ECO-Vrindaban’s Board Meeting Minutes 01-05-2014



ECO-Vrindaban’s Board Meeting Minutes 01-05-2014.

Mission Statement: ECO-Vrindaban (Earth, Cows, Opportunities & Vrindaban Villages) is dedicated to cow protection, sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency and simple living – all centered around loving service to Sri Krishna, as envisioned by the ISKCON New Vrindaban Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Participating Members of the ECOV Board of Directors:  Anuttama, Chaitanya Mangala, Krpamaya, Madhava Gosh, Navin Shyam, and Ranaka.

Advisers present: Jaya Krsna

1. Annual board elections

Based on the staggered terms of office established in 2013, the terms of both Navin Shyam and Chaitanya Mangala expired. The ECOV Board re-elected Navin Shyam and Chaitanya Mangala both to three-year terms.

2. New board position

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to involve more qualified and interested members of New Vrindaban’s second-generation in leading ECOV.

RESOLVED: The Board hereby creates a 7th position on the Board of Directors and elects Bhima Walker to an initial one-year term.

3. ISKCON New Vrindaban’s (INV) director appointment

At the December 19th Joint Board Meeting, INV informed ECOV that as of January 1st, 2014, Ranaka will be the INV-appointed director, in accordance with the new bylaws of ECOV, as an integrated auxiliary of INV.

4. Grant request: Ox Training

Funds already allocated to an ox training program previously connected with the Madhuban project will be used for this.

5. RVC Temple energy efficiency grant

Gosh will work on this with Gopisa as this is a project well-suited to winter.

6. G7G grants: Irrigation system

Final payment was issued to Apogee Design after receipt of the operations manual and final training.

7. Madhuban projects

Road and pond – Will resume in spring.

Ox Project – Funding has been disassociated with Madhuban project specifically, and will be used to support the recent request from Rafael & Yudhistira.

Barn and house design – Both will be resumed in the spring.

8. ECOV promotional brochure

No progress yet, but there is general recognition that this is a much-needed project.

9. Gopal’s Garden

Ranaka will check with Ruci about a second newsletter (Winter edition) for the school year.

10. Prabhupada’s Palace renovation matching grant

Jaya Krsna reported that INV plans to make use of ECOV’s matching grant in 2014 towards renovations on Srila Prabhupada’s Palace.

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