March 14, 2006 - MEETING MINUTES10:00 AM - 12:00 PMLegal Aid of North Carolina Clients Council Meeting
Location: Durham, NC
Leo Allison Sarah
Davis Jim Grant
Sharon Greig Shirley Jones
Phillip Leigh Stella Moor
Ella Mae Rogers Willis Williams Dorothy Thomas
C.R. Ward Cyritha West
Delsie M. Williams
Mary Hedgepeth, Clients Council Coordinator
CALL TO ORDER:
Meeting was called to order by Secretary, Dorothy Thomas in the
absence of our Chairperson, Willis Williams. Prayer was given
by Sharon Greig.
Changes to the agenda were made under the Chairman’s report to
add the need for Mary Hedgpeth’s a new computer.
Minutes were read and approved by the membership without change.
It was discussed and agreed upon that Mary would receive a new
computer. We had a vacancy on the Board of Director of LANC and
Phillip Leigh agreed to serve as the statewide representative
replacing Allen Johnson. It was voted on and approved.
We then discussed the application of Diana Williams-Cotton. No
action was taken on this nomination because we wanted to discuss it
with Mary Flowers.
Pearl Nealy discussed how things were going with her search for
new housing since her home burned on February 8th. She felt it
would be helpful to look into how people can be helped through Legal
Aid, when legally you are told that no agency can help you because
you own the home and the land. Questions were asked about
Medicaid because it was confusing to most people. Pearl Nealy
said there was information that the drug companies have where you
can sign up and receive free medicine and sometimes the doctors have
samples they can give you.
Mary Hedgpeth discussed what was in the folder that was passed
out to the Client Council members. She discussed the cost of
the Newsletter from quotes she had received. She passed out
leaflets from the NC Justice Center that explained where the
newsletter would be distributed to plus incorporating our list of
people and organizations to receive it. Motion was made by
Pearl Nealey to accept the Justice Center’s offer for the newsletter
and it was properly seconded and approved by the members. Ways
to distribute the newsletter was discussed by Council and it was
decided in addition to what was listed on the Justice Center’s list,
individuals could distribute at churches. Also you could
include on the newsletter that it could be copied.
Leo Allison gave the report and said that we should have spent
about 1/12 of the allotted budget ad after this meeting we should
have spent a large portion of the remaining budget. Motion was
made by Leo Allison and seconded by Pearl Nealy to accept budget as
is and was accepted by Client Council.
Diana Williams-Cotton was discussed after our chairman Willis
Williams joined the meeting. It was decided that we would make
a decision on Ms. Williams-Cotton later do to the absence of Mary
Flowers. Willis then reminded us that LANC has money in their budget
for training. You could get small groups in your community to
discuss poverty or different topics and LANC would provide attorneys
to speak to them. It was suggested that we take time out of
each Client Council meeting to discuss what is being done in
Willis asked for volunteers to serve on the
Newsletter Committee. The committee will consist of:
Sharon Greig, Cyritha West, Pearl Nealy and Leo Allison.
We discussed that we could use the E-mail to speak to each other
Meeting adjourned at 12:15.