[fsf60k] the munificent 5
- From: richard wiltamuth <dwiltam@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: fsf60k@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 16:05:53 -0500
dear friends, though small in number, participants in last night's meeting focused like members of congress voting on a pay raise for themselves. behold: 1. they approved hiring a lawyer to draw up a waiver-release-disclaimer form to be used by any member who is acting on behalf of friends, particularly on trips to nicaragua. the form may cost about $1,200 and hopefully will be ready by march. a meeting was held monday with a lawyer, who pointed out that the group is vulnerable to lawsuits involving actions by "agents" who are acting in our behalf. his proposed "iron-clad" form would not prevent lawsuits, but would reduce the chance of a successful suit that could drain our bank account. in addition, those present felt that a majority of those attending a given meeting will need to give approval for any request to have someone act on the group's behalf in nicaragua. for example what would happen if someone asked conchita to visit nuevo amanecer to deliver food, and she got in a traffic accident? the purpose is to regulate who is acting on our behalf in order to reduce legal vulnerability. it was determined that buying extra insurance against claims would be prohibitively expensive. in a related matter, the group discussed setting up one or more off-long island chapters through the irs. these chapters would keep their own books. unresolved issues include the liability of the parent organization (friends in northport) should the chapters, for example, break irs rules. 2. the lawyer also recommended tighter rules on the use of conchita's jeep, such as giving her sole discretion over its use, and if she's not available to give permission, using it only in cases of life-threatening emergencies. 3. the group also voted for a proposed $13,000 solar power system for the nuevo well, replacing a diesel generator. george pardo and bill ofenloch have spent a lot of time refining the technical aspects with douglas of suni solar in managua. 4. letters of inquiry have been sent to several foundations requesting support for our proposal to build 100 homes in chacraseca. two foundations have expressed interest, and pete white is working with jason king in washington to answer their follow-up questions. several foundations have not yet responded. 5. approved a request by mike cipoletti to spend $1,800 to build a house in chacraseca. the donation came from a family foundation in boston, and mike is hopeful that this project will lead to other similar donations. conchita will research who should receive the home.
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