Public Meeting Minutes

Minutes from January 17, 2017 Meeting

7:00-8:30 pm                           Engedi Counseling Center                     7375 Guide Meridian                        Lynden, WA 98264

Our first meeting as a nonprofit was called to order by Board President, Sue Ann Heutink at 7:00 pm. There were no minutes read nor was there any Old Business as this was our first meeting as a nonprofit. Sue Ann welcomed everyone and we went around and introduced ourselves. We gave away Hope4Justice t-shirts in celebration of our new nonprofit status. We had 25 attendees total.

New Business

Nonprofit Status-Bob Gist, Board Treasurer talked about our nonprofit status and gave general information about the process we followed in breaking away from being a ministry of Christ The King Church in Bellingham, WA to becoming a nonprofit. Our official name is HOPE4JUSTICE. We were incorporated on 10/12/2016 through the Secretary of State’s Office and received a certificate. At the same time we received an SS4 Form with our Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury. Once we had the EIN or Tax Exempt Number we then had to apply for recognition of tax-exempt status with a Form 1023 series application for recognition Form 990-N. Our four Board Members also have to sign Articles of Incorporation of HOPE4JUSTICE, agreeing to perform the duties of each office as stated which are posted on our website. On January 3, 2017 we received a letter from the IRS Department of the Treasury that they determined our exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and that donors can deduct contributions they make to H4J under IRC Section 170. It further stated that H4J is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, or 2522. They further determined that we are a public charity under the IRC Section. The process took about five months.

Nonprofit Training-The H4J Board of Directors will be attending a non-profit training January 27, 2017 in Sequim, WA called Boards in Gear presented by Washington Non-Profits and the Office of the Secretary of State with Alliance Leadership Program.

Video Clip Val Richey on The Nordic Model Introduced by Bob Gist, Treasurer-We watched a short portion of a talk given by Val Richey talked about the Nordic Model approach to prostitution also known as the Sex the Sex Buyer Law decriminalizes all those who are prostituted, provides support services to help them exit, and makes buying people for sex a criminal offence in order to reduce the demand that drives sex trafficking. King County is implementing this model and having success. He is one of the Key Note speakers at the 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference being

Speaker Carol Clayton with the SCAT Question and Answer Session-Carol held a Q & A sessionabout the upcoming conference hosted by the Skagit Coalition Against Human Trafficking on March 1, 2017 from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, WA.

She told us how she and her coalition went about contacting the speakers who include Val Richey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County; Heidi Sargent, Seattle City Attorney’s Office Assistant City Attorney; Robert Beiser, Executive Director at “Seattle Against Slavery”, Mar Brettmann, PhD, Founder and Executive Director at Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST); and  Peter Qualotine, Co-founder of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS). Our task is to canvas our county and invite influential citizens of Whatcom County to attend. We will also print, fold and deliver the programs.

Canvas Plan: H4J Seven Sector Contacts-Karen Marion, Board Secretary, explained and distributed sign-up sheets divided by Seven Sectors including Education, Law Enforcement, Businesses, Community groups, Faith Groups, Government and Mental/Health Care Services. People took sheets and will canvas that sector and return the contact information to Karen via email at karen@hope4justice.org before our next meeting, February 21, 2017.

Announcement: Next event Rebound Dinner on Thursday 2/16/17 and next pubic meeting on Tuesday, 2/21/17.

Adjourned at 8:35 pm

Submitted by Karen Marion, Secretary