Tourism Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
July 29, 2011
45 Madeira Ave.
Central Falls, RI
1. Roll Call
David Balfour, Chair
Barry Mechanic, Vice Chair
Moe Rondeau, Member
John Lefrancois, Member
Paul Eno, Member
Carl Freedman, Member
Debra Fournier, Member
Louis Yip, Member
Keith Fayan, Member
Sue Tessier MacKenzie, Secretary
Jacqueline Boudreau, Treasurer
Judy Fischbach, Member
Robert Conway, Member
Anthony Capuano, Member
Mark Brodeur, Member
Helen Moroney, Member
Ted Garille, Member
John Gregory, Member
Richard Murphy, Member
Dave Richards, Member
Robert Billington, President
Natalie Carter, Director of Operations
Diane Mailloux, River Environmentalist
Matt Prendergast, Boat Captain
2. The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm with a quorum
present which included a river cruise.
On a MOTION by Carl Freedman, seconded by Paul Eno, the Minutes
of the May 27, 2011 meeting were approved as submitted.
4. Treasurerís Report
There was a MOTION by Moe Rondeau and seconded by Paul Eno to
TABLE the Financial Reports until the next Board meeting. This
Motion failed for lack of votes.
After a brief discussion between the Board members, Mr. Eno
made a MOTION which was seconded by Mr. Freedman to accept the
Treasurerís report dated 7.25.2011 as presented. Unanimously
5. Presidentís Report, Old Business, New
Robert Billington updated the Board on the following projects and
The Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival
The Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe
The William Wheat Chocolate Factory
Blackstone Valley Leisurely Bike Tours
The Annual Dinner slated for September 22nd (distributed
The Blackstone Valley Explorer
NPS Office of Sustainable Tourism Lab for October, 2011
Possible Heritage Corridor becoming a National Park (Discussions
began in 2003 with Mr. Billington with the Slater Mill Association)
Blackstone Culinaria for September, October & November
Purchase of Sleigh for the Polar Express Event
State Tax Officials meeting on October 1st to discuss new tourism
Chocolate Mill Overlook in Central Falls
RI Sports Commission; the impact on the Blackstone Valley
Pawtucket Visitors Center cutback from $55,000 to $27,500.
Results from Cherry Blossom Festival went to the Maintenance Fund
Circulated brochure on the 2011 Tourism For Tomorrow Award
Winners (BVTC won this award in 2008)
On a MOTION by Mr. Eno and by seconded by Mr. Rondeau, the
meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
Robert D. Billington, Ed. D.
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