CNBA General Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Colts Neck Library
Anna Appolonia called meeting to order at 8:10 a.m. and welcomed everyone
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lisa Aldridge
CNBA officers introduced themselves (in attendance: Anna Appolonia, Carolyn Burtnick, Greg Calderero, Patti Vollherbst, David Sokoler, Alison Antenucci)
Bob Gassaway made motion to approve February 2014 minutes. Dee Zander seconded. Motion was passed.
David Sokoler gave Treasurer's report – CNBA currently has $2890.40 in Money Market. $9829.35 in PNC Checking Account and $9435.62 in PayPal Account. Total $22,155.37. Motion to approve Treasurer's report by Mike Tormey and second by Dan Fenski. Motion passed.
Greg announced that a discussion at the last meeting of the Executive Board regarding a cap on appropriatons should be presented to the general membership and voted on. Bob Gassaway made motion to cap appropriations at $500 for sponsorships and add it to the by-laws. Mike Tormey second motion. Vote was taken and approved unanimously. It will be added to the by-laws.
Anna asked about new businesses in town. Brian Alt has just opened Designer LLC, a lawn, landscape, and sprinkler business.
The seasonal mailer is out and the map is coming out later this month. Anna thanked Carolyn for assisting Sue with the design, which turned out great.
The basketball game between the Harlem Wizards and Faculty of CNHS took place last night. Anna, Greg and Carolyn attended and reported that it was completely sold out with over 800 attendees. The proceeds will be used toward Project Graduation. CNBA was a sponsor for the T shirts.
Dee Zander gave an update on the luncheon. There are about 140 tickets sold but since we have guaranteed 200 to Trump, she asked that all members work toward selling tickets and/or bringing friends and guests. There are 9 vendor tables sold. She explained the swag bag was being offered in place of an Ad Journal and gave suggestions for using it to promote businesses. She said we have 4 baskets to raffle but could use more. The value of the basket should be about $100.
J. Vincent Jewelers will host the next card exchange on April 24 from 6:30-8:30 in their store. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20 for non-members and free for members.
David spoke about the Value Added program, which is awarded every three months to a CNBA member and consists of a $500 check as well as services donated by members. The next drawing will be in April.
Economic Development – Lisa reported that the group held their first meeting and are beginning to
get ideas and issues that will be undertaken. She invited anyone interested to attend the next meeting which will be held on April 3 at 8 a.m. Greg encouraged people to get involved with this committee as a way to address the problem of Colts Neck having no main street or single shopping area.
Ordinance: Tom was not in attendance.
Technology: Patti mentioned two upcoming outside events. A Business Roundtable on April 1 at 7P.M. at the Colts Neck court house between the Freeholders and the Township Committee. The second event
is “Made in Monmouth” which is being held on April 12 at Monmouth University. There is information posted on the website for both events.
Education: David said he has speakers for March and April. Anyone interested in speaking at a future meeting should contact him.
Membership: Mike Tormey reported that we have 170 paid members. He also mentioned that most are renewals, which is a positive sign that people do return. He is hoping to get to about 200 members.
Anna introduced George Sherwood from the CN Lions Club who gave an update on the Bicycle Tour, which will take place on Sat. June 21. Greg added that by expanding the event to include walking, games and other fun family activities, as well as cycling, it may help bring the community and local businesses together.
Tom Orgo, the laison for the township committee had no news to report at this time.
All attendees introduced themselves.
Carolyn introduced Suzanne Stingo from SMS Media who discussed utilizing social media for business.
Alison Antenucci, Recording Secretary