Tourism Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
March 25, 2011
175 Main St.
1. Roll Call
David Balfour, Chair
Barry Mechanic, Vice Chair
Louis Yip, Member
Moe Rondeau, Member
Keith Fayan, Member
Carl Freedman, Member
Judy Fischbach, Member
Jaqueline Boudreau, Treasurer
Sue Tessier MacKenzie, Secretary
John Lefrancois, Member
Debra Fournier, Member
Robert Conway, Member
Anthony Capuano, Member
Mark Brodeur, Member
Paul Eno, Member
Helen Moroney, Member
Ted Garille, Member
John Gregory, Member
Richard Murphy, Member
Dave Richards, Member
Robert Billington, President
Natalie Carter, Director of Operations
2. The meeting was called to order at 12:15 pm
with a quorum present.
On a MOTION by Carl Freedman, seconded by Moe
Rondeau, the Minutes of the Jan 28, 2011 meeting were approved as
4. Treasurerís Report
Natalie Carter, Director of Operations dispensed
with the Financial Reports dated 2/24/2011.
Carl Freedman questioned the cash position of the
Council and wanted to know if it was normal for this time of year.
Natalie Carter noted that she felt we were in a
good position financially and that our bills were up to date. She
noted that Polar Express is 9% sold out and that has created cash
There was a MOTION by Carl Freedman to accept the Financial Reports
as presented. There was a second to the Motion by Moe Rondeau. The
Board voted unanimously to approve the Financial Reports as
5. Presidentís Report and Old Business
Robert Billington updated the Board on the
following projects and programs:
The Polar Express for 2011
Carl Freedman updated the Board on the progress
of the William Wheat Chocolate Mill project. Freedman noted that
he hoped that progress on the project would be made by the fall
of 2011. He thanked Governor Chafee and RIEDC Director Keith
Stokes for their active involvement in the project.
The Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival
The Blackstone River Valley Visitor Guide
The Blackstone Valley Bike Stripe
Blackstone Culinaria 2011
Blackstone Valley Leisurely Bike Tours
The Sustainable Tourism Lab Interactive Seminar
for April 27, 2011
Tour Rhode Island, Thereís No Place Like Home
6. New Business
On a MOTION by Carl Freedman, seconded by all
Members of the Board a Resolution to approve opening a Bank RI
Checking Account and any other accounts as needed and determined by
the President and the Operations Director was APPROVED.
Dave Balfour notified the Board that Board Member
Paul Enoís mother had passed away and that a service was Monday. He
also noted that the Milk Can building on Route 146N in Smithfield
was being questioned as to its viability and use. He queried if the
BVTC should get involved in the buildings survival since he knows
someone that might be interested in helping to save it.
There being no further business before the Board,
the Board adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Robert D. Billington, Ed. D.