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Meeting Minutes

February 17, 2000

    Members Present:
    Mike Starrs
    John Gorzalski
    Anita Monaco
    Michelle Schriner
    Kappa Mann
    Dianne Roberts (via phone)

    1. Minutes:

    The minutes of the January meeting were approved.

    2. Chairperson's Report:

    Mr. Starrs indicated that he had nothing new to report at this time.

    3. Treasurer's Report:

    On behalf of Mr. Briggs, Mr. Starrs reported that the account stands at approximately $6,000.00 with no expenses outstanding.

    4. Secretary's Report

    Ms. Mann had nothing to report at this time.

    5. Committee Reports:

    Education—Ms. Schriner recapped the results of the e-mail survey: 90 surveys were sent out, and 19 out of the 30 respondents indicated that diversity was their first choice in topics for a seminar. The "fine art of small talk" came in second and the "dressing for success" idea was third. Other topics proposed by respondents included time management for administrators, employee handbooks, mergers and acquisitions in law firms, and controlling costs.

    Ms. Monaco raised the issue of whom we're trying to serve with the seminar, and a general discussion followed on that and on how to draw more attendees. Mr. Starrs noted that to do a diversity seminar correctly, we would need at least a half-day. Mr. Gorzalski suggested that we do two seminars, perhaps one in Detroit and one in Lansing. In an effort to help us determine the best location for the seminar, Ms. Schriner agreed to break down the respondents by location and to send the results via e-mail to the members of the Council. Ms. Monaco will contact potential speakers. No date was set at this time.

    Membership—Ms. Roberts said that she had not yet received a report from the State Bar on our current membership. The status of two new members was discussed; Ms. Roberts will follow up on the applications.

    Newsletter—Ms. Schriner asked for help with ideas for the next newsletter which is scheduled for mid to late March. She also noted that she intends to send it out in PDF format as well.

    Publicity—No report.

    Website—Mr. Gorzalski stated that the list of council members will be corrected, and he will add the minutes of the Council's meetings as well.

    6. Other Business:

    There was no other business.

    7. Adjournment:

    Mr. Starrs reminded the members that the March 24 meeting would be held by teleconference, and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:45 p.m.



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