Board Meeting on March 4-6, 2022

Board Resolutions

Resolution Nr. 1
The ALA Board accepts the financial report dated Dec 31, 2021.

Resolution Nr. 2
The ALA board decides to add $134,423.82 to the Century Bequest Fund; amount that includes $70,000 from Aina Lidens, $31,610.95 from Gunārs Gozītis, $29,602.87 from Veronica Nightingale and $3,000 Ruta Freimanis received until December 31, 2021.

Resolution Nr. 3
The ALA Board decides to accept the Finance Committee’s recommendation to supplement the Unrestricted (cash) account to $800K by the end of May, maintaining up to $200K at SunTrust/Truist.

Resolution Nr. 4
The ALA Board decides decides to ask Raymond James to transfer $37,971.30 from the TR Fund and $26,962.37 from the Endowment Fund to the Unrestricted Fund to balance  the end-of-year review.

Resolution Nr. 5
The ALA Board decides to pay Līga Ejupe ($25.50 per hour) for the coordination of the 2022 PVL/PVA programs, as well as for the time she invests in studying about the Hello, Latvia’s travel programs so that she can take over the organization of the travel program in the future.

Resolution Nr. 6
The ALA Board decides to launch a project to create a short advertisement video about ALA. Board members are asked to send potential contacts for this project to T. Žagare-Vītiņa and M. Gudra by March 21st.

Resolution Nr. 7
The ALA Board decides to donate $15,000 for the Ukrainian people through the charity

Resolution Nr. 8
The ALA board is calling on the U.S. Congress to immediately expand sanctions against Russia, restricting the purchase of oil productions from Russia.

Resolution Nr. 9
With regards to the Education, Sports, Culture offices (which most frequently receive requests for funding of projects), the ALA Board resolves that for project funding requests from outside organizations for amounts up to $4,999.00, these office directors are free to fund or reject projects as long as these projects fall within their budget parameters.

For $5,000.00+ project funding requests, these office directors must follow the official ALA organization project application process. ALA offices other than Education, Sports, and Culture must observe the ALA organization project application process for all requested amounts. Per this project application process, the project manager seeking funding fills out the application form on the ALA website. The Project Evaluation Committee evaluates the request, and then forwards it to the entire board for approval – typically at board meetings in spring and fall.

Resolution Nr. 10
The ALA Board decides to accept the Treasurer’s recommendation to allocate the necessary funds for the renovation costs of the museum from the Freiberg Fund ($25,474.04).

Resolution Nr. 11
The ALA Board plans to hold the next board meetings:

April 20th, 7 pm ET via Zoom (asking all to read the office reports in advance)
May 17th, 7 pm ET via Zoom (asking all to read the office reports in advance)
August 26 – 28th at Garezers (in person beginning Friday afternoon)
December 2-4th in Rockville, MD (in person beginning Friday afternoon)

Resolution Nr. 12
The ALA Board decides to allow the Boston planning committee to expand the search for Congress meeting locations beyond the Boston metropolitan area.

Resolution Nr. 13
The ALA board expresses its gratitude to the Northern California Latvian Organization (ZKLB) for its hospitality, as well as to Māra Linde and Una Veilande for the beautifully organized ZKLB 70th Anniversary Ball.

Resolution Nr. 14
The ALA Board expresses its gratitude to the Latvian Embassy in the United States for its ongoing collaboration and to Juris Pēkalis for participating in this meeting.

Resolution Nr. 15
The ALA Board would like to thank all Latvian Americans for their support of the Ukrainian people by participating in rallies, making donations, and participating in the ALA Call to Action campaigns.

Resolution Nr. 16
The ALA Board approves the new financial policy handbook prepared by treasurer Anita Grīviņa and reviewed by members of the finance committee.

Resolution Nr. 17
The ALA Board decides to host the ALA 71st Congress near the city of Boston on October 13-16th. The selected hotel is the Boston Marriott Newton.

Resolution Nr. 18
The ALA Board decides to offer free beverage vouchers to ALA members at the Minnesota Song Festival Zalumballe. Members must visit the ALA information stand to renew their membership and update their contact information.

Resolution Nr. 19
The ALA Board decides to donate $20,000 to Gaŗezers to help cover expenses due to the unexpected summer storm.