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February 2023 Meeting Minutes



7:30 P.M.


I. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

II. D. Venezia introduced the Guest Speaker – Valerie Jackson, Esq. Ms. Jackson is the MCDO Black Caucus Vice-Chair and is the managing attorney of the North Brunswick Office of the Public Defender. Valerie presented a power point “Changing Course: Advancing Racial Equity and Justice in the Law and Voter Engagement.” The presentation was followed by comments and a question and answer period. All attending the meeting thanked Valerie for her outstanding and informative presentation.

III. Approval of the Minutes of January 23, 2023 Meeting. Upon motion duly made by L. Massa, seconded by E. Zirpolo and unanimously approved, the minutes of the meeting of January 23, 2023 were approved.

IV. Treasurer’s Report – E. Zirpolo reported on the current balance in the Federation account.

V. Calendar/Upcoming Events.

HATS ON – 2023 is scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd. The event will be held as a brunch at The Pines Manor, Edison. The second presentation of the Blanquita B. Valenti Award will be made. Nominations for the award are being requested.

The MCFDW will be participating in the Walk for Hunger on Saturday, June 24th at the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. The walk is for benefit of Feeding Middlesex County. L. Massa suggested that the Federation purchase t-shirts and name tags for the walk as well as for other events.

The Swing By event has been scheduled at The Brown Stone on Tuesday, September 19th. Swing will be held at the same location as last year.

VI. Social Media – Like and Share! L. Miceli reminded the attendees to like and share any time posts are made.

VII. Comments/ New Business.

D. Venezia presented the up-dated By-Laws. There weren’t sufficient members present to adopt the By-Laws. The By-Laws will be presented again at the next meeting for adoption.

L. Massa asked about the website update. The Federation will be speaking to another provider. The website update involves a substantial commitment and expenditure. We want to make sure we have the most cost-effective proposal. J. DeCaro will check and find out how much the website updates in her town cost. J. Leal will also provide the name of the company that updated Feeding Middlesex County’s website.

VIII. Next Meeting –

The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 27th.

IX. Adjournment. Upon motion duly made by J. DeCaro and seconded by J. Leal, the meeting was adjourned.

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