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New Beginnings at the March 2000 Board Meeting

Ginger Sall, Chairman
LLLI Board of Directors
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 36 No. 3, June-July 2000, pp. 38, 59.

When the LLLI Board of Directors met in Schaumburg, Illinois USA on March 4-5, 2000, one of our most important new beginnings was reflected in action that the Board did not take.

As New Business, the Board considered the Definition of LLLI and LLL in the Glossary to the Policies and Standing Rules Notebook (PSR). We agreed that the current policy statement does not reflect the Board's sense of the organization. We shared a vision of LLLI as a worldwide organization rather than a "parent" to the rest of the organization, yet we could not agree on a statement to reflect these ideas. In the spirit of consensus, a small but sufficient majority of the Board relinquished an opportunity to impose a decision on the minority.

Instead of solidifying our differences with a majority-rules Board action, we trust that our shared understanding will serve as a foundation for a better solution and demonstrate the value of making decisions by building consensus within the Board and within the LLLI community.

Global Structures Committee Chair Welda Hörz will coordinate a study of the Definition of LLLI and LLL.

Current Definition of LLLI and LLL

LLLI is used to refer to the parent organization, its policies and philosophy, the Board that governs it, and its publications. LLL is used to refer to Leaders and organizational units of LLLI, including Groups, Areas, Regions, Divisions, and Affiliates, which are all affiliated with/part of LLLI. (Feb 91; rev Oct 91, Feb 92)

In recent years, the Board has distributed a report of the actions taken at Board meetings within a few days. At this meeting, we committed to this practice with a formal statement of policy.

Leaders can obtain a complete report of Board actions at the March 2000 meeting through administrative support channels.

Board Actions, Notification

Within thirty days following a meeting of the LLLI Board, the actions taken by the Board at that meeting, including any first readings of amendments to the LLLI Bylaws, will be published. The LLLI Executive Director will release this information and make it available to members of the LLLI community.

Founder Marian Tompson reported on her recent work to facilitate an international exploration of the role of mother's milk in the transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and its impact on the breastfed baby. The Board passed a motion to record our encouragement for this project.

The Board followed through on the July 1999 action to establish a Grievance Procedure for Leaders (PSR, Appendix 40) by initiating the Grievance Commission. We are especially grateful to those who expressed willingness to serve our Leader community in this capacity, as well as to those who wrote to recommend Leaders for this service.

Trudy Hartt, the Grievance Commission Coordinator, will accept grievances from Leaders beginning June 1, 2000.

Considering a new beginning for LLLI finances, the Board approved a budget for the next six months, while we discuss changing the start of the fiscal year from April 1 to October 1. This shift would place most contributions to LLLI at the beginning of the fiscal year rather than at the end. The new perspective would allow for LLLI to adjust expenditures based on real income rather than hoping for the best at year- end. Before October 1, 2000, the Board will decide the question of changing the fiscal year and either extend this six-month budget through the end of the current fiscal year (March 31, 2001) or approve a new one-year budget for a new fiscal year (October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001).

Finance Committee Chairman Lynne Coates will coordinate discussion for this decision, in collaboration with Treasurer Jane Berendsen-Hill.

The Board passed a statement of philanthropic priority to support $650,000 in annual contributions designated for the operating budget and $150,000 in additional contributions for capital investments, with technological support of LLLI information and communication systems as immediate priorities.

Resource Development Committee Chairman Jane Berendsen-Hill will coordinate Board participation in philanthropic efforts for LLLI. Cindy Smith will serve as liaison to the Donor Advisory Committee.

Upon recommendation from the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) Committee, Paul Fleiss, MD, Judy Hopkinson, PhD, Edward R. Newton, MD, and Muriel Sugarman, MD, were invited to renew their membership on the Health Advisory Council (HAC) of the PAB. Leonardo Landa-Rivera, MD, was thanked for his service to LLLI as he retired from the Health Advisory Council. Michel Odievre, MD, and Leonardo Mata, DSC, were awarded emeritus status on the Professional Advisory Board with much appreciation for years of service on the Health Advisory Council. As part of the accreditation of LLLI to provide continuing medical education to health professionals in North America, the Board approved a Continuing Medical Education Mission Statement. Recognizing that this mission statement only applies to one part of the world, the Professional Advisory Board Committee invites all LLL entities to provide information about their continuing professional education programs and achievements.

Professional Advisory Board Committee Chairman Betty Crase will coordinate information on continuing education as well as efforts to identify new candidates for the Health Advisory Council, Legal Advisory Council, and Management Advisory Council - maintaining the Professional Advisory Board as a resource for the worldwide LLLI community.

The Bylaws Committee presented four amendments to the LLLI Bylaws for first readings. These first readings are not voted on; the amendments are open for discussion. In order to be adopted, the amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Board in a second reading at the next meeting.

Two amendments involve synchronizing membership of Board committees with Illinois State Statutes (as LLLI is incorporated in Illinois, USA) and at the same time simplifying minimum membership requirements for Board committees. Although the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Illinois, USA specify that a majority of each committee must be members of the LLLI Board, the LLLI Board will continue to encourage consultation and discussion through commissions, advisory bodies, task forces, and focus groups that work directly with Board committees.

Recognizing the significant resources for orienting each new member to work on the Board, we are exploring two amendments to help balance the investment in orientation with the value added by new members.

A proposed amendment extends the term for Board members from two to three years while maintaining the limit of six consecutive years of service. One suggestion for implementation is to elect half of the members in one year, the remaining half elected in the second year, and no elections in the third year beyond filling vacancies that might have occurred. In addition to allowing for a longer service time after orientation, this cycle also allows two off-years between elections for each geographic zone.

A related amendment has been proposed to limit filling vacancies to the Annual Session at the beginning of each calendar year. Welcoming all new members at the same time each year would allow us to provide an annual orientation program while we keep Board business moving to fulfill our obligations to the organization.

Like most decisions before the Board, there are good points for and against these changes; we encourage open discussion to bring ideas to the table for consideration.

Bylaws Committee Chairman Eileen Ahearn Shea will coordinate discussion of these amendments and other issues on the agenda of this committee.

The Board elected six members from three geographic zones, Africa/Middle East, Eastern United States, and Latin America, as well as one at-large member. There are currently 18 elected seats on the Board: 15 zone seats and 3 at-large seats plus Founder Mary Ann Kerwin for a total of 19. Currently only 17 Board members are serving; seats for Zones Canada and Asia/Pacific are vacant.

Nominating Committee Chairman Nan Jolly will contact zones with vacant seats as well as those scheduled to submit nominations for Board elections at the Annual Session in 2001.

At the conclusion of the formal business meeting, we celebrated two retiring Board members by joining our diverse voices in song. Anne Devereux, Dunedin, New Zealand, joined the LLLI Board in 1994 and has contributed her uncommonly good sense, perspective, and recipe for scones. Judith Elder, Ohio, USA, was accompanied by daughter Abby to every Board meeting since first elected in 1995.

The little girl who was a babe in arms in July 1995 stood on the table in March 2000 to play her violin during our farewells. Seeing this child grow in the light of her mother's love reminds us why we, mothers worldwide, are working together to help mothers breastfeed their babies.

Dates For Future Board Meetings

September 28 to October 2, 2000
March 1 to March 5, 2001
September 27 to October 1, 2001

Elected to the Board for a two-year term:
*new to the board

Africa/Middle East Nan Jolly
Eastern United States Jane Berendsen-Hill
Sandy Davis *
Jean Moneyhon *
Ginger Sall
Latin America Mimi de Maza
At-Large Susan Deo

Elected to the 2000 Executive Committee:

Chairman Ginger Sall
1st Vice Chairman Lynne Coates
2nd Vice Chairman Susan Deo
Secretary Anne Easterday
Treasurer Jane Berendsen-Hill
Member-at-Large Nan Jolly
Elected to the 2000 Nominating Committee: Nan Jolly, Chairman
Cindy Smith
Susan Deo
Betty Crase
Pam Barnes-Palty

LLLI Board of Directors

Ginger Sall, Chairman
201 Vineyard Lane
Cary, NC 27513-3067 USA

Lynne Coates, 1st Vice Chair
Finance Committee
1440 Lincoln St.
Eugene, OR 97401-3948 USA
coatesly at

Susan Deo, 2nd Vice Chair
World Assembly
5323 Manitowac Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-2324 USA
nasdeo at

Anne Easterday, Secretary
Awards 2001
LLLI Conference Liaison
2128 Cobblestone
Papillion, NE 68133-3326 USA
anne at

Jane Berendsen-Hill, Treasurer
Resource Development Committee
15 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877-5016 USA
jberendsen at

Nan Jolly, Member-at-Large
Nominating Committee
Grievance Commission Liaison
64 Louis Botha Crescent
Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001,
brianj at

Sandy Davis
World Assembly
146 Baker Road
Martin TN 38237 USA
sdavis at

Pam Barnes-Palty
Action Committee
42304 Pearson Ranch Loop
Parker, CO 80138-4757 USA
coaloha at

Betty Crase
PAB Committee
Liaison to LLLI Rep on IBCLE Board
3022 Huntington Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1639 USA
MotherC1 at
Welda Hörz
Global Structures
Bechtolsheimstr. 4
80999 Munich GERMANY
welda at

Mary Ann Kerwin
Audit Committee
5130 Nassau Circle West
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80110-5729
makerwin at

Gisèle Laviolle
Action Committee
65 allée du lac inférieur
78110 Le Vésinet
glaviolle at

Mimi de Maza
Action Committee
16 Calle 14-39 Zona 10
Ciudad de Guatemala 01010
lll at

Jean Moneyhon
Letters to LLLI
P.O. Box 502
Dahlgren, VA 22448-0502 USA
moneyhon at

Eileen Ahearn Shea
Bylaws Committee
262 Wigton Street
Caledonia, Ontario N3W 1G4 CANADA
ahearns at

Cynthia Sherar
Program Services Committee
Letters to LLLI
282 Hallam Curve
Mahtomedi, MN 55115-2201 USA
csherar at

Cindy Smith
Personnel Committee
DAC Liaison
717 Golf Club Road
Anderson, IN 46011-1726 USA
cwsmith at

PLEASE SEE the BOD page.]


The LLLI Board of Directors is accepting recommendations for the following awards to be presented at the 2001 LLLI Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA:

  • The La Leche League International Award for Leaders - for a collaborative effort which has made a significant contribution toward helping mothers breastfeed.
  • The La Leche League International Award of Appreciation - for an individual or group whose support of LLL has been outstanding.
  • The La Leche League International Award of Excellence - to an individual or group with outstanding work or accomplishment in the breastfeeding field.
  • The La Leche League International Award of Achievement - for those whose actions have initiated significant change in promoting or protecting breastfeeding.
  • The La Leche League International Award of Recognition - for those whose independent and positive promotion of breastfeeding has captured public attention.

Please send recommendations or questions to the LLLI Board of Directors Awards Committee by email to:

Betty Crase motherC1 at
Anne Easterday anne at
Welda Horz welda at
Nan Jolly brianj at

Or by surface mail to:
Anne Easterday
2128 Cobblestone
Papillion, NE 68133 USA
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