August 18, 2011

The regular meeting of the CHARITY COMMITTEE of the METRO EAST CHAPTER OF CREDIT UNIONS was called to order by Chairperson Crystal Gracz at 9:10 a.m. on August 18, 2011 at Detroit Metropolitan Credit Union.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Crystal Gracz, Ronnie Johnson, Kathi Sitek, Gail Hernalsteen, and Antoinette Funke.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS EXCUSED: Mandy Lathrop, Becky Reini, Jenny Bulgrien, Jessica Johnson, Julie Swidwinski, and Aaron Smith.


PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES: Motion made by Ronnie Johnson and supported by Kathi Sitek to approve the minutes of June 16, 2011, meeting as is. Motion carried.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:  The Executive Committee has approved our seat terms from the previous meeting request. It has been requested for us to add the previous year’s totals/data to our charity totals spreadsheet. Crystal will be adding this information to the spreadsheet. 

Race for the Cure
– The Race for the Cure raised over $3,449.00. Kathi Sitek spoke with Katrina Studvent, and she would like to work with us more next year should we choose this charity in 2012.

ALS of Michigan – Please mail all checks to Becky Reini the first week of September. Becky will update everyone at our next meeting.

Christian Financial CU
C/O Becky Reini
18441 Utica Rd
Roseville, MI 48066

Phone Home for the Holidays – Crystal Gracz is the lead and contact for this charity, which will be supported as our charity from September 1st to October 31st. Crystal will email everyone the flyers/tent cards and send out a blast to the league. 

Gleaner’s Food – Aaron Smith is the lead and contact for this charity. Aaron will have more information regarding this charity at our next meeting.

Macomb Food Bank – The committee was solicited last month by Gail Hernalsteen for support of a local food bank.  Although this was not a designated event for the committee, the committee did make a commitment for 2011 to volunteer our time with local charitable organization that needs assistance.  A date was designated in July, however due to the high heat temperatures during the month and the fact that the warehouse was not air conditioned the originally scheduled date was cancelled.  Gail will be getting in touch with the committee once a rescheduled date is determined.  Volunteers were also solicited from the Executive Committee and their credit unions.

The Program and Events Committee is looking for suggestions for potential chairatible organizations to receive the donated gifts from the annual Holiday Luncheon. A suggestion was made by Kathi Sitek “Snowpile” a program sponsored by Children’s Hospital as a potential option.  Any suggestions can be forwarded to Gail Hernalsteen at

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Motor City Co-op Credit Union at 9:00 a.m..

Motion was made by Ronnie Johnson and supported by Gail Hernalsteen to adjourn the meeting at 10:41 a.m. Motion carried.

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 Crystal Gracz, Chairperson                                  Antoinette Funke, Secretary/Julie Swidwinski, Acting Secretary