Board Meetings

2013 SIAP July Board Meeting

The following is the Minutes of SIAP Board of Directors’ meeting on 07/11/2013:

Meeting Date: Jul 11, 2013
Location: Yahoo Center Community Room

Subject: 2013 SIAP July Board Meeting

Members present:

AZITA REZVAN, ZOHREH SADEGHI, IRAJ YAMIN-ESFANDIARY, BEHROKH GOVARI, and ASHRAF HEMMATI

MEETING CHAIR: AZITA REZVAN
MEETING SECRETARY: ASHRAF HEMMATI

Items discussed:

1- HASHEM REPORT ON STATE TAX FORMS AND APPLICATION.
WE RECEIVED HASHEM’S REPORT BY EMAIL AND IT WAS READ IN THE MEETING!
“Regarding status of SIAP visa vie the Franchise TX Board “State of California” we are in good standing and everything is up to date.
Our status for IRS “Internal Revenue Service’s”, I contacted an accountant and we are working toward the reinstatement of our status.
In the meantime we received a bill from City of Los Angeles for past due City taxes for the amount of $4202.20. I contacted the City financial services and had a couple of meetings with them. I think in a couple of weeks we should be clear and exempt from city taxes”
BOARD DECISION:
HASHEM’S REPORT BY EMAIL WASN’T CLEAR ON STATE TAX; BOARD NEEDS MORE CLARIFICATION TO BE SATISFIED. (FUTURE BOARD MEETING).
2- MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT ON MEMBERS AND APPLICATION AND SUGGESTION FOR WELCOME PACKAGE.
BOARD DECISION:
LIST OF MEMBERS WAS UPDATED; MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE SHOULD SEND UPDATED APPLICATION TO ALL MEMBERS TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PHOTO.
SUGGESTIONS:
AZITA: IT WILL BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A SHORT PARAGRAPH ABOUT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.
IRAJ: I THINK IT’S BETTER; WEBSITE COMMITTEE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE ABOUT THIS PART.
ZOHREH: I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PHOTO OF MEMBERS.
AZITA: A DINNER GATHERING WILL BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A PHOTO AND AUGUST WILL BE BETTER TO BE CLOSE TO ELECTION MEETING (USUALLY THE FIRST THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER).
ZOHREH: MAY BE IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A MEETING DINNER FOR NEW MEMBERS.
ASHRAF: MY IDEA TO HAVE A FORMAT FOR PHOTO MAY BE BLACK AND WHITE.
IRAJ: IF ANYBODY WANTS TO HAVE A NEW PHOTO!
BOARD DECISION: WELCOME PACKAGE FOR NEW MEMBERS WILL GO TO FUTURE BOARD MEETING.
3- DESIGNING A FORMAT FOR THANKING THE OUT OF SIAP LECTURERS
IRAJ: ONLY THE PRESIDENT SHOULD MAKE A DECISION TO APPRECIATE LETTER FOR GUEST SPEAKER.
AZITA: I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA WE HAVE A FORMAT.
ZOHREH: COPY, PASTE IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.
ASHRAF: HOW ABOUT DIFFERENT ATTACHMENT BY EMAIL?
IRAJ: YES ALL IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.
GROUP CONVERSATION AND THE RESULT:
BOARD DECISION: BOARD AGREED IN THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR PRESIDENT OF SIAP SHOULD SEND TO ALL GUEST SPEAKERS A THANK YOU CARD.
BUT FOR ALL MEMBERS CARDS WILL BE TOO EXPENSIVE AND AN EMAIL TO MEMBERS WILL BE ENOUGH!
4- IDEAS ON HOW TO INVOLVE MORE MEMBERS IN SIAP ACTIVITIES
ZOHREH: SKetCH COMMITTEE WAS REALLY ATTRACTIVE AND THERE WERE SOME NEW PEOPLE.
BEHROKH: MAY BE WE NEED TO INTRODUCE OTHER COMMITTEES MORE TO AUDIENCE.
AZITA: IF THIS CENTER WILL BE SO ACTIVE TO FIND A JOB!
ZOHREH: MAY BE SIAP SHOULD HAVE THIS FORMAT FOR ALL ACTIVITIES THE SAME MY DESIGN IN DISNEY COMPANY.”WHY-HOW-WHAT” THE FORMAT OF HER ACTIVITY IN DISNEY.
AZITA: NET WORKING, VARIETY OF SPEECH, HAVING TOUR TO SEE L.A. ART CENTERS MAY BE A GOOD IDEA.
IRAJ: WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR WEBSITE MORE ACTIVE AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THESE MATTERS FROM TWO POINTS.
1- WE HAVE TO HAVE MORE SUBJECT AND GOOD IDEAS.
2- FOR ALL PURPOSES WE HAVE TO INVITE PEOPLE TO WEBSITE.
ASHRAF: I ABSOLUTELY AGREE TO MAKE OUR WEBSITE MORE ACTIVE AND UP TO DATE.
BOARD DECISION: ONLY IDEAS, NO SUGGESTIONS NO DECISIONS!
5- NEW IDEAS FOR FUND RAISING AND EARNING MONEY FOR SIAP ACTIVITIES:
CAN WE HAVE “ART WINDOW” FOR INVESTING IN OUR WEBSITE?
BOARD DECISION: IT WILL GO TO FUTURE BOARD MEETING.