The President's Message: November 2011

October Board Meeting Recap

The Community Papers of Florida (CPF) Board of Directors met recently in Stuart and set its goals for 2012.

Amid falling income, the board looked at ways to increase the association's revenue. The board also made budget cuts, proposed changes to the bylaws, and made several officer appointments due to resignations.

In the past 18 months the board has lost five of its 12 directors. The board proposed that we amend the bylaws to require seven to 11 board members instead of the 12 currently required, with the actual amount at any one time depending on the number of active association members.

Due to these tough financial times, we have lost several member publications. In an effort to increase membership, the board opted to propose that we allow paid community weekly newspapers to join the association. Other proposed amendments include changing the requirement for a quorum at the board meetings from the current six board members to a simple majority, and moving the annual general membership business meeting from October to the annual conference in May.

These proposed changes must be approved by the general membership at the May 2012 conference.

The board appointed Dave Neuharth to replace Jack Glarrow as the association's secretary. Carlos Guzman was appointed treasurer. He replaces Vincent Grassia.

We took a hard look at the 2012 budget expenses, then made cuts that shaved over $73,000 from the 2011 expenses. The cuts included providing legal advice, contest awards, PaperChain, the scholarship fund, travel costs, and the number of rooms CPF will pay for at the annual conference. The association has a rainy day fund and it carried us through this year. The cuts the board made will enable us to continue the life of CPF and allow us to provide many of the benefits that this association has been accustomed to.

Plans for the 2012 conference will soon be underway. Wendy Murray agreed to serve as conference chair. She will be joined on the committee by Dave Neuharth, Justo Rey, Carlos Guzman and Steve Erlanger. Thank you for volunteering for this important function.

Congratulations are in order for the telemarketing reps who took home the money in the CPF third quarter "Best of the Best" Classified Contest.

Ann Waite of Tower Publications earned the most points and the top prize of $1,000. But when it came to the luck of the draw, team members at TheFlyer.com in Tampa were the big winners. Jennifer Ingram was on top of the list with a payday of $2,250.

The good news is that we are repeating the contest during the fourth quarter. Place some ads, earn some points, and get your name into the drawing. We are giving away some serious cash and we hope to see you in the winners circle.

We are announcing a program where reps selling enhancements to their advertisers can earn additional funds. The enhancements are designed to give advertisers better results. Details were recently sent out to reps at member publications.


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