December Meeting Minutes

Houma Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Regular Schedule Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2020

I. Board and Staff Member Attendance

Present:     
Andree Casey-Chair                          
Cheri Blanchard-Secretary/Treasurer                        
Brenda Babin-Vicechair    
Josh Ellender
Mary Lynn Bisland    
Katherine Gilbert   
Julie Falgout                                                              
Judy Smart

Staff Present:
Sondra Corbitt
Lindsey Fruge’     
     

II. Meeting call to order:   A. Casey called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
III. Roll Call:  Quorum was present. 
IV. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:  M. Bisland led the board in the Invocation.  A. Casey led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance. C. Blanchard and K. Theriot entered the meeting at 8:40 a.m.
V. Public to be heard: No one was present.
VI. Approval of Minutes:  J. Ellender made a motion to approve November’s minutes.  Seconded by: J. Smart.  Motion approved. 
VII. Approval of October’s 2020 Financial Reports: M. Bisland made motion to approve October’s Financial Reports. Seconded by: B. Babin. Motion approved. Discussion followed hotel contracts extensions to April 2021 and advertising efforts with an airline company and Louisiana Office of Tourism.
VIII. Executive Committee Approval: S. Corbitt presented the 2021 Executive Committee. M. Bisland made motion to approve the 2021 Executive Committee’s nominations as presented. Seconded by: J. Ellender. Motion approved.
IX. Product Development: Anne Picou joined the meeting at 8:45 a.m. A. Picou provided an overview of the Downtown Main Street Corridor Master Plan application.  A. Picou discussed the importance of the application and various aspects of the downtown projects in detail. M. Bisland made motion to approve the application in the amount of $25,000.00. Seconded by: C. Blanchard. B. Babin abstained. Motion approved. A. Picou left the meeting at 9:20 a.m.
X. Executive Director’s Report:  S. Corbitt presented the monthly report. Discussion followed: Hotel/Motel and Airbnb Occupancy rates, website updates, and board vacancy.
XI. C. Blanchard made a motion to end the meeting at 9:30 a.m.  Seconded by:  J. Smart. Motion approved. Meeting ended.