November Meeting Minutes 2023

Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Regular Schedule Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2023

I. Board and Staff Member Attendance

Present: Staff:

Julie Falgout – Chair Sondra Corbitt

Josh Ellender – Vice Chair Lindsey Loupe

William Bisland – Secretary/Treasurer

Judy Smart

Cheri Blanchard Board Absent:

Yvonne Breaux-Jones Gary Williams

Traci Hawthorne

Margie Scoby

II. Meeting call to order: J. Falgout called the meeting to order at 8:37 a.m. J. Ellender entered the meeting at 8:39 a.m.

III. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance: W. Bisland led the board in the Invocation. T. Hawthorne led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

IV. Roll Call: Quorum was present.

V. Public to be heard: no one was present.

VI. Approval of the Minutes: W. Bisland moved to approve October’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 September 2023 were presented by W. Bisland. W. Bisland moved to approve the September 2023 Financials. Seconded by: J. Ellender. Motion passed.

VIII. 2024 Budget Message Approval: S. Corbitt provided an overview of the 2024 budget message. W. Bisland moved to approve the 2024 budget message. Seconded by: T. Hawthorne. Motion passed.

IX. 2024 Budget Approval: S. Corbitt provided an overview of the 2024 budget. W. Bisland moved to approve the 2024 Budget Approval. Seconded by: C. Blanchard. Motion passed.

X. Sponsorship Application Cast Iron Cookoff: S. Corbitt provided an overview. J. Ellender moved to approve the Cast Iron Cookoff application for $3,000.00. Seconded by: Y. Breaux. W. Bisland abstained. Motion passed. W. Bisland exited the meeting at 9:17 a.m.

XI. Staff Title Changes: S. Corbitt provided an overview of staff title changes as presented. C. Blanchard moved to approve staff title changes. Seconded by: M. Scoby. Motion passed. W. Bisland entered the meeting at 9:23 a.m.

XII. 2024 Executive Committee Board Nominations: The Board nominations are as follows: J. Ellender as Chair, W. Bisland as Vice Chair, and M. Scoby as Secretary/Treasurer. Voting scheduled for December’s meeting.

XIII. Executive Director’s Report: S. Corbitt provided the monthly report. Bayou Arts Festival, 4-H Event, GeoTour Launch, Geocaching Event, Ramada Inn, Louisiana Travel Association Louey Awards, 2023 Obie Awards, upcoming schedule, Visitor Center updates, Marketing updates, Communication/Public Relations updates, Social

Media/Digital Content updates, Sales updates, Group Tour/Sports updates, Financial updates, occupancy/hotel updates, and Datafy report.

XIV. Board Announcements: Winter Wonderland at Southdown Plantation, Howard Johnson, Ethics and Sexual Harassment, and CoCo Marina update.

XV. Adjournment: J. Ellender moved to adjourn. Seconded by J. Smart. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:49 a.m.