On Tuesday, February 27, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its annual Board Retreat at the Boyne City Tap Room from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. DJ Jones, who is the Executive Director of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, opened the session addressing the importance of strategic planning. President Bob Banner then reviewed the mission, vision, funding sources and a summary of the 2017 board retreat.
DJ Jones then took on his role as the facilitator of the retreat. The board members were divided into three groups. Group 1 consisted of Mark Fralick, Kirstyn Horan, Liisa Morley, Chelsea Platte and Christian Smith. As the Community Engagement Committee, they were to focus on exploring the expansion of existing fundraising activities and investigate additional opportunities.
Bob Banner, Joe Hayes, Brian Kasiborski and Bill Meengs were the members of Group 2. They were charged with creating a plan to determine and develop relationships with State legislators who impact the Line Item Budget for the State. Group 3, made up of Hugh Conklin, Stuart Fenton, Ed Engstrom, Mary Roberts and Kate Scollin, were charged with developing relationships with the County Commissioners who impact the budget.
While the committees were diligently working, dinner was served, after which each of the committees reported to the group as a whole. Each of the groups then arranged for future meeting dates in order to follow-up on their recommendations.
DJ Jones was thanked for his assistance in facilitating the board retreat. Prior to adjourning, a group picture was taken.