January 2019 Minutes

Trustees present: Jake Biesanz, Carol Ehlinger, Mike Hansen, Don Nitti, Will Gibson

Maureen Speltz


Trustees absent: Fr. Berning, Fr. Arens, Dan Arnold, Jeanne Franz, Paul Morgan, Ted Reilly, Sandi Blank, Fr. McNea


Others present:  Steven McGlaun, Sr. Judy Schaefer, Sue Savat


The meeting was called to order by President Mike Hansen at 7:00 pm.


Due to a lack of quorum, secretary’s and treasurer’s reports will be approved at the next meeting.


Fr. Jim has been reassigned to Rochester so St. Mary’s Parish is without a priest representative at this time.


Schools update

Sr. Judy spoke to the group about the current situation of international student enrollment at Cotter. Nationally, international student enrollment is down 43% from 2016. Historically, Cotter draws about 8% of the market of Minnesota international students. Due to the decline in overall international students Cotter is working to capture a larger percentage of the market. A larger percentage of currently enrolled international students will be graduating in the spring. Locally, Cotter has a 14% share of local students (over the national average of 10% for private schools). Additional written comments from Sr. Judy were shared with the board and are attached to the minutes.


Pat Bowlin was unavailable for the meeting, but had sent a written report that was available to the board members and is attached to the minutes.


Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report showed a loss in December.  The markets were not good.


Annual Appeal

The Annual Appeal is coming to an end.  Steven McGlaun presented a list of donors from last year who have not responded this year.  The board was asked to take names of people they knew and make a gentle reminder call.   Cotter’s hard deadline is Feb. 4 but it was discussed that CSF could continue to receive gifts for the appeal after that deadline.


Board Workgroups

Discussion was held regarding the organization of the board.  Working groups were planned to focus our attention on the major activities of CSF:

Annual Appeal

CSF dinner

Fr. Paul Nelson Legacy Society

Recruiting and Onboarding of New Members


Mike will work with members for working group assignments and will be scheduling a working meeting for all groups.


Legacy Award

We need to be looking for nominees for the Legacy Award.  Steven will pass along to Mike the list of part nominees.


Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for MONDAY, APRIL 15, due to the normal meeting date falling on Holy Thursday. A request was made to try a different evening.


The executive board will set a meeting midpoint between board meetings.



Respectfully submitted, Maureen Speltz

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