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"Tools for Hope, Inc." is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Tennessee corporation.

1540 Robinson Road, Knoxville TN 37923

Tools For Hope, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting

12 SEPT 2022

Present: Richard Trevillian, Clare Roop, Bill Edwards, Laird Bryson, Rick Shipley

Call to Order: Richard Trevillian, Chair

Prayer: Fr. Laird Bryson

Approvals by Consent: Earlier Board Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

*As a note about the Treasurer’s Report, approx. $4,250 available ($4,800 is about 6 months of operational expenses)

Discussion: The Chair discussed his recent visit to Rwanda, along with goals and successes.  The 2 groups, Twisungane and Dufatanye were visited, along with significant interaction with TFW Rwanda employee Diane Uwamahirwe.

Further discussion was about the requests of the groups.  Twisungane requested land trade funding (buying and selling land close to new infrastructure).  This request was for $2,000 USD.  Dufatanye requested funding to develop pig farming as an on-site cooperative business.  Their request was for approx. $5,000 USD to buy 38 grown pigs. Richard was to clarify with Diane the figures about the land purchases, and to request data and timeline evaluation for pig purchases.  The board tended to prefer starting small, with a few piglets so the group could prove their skills of raising pigs, having adequate means of feeding, and holding those.

The board further discussed the need for the projects to conform to stated TFH objectives and criteria, including a field analysis by Diane of goals, risk analysis, and use of a common business filter (SMART) to ensure goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

The board also discussed the need for fund raisers.  A consensus was for 2 in the next 6 months or so; one, after church service, and one some weekday evening.

The next scheduled Board Meeting is for October 24, 2022, from 1 PM to 3 PM.

The Chair adjourned at 3:05 PM.

Rick Shipley

TFH Sec.

Board of Directors Meeting

  • Friday, July 23, 2021
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • 1540 Robinson Road, Knoxville TN

Tools for Hope

Board of Directors Meeting, 23 APR, 2021

Present: Richard, Clare, Bill, Rick, Doug

Meeting called to order at 10:00 by chair.

Minutes from previous meeting approved by consent.

Treasurer’s Report: A good quarter, balance about the same as January after paying Frank.

The Director led a general discussion through projects with board. The board will continue to research farm projects with an emphasis on possible livestock additions. Off farm projects continue to be discussed.

Bill moved and Clare second a motion that Frank investigate and report back to the board on possible livestock additions, such as chickens, pigs, additional goats, etc., and also provide specifics on sewing machines so the board can determine how best to help the cooperative. Passed.

Rick moved, Clare second, that TFH switch to a more secure website format/host. Passed.

Chair dismissed at 12:00.

Rick Shipley

Tools for Hope Secretary

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