March 2007 Minutes

Interfaith of Topeka Board Meeting Minutes
March 27, 2007
6:30 p.m. Gather at Topeka/Shawnee Public Library
7 p.m. Meeting Starts
Jackie Lakin
Interfaith of Topeka Mission
Interfaith of Topeka is comprised of people from a variety of faiths and religious traditions. We bring together individuals who are willing to put aside their prejudices and open their minds and hearts to new possibilities. We are willing to engage in the process of working together to build an active community, strong in its shared values of faith, compassion, human dignity, and mutual respect where the expression of love and peace replaces hate and violence.
Members (present at meeting X; absent at meeting left blank)
Don Anderson
David Beale
Joel Edwards
Bill Gitchell
Daljit Jawa
Christian Kramer
Jackie Lakin
Norbert Lickteig
C.R. Macchi
Jim Mosher
Deepak Parulkar
Jan Price
Sanford Pomeranz
Jerry Quiring
Jack Rardin
Karen Sessel
Ashraf Sufi
Phil Wilkes
Sallye Wilkinson
Vacant Class of 2007
Barbara Karnowski
Vacant Class of 2007
Vacant Class of 2009
Agenda Items
Key Points Discussed
Action or Follow-up
Opening Prayer
Addition of new business–
Bill Gitchell
Bill Gitchell presented Don Anderson a plaque for serving as IF president for two years.
Faith Sharing: Deepak Parulkar on Hinduism
Key Point Discussed: An overview of the Hindu faith traditions was shared by Deepak Parulkar. 
Approve 2-27 Interfaith of Topeka Board Meeting Minutes
Follow-up: Make minutes available in simple text so that it can be opened by all board members.
Treasure’s Report—Phil Wilkes
o        Faith group IF dues
o        Individual IF dues
o        Revise membership form
Key Point Discussed: Phil and Ashraf shared that a CD from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on pandemic influenza was sent to IF and church groups as a means to educate the public on how to act in an epidemic. Contact information is: or call 785-296-1086
Key Point Discussed: 
$1133.06 (checking)
$6861.96 (two funds)
Phil questioned the investment return on the PAX World Growth Fund. Follow-up: Ashraf and Deepak will investigate changing to a socially responsible fund with better results.
Follow-up: Phil discussed the phone bill. The phone number and responding to voice mail may be the responsibility of the vice-president. More information on the number will be reported in April by Christian.
Discussion on setting IF dues from faith groups–Bill Gitchell
Key Point Discussed: Membership dues are $15 for single; $20 per couple; and, $1 per member of faith group or whatever is feasible for that group. Changes in membership dues is up to the board and is not defined in the by-laws.
Faith group membership roles—Bill Gitchell
  • Number of members per group
  • Vote at annual meeting
  • Participate but not vote at IF meetings
  • Encouraged to attend IF meetings
  • Committee work
Key Discussion Points: 
-If you are a board member representing a faith group, then that faith group should send notification of your representation. Each faith group/organization/church member should have two voting members who can vote at the annual meeting.
-It was determined that Deepak is an at-large member. At-larger members afford the opportunity to have more board members who bring wider representation to IF.
Procedures for adding new board members—Bill Gitchell
Key Discussion Point: Board members need to be appointed who can maximize participation. Individual organizations can join as well.
Update on appointment of Joe Hendrixson to IF board—Bill Gitchell
Action: Joe will be invited to join IF as an at-large board member.
IF Website, Faith group links. Electronic Bulletin Board—Bill Gitchell, Jackie Lakin, Don Jacobs
Key Discussion Point: Don Jacobs will donate the cost of establishing and maintaining an IF bulletin board. He will provide more details at the April meeting.
New Business
  • Don Anderson, committee memberships
No Action: Committee memberships are still open
Key Discussion Point: Ashraf brought up that a new Islamic leader might be a good presenter for a joint program with Topeka IF and Kansas City IF. He will continue to update the board on this possibility.
Next Meeting Date: April 24,
Topeka/Shawnee Public Library
Faith Sharing:
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