November Meeting Minutes

Houma Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Regular Schedule Meeting Minutes
November 19, 2020

I. Board and Staff Member Attendance

Andree Casey-Chair
Brenda Babin-Vicechair
Josh Ellender
Mary Lynn Bisland
Katherine Gilbert
Julie Falgout
Judy Smart

Staff Present:
Sondra Corbitt
Lindsey Fruge’

Board Absent:
Cheri Blanchard-Secretary/Treasurer

II. Meeting call to order:   A. Casey called the meeting to order at 8:48 a.m.
III. Roll Call:  Quorum was present.
IV. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:  M. Bisland led the board in the Invocation.  A. Casey led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
V. Public to be heard. No one was present.
VI. Approval of Minutes:  K. Theriot made a motion to approve October’s minutes.  Seconded by: M. Bisland.  Motion approved.
VII. Approval of Financial Reports September 2020: M. Bisland made motion to approve the Financial Reports. Seconded by: K. Theriot. Motion approved.
VIII. 2021 Proposed Budget Message Approval: S. Corbitt presented the 2021 Proposed Budget Message Approval to board. K. Theriot made motion to approve. Seconded by: J. Smart. Motion approved. Discussion followed on hotel occupancy being available for Mardi Gras 2021. Board also inquired on projected expenses on the Ambassador Sponsorship and Houma Parti Gras with parade cancelations.
IX. 2021 Proposed Budget Message: S. Corbitt presented the 2021 Proposed Budget to board.  J. Falgout made motion to approve. Seconded by M. Bisland.
X. 2021 Executive Committee Nominations. No vote. Next meeting. M. Bisland recommended the same Executive Committee members to serve in 2021.
XI. Tourism Recovery & Improvement Districts Discussion: Sondra presented the board with the CIVITAS information.
XII. Executive Director’s Report:  S. Corbitt presented the monthly report. Discussion followed Hotel/Motel and Airbnb’s occupancy rates compared to last year percentages, 2020 Reader’s Choice Award from Convention South Media Group, attendance letters forwarded to Josh Ellender and Charles Wilson Sr., reconfiguring of the boots area and adding a walkway making them ADA compliant, quotes for handicap doors for Visitor’s Center.
XIII. M. Bisland made a motion to end the meeting at 9:40 a.m.  Seconded by:  J. Ellender. Motion approved.