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LLLI Board of Directors Meeting, July 6, 2005, Washington DC, USA

Jane Tuttle
Secretary, LLLI Board of Directors
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 41 No. 5, October-November 2005, p. 119.

The LLLI Board met July 6, 2005, and discussed the following topics. No formal motions were passed. The next Board meeting is scheduled for November 3-6, 2005, in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.

LLLI Conference

The Board wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude to the LLLI Conference Team for their hard work on the 19th La Leche League International Conference held in Washington, DC, USA, July 2 through 5, 2005. The Conference was a productive gathering of the LLLI community and friends. We are grateful to both the staff and the many volunteers who made this Conference possible. The next (20th) LLLI Conference will be held July 20 through 23, 2007, in Chicago, IL, USA. It will be dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of LLL.

Finances

The audit for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005 has been conducted, and the audited financial statements have been received in draft form. The fiscal year ended in a deficit of greater than $150,000 from our operations. The cash flow of LLLI continues to be a concern, and we must frequently use our line of credit in order to pay bills.

In simple terms, the revenue that we receive from our primary sources -- membership, unrestricted donations, merchandise sales, and royalties -- is much less than expected and is not sufficient to cover budgeted expenses. Since revenues are not adequate to support current programs, the organization will need to explore major changes and/or reductions in the programs and services currently offered by LLLI. This is important for the LLLI community to bear in mind because planning for the 2006-07 budget must begin in October.

Bylaws Committee Discussion

It was brought to our attention that the lactation profession now uses the term "human milk" instead of "breast milk." This change has been made in major LLLI publications, for example in THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING and THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK. A suggestion was made to the Board to alter the wording of the concepts to reflect this change. The Board rejected this suggestion. If the LLLI community sees the need to replace the term "breast milk" in the concepts with the term "human milk," the Board would consider the possibility of making such a change. However, the Board reiterates that we are making no change to LLLI Philosophy.

Also, the LLLI Publications Department pointed out a grammatical error in one of the concepts. The Board decided not to change "which" to "that" in the concept statement. The statement in question is provided below:

From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. (Sep 72; rev Oct 79, Oct 84, Feb 92, Feb 98)

LLLI Bra

The Board authorized the Executive Director and the Chairman of the Board to sign a contract to license the use of the LLLI name and logo on a new nursing bra. The bra is being designed and manufactured for LLLI and will be sold at Nordstrom department stores in the USA. The Board has thoroughly investigated this proposition and the companies involved. The Board is satisfied that the companies adhere to ethical business and manufacturing practices that are compatible with the LLLI philosophy. With no expenses involved on our part (the licensing agent has borne all expenses to date), the Board anticipates that the LLLI bra will begin producing income as soon as it is on store shelves.

Strategic Planning

The Board decided to develop a strategic planning process and wants to involve all interested members of the LLLI community. Measurable outcomes will be an important part of the process to determine whether we are meeting our goals effectively and efficiently. The most recent Strategic Plan is dated 1993. Reviewing and modifying strategic goals on a regular basis is a best practice for nonprofit boards.

Board Membership

Paloma Lerma, Board member from Zone Latin America, resigned from the Board for personal reasons. The Zone is considering a new nominee. We thank Paloma for her contributions and wish her well. She has agreed to continue working with the Board on committee work and other tasks.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the LLLI Board at LLLIBOD at llli.org.

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