Location: Lincoln, Nebraska – The Pizza Ranch -84th & Lexington | 12pm
Present: Members: Larry Gadeken, Sydney Stanard, Kevin Harrington, Amy Fish, Joanne Bartels, Sherri Recker, Fred Knight, Nga Vu, Ben Petersen, Captain Butler, Barb Tyler, Peggy Green, Steve Sheridan, Julie Robinson, Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, Theresa Thesenvitz
Guests: George Sherry
Introductions/ Member Announcements:
The January minutes were approved by Barb and Nga.
All members introduced themselves and provided a little bit more information on their line of work and what kinds of referrals members should look out for.
Speaker of Month: Theresa Thesenvitz and George Sherry with Best Western Plus
Social Chair Update:
16 people responded to the social events survey. Most popular events from survey: Winery Tour, Salt Dogs, Blue Blood Brewery, Robbers Cave, Casino, Group Therapy Bike and Hockey Game.
Steve Sheridan recommended possibly the winery in Ashland.
Audit report was all in order!
Shooting on January 2nd, 17 year old shot a 14 year old male, narcotics related. The 17 year old male was arrested. — – Another shooting from a domestic assault, Anthony Wells had been out drinking got in a fight with his girlfriend, left the location then came back and shot a man that was not involved with the incident earlier. The man was killed for simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Jan 28th -Feb 6th, series of robberies that took place at local pharmacies were many different kinds of prescriptions were stolen. The ones getting hit the hardest were the ones that are stand alone pharmacies. Not the pharmacies located inside such places as Walgreens and CVS.
The new schedule update has helped productivity with the force already only 30 days into the change.
Captain Butler spoke on the unmarked cop car falsely pulling over people. He said that unmarked vehicles don’t actually make traffic stops, if they do, they will usually have another marked car show up within moments. Captain Butler suggested that if this happens to you, you should pull over somewhere like a mall where there are lots of people around.
We are looking to grow our numbers, in order to do this we need everybody’s help with bringing in new members.
Another area of concern is the underrepresented businesses on the North side of town. Some of these include, Education, Grocery, IT, Manufacturing, Restaurants, Auto Sales and Retail.
Additional suggestions included vineyards/breweries and exterminators.
Cards will be left on the table every month that can be given to potential members/guests.
A contest will take place from March-May where the winner will receive a prize for bringing in the most new members!
Now remember, you can have two people representing a business. You would only need to pay $85 for both.
The new website is a great place to pay Social Fees and Annual dues. It will also have the updated minutes and upcoming social events!
Joanne walked us through the new website; what NLBA is, membership information, applications, the value of joining NLBA, cost to join and advertising opportunities for members.
The Board will also begin doing member visits. The purpose of this is to personally thank all the members of NLBA and get an opportunity to learn more about them and their company.
The Board will also help make follow up calls for members that have some great ideas for potential businesses/members but just not enough time to reach out.
The best networking opportunities happen at the social events! So come out and have a good time and network!
- The next Association meeting is THURSDAY, MARCH 10th 2016
- THE PIZZA RANCH – 84th & Lexington | 11:30am – 1:00pm
- No Speaker- Cyndi Lamm and Carl Eskridge
- The next Board meeting is THURSDAY, March 3rd, 2016 | 11:30am | Company Care
Respectfully submitted by Sydney Stanard NLBA Secretary Sydney.Stanard@mutualofomaha.com