Foundation Board Meeting Minutes (Draft)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Attended: Chair Paul Ince, Jim Borchers, Gaspare Calvaruso, Joe Cook, Cindy Elking, Kelly Felber, Dianne Garrison, Don Kalicak, Scott Lewis, Scott Liebel, Brenda Lowder, Pete Novak, Jeanne Paxton, Seth Peimann, Chuck Pilliod, Susan Spencer, and Staff: Dr. Ron Chesbrough, Jeff Clobes, Tara Cochran, Kasey McKee, Betsy Schneider, Sharon Schreiber

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m. A motion to approve the August 21, 2013, meeting minutes was made by Scott Liebel, seconded by Don Kalicak, and unanimously approved by the board.

Welcome and Announcements:

  • Welcome was extended to new members Pete Novak and Jeanne Paxton.
  • Betsy Schneider gave a recap on the success of the three Explore Events held this year. Thanks goes to event hosts Brenda Lowder, Mike Lissner, Cindy Elking, Tom Hebson, and Paul Ince. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 a.m. in the Private Dining Room.
  • Jeff Clobes updated the board on the Employee Sponsored Program (ESP) campaign that just wrapped up last week. There were 217 total pledges received, of which 18 of them were new members. Of the total, 12% increased their pledge amounts. Also, ESP’s Trivia Night fundraiser held last Friday evening made more than $5,000.
  • Betsy Schneider reported that the Foundation office received a $300 donation from the proceeds of the Food Trucks Frolic collaboration with the Cottleville/Weldon Springs Chamber of Commerce held with the Movie Nights event this summer. It was estimated that the food trucks brought about 3000 people on campus. Many thanks goes to Sue Spencer for suggesting SCC as the beneficiary of the donation.

President's Report:

  • Dr. Ron Chesbrough reported that the Nursing and Allied Health Center (NAH) is going very well. We have been notified that Lindenwood University (LU) and SCC are to receive the Progress 64 West award for our partnership on the NAH center. Governor Jay Nixon will be speaking at the awards dinner. This will be our second award regarding the LU/SCC partnership.
  • We were selected by Webster University to partner with them on a government bid contract to provide education to the military men and women in the Pacific Command. If Webster/SCC wins the bid, we could potentially increase our enrollment by 30,000-70,000 credit hours per year. The awarding of the contract will be in February, and we will need to be ready to provide online and on-ground classes by this summer.
  • SCC has been named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list which honors the top 20% of colleges who do the most to serve military members and their families.
  • We are halfway through the campus housing feasibility study. More information should be available next week.
  • Much work has been done to reach out to our area K-12 schools to partner with them to help students be college- and career-ready whether the students choose to attend SCC or not.


  • Kasey McKee provided a brief update on SCC’s Strategic Plan focusing on the status of the eight objectives prioritized in Round One and the six objectives prioritized in Round Two. Please refer to the Plan for the Future: 2013-2018 brochure provided for more information. Determining how SCC’s strategic plan integrates with the Foundation will be the cornerstone of the planning workshop scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014.

FY14 Annual Plan Updates:

  • Betsy Schneider presented an action plan to achieve the Major Giving objectives stated within the Foundation’s strategic plan. 
  • Jeff Clobes presented an action plan to achieve the Friends & Alumni objectives stated within the Foundation’s strategic plan.

Board Development:

  • Joe Cook made the official call for nominations for new board members. Joe shared thoughts on what to look for in the candidates, such as commitment, integrity, courage, and connections. Someone who fits in with our culture of teamwork. The Foundation office is looking into a potential candidate from General Motors. It would be good, also, to have someone from the science and technology industry. The submission deadline is February 28 with a vote occurring at the April meeting. Contact Kasey or Joe with questions or nominations.

Committee Reports:

  • Presidents Golf Scramble: Thanks goes to the chairs and committee for all of their planning, to all who donated items, and to everyone who attended the event, especially to Tara Cochran and Betsy Schneider for all of their hard work in getting this event together. Scott Liebel reported that the scramble was sold out again this year, and raised $39,000. The Old Hickory Golf course looked good and played well, and will be the site for next year’s scramble on Monday, September 29, 2014. Thanks to Justin Miller and Kelly Felber for agreeing to chair the 2014 event.
  • Career Explorations: We are piloting the program to SCC students this year with the hopes of rolling it out to K-12 students next year. We presented to over 900 students with 300 of them expressing desire for career help. The first meeting of the advisory committee will be held in early 2014. 
  • Mini-Grants: Betsy reported that we received six grant applications so far, but we do expect many more prior to the October 31 deadline. Copies of all applications will be sent out soon for your review and feedback prior to the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room. 
  • Finance: Seth Peimann highlighted the following: 
    • Revenue as of Sept. 30 is $45,000 (21% of the budget) and our endowment is $170,791
    • Total scholarship and academic enhancement awards to date is $1.76 million. 
    • The finance committee will review the investment policy statement per the suggestion from Acropolis at the August meeting. If changes are being recommended, they will be brought to the full board for approval. 
    • The Foundation has been using PNC Bank for the past five years. It’s good practice to review bank services every 3-5 years, so the committee has agreed that it’s time to send out an RFP for the Foundation’s banking services. More information to come at a later date.
  • Rhythm & Ribs: Scott Lewis announced that Thursday, June 12, 2014, is the date. Planning is currently underway. The sound and stage folks have been secured as well as the headline performer Smash.

Other Business:

  • Year-End Board Appeal: Members will receive a letter in the mail the first week in November from Paul Ince and Scott Liebel reminding everyone of the opportunity to review their personal giving goals to the Foundation. Our goal is 100% participation from the board again this year. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.
  • Tara’s Maternity Leave: Tara will be out of the office starting at the end of November until February. 
  • Labrayere Update: Joe Cook gave a brief update on the Labrayere partnership. Kasey is in receipt of a proposal from the Labrayere family to start selling assets and distribute the proceeds to the Foundation in the attempt to wind down the partnership sooner rather than later. The finance committee will review the proposal and provide a recommendation to the board for action in February.
  • Other: Dr. Chesbrough expressed his appreciation to the board. It has been such a pleasure and a treat to work with this board as your energy, commitment, and support for the college is gratifying and appreciated.

Action Items:

  • Invite someone to an Explore Event
  • Nominate someone for the board
  • Sign up for the Career Explorations Program and tell a friend.

The next general Foundation Board meeting is Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. in the SSB Board Room. There will be a board planning workshop on Friday, Feb. 28 from noon-4 p.m. at SCC.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 a.m.