Executive Committee Minutes, September 8, 2016

                                                   Executive Committee Minutes
                                                     Thursday September 8, 2016

1.  CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE – President Bill Sperling called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  In attendance were a quorum of members including Sperling, Bob Holloway, Don Harrison, Bill Friedel, Alan Goldenberg and, shortly afterwards, Norm Katz.  Absent: Phil Snyder, Ed Cherlin, Joel Kriger.   There were no guests in attendance.

2.  JULY MINUTES — The Minutes of the July meeting, which may be found on the tismensclub.us website were approved unanimously upon the motion of Bill Friedel and the second of Alan Goldenberg


A.  High Holy Day Ushering – Fourteen members have signed up to usher at the High Holy Days.  The names of each will be placed in a hat to be drawn for a half-priced ticket to the Steak in the Sukkah event.

  B .  Red Shirts – Most of the Executive Committee wore them today.  It was decided that only members of the Men’s Club are entitled to buy them.  Bill Sperling also suggested that they be washed inside out to protect the emblem.

C.   Brick Program – Nine have been sold to date.  Norm Katz produced a certificate of appreciation to be sent to parties that purchase the bricks.  Bob Holloway said after inspection of the area around the coral tree, where damage from the roots is apparent, he would suggest moving the proposed area for the bricks to the area to the left of the walkway between it and the flagpole.  Currently there are lily plants there.  Bill Sperling subsequently raised the idea with synagogue leaders and another suggestion emerged: To the right of the double doors of the entrance. Norm said David Reed might be willing to provide a sketch.

4.  WORD OF TORAH –Discussing Shoftim (Judges), Norm told of a D’var Torah given by Debbie Mishek which he enjoyed, but said he had his own spin.  In choosing a king, Israelites were instructed to choose one of their own, not a foreigner.  The king should not have an abundance of horses, which he might use to return to Egypt, nor should he have an abundance of wives, or precious metals.  He should write a duplicate of the Torah and study it every day of his life, so he won’t stray from it. He should not be bold or brash.   If we look at biblical history, this was honored more in the breach than in the practice- Saul, David, Solomon all had their faults.  But it is interesting guidance, is it not, for choosing a synagogue leader?

D.  Steak in the Sukkah – Norm reported that the Sunday, Oct. 16, event will start at 6:30 p.m.  The caterer will charge $45 an hour.  Will need to hire an assistant for clean up.  Both the caterer and the assistant will have to pass the test on kitchen health.  B&S brewery will bring a contraption with four small kegs and taps, and a fifth keg for a demonstration of different beers.  This demonstration costs $600.  Norman calculated that if 50 people attend, at $45 per person, the evening may net $500, and even more if we can get individuals to “sponsor” each keg of beer at $100 per sponsorship…. While steak is the advertised course, there will also be tossed salad, green vegetable, potato dish, hummus and veggies, and non-dairy veggies.  Grilled salmon strips also will be an option.  For those who don’t like beer, there will be soda, iced tea and coffee.   Three guys are needed to help set up.  Alan G volunteered to be one of them.  Plan to have a table at the event with material concerning membership, brick program and red shirts.

  E.  Men’s Club Dues – There has been confusion over when 2017 dues take effect.  Moved by Don Harrison, seconded by Alan Goldenberg, and approved unanimously, that $36 dues for 2017 may be paid at any time during 2016 and will include (for those who don’t already have it) membership for the balance of 2016.

F.  Men of the Year Celebration – At the Steak in the Sukkah event, Phil Snyder and Norm Katz will be honored as the Men of the Year.  The board will invite Rabbi Rosenthal to the event and request that he deliver a dvar Torah.  Don Harrison will also write a letter of invitation to be mailed to friends and relatives of Phil and Norm in case they would like to join in honoring these two fine club leaders.

G.  Jewish Federation Men’s Event (Sept 29).  We have a full table.  We will wear our red shirts under blazers or suit jackets.  Regarding the Men’s Event Sept. 29, Bill F. said it may be possible to also tour a car museum owned by a friend of Ed Cherlin’s.

a.  Executive Committee Meetings – They are scheduled Oct. 5 (in library);  Nov. 17; Dec. 8.

b.  Ask the Rabbi Sessions, with lead Men’s Club organizer (who makes sure bagels and cream cheese are there):  Nov. 13 (Bob);  Dec. 11 (Bill S.);  Jan. 22 (Bill F.) Feb. 12 (Don).


a.  Midrash Shabbat – morning Shabbat learner’s service at Tifereth Israel  on Sept. 10 will be followed by a Kiddush luncheon and lecture by Ilana Delaney (JCC adult education director) on Free Will and Sin.

Seacrest Village salute, Sept. 15 – Former TIS members now living at Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas will be saluted at a sisterhood brunch at Seacrest.  Executive Committee invited to attend.  Contact Barbara Sperling for more details

Adat Shalom Men’s Club forum on border, Sept. 18 – Phil Snyder offers to drive a carpool to this 9:45 a.m. event.  Details: http://www.tismensclub.us/?p=700

d  Beach Party, Sept. 25 – Executive Committee retreat at San Elijo Beach (Manchester exit off 5 and go west); Bill S. RV at site 142; potluck dinner, bring own drinks, chairs beach blankets.

 e  Economics and Terrorism, a lecture about ISIS by Prof. Eli Berman at Lawrence Family JCC, 7 p.m., JCC rehearsal room: Cost: $22.50 guests; $18 JCC members.  Bill Friedel has more information.

  f.  Jewish Federation’s Men’s Event, Sept 29 – Per item 3G—at San Diego Jewish Academy.  Bill Friedel is our table captain.

  g. Looking Ahead — Coronado Free Lectures – Center for Jewish Culture sponsored monthly lecture series will begin Nov. 16.  Bill Friedel attends, details in subsequent minutes.

   7.  VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Bob Holloway said all nine plaques to date  have been sent in, we will get proofs before the wording is committed to stone.  We should have several people proofread.  On the motion of Bob and second by Alan, and unanimous vote, it was decided club will absorb cost of one clip art per plaque. ($5).    Bob also recommended that a perpetual trophy be purchased for Men of the Year honorees for display in the synagogue.  Bill S. will check with synagogue and with trophy manufacturer for price, and bring back a report.

   8.  SECRETARY’S REPORT – Don said that the club is due to have an election and a general meeting.  Bill S. subsequently checked with the  office and obtained Wednesday Nov, 30th in the Social Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.  One year terms are expiring, so these offices (and incumbents) will be up for election for two year terms:     President (Bill Sperling); Vice President (Bob Holloway); Religious Action Chair (Norm Katz); Membership Chair (Joel Kriger).  Other executive committee members were elected to two year terms, in order to have a continuously functioning board, with staggered elections.

  9  TREASURER’S REPORT – Bill Friedel said our club’s current general fund balance is $4,422.92 and that there is also $509 in the yellow candle scholarship fund….. The board voted unanimously (motion by Don, second by Bob) to authorize Bill to pay FJMC national dues, once basis of invoice is made clear to him.

10.  PROGRAM CHAIR REPORT – Alan handed in the receipts for the bowling night which all agreed was a successful program.

11.  RELIGIOUS ACTION COMMITTEE –Norm’s reports on Steak in the Sukkah given during President’s report.

12   ADJOURNMENT – We adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Don Harrison, Secretary

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