September 22, 2016 Minutes
The Board of Trustees of the Working Men’s Institute met on September 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
President Fred Frayser called the meeting to order. In attendance were Mr. Frayser,
Vice-President Nathan Maudlin, Treasurer Dan Busler, Trustee Tom Cullum, Trustee
Connie Weinzapfel, President of the Friends of the Working Men’s Institute Ann Angle,
Director Ryan Rokicki, and Margaret Scherzinger. Robert Bernardin was also present.
Minutes of the August 11, 2016 meeting had been sent electronically. Ms. Weinzapfel moved
to accept the minutes as presented. Mr. Busler seconded. Accepted.
Mr. Busler presented the Treasurer’s Report. Ms. Weinzapfel moved to accept the
Treasurer’s Report and hold it for audit. Mr. Maudlin seconded. Accepted.
A Friends of the WMI report was given by Mrs. Angle. She reported that the book sale
during Kunstfest was success and that their monetary goal was met. She reminded the Board
that the next lecture will be October 27, 2016 titled “Alice Ramsey, A Woman and Her Car, 1909”
by Jenny Washburn. She also reported that the Friends’ Chili Cook-Off will be October 15
on the lawn of the WMI. Mr. Frayser gratefully thanked the Friends for all they do for the WMI.
Robert Bernardin, Hilliard Lyons, presented an annual report of our holdings. Much discussion
occurred. In summary, the Board instructed Mr. Bernardin to trim the Vectren holdings to 5% and
to sell the shares of American Express. The proceeds from Vectren would be invested in MicroSoft
and Apple. The proceeds from American Express would be invested in Old National.
In Old Business
Special Projects Committee ~ Mr. Maudlin reported that he had been in conversation with JoAnna Nixon and Jeremy Efroymson. They still recommend that we need an anchor business. Discussion followed on what that anchor might be and whose responsibility it would be to pay for refitting of the rooms. This led to discussion on mold remediation. Ms. Weinzapfel moved to have mold studies performed be two (2) companies done post haste with payment by Harmonie Associates. The motion died for lack of a second. Following more discussion, Mr. Busler moved to have one mold study performed post haste. Mr. Maudlin seconded. Accepted. Mr. Maudlin then moved to authorize Mr. Cullum to schedule this study with a financial limit of $3,500. Mr. Busler seconded. Accepted.
The new exterior lights that have been installed are good but ‘you can’t see the building for the trees.’ Mr. Rokicki will talk with Roger Wade for help in completing some of the items on the repair list.
The Board instructed Mr. Rokicki to make a written request to the New Harmony Town Board to have the heat turned on in the former New Harmony School Building.
Discussion concerning the removal of the redbud trees in the front gardens was held. Mr. Busler moved to have the redbud trees removed. Mr. Cullum seconded. Accepted.
Mr. Maudlin recommended potential lectures by Ben Nicholson, American citizenship, and Paula Schmitt, photography, for the WMI. Mr. Rokicki will research the posibilities.
Director’s Report ~ see attached
Mr. Rokicki presented the claims. Mr. Maudlin moved to accept the claims. Mr. Busler seconded. Accepted.
Mr. Busler moved to adjourn the meeting.