Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Inc. Board of
November 21, 2008 @ Blackstone Valley Tourism Headquarters
1. Roll Call
David Balfour, Chair
Maurice Rondeau, Member
Dave Richards, Member
Len Clingham, Member
Ted Garille, Member
Richard Murphy, Member
Louis Yip, Member
Jackie Boudreau, Treasurer
Louise Boulanger, Vice Chair
Robert Conway, Member
Anthony Capuano, Member
Najwa Murphy, Member
Mark Brodeur, Member
Sue T-MacKenzie, Member
Paul Eno, Member
John Lefrancois, Member
Helen Fairbrother Moroney, Member
Robert Billington, President
Natalie Carter, Director of Operations
2. The meeting was called to order at
12:15 pm with a quorum present.
The minutes of the July 17, 2008 meeting were approved as
4. Treasurer’s Report
The Chairman noted that Ms. Boudreau, the Treasurer, was in
Boston and therefore not able to attend the meeting.
On a MOTION by Mr. Clingham and a Second by Mr. Richards the
Income Statement and Balance Sheet for the Blackstone Valley
Tourism Council dated 11/20/08 was approved as presented.
Mr. Garille asked if a third column could be added to the
Treasurer’s Report to show the variances. Ms. Carter stated
that she would speak to the Bookkeeper to make the necessary
changes for future reports.
5. President’s Report and Old Business
Mr. Billington updated the Board on the following:
a. The Fall train excursion to Putnam
Connecticut and the Polar Express.
He said both were profitable, however he would review and
compare expenses and revenue on the Fall train excursion for
2009. Mr. Garille noted his family had a great time on the
Polar Express and suggested it to others.
Mr. Billington noted that the wheel chair lift, used for the
train and purchased by the Levy Foundation, worked very
well. He added that BVTC might be able to be rent the lift
to other groups seeking that type of train access.
b. Bank RI Line of Credit
Mr. Billington asked the Board to consider a Bank RI Line of
Credit that was offered to the Tourism Council. On a MOTION
by Mr. Clingham and seconded by Mr. Murphy, the Board voted
to consider the offer. Mr. Richards suggested that we
prepare “Line of Credit” applications from several banks
prior for the Board’s consideration. Mr. Rondeau asked if
the Small Business Administration was contacted for a Line
After several motions, reconsiderations
and questions such as interest rates and if there be a cost
if the “Line of Credit” isn’t used, the Board agreed to pass
a Resolution in support of applying for the “Line of Credit”
offer from Bank Rhode Island with the proviso that the full
application with details be presented at the January meeting
for the Board’s full review. A full vote on the Line of
Credit would be taken at that meeting to determine if it was
still needed by the Tourism Council. Ms. Carter noted that
it would help with Cash Flow during the winter of 2009.
6. New Business
There was no new business to present and the formal business
meeting was adjourned for a special presentation at 12:52
Mr. Francois Bedard of the Center for Excellence in
Destinations of Montreal spoke on the Center’s work and
noted that there is an excellent possibility that the
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council might be the first agency
in the United States to participate in their program.
There being no further business before the board, the board
formerly adjourned at 1:10 pm with a MOTION by Mr. Garille
and seconded by Mr. Rondeau.
Robert D. Billington