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Notes From the Strategic Planning Community Meeting


The Strategic Planning Community Meeting was held in early April. At this meeting we focused our discussion on the Draft Proposal of the Strategic Plan for KBOO. This draft proposal was a result of 6 months of meetings by a Strategic Planning Work Group. This is a 12 member group comprised of a combination of Staff, Board Members, Volunteers, and Community Members who are working with consultants of PARC Resources, a firm who assists nonprofits to develop their organization goals.

We had a large attendance at the meeting. We broke out into smaller groups to try to capture community members' comments about the future of KBOO. Lots of ideas were shared and we tried to capture most of them here. (See attachment below.)

Declare Your Candidacy for KBOO Board of Directors by July 30th!



Deadline: July 30th at 5pm.

Each September we hold our annual election to fill four three-year terms on our governing board. All KBOO members are welcome to apply.

  • Deadline to declare candidacy is Friday, July 30th at 5pm. Please email completed candidate’s statements (see attached application) to Erin Brand, erin@kboo.org, or drop off a paper copy to Erin’s mailbox at KBOO (20 SE 8th Ave.). If you have any further questions, send an email or contact volunteer coordinator Ani Haines at (503) 231-8032 x213.

KBOO Board Seeking to Appoint Secretary


Can you type without looking at your fingers? Do you feel strongly about KBOO's survival for years to come? The KBOO Board may just be the opportunity you're looking for!

KBOO is interested in recruiting an individual who could serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors.  This appointment will be until September 30, 2010. The ideal person to fill this position would have excellent organization and note taking skills, and demonstrate an eagerness to be part of a team that will help define the future for KBOO.

To find out more about this opportunity, contact Erin Brand at erin@kboo.org, or check out kboo.fm/governance to find an application.

News from the Board- Important News About the Recent Election


Thank you to all of you who took the time to vote in our most recent Board of Directors election. Approximately 650 members took part in this past election.

This is the results of the vote tally:
Judy Fiestal - 310
Maire Cullen-Gilmore - 299
Marty Soehrman - 273
Michael Papadopoulos - 235
Nia Lewis - 224
Chris Andreae - 219
Paula Small - 208
Mimi Villarqui - 171
Keller Henry - 159
Scott Forrester - 146
Brian Stevens - 122
Glen Owen - 106

When it came time to file annual forms with the FCC, it came to the attention of the Nominating Committee of the KBOO Board of Directors that one of the individuals recently elected to the board at our September annual meeting is not a US citizen. Federal law allows us to only have 2 non-US citizen board members and no more, and we already have two board members who are not US citizens elected in prior elections who still have time on their 3-year terms. 

At this time, Michael Papadopoulos, who is not a US citizen, will not be able to be seated as a member of the Board of Directors due to this regulation. The next board meeting is Monday October 26 at 6 pm.  This issue will be on the agenda for discussion.

News from the Board - September 2009


Election season is in hand and there are 12 candidates who are vying for open seats on the Board of Directors. Be sure to get your ballots in by the deadline- either by mailing them in to Mark Ecklund's office, or by bringing them to the Annual Membership Meeting by 2pm on September 26th at Liberty Hall. For more information check out: http://kboo.fm/governance.

We have appointed 3 new board members this past spring and summer to fill in vacancies on our board. Our newly appointed board members are Nia Lewis, Marty Soerhman, and Paula Small. To learn more about our newest board members, check out: http://kboo.fm/board.  

Lastly, I am closing with a letter that is addressed to the community by the Board of Directors. It has been written in response to an unfortunate circumstance that took place at the end of August. The station manager, Arthur Davis, laid off Toni Tabora-Roberts, KBOO's Outreach Coordinator. The Board of Directors felt that this layoff was handled in a way that caused confusion and concern by many of the staff and volunteers at the station. Arthur presented a letter of apology for how he handled this situation. Even though the Board continues to support Arthur Davis as station manager, in recognition of his poor handling of this termination of employment, a letter of reprimand will be drafted to share with Arthur upon his return from vacation in October. The board appreciates the community's support in working through a resolution to this difficult situation.

KBOO Election Season - Board Candidate Deadline: Aug 7th


Are you a KBOO member? Do you have skill and vision that would be put to good use on the KBOO Board of Directors?

We are seeking candidates for this year’s board election.  The term of office is three years. This year there are four seats open.  All board members attend monthly board meetings, serve on one committee, and attend one or two retreats per year.

You can find the application to run for the board at kboo.fm/governance. Email this application to board member, Erin Brand at erin@kboo.org, or mail it to Erin Brand, KBOO Community Radio, 20 SE 8th Street, Portland, Or  97214. Deadline to receive candidate statements is 5:00 pm, Friday, August 7. Late applications cannot be accepted. For more information please contact Erin, or KBOO Volunteer Coordinator, Ani Haines at (503) 231-8032 x213.

News from the Board- March 2009: Removal of Board Member


March 2, 2009

To: KBOO Membership and all other interested persons

From: The KBOO Board of Directors

Taking on the role as KBOO Board member is an honored responsibility. We represent the members of KBOO to serve as the guardians for the organization, to ensure that KBOO, our community gem, continues with vibrancy into the future. Part of the guardianship also requires us to maintain an environment at KBOO that is free of harassment and intimidation, and that is supportive and respectful to the staff and volunteers.

News from the Board- January 2009


We would like to re-welcome Louis Sowa as our twelfth seated board member. Louis pinch hitted last year and served on the board for half a year. He will be serving a two year term having been appointed to the position vacated by Jay Theymeier. Louis is a tremendous help around the station in the engineering department and you can sometimes hear him on the air with Indian World. We appreciate all the great contributions that Louis is making to the station. Welcome Louis!

News from the Board- November 2008


The new board held its first meeting on October 21 and it lasted until midnight! We're hoping not to repeat that performance and working on how to streamline the meetings. Draft minutes of the meeting are posted on the web at http://kboo.fm/node/6295. Board meeting dates were changed to the 4th Monday of the month at 6pm, except for December. In December we will be meeting on December 15th instead as to not conflict with the holidays.

We are seeking prospective KBOO members to apply for our vacancy on the board. Jay Thiemeyer submitted his resignation. The nominating committee will recruit to fill this position and the board will appoint a new member at our next board meeting on November 24th. Contact Becky at becky@herfingertips.com if you're interested in applying for the vacancy. This will be a two year position.



News from the Board

Our Annual Membership Meeting took place on Sunday September 28th at Liberty Hall. We had a lively meeting of members and volunteers with great discussion on the goings on at our station. Ice cream sundaes were enjoyed and of course the results of the election were announced.

Congratulations to new Board Members: Backy Chiao, Joe Azavedo, Genevieve Matthews,   Erin Brand, Eric Robinson, Anthony Petchel and Scott Forrester. They will be joining Jamilah Bourdon, Ivonne Rivera, Mark Allyn, Jay Theimeyer, and Judy Arielle Fiestal to form the 12 member KBOO Board of Directors. In addition both bylaws were passed by the membership.

Here is the breakdown on the election:

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