CCFOI Meeting Minutes — May 17, 2023

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information

Minutes, May 17, 2023

The meeting was via Zoom.

Present: Mike Savino, Mitch Pearlman, Chris Powell, Mary Connolly, Jacky Smith, Michele Jacklin, Tom Scheffey, Jeff Daniels, David DesRoches, Paula Pearlman, Colleen Murphy, Liz Gemski.

The minutes of the May 3, 2023 special meeting were accepted.

Annual meeting: Plans continue for the June meeting as a “retreat” to discuss recruitment and future direction. The June 21 meeting will be at the home of Mitch Pearlman, 35 Bunker Hill Road, Glastonbury. It will start at 1 p.m. with lunch and extend perhaps another two hours for discussions. Pearlman will arrange for the lunch and each member will reimburse him. The traditional awards event held in June has been switched to September. Plans for that event are not yet firm.

Nominations for officers: The Governance Committee offered a slate of officers to be elected at the June or September meetings. The board unanimously agreed to nominate those recommended: Mike Savino as president, Tom Scheffey as vice president, Jacky Smith as treasurer, Mary Connolly as secretary, Jeff Daniels as legislative co-chair, and Michele Jacklin as legislative co-chair. Nominated as directors are Mitch Pearlman, Chris Powell, Steve Nevas, David DesRoches, Karen Florin and Jodie Mozdzer Gil. Gary Gold has resigned as a director.

Treasurer’s report: Smith reported a balance of $18,786.78.

Legislative report: Gemski updated the board on the challenges FOI advocates continue to face in the legislature this year, including FOI exemption proposals for university researchers, home addresses for public employees and whistleblowers.

Bylaws: Discussion of the proposed draft was postponed to allow additional review. CCFOI website: Discussion of improving the website continued. The website will be on the agenda for the June 21 retreat.

Looking ahead: The next special meeting is May 31 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. The June 21 retreat is at 1 p.m. at 35 Bunker Hill Road, Glastonbury.