December Meeting Minutes 2023

Regular Schedule Meeting Minutes

December 21, 2023

I. Board and Staff Member Attendance

Present: Staff:

Josh Ellender – Vice Chair Sondra Corbitt

William Bisland – Secretary/Treasurer Lindsey Loupe

Judy Smart

Yvonne Breaux-Jones

Traci Hawthorne Board Absent:

Margie Scoby Cheri Blanchard

Julie Falgout-Chair

II. Meeting call to order: J. Ellender called the meeting to order at 8:32 a.m.

III. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance: W. Bisland led the board in the Invocation. J. Ellender led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

IV. Roll Call: Quorum was present.

V. Public to be heard: Daniel Babin and Misty McElroy presented an overview of the Weenie Spaghetti Cookoff. D. Babin and M. McElroy exited the meeting at 8:54 a.m.

VI. Approval of the Minutes: W. Bisland provided an overview of the minutes. W. Bisland moved to approve November’s minutes. Seconded by: M. Scoby. Motion passed.

VII. Approval of Financials: The financial statements, including the budget to actual comparison for the general fund, for the month of October 2023 were presented by W. Bisland. W. Bisland moved to approve the October 2023 Financials. Seconded by: J. Smart. Motion passed.

VIII. 2024 Executive Committee Board Approval: S. Corbitt presented the slate of officers for the 2024 Executive Committee. T. Hawthorne moved to approve the slate of officers for the 2024 Executive Committee as presented. Seconded by: Y. Breaux. Motion passed.

IX. Sponsorship ROI Approval: S. Corbitt provided an overview of the Return-on-Investment spreadsheet. J. Smart moved to approve the ROI spreadsheet per requested changes. Second by: W. Bisland. Motion passed.

X. 2023 Amended Budget: S. Corbitt provided an overview of the 2023 amended budget with the exception of the salaries. T. Hawthorne moved to approve the 2023 amended budget. Seconded by: M. Scoby. Motion passed. W. Bisland exited the meeting at 9:44 a.m.

XI. Sponsorship Application Weenie Spaghetti Cookoff: W. Bisland entered the meeting at 9:46 a.m. S. Corbitt provided an overview. M. Scoby moved to approve the Weenie Spaghetti Cookoff application for $5,000.00. Seconded by: W. Bisland. T. Hawthorne abstained. Motion passed.

XII. Executive Director’s Report: S. Corbitt provided the monthly report. Billboards, Bayou Signs Outdoor, Louey Awards, Chamber Banquet, LUMCON, Ask Before You Eat Campaign, Schedule, Explore Houma Partner Luncheon, J. Smart exited the meeting at 10:24 a.m., J. Smart entered the meeting at 10:25 a.m., Visitor Center updates, Marketing updates, Communications/Public Relations updates, Social Media/Digital Content updates, Sales updates, Group Tour/Sports updates, Financial updates, Monthly Occupancy updates, and Website updates.

XIII. Board Announcements: Finding Our Roots African American Museum 1st Anniversary Celebration, Regional Military Museum update.

XIV. Adjournment: J. Smart moved to adjourn. Seconded by T. Hawthorne. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 10:32 a.m.