Happy Thanksgiving from Beaver Island

We have so much to be thankful for this year - we live/visit on a beautiful island filled with family and friends; tusamis, hurricanes and earthquakes seldom happen here, and we get the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets to rival any place else on the entire planet, so if you're on the island please plan on joining the community at Holy Cross Catholic Church for the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at 10:00 a.m. At 6:00 p.m. come as you are to the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Beaver Island Christian Church. If you feel so inclined, bring a dish to pass. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas Bazaar

November 20th brought the annual Christmas Bazaar at the Holy Cross Hall. With lots of tables loaded with wares, there was something for everyone from photos to candles, caps and mittens, white elephants and lots of goodies. Seller of the day goes to Brenna Green who tried to convince me that a goose could be painted green and become the newest frog of my collection. Although she didn't make that particular sale, since I'd never seen a winged frog, she was successful with many others. Miss Emmalee Antkoviak, daughter of KK and Brian, was all dressed up in the appropriate outfit for the season and was busy with her favorite saying of the moment, "What's that?" The new Birthday Calendar was available at the bazaar so if you missed it, contact any 5th and 6th grader about buying one.


Gillespie ~ Knox Engagement

Kellie Marie Gillespie and Joseph Michael Knox are announcing their engagement and plans for a Saturday, August 19, 2006, wedding at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. The reception will be held at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Richard and Laura Gillespie of Beaver Island. Kellie is a 2002 graduate of the Beaver Island Community School and is attending North Central Michigan College, where she plans to graduate in 2007 with a nursing degree.

Her fiancé is the son of Michael and Margaret Knox of Browns Mills, New Jersey. Joseph is a 2001 graduate of Pemberton High School. He joined the United States Coast Guard in 2002 and is currently an MK3 at Station Charlevoix.

When his duty tour is over in 2008, Joseph and Kellie are planning to move to either New Jersey or to the Grand Rapids area where he hopes to join the State Police.

Congratulations to Kellie, Joseph and their families.

Community House Progress

Work is progressing despite some nasty weather this past week. The walls are going up quickly. It's interesting to see how they "put it all together" so seeming effortlessly. One fellow was just missing a red hat and beard as he stood in the elevator shaft that resembled a gigantic chimney.




Board of Directors Approved Minutes

Saturday August 20, 2005
Peaine Township Hall

PRESENT Board Members Anne Glendon, Dr. Brad Grassmick, Barb Murphy, Rick Speck , Angel LeFevre-Welke, Connie Wojan; Staff Donna Kubic , Managing Director

Absent: Pete LoDico, Don Spencer, Karen Whitecraft

I. Call to Order & Welcome

President Connie Wojan called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM , welcoming all board members and guests in the audience.

II. Review, revisions to agenda

Under New Business B,. New Policy Updates will be discussed at the next scheduled board meeting.

III. Review, revisions and approval of minutes

Under VIII. New Business B. Transfer of Property to BI Development Corporation, Connie Wojan made the correct to l.78 acres and not the recorded l.87 acres. Motion to approve corrected minutes of July 9, 2005. (Grassmick/LeFevre-Welke) approved.

IV. Financial & Utilization Reports

•  Financial reports presentations & discussion

Rick Speck reported the FY2004-05 financial statement was under budget to date.

Patient billings will be up by $4,000 projecting through September 2005. Patient billing was at an all time high at $24,000.00 for the month of July. Motion to accept the financial report (Glendon/LeFevre-Welke); approved. The condo is not closed to date but Ed Wojan is confident it will happen in a few weeks. Rick explained the $15,000 earned on the endowment fund could be higher than budgeted . Motion to approve the draft budget (Murphy/ LeFevre-Welke).

•  Reports on Earned revenue for Services

Charges billed in July were $24,610 compared to $16,713 a year ago. Donna Kubic reported that more EMS runs being transported to the Health Center are being stabilized here at the Health Center and not transported off the island. 14 cases were report by Joe Moore. Connie Harris is providing hospice home visits. Patients are aware of Pre procedure tests such as x-ray, blood tests and EGK workup can be done at the Health Center instead of the hospitals. More x rays are being done. Cholesterol and PT/INR tests are performed and analyzed here without having to send the blood work to Charlevoix Hospital .

•  Utilization Reports

Donna Kubic reported that the number of encounters for July was up by 7%. Patients continue to use the extended office hours provided by Connie Harris .

V. Resource Development Report

A. Capital Campaign update

Anne Glendon reported the challenge grant has been matched. Monies in hand and pledged monies are at $705,000.00.

B. Truck Raffle Update

Truck raffle tickets are behind from last year. This year's fashion show attendance this year was down and we need to take a look at the special events. Conversation was had regarding a hanger party, at Welke's airport with a live auction. The event would take place before Labor Day. There might also be a 50/50 raffle or a raffle on a trip. Anne mentioned a special meeting mid fall to begin planning the event which would take place of both the Fashion Tea and the truck raffle. Anne would also like to have an October resource development meeting to discuss the new fund raiser.

C. Tribal Grant

$15,000 was received from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. $6,800 will help defray the cost of the T-1 line.

D. State Grant Proposal

A meeting was had with Senator Allen regarding the Health Center 's deficit and Senator Allen was very supportive. Anne Glendon has written a letter to Senator Stamos (attached) asking for a special allocation of $75.000.

IV. Operations Report

A. Summary of Activities, Statistics

Jack Gallagher is helping critique the financial reports presented to the board. Thanks go out to B. J. Wyckoff for the arrangements for the recent Open House at the Health Center and to Angel and Paul Welke providing the coffee, cookies and donuts for the guests who visited. A two day blitz was had to accommodate sports physical for students. Marilyn McFarland, student Nurse Practitioner and Sarah Prater-Manor, summer volunteer helped keep things organized. Thank you to Phil and B.J. Wyckoff for the exercise bike and treadmill donation to the Health Center 's Fitness Program. John Harris inventoried all the light bulbs in the building and researched the most economical place to purchase replacements. Donna Kubic read two letters received from a daughter or a patient and a family member of a patient (attached).

VII. Old Business:

A. Update on Sale of Condo Unit

Connie Wojan reported on the sale of the condo. It has not closed. Ed Wojan is looking for alternate financing for the purchasers. A resolution is needed for appointment of board members to sign papers for the sale of the condo. (resolution attached and signed by Board secretary, Anne Glendon). Motion was made adopt the corporate resolution (attached) authorizing real estate sale and signing rights for sale of the condo. (LoDico/Grassmick); approved with C. Wojan abstaining.

Motion was made to authorize Anne Glendon and Rick Speck to accept an offer under the $80,000.00 recorded in the July 9 th minutes. (Murphy/ LeFevre-Welke), approved.

Motion was made to authorize the Vice President in the absence of the one of the officers to sign appropriate documents or if there is a conflict in the sale of the condo. (LeFevre-Welke/Grassmick) approved

B. Land Division Approval

Motion was made to transfer the property from the land division to the BI Development Corporation (language attached and signed by Secretary, Anne Glendon. (LeFevre-Welke/Grassmick) approved.

VIII. New Business

•  Resolution Section 125 Plan

Rick Speck explained the Section 125 plan which allows employees to purchase dependent coverage with monies not subject to state of federal income tax. This could apply towards other benefits if offered to the employees . Motion made to offer a Section 125 plan to all employees without discrimination. (Grassmick/Murphy) approved.

IX. Next Meeting

November 19, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

X. Public Comment

No public comment

XI. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 5:20 p.m. (Glendon/LeFevre-Welke) approved.

Respectfully submitted,
Anne Glendon, Secretary