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Annual Meeting 2013: A brief report from board chair Ken Ford

The weekend of the annual meeting is a happy time for members of the Hokyoji Board of Directors–the one time of the year that our far-flung membership meets face-to-face rather than phone to phone.

At the meeting of May 25, Ekyo Susan Nelson was elected to the Board of Directors and Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher, and Eko Jeff Kelley were re-elected for new three-year terms. Other continuing members are Myo On Susan Hagler, Carol Anderson, Tim Macejak, Jennifer Billig and yours truly. Carl Hultman’s position on the board changed earlier in the year from voting to non-voting ex officio member when he accepted the position of Executive Director.

Members enjoyed touring the grounds with Dokai and Carl, seeing the many improvements, including the most recent: a very solid new floor on the zendo’s kinhin porch.

Among many accomplishment for the year past, we noted two particular milestones. First, a plan and process, well underway, for substantial improvements to our facilities, and initiation of a special fundraising effort for that work. Second, we achieved a long-standing objective: establishment of an executive director position, freeing more of Resident Teacher Dokai’s time and energy for teaching. We noted the many improvements completed, the wider range of practice activity and the advances in our record keeping–particularly, communications (i.e. the new website and enews).

Looking ahead, we set ourselves some clear objectives for the year. These include a better definition of membership for the community and a target for membership growth; increased staff\volunteer capacity for communications, including the establishment of a communications internship; and increased outreach in nearby cities.

Throughout the weekend we enjoyed Hokyoji’s fine hospitality—highlighted this year by a splendid feast arranged by Dokai and finished on the outdoor grill by Dokai and visiting abbot from nearby Ryumonji Monastery, Shoken Winecoff. Yes, the Dharma is cooking in the Midwest and board members are deeply grateful to the members and friends of HZPC whose participation in many ways makes this effort possible.