ECOV 3/30/13 Board Meeting Minutes

ECOV Board Meeting – Minutes 3-30-2013

Participating Members of the Board of Directors (constituting a quorum for said meeting to be held): Anuttama, Chaitanya Mangala, Krpamaya, Madhava Gosh, Navin Shyam, Ranaka

1. Approve agenda

2. Review and approve previous meeting minutes – Completed over e-mail

3. E-mail approvals completed:

Sustainability poster display

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote sustainable practices that are consistent with our dedication to simplicity, and to cooperate with other local organizations doing the same.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $500 to laminate and display eighteen posters from the “Lexicon of Sustainability” to be exhibited at the Festival of Inspiration and other community events in the area. The grant supplements $500 from West Liberty University.

The easels will become the property of ECOV, and the posters will become part of a permanent display at the temple.

Old business

4. Cream separator request (Nityodita via Krpamaya)

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote use of milk from community cows to make dairy offerings for the deities.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $3,700 for a 3-month pilot program to cover purchase of a cream separator and compensation for those using it to make butter and other dairy products. Nityodita Prabhu will manage the project during this pilot period.

5. Proposal: $5K for restoring Prabhupada house in Madhuban

The Board granted Pending status to a proposal to spend up to $5K to preserve the last remaining rammed-earth house built following Srila Prabhupada’s plan.

The following is a quote referring to this kind of structure:

“For the small cottages I suggest to construct as the diagram below —wooden beams and between the beams fill with gravel cement. The roof may be tile. The size may be 12′ x 15′. This design is especially suitable for grhasthas, who can feel very comfortable there, and you may house four brahmacaris in such place. Every day you can build one such house, ten may be required, and in one month you will have 30 such nice shelters.”

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Kirtanananda – July 27, 1973.

6. Proposal: $1500 for lighting projects for INV (Gosh)

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote energy efficiency in New Vrindaban.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $1,500 for purchase and installation of two light-tunnels for the prasadam room at the temple, and several motion-sensor lights for the hallways.

New business

7. Grants for INV (Navin)

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to create a standardized and simple way for INV to request funding.

RESOLVED: The Board approves of the INV version of the grant application created by Navin Shyam

8. Bhumi Project (Navin)

This international organization headed by an ISKCON member is  promoting green pilgrimage and green temples, but ISKCON temples have not been very active. Navin Shyam will make contact with them to inquire how we might work together, and Gosh will review their site for materials that can be posted on our site.


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