Meeting minutes, 11/28/12

Present: Susan, Lina, Karen, Sue, Deb, Jerry, Andrea, Patricia, Becca, James, David, Leigh
I asked everybody what they wanted to be when they grew up. Two said, “Retired.” Others said:
Wise
Happy
Gainfully employed
Fabulously wealthy
Large breasted
Awake
Grampa
Tarot artist
and Undecided.
While we were meeting, an archtect eating supper nearby overheard our conversation and offered the use of a portable 16×20-ft yurt.
We went around the circle adding agenda items, so these are presented below in the order they were mentioned, not prioritized.

1. Safety: reviewed two safety/policy documents by Leigh and Lina. Lina will integrate these into one document for consideration by the group.
We need gloves.

2. Events:
Tues 12/11/12, 7-9 pm, rally for Health Care Is a Human Right, Free Speech Plaza downtown. Sue will speak.
Sat 12/22/12, Occupy fundraiser, Cozmic Pizza downtown. Deb will speak.

3. PR: Consensed on graphics for the bus.

4. Parking and driving: Sue met with Terry, St Vincent De Paul (SVDP) last Monday. They are interested in hosting a wound care clinic and offer electricity and parking in several locations. We consensed on starting this and Karen is spearheading it. Several locations were discussed, all secure SVDP sites. Stay tuned.

SVDP offered to park the bus at a) the Service Station on Hwy 99, b) the Car Lot on 99, or c) the Chad Drive location. We discussed Chad Drive as it would be a convenient place for Karen to hold the Wound Clinic. Problem: distant for travelers. Karen to decide.

Jerry asks for alternate drivers. He will continue to pursue this.

(The Monaco Coach RV plant closed and SVDP apparently now manages the property, which is securely maintained and contains a health clinic. We could also work there if desired or necessary. This was tabled for future consideration.)

5. Shots: Two weeks ago, the Public Health Dept (PHD) offered free adult pertussis shots for us to administer. We would like to prevent an epidemic which could be life-threatening to people living outdoors in cold weather. Sue will continue to work with PHD on this.

6. Patient flow: Treatment (Station 4) has been too crowded, and keeping track of patient charts has been challenging. We discussed moving Intake (Station 1) into the big tent, and consensed to trial this Sunday. This would enable Treatment workers to deliver charts directly back to Intake (where they are securely stored) and would make more room and privacy for Triage (Station 2).

We are going to need space on the bus for counseling and social work. The back rooms are too small. We discussed removing the dividing wall and making them into a single room. If we needed lab space (e.g. for blood draws), this might be handled by Nursing.

7. Expenses: Suggested a field trip to see modifications suggested by Engineer Joe. Consensed to reimburse Joe for generator use.
Reviewed expense spreadsheet: $11,570 paid to date with consensus to remiburse Jerry for this. Problem: only have 4 starter checks, and require multiple signatures (signers: Sue, Jerry, David).
Sue will be meeting with Majeska Monday 1:30 pm and will order checks at that time, and find out if checks to Jerry should be itemized (e.g. one check for bus purchase, one check for gasoline, etc.).

8. Meeting place: We had trouble hearing each other on Zydeco Night. Suggested arriving early and moving the tables closer together rather than in a long row.

9. Hot water on the bus, esp for wound care: Discussed microwave vs teakettle vs coffeemaker. Leigh will figure out what’s cheapest and get one new or used. Hoped-for price: $10.

10. Insurance: We are fully insured and have added a rider that allows us to use the City electricity. Volunteers are covered for “slip and fall” type accidents.

14. Dental: Next dental clinic Sat 1/12/13, will include fillings as well as extractions. Sign-up forms will be at Intake. Historically although slots have been very limited, there have been a fair number of no-shows.

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