Annual Membership Meeting Proceedings
|This year marked our 7th Annual Membership Meeting since the Partnership was formed in 2005. The annual meeting is traditionally the beginning of the annual board election. Our board candidates are introduced at the meeting and we hear from our executive director, board chair and Partnership staff, who give us reports on the state of our Partnership.
Additionally, all our meetings always offer updates on the Partnership operations, as well as timely information on topics of interest to our membership. Over the past several years, we've hosted critical conversations on issue related to our movement, and have heard from experts in a range of areas.
The 2011 annual meeting was held on Monday, September 12th in Sacramento, California.
Annual Membership Meeting Recap
|More than 150 members participated in this year's Annual Membership Meeting, which started with a pre-meeting event hosted by our Shelter Network.|
The Shelter Managers' Network Gathering
Shelter managers have been meeting via monthly conference calls for just over a year. During the course of that time, there were several requests to meet in person. When the idea was presented to the conference call participants, the consensus was that it would be important to carve a space during the Annual Membership Meeting for them to meet in person and put faces to the names and voices they hear every month. There was a small organizing committee whose recommendation was to not have a formal training or workshop, as it was a very short amount of time. Instead, they opted to have more informal networking opportunity where participants could spend some time talking to one another.
Nearly 40 people registered for the event but close to 60 people actually attended. There was a mix of direct service providers, shelter managers and directors, as well as executive directors and other administrative staff. There was flipchart paper around the room with five-year increments that dated from 1970's to present. Participants were asked to move to the year closest to when they began their work in the movement. The term "movement" was not defined, so folks could determine what that meant for them. Once at their respective years, they were asked to take a few moments and simply take it all in. The overwhelming majority were folks who began in the movement in the last 5 years, with the sages in the room beginning in the 1990's. Clearly, there was a wealth of experience and expertise in the room.
While in their respective groups, participants were able to discuss the successes and challenges they saw when they began in the movement. There was robust conversation, and a palpable energy in the room as folks introduced themselves and delved into their discussions. After about 25 minutes, they were asked to get back to their seats and introduced themselves to the group by sharing how long they've been doing the work and what they observed as a result of their conversations. Given the number of folks in the room, this really took a lot longer than expected. It was clear, however, that no matter when folks began in the movement, it seems they continue to face many of the same challenges with funding. On the other hand, many of the successes included new and innovative ways of doing more with less.
While there could have been more time overall and shorter introductions, many participants appreciated being able to meet their colleagues in person. The best question at the end of the event was, "When can we meet like this again?" Followed by, "We should do this again next year!"
Business Meeting Luncheon
The Business Meeting and Luncheon was kicked of by our Board President, Ben Schrimer, who welcomed our statewide membership and shared his story and connection to our work.
During our Luncheon, the Partnership recognized two long-time Public Policy and Research Committee members as they step down after over 25 years of combined service to statewide policy work.
The Partnership's Public Policy and Research Committee (PPRC) is a conduit used to engage local community advocates in statewide policy and systems change activities. PPRC members work on behalf of the Partnership in the legislative arena, by proposing, opposing and monitoring all domestic violence-related legislation as the membership sees fit. PPRC members also actively participate in regional public policy meetings & statewide systems change initiatives to create positive behavioral change, influence decision-makers, and engage and empower communities. The Partnership's crucial public policy work would not be possible without the support and dedication of our PPRC members.
Jennifer Wyllie-Pletcher has been involved with the coalition's policy work for over fifteen years. She was a member of the Policy and Research Committee for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence, and has provided six years of service to the Partnership's PPRC. She has worked on legislation, testified in Sacramento, presented bill ideas, negotiated bill language and consulted with legislative aides and other groups. She advocated for the creation of the first-ever statewide budget committee, and chaired that committee as it worked to develop The Partnership's budget advocacy work.
Carolyn Reed has done legislative work through the PPRC for over 10 years. A domestic violence advocate and consultant with 15 years' experience, her leadership and knowledge of policy and systems change strategies were crucial as the Partnership built its reputation as the capital's leading voice in domestic violence policy.
Thank you, Jennifer and Carolyn, for your invaluable service to our coalition!
After our luncheon, we were given Snapshot of our Regional Networks by the Seven Partnership Regional Reps. This is an opportunity for our members to hear directly from their Regional Reps. Each Regional Rep had a few moments to share what is unique about their region, and share success stories from their communities.
Announcement of Newly Elected Board Members
This year, the Partnership had seven candidates for the Board of Directors election. We would like to thank each of the candidates for showing strong leadership within California's domestic violence movement and the willingness to contribute their time and energy to our mission of eliminating all forms of domestic violence.
Take a look at our newest Board of Directors!
Maricela Rios Faust
Chief Operating Officer of Human Options
Executive Director of PEACE for Families
Executive Director for My Sister's House
Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Board Development Committee: Recognition of Departing Board Members
Denice Labertew, Member Elected
Jennifer Dow, Member Elected
Lynda Smallenberger, Member Elected
Terri McCune Oostra, Member Elected
Debrah Suh, Board Appointed
Cherrie Allison,Board Appointed
Pam Kallsen, Central Valley Regional Rep
Velda Griffen, South Regional Rep
Thank you for your service to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence as a member of the Board of Directors, and your contribution to the fullfillment of the coalition's goals and mission.
Marketing Committee: Building our Brand and Key Messages to Strengthen our Statewide Network
In spring of 2011, the Partnership undertook a branding and marketing project with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, which was designed to enhance our understanding of our mission, overhaul our visual identity and hone our public messaging. The Partnership engaged the San Francisco marketing agency Mission Minded to lead us in this effort, because of their long track record working with non-profit organizations.
As a lead-in to the "State of the Partnership" presentation in the afternoon, Sharyne Harper, chair of the Board Marketing Subcommittee, and the Partnership's Public Affairs Specialist Camille Hayes presented a summary of the branding process and unveiled our agency's new logo and tagline.
The branding work -- which spanned several months and included phone interviews with Partnership stakeholders and face-to-face meetings with Board and staff -- resulted in a clearer understanding of the Partnership's role in both the domestic violence movement and in the public policy arena. Mission Minded also helped us craft a series of public messages that we can use when explaining the importance of our work to our allies and the general public.
We were delighted that the new logo and tagline were so warmly received by members at Annual Meeting, and are excited to share all our new marketing knowledge with you in the coming months. Thanks to those who participated in the branding process.
Action Steps for our Members to help Build our Brand
NO longer refer to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence as CPEDV.
Use either the California Partnership or the Partnership
Learn and Share our Key Message when you enage in conversation about who we are:
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence believes that by sharing expertise, advocates and legislators can end domestic violence. Every day we inspire, inform and connect all of those working on this issue, because together we're stronger.
Membership Committee: Board-Recommended Structural Changes
A panel of Partnership staff and Board members presented recent membership changes that are effective on October 1. 2011. The Membership panelist detailed information approved by the full board of directors in June 2011 after considerable time and deliberation, through the work of the membership committee, board of directors and Partnership staff
The Membership panel provided an opportunity for the Partnership to update and inform members of the changes and allowed dialogue with our members to answer questions. Feedback forms were also distributed to members with the intent to gather information on members' attitudes about the changes and allow them to ask questions so that the Partnership could follow up after the Annual Membership Meeting. Most of the responses that the Partnership received have been positive with majority of respondents commenting on Membership Levels. As one respondent stated, "Thank you to the Board for all of the hard work!! Membership definitions are much more defined! Membership levels as well -- much more clear and expanded to meet the needs of the Partnership and promote new membership opportunities for a broader scope of individuals and organizations that want to support the work to end DV."
Please Note: We are interested in hearing from our broader membership. The Partnership will release a detailed memo explaining the recent membership changes, background information and impact of changes in a separate email to the entire membership. Members will be given an opportunity to provide feedback through October 21, 2011.
Staff Presentation: State of the Partnership
Staff discussed the "Year in Review" providing an overview of the accomplishments and highlights from the five (5) goals in our Strategic Plan:
Goal I: Advance public policy and systems change through the Partnership's leadership and activism. Heather Minton, Pubic Policy Specialist, demonstrated how the Partnership tracked 33 bills during the 2011 Legislative Session, successfully created and strengthened partnerships with organizational allies, and developed relationships with new legislative champions.
In particular, she discussed our 2011 priority legislation (AB 1373 Fong; Healthy Relationships Promotion & Teen Dating Violence Prevention), which was tagged as having fiscal costs and was eventually held in the assembly appropriations committee. A positive outcome of this effort was we were able to gain new legislative and organizational allies through our strategic outreach. In addition, our Teen Dating Violence Prevention Sub-committee defeated SB 13 (Correa; would have created onerous and restrictive barriers to TDV prevention education) by building a strong opposition coalition with new allies from diverse advocacy groups. Furthermore, our members opposed SB 557 in its original form (Kehoe; Family Justice Centers) and we were able to amend this bill into a study bill which includes an independent evaluation, representation of the Partnership and a sunset date.
DV Shelter funding was protected in the Governor's 2011-12 budget, enabling CalEMA to allocate $20.4 million while also drastically cutting the State's safety net. The political landscape and continued economic climate require vigilance to ensure DV funding is maintained in the 2012-13 State budget. In addition, our DV Funding Sub-committee continued to work with our policy consultants to identify new funding streams, while also advocating for the State to audit batterers' fees.
With regard to our other PPRC Issue Sub-committees, the Immigration Sub-Committee has been focused on U-Visa certification standards, language barriers, access to services, and tracking developments related to Secure Communities. The Civil/Criminal Justice Sub-committee has worked on the implementation of SB 1356 (DV Contempt) by developing a cross-training curriculum with DV advocates and prosecutors.
Goal II: Strengthen and promote the Partnership's collective voice on domestic violence. Tara Shabazz provided an overview of the activities of our Public Affairs department primarily focused on media advocacy. This year the Partnership launched its new website, which includes an extensive press room with press releases, news items about the Partnership and other DV-related articles. We continued to disseminate bimonthly "Information and Updates" to our Members and expanded our social networking with Facebook and Twitter. In addition, we utilized our media advocacy efforts to strengthen messaging and communications pertaining to teen dating violence prevention with press coverage on TDV Awareness and Prevention Month, the TDV hearing we co-sponsored and our TDV prevention legislation.
Goal III: Support and strengthen domestic violence programs, organizations and advocates throughout the state. Kathy Moore, Associate Director, provided a recap of the trainings and webinars offered as well as the technical assistance provided. Significant growth in all these areas was seen compared to previous years; for example, we conducted 18 more trainings/webinars reaching over 1,400 people (a 165% increase). Of the various topics for which we provide information and technical assistance, prevention and cultural competency were the most often requested. Opportunities for peer networking also increased significantly this year with the initiation of the Shelter Managers' and Prevention Educators' peer networking calls, which appear to have good participation from regions throughout the state. In addition, our listservs were very active last year, with the Shelter Network Listserv showing a 24% increase in new subscribers and a 120% increase in message posts.
Kathy provided several examples of information and materials available on our website, including our updated calendar of events, curricula from our special projects, electronic toolkits, data reports and job announcements posted on behalf of our members. Finally, two special initiatives were highlighted including: (i) our Prevention Program's DELTA sub-grantees and statewide efforts to promote youth leadership and intergeneration partnerships; as well as (ii) our Economic Empowerment Project's mini-grantees, trainings and resource materials.
Goal IV: Strengthen and expand membership program to include diverse voices and underrepresented communities. While changes to our membership structure were presented by the Partnership's Membership Committee, Kathy Moore also gave a quick update on the rest of our Membership development activities this year, indicating the overall increase in our membership along with regional and categorical representation figures. She also displayed membership information and materials available on our website.
Goal V: Ensure the Partnership's organizational effectiveness to advance our mission and fulfill our collective vision. Tara Shabazz provided an overview of the organization's fiscal health highlighting a balanced operating budget (83% of which was dedicated to programs), another unqualified audit report, increases in net assets and organizational credit. In particular, over $500,000 was disseminated to members through our prevention and economic empowerment grants, software purchases, and scholarships and travel stipends. Tara also shared progress on Board development objectives, as well as ongoing staff and leadership development efforts.
Regional Breakout Session Recap: Analyzing and Strengthening our Network
A Regional Breakout session provided an opportunity for regions to brainstorm and strategize on strengthening the Partnership's statewide network. The session provided regions with a chance to view issues specifically affecting them through the lens of involvement and accountability. The intention of the Regional Breakout session was to contribute to a better understanding of what makes for a successful, well-functioning statewide network.
Here is a snap shot of what the Regions had to say!
Layers of Involvement:
PPRC, Regional Meetings, Network calls, webinars, liaison with local coalitions, liaison with legislature, technical assistance, listservs, face-to-face meetings, trainings, shared data collection.
Barriers to involvement included lack of public transportation, time, budget, and distance.
Ways to Increase Involvement:
Marketing conference calls
Create incentives for participation, i.e. speakers
Management "buy in"
Statewide conference call for an update from the Partnership
Desire to meet face-to-face quarterly
Strengthening partnerships with stakeholders (CPS, Victim Witness, Healthcare)
Coaching around PPRC
More Board involvement
Connect direct service staff with other opportunities
Include volunteers at conferences and meetings
Smaller groups can build personal connection
Allow participants to make connections
Share Partnership accomplishments
More structure for regional meetings including an official agenda sent prior to the meeting
Access to Board Meeting minutes
Public Affairs and Media Responses
990 and Audit posted on website
Partnership reporting and implementing feedback
Evaluate and survey
We encourage our members to contact us if there is more information that you would like to share with the Partnership on strengthening our statewide network to ensure that Together, We're Stronger!
The Partnership Annual Awards Ceremony
The 2011 Partnership Awards recognized six exceptional individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of ending domestic violence in California.
Domestic Violence Advocate of the Year
Child Advocate of the Year
Prevention Educator of the Year
Youth Leader of the Year
Pastor Donald L. Foor
Faith Leader of the Year
To View and Download Pictures from our Event click here .