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October 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, meeting of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors at the San Mateo Daily News

Attendance: Michelle Carter, Aimee Lewis, John Kane, Ed Remitz, Jack Russell, Darryl Compton.

Absent: John Horgan (w/notice), Jon Mays, Dave Price, Bill Workman.

Soon-to-be-ex-president John Kane called the meeting to order shortly after 6:l5 p.m. Russell, Kane & Compton supervised the counting of ballots. After the vote count, Micki Carter was declared victorious as president and assumed the royal PPC toga and crown from Kane. Others elected by membership vote were Jack Russell, vice president; John Horgan, secretary; Bill Workman, treasurer. Re-elected to the board of directors were Aimee Lewis, Jon Mays, Dave Price and Ed Remitz. As retiring prexy Kane serves as a non-voting member of the board, it was decided to invite Justin Nyberg of the Independent Newspaper Group to fill the presently vacant board slot.

After the vote count, Carter assumed her soon-to-be-relinquished mantle as treasurer and reported the PPC balance sheet totaled $23,722.52. The report was unanimously approved.

Discussion on PPC insurance and web site were deferred due to the absence of Price. The matter of the San Francisco Press Club and its relationship to the PPC was declared dead and is to be removed from the monthly agenda. Carter reported a lively session at the September Bench/Bar/Media meeting. The annual PPC picnic Sunday, Sept. 28, at the home of Micki and her husband Mike Venturino was hailed a great success. More than 20 PPC members and friends enjoyed a great buffet spread and a tasty barbecue cooked-up by award-winning chef Al Bullock.

In an important move, Aimee Lewis agreed to assume the role as editor of the PPC newsletter. (Much applause) She replaces new prexy Carter. Deadline for news items for the next newsletter is Nov. 15. All board members are encouraged to email news items to Lewis.

At the Nov. 12 meeting, the board will decide on the date of the annual Holiday Party and make necessary changes to the rules for the 2004 journalism competition. Lewis is contacting area restaurants and will recommend a site for the holiday party.

The PPC received a letter of thanks from the San Mateo Union High School District for the scholarship aid provided to a district graduate as part of our annual Herb Caen Scholarship competition. Last spring, district students received $2.9 million in scholarship money.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by pinch-hitter Kane.

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