Executive Board: Kathy Parkes, Chair; Shannon Wingo, Past Chair; Linda Jackson, Incoming Chair; Layne Walker, Secretary; Patty Stone, Treasurer
Committee Chairs: Janet Rourke, Communications Chair; Krisdee Donmoyer, Legislative Chair
Members: Paula Hiett ETxABC, Karen Bohr SABC, Lu Bush Dallas ABA, Pat Alridge, JPS Hospital, Ft Worth
Call to order by Kathy Parkes – Chair
Approval of March minutes – Approved
TXBC Meeting Schedule & Venue
Discussion: Regular BOD & Member meetings.
DSHS has generously provided a conference call line in the past, but has restrictions on discussion of lobbying.
Recommendation: Need new conference call line without conflicts of interest, for TXBC to function in lobbying.
1)BOD call – 1st Tues; member call 2nd Tues
2) Use GoToMeeting, provided by Kathy’s professional practice–Breastfeeding Perspectives–for the new conference call line.
3)Layne to email mtg minutes to BOD, Executive Committees, & Ad Hoc Advisors, but not to members.
4)Janet R to post member mtg minutes on TXBC website.
Patty reported $11,954.72 in treasury. Janet J paid for website service via PayPal
Layne will chair Membership Committee. Encourage local coalitions & members to join TXBC & attend meetings.
Action: Layne to confer with Patty & Janet R in order to organize & build membership by June.
Shannon reported that it’s free of charge to belong to USBC coalition community. All of BOD has registered & joined; want to get TXBC members to join, also.
Recommendation: TXBC members must request online USBC website to be added to the TXBC community. Can set up monthly meeting reminder emails on the USBC website to get community members in the loop.
Action: ***Patty &/or Layne to invite TXBC members to join USBC-TXBC community, free of charge, in 3 steps:
1) Register & create a login & password at http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/;
2) Click on “Join Community” of TXBC to request to belong in the TXBC Community;
3) TXBC admin.—Shannon, Kathy, or Janet R–will respond by email with approval of request.
***Janet R to include steps for members to join USBC website community in Friday Report by June.
TXBC Spring Meeting 2016:
Spring mtg in San Antonio, Children’s Hosp, Goldsbury Center on June 11;
BOD meeting – evening of June 10
Local Coalition Highlight: Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition
Members Shannon Wingo, 2015 Past Chair; Layne Walker, Secretary; &, Pat Alridge, Chair, Interim, discussed TCoBCo, est’d by 2 neonatologists & nurtured by JPS Hospital, Mothers’ Milk Bank of N TX, Tarrant Co Public Health, WIC & La Leche League, in addition to numerous health care profs & parents.
Founded in 2011 by Shannon Wingo, several years after original partnership with Dallas Area dissolved. Major springboard for TCoBCo—the 2011 TXBC Spring Mtg, which drew in many professionals & breastfeeding advocates.
2011: est’d a website & got on Facebook & Twitter.
2012: est’d mission, vision, bylaws, & steering committee with strategic planning; implemented Mother-Friendly worksite initiative at TCPH; achieved 501c-3 status, through the guidance of the director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of N TX; voted unanimously to remain a grassroots coalition, instead of exist under the umbrella of a parent health coalition, HTCC.
Other challenges have included insuring members comply with bylaws, the removal of a problem officer; and, technology opens up a very large venue to work with that requires a central focus of control.
TCoBCo has an amazing 1560 likes on its Facebook page, where events & activities are posted, along with hot topics & comments posted by the public.
Resources for coalition success: people, money, time, space
Connect with like-minded community resources, like TCoBCo has: Mothers’ Milk Bank of N TX, JPS Hospital, public health, UNTHSC, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities (H3)
Regular sponsored events, i.e., The Big Latch On, can be an impetus for coalition growth.
Use DSHS’s Coalition Building Tool Kit.
Work toward 501c-3 status.
Get on Facebook &Twitter; make a website.
Model after other breastfeeding coalitions: TXBC, DABA, SABC, etc.
Activities/events which TCoBCo has worked: Annual Family Expo & Big Latch On with exhibitors, County & City Mayor Proclamations for World Bf Week, Flash Mob to demonstrate public/business breastfeeding, Latch On America pink bus tour, Quintessence, Mothers’ Day Miracle Milk Stroll, Milk & Cookies event, & several events with TCoBCo at a vendor table to roundup new members, including: African American Health Expo, TX Birth Network Birth Roundup,
Action: Kathy invited Paula Hiett of ETxABC for next month’s local coalition guest speaker & Lu Bush of DABA for July.
Need chairs for Social Media, Website, Conference
Recommendation: Shannon asked Naya Weber for Soc Med Chair; Need Conference Chair to coordinate annual Spring & Fall meetings
Action: Kathy available at Kathy.email@example.com to recruit volunteers for committee chairs. Kathy to contact Naya Weber re: Soc Med Chair
TXBC Website Issues:
New server is Blue Host.
Lu Bush shared about DABA’s 6th Annual Summer Seminar, Aug 8, 2016 – Marsha Walker, speaker, “Helping Mothers Overcome Breastfeeding Challenges.” www.dallasbreastfeeding.org
USLCA Conference: May 4-6th, 2017 – Save the date! More info coming in TXBC Friday Report
Adjourn: 1:00 pm
Respectfully Submitted by:
Layne Walker, RDN,LD, IBCLC, RLC