Greetings, Portland Center members and friends!
Our process of incorporating Portland Center is moving forward! Managing Council has officially adopted a set of bylaws that will serve as an operating document for the Portland Center. This step was completed with ongoing guidance from Mother Center and by following a template used by other SRF Centers that have already incorporated.
The many benefits of incorporating our Center include the ability to open bank accounts in the corporation’s name, designate authorized signatories, and obtain adequate insurance coverage. After incorporating, we will also be able to accept online monetary donations through our website, as well as ensure the tax deductibility of donations.
A membership vote on approving the incorporation will be coming soon, and all voting members will be informed of the date and time of a brief Zoom meeting to be held for this purpose.
Annual elections: Given the absence of face-to-face services since March 2020 due to the pandemic, annual elections for Managing Council positions will not be held this year. With the approval of our Center Department liaison Brother Devananda, the current Managing Council members have agreed to remain in their positions for another year.
Thank you for your ongoing service, donations, and support of the Portland Center.
In Divine Friendship,
Kripa Raguram, Mike O'Brien, Paulette Fritsch,
Rebecca Field and Shikha Misra