OCW Summer Conference

OCW Business

Changes in the Air
Minding OCW’s Business

by Sue Miholer, OCW Business Manager

aMiholerSThe OCW board has begun the process of revising the bylaws with the goal of having them ready for a vote by the membership at the May conference. Since everyone has such busy schedules, we’re thankful that Angella Diehl set up an online GoToMeeting conference among the board members instead of our having to carve out time for the usual face-to-face meetings.

In conjunction with this, we are exploring the possibility of appealing to the IRS to change our nonprofit tax status from a 501(c)(6) corporation to a 501(c)(3), which would allow us to accept charitable gifts, apply for grants, and take advantage of other opportunities open only to 501(c)(3) corporations.

Another change is that Sound X Design will not be recording our one-day sessions. We are trying a new system to keep costs down and deliver the recordings online for a small fee. Sound X Design will continue to record our summer conference sessions. Sales of one-day recordings were sluggish and contractually OCW paid Sound X Design $5 for the “free” CD each pre-registered attendee received. (This will save us approximately $500 in expenses for each one-day conference, a move the board feels is good stewardship.)

The online critique groups launched very successfully in November with almost 50 participants. Only OCW members may take advantage of this opportunity. We thank member Gail Sattler for getting this program—something we’ve always wanted to do—up and running.

Click HERE for more information about joining the online critique groups.

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