Committee on SFM Donations Meeting Minutes

MEETING OF THE STONINGTON FARMERS MARKET
COMMITTEE ON DONATIONS

The Committee of Nancy Wynne, Michael Rossney and Herman Kidder accompanied by Farmers Market Officer Court Haight met the home of Michael Rosney at 12:45 pm on Feb. 11, 2014.

The group met in response to being assigned the task of donating money from the Stonington Farmers Market funds as established at the fall Stonington Farmers Market Meeting. This committee meeting was established to develop general criteria for donations and to enact donations in accordance with the wishes of the vendor group as understood by the committee members.

The general categories for giving consideration established were:
A. Advertisement of and for the Market
B. Education
C. General welfare
D. Geographic regional unification
F. Improvement of space for the market
G. Town needs

Direction of thinking about the criteria for selection of specific gifts: Will this gift:
1. Help for current or future vendors (general wellbeing as opposed to specific businesses).
2. Help the public to know about the market.
3. Help improve the relationship between market and town.
4. Help improve the physical plant of the market area for the benefit of the patrons and vendors.
5. Help develop a positive communication among the other non-profit and for profit groups and businesses.
6. Provide for the general good of the community.

Specific consideration given to each gift:
1. Number of people effected by the gift.
2. Individuals – nonprofits / commercial ventures (weight to be given to the nonprofits and individuals over the commercial ventures)
3. Benefits rendered to the general population
Much discussion was held about various ways to use the money to benefit the Market Members and the general Population. The following determinations for the use of these funds were made this session
-Join WERU as a business member and Underwrite a program during FM season…………….$462
-WERU auction donation……………………………………………………………………………………………..100 -Create four DOT Business directional signs for the market……………………………………………500 – Join the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as a non-profit member……………………75 – Give compost/gardening equipment funding to two schools (Sedgwick and DIS
greenhouses……………………………………………………………………………….800
-Give to the Deer Isle Heating Fund managed by the DI Congregational Church………………..1000 -Donate Gift Certificates to area auctions……………………………………………………………………..250 – Deer Run Garden Project…………………………………………………………………………………………….400 -Contribution to Town of Stonington Ball Park Maintenance…………………………………………….200
For a total of $3787

Court Haight volunteered to cut paint and coat the wood for the four signs and Michael volunteered to create the verbiage and a design for the signs.

Consideration needed to implement the gift certificates to be redeemed at the Farmers Market from the vendors and paid out of the general funds by the financial secretary. This could result in a lot of excitement and bring in people to the Market though it will require administrative effort by the Financial Secretary, creation of the documents, clarification of the procedures and agreement by the vendors and the Financial Secretary.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:35
If you would like to change the path of these discussions in the future, you are welcome to volunteer to be on this committee.

February 11, 2014
Herman Kidder – Blacksmith

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