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April 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of April 1, 2003, at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

In attendance were: Ed Remitz, John Kane, Darryl Compton, Jon Mays, John Horgan, Aimee Lewis and Dave Price. President John Kane called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m.

Minutes of the March 12, 2003, meeting were approved, 6-0. There was no treasurer’s report due to Michelle Carter’s absence. Darryl Compton was congratulated on his recent marriage.

Compton said the club’s professional journalism contest has netted a total of $11,740 in combined entry and membership fees. He added that, because of a lack of outside judges available to help with the contest, the date of the annual awards banquet may have to be postponed. The board, after deciding to scour sources for judges for 188 of 453 remaining contest entries, agreed, 6-0, to hold the dinner May 30 at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Foster City. Aimee Lewis said the date was OK. She has secured a reservation on that date and she has obtained a $3.80 reduction in the cost of each meal from the 2002 figure.

John Kane said interviews with potential club scholarship winners have been scheduled. A discussion of possible changes in the club’s bylaws was postponed. Dave Price said the club’s Web site received 273 “hits” in March. It was agreed to hold the club’s regular meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

There was a discussion about a set of unusual entries in the club’s high school journalism contest. The entries were from an alternative newspaper at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica. It was agreed that they met the criteria for inclusion in the competition despite the fact that “The Subterranean” is not sanctioned by the school. After some analysis and debate, the board voted, 6-0, to include the entries in the contest.

Dave Price said he has a staff member at the Daily News who is interested in re-instituting meetings of the Bench/Bar/Media Committee. Price also volunteered to have the Daily News help judge the Bay Area Collegiate Newspaper Contest. He then suggested that the club consider the possibility of changing the name of the organization to something like the “San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.” It was agreed to bring up the matter sometime during the summer.

John Kane urged the board members to consider new officers for 2003-04. He adjourned the meeting at 6:55 p.m. The next meeting will be held at 6:16 p.m. May 14 at the Kingfish Restaurant.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

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