ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 05/16/2015

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ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 05/16/2015

Mission Statement: ECO-Vrindaban promotes Simple Living, Cow Protection, Engaging Oxen, Local Agriculture, and above all, Loving Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

Participating Directors: Bhima, Chaitanya Mangala, Madhava Gosh, and Ranaka.

Participating Advisors: Sri Tulasi Manjari, Radha-Krishna (partial attendance)

Participating Managers: Mukunda

Recording Secretary: Jordanna

1. Review Staff Commitments/Work Loads

Currently, ECO-V is short-staffed. It was discussed that the Board should be careful not to overload any particular staff member and at times we may have to decline new projects to ensure this does not happen.

2. Mukunda’s Relocation

Mukunda reported that he plans to arrive in New Vrindaban by Monday 05/18/2015.

3. Garden and Ox Training Manager Search

Mukunda has taken the lead on this project and received a few applications already. He prepared some interview questions. The article regarding the search was posted this past week on the ISKCON News website.

4. Prabhupada House Renovation Update

Some more work is still needed on the house in order for it to be inhabitable.

WHEREAS: The ECO-V Board wishes to provide temporary housing for an ECO-V manager.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $12,500 towards the Prabhupada House renovations.

5. Sponsorship for Educational Courses

At this time, the ECO-V Board will only consider sponsoring people directly engaged by either ECO-V or INV.

6. Prabhupada’s Palace Rose Garden Consultant & Other Expenses

The original $15K allocated for this project has been spent. ISKCON New Vrindaban needs an additional $10K to complete the transition to an organic garden. Mukunda and Ranaka will speak to Gopa and this item will be re-addressed at the next ECO-V meeting.

7. ECO-V Brickyard Building Restoration

The dry storage bins have been installed and the old equipment has been removed. It still requires some painting and finish work.

8. ECO-V Logo, Brochure & Posters

The logo was completed November 2014. The brochure still requires a project leader. The “Prabhupada’s Vision: Our Mission” posters were recently posted at Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s temple. One is in the prasadam hall and another outside the entrance to the temple room. 350 small posters have been printed for distribution to pilgrims throughout the summer season. In the next six months, Chaitanya Mangala plans to design a poster specific to ECO-V’s mission.

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