StarGift Project Minutes – May 13, 2015 Decisions

StarGift Project
Minutes
May 13, 2015
6:30 PM

 Present:

Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett
D. J. Anderson
Pastor Eric Swanson

This was the first face-to-face meeting of members of the group forming the StarGift Project.  The agenda for the meeting is published at the bottom of these minutes.

These minutes cover the discussion leading to an agreement on the content of the Articles of Incorporation that will be filed with the State of Illinois.  We focused on Articles 4 and 5 specifically.

The Mission of StarGift Project is: to be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.

  1. We agreed to the following text for Article 4:

StarGift Project Inc. is organized exclusively for religious, educational and charitable purposes with the following mission:  To be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.  Our vision is to provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.  It is our aspiration that through the accomplishment of our mission and vision, some of the audience may choose to seek God, become followers of Jesus or grow to be open and receptive to others of faith.

 Process:

Working from this draft Articles of Incorporation Review,  we agreed to the following changes for Article 4:  {Bold text is inserted;  Eliminated text is crossed out; }

StarGift Project Inc. is organized exclusively for religious, educational and charitable purposes with the following mission:  To be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.  We Our vision is to provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are non-threatening engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.  These materials are made available at no cost to the recipients.  We hope/aspire that through the education provired in these materials,  It is our aspiration that through the accomplishment of our mission and vision, some of the audience may choose to seek God, become followers of Jesus and/or grow to be open and receptive to others of faith.  Our Board of Directors provide leadership and counsel to ensure we are achieving our mission.

 List of changes:

  •  We agreed by unanimous vote to the wording of our vision statement:  To provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.
  •  We agreed to eliminate or replace a statement in the original draft: “These materials are made available at no cost to the recipient.”   DJ Anderson  agreed to provide new wording that more accurately describes our intent.  If approved, the new statement will be included either in Article 4 or Article 5.  This decision will be finalized at our next meeting.
  •  We agreed by unanimous vote replace the word “non-threatening” with “engaging.”
  •  We agreed to remove the last statement.
  •  We agreed to a number of moderate wording changes as reflected in the marked-up text.

2.  We agreed by unanimous vote to retain the content of the draft for Article 5 as follows:

Article 5.

Other Provisions:

  1.   StarGift Project, Inc. provides education through production and distribution of creative media and events. All materials and productions will be shaped to provide a consistent message of God’s love for us, the gifts He provides us, and how we can honor Him by sharing our gifts with our brothers and sisters.  These materials will focus attention on how to seek and create a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  2.  The Corporation, being organized for charitable purposes will make these materials available to a widespread audience through the generosity of people of faith who wish to share their love of God.  Donated materials will be distributed by a network of participating not-for-profit organizations through their mission networks.
  3.  StarGift Project, Inc. will engage people of faith and other not-for-profit organizations as willing participants in providing these materials/events as follows:
  •  Creating new media
  • Translating materials into other languages
  • Publishing and producing
  • Distributing materials through mission networks
  • Funding activities listed above

3.  Pam, Jodi, Chad and DJ agreed to meet weekly for a period of time to complete the Articles of Incorporation and initial draft of by-laws.  The latter will then be tendered for input from Pastor Eric and ‘Skip’ Hahn.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the home of Jodi Lancaster.

Agenda for 5/13/2015:  StarGift Project face-to-face Agenda

To view these minutes in a word document:  StarGift Project Minutes – May 13, 2015