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February 2007 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Feb. 21, 2007 PPC board meeting

Meeting was brought to order at 6:20 p.m. by President Jamie Casini.

Board members present: Jack Russell, Jon Mays, Jennifer Aquino, Ed Remitz, President Jamie Casini, Diana Diamond and past president Micki Carter. Executive Director Darryl Compton was also in attendance.  

Absent: Peter Cleaveland, Dave Price, Aimee Lewis Strain.

Minutes: Minutes of January meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Darryl gave the Crowne Plaza Hotel a deposit check for $1,500 and said the books will change greatly once the checks for the contest start rolling in. The Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Old business

Bench Bar Media: Carter expressed some amount of frustration in meeting with Judge Joe C. Scott to obtain e-mails for those in the courts and law enforcement. Aquino offered her list of cop contacts and Diamond said she could get a judge in Santa Clara County to call for a good word. Carter suggested Quentin Kopp, former judge and state senator, might be a good person to contact since he wrote the Sunshine Law. Carter suggested an April or May date for the event.

Student scholarships and photo scholarship in honor of Susan Caldwell: It was decided that the scholarships be renamed the Peninsula Press Club Young Journalist Award and be given in increments of $1,500. There is some built in flexibility in that print journalists can receive the scholarship in the name of Herb Caen and photojournalists can receive the scholarship in the name of Susan Caldwell. The scholarship committee will award two scholarships and has the ability to ask for a third if there is an outstanding candidate.
The committee will work on some specific word changes.

New business

PPC Awards Dinner: Compton reported the Chronicle is not competing in the contest this year. There was some discussion on getting a speaker and the board considered having a speaker out of the contest’s list of winners.
High school journalism. A date was set for a meeting with high school advisors/class representatives for March 21 at 5:30 p.m. There is some question about the location and Carter said she will inquire about having it at the church.

Other. It was agreed to ask Mary Ann Thomas if she would like to have her photos on display during the awards dinner. The former photo editor for the Chronicle, she now has breast cancer and could use the money.

Diamond said she would like to see some changes in the award categories. Specifically, she would like to see a general excellence and profile category. She would also like some sort of expansion of business categories. Other ways of submitting entries such as by submitting links were also discussed.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Next meeting is March 21 at 5:30 p.m. and will be conducted as the high school journalism workshop.

Minutes submitted by Secretary Jon Mays. 

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