and
reception for the Legal Aid Clients Council.
Mr. Johnson then asked for any adjustments to the agenda. There
being no adjustments to the agenda, the meeting continued.
Deacon Ray Hart welcomed Legal Aid Clients Council to Mount Zion Baptist
Church and extended an open-ended invitation to Clients Council to use the
Fellowship Hall. He told of special needs of the citizens of Rocky Mount
and the surrounding areas.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Johnson asked for the reading and approval of the minutes from the
September 11, 2003 meeting. A motion was made and seconded to accept the
minutes. Motion was carried.
Mr. Johnson presented the chairman's report. He stated that the
501c3 application was in the mail and we are waiting to hear from IRS.
Ms. Mary Hedgepeth addressed the Client's Council. She reported
that she attended two Conferences: The Rural Economic Development
Center conference in Raleigh and The Guardian Ad Litem Advocacy Conference
in Durham. She also stated she was awarded scholarships to both
conferences. She also informed the Council that ten people had called
the office requesting information and services since our last meeting.
Ms. Hedgepeth reports that the Clients Council has accomplished a lot this
Ms. Mary Flowers and Mr. Chris Marks gave the financial report.
There were questions concerning LANC client board members' travel expenses
that were paid out of the Client's Council budget. Mr. Marks suggested
that the Client Affairs Committee address this issue with the LANC Board.
Mr. Marks said that the Clients Council would receive one-percent of LANC
budget, which is $80,000. The 2004 budget was approved as submitted.
Immediately after the Finance Report, Mr. Johnson called for a lunch
break at 12:00 p.m. and the meeting reconvened at 1:15.
NC Legal Services Planning Council
Mr. Evan Lewis gave an overview of this work experience for the last
twenty years. Mr. Lewis talked about the importance of working
collaborative with Legal Aid Clients Council and NC Justice and Community
Development Center to fulfill our vision.
Mr. Johnson expressed his disappointment in the response from Senior
Managing Attorneys. He stated, "We only received five responses out of
Update on Statewide Conference
Celia Pistolis stated that the conference will be held in April in
Durham and the dates will be posted on the web. Legal Aid Clients
Council unanimously agreed to have the NC Justice and Community Center do
the training for the clients.
Mayor Turnage welcomed the Clients Council and talked about the importance
of the Client Council and was happy that we decided to have our office located
here in Rocky Mount. Mayor Turnage presented a proclamation declaring
December 11, 2003 as Clients Council Day. He also presented certificates
of honorary citizenship to the following:
Mr. Allen Johnson, Chairman, Legal Aid Clients Council Board.
Mr. George Hausen, Executive Director, Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Mr. James B. Maxwell, Chairman, Legal Aid of North Carolina.
DATES FOR 2004 MEETINGS
February 12, 2004, Winston-Salem
June 17, 2004, Asheville
September 16, 2004, New Bern
December 9, 2004, Hillsborough
There being no further discussion or business, the meeting was adjourned at
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