Second Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2015

Meeting Minutes of January 10 Meeting

Attendees:  Don, Bernadette, Seth, Will, Coletta, Harrison

Discussion Items:

  1. Branding Name for Foundation: after some discussion it was decided on to use “Stefan’s Spirit” as the branding name.
  2. News to date:  Far Post Soccer Club hosted an indoor soccer tournament on January 9 in honor Stefan to raise money for University of Vermont Hospital Cancer Center.  Todd Kingsbury, Far Post’s Director, asked to be informed of our 501c3 status.  We will look to partner with Far Post Soccer Club in the future.  Below is the post for the tournament on the Far Post Soccer Club Web site.

This is the first year that Far Post has held this tournament, and the sole purpose for this event is to raise money in honor of Stefan Pierson, a former Far Post player who passed away this fall. Stefan touched so many lives in so many ways. He played soccer the way he lived his life – with passion, grace, dignity and respect. Far Post decided to make this event a fundraiser for a charitable cause to honor Stefan, so we will be working with the Vermont Cancer Center. We truly appreciate everyone’s participation in this event, and we are happy to announce that we are COMPLETELY full. We ask that all players, coaches and spectators take a moment to understand why we are playing and simply ask to honor Stefan in their own special way. While we want players to play hard and to be competitive, we are also asking everyone to play with grace, dignity and respect.

3. Action Items from Last Meeting:

  • Submit 501(c)(3) application ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Don target date for submission January 20
  • Discussion with Dr. Heather Bradeen regarding number of cancer patients 18-25 years of age and selection criteria…………………………….Bernadette

I spoke with Heather Bradeen (University of Vermont Pediatric Oncology). She said that on the average there are 2-3 cancer patients per year that are followed by the pediatric team in the age group of 18-25.  Some of these are recurring cancers that were first diagnosed when the patient was under the age of 18.  Heather would be happy to reach out to the adult side.  She estimates that there are o the average somewhere between 5-10 cases per year on the adult side where the patient is between the ages of 18-25.

Heather would be very happy to continue discussion with us if we have other questions.  She would also be willing to funnel possible recipients to us and assist in the selection process.

Her opinion was that to honor Stefan’s legacy and spirit, we would help others living with cancer that have Stefan’s zest for life and passion to live life and make a difference.

  • Giving Circle Reference …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Coletta

Giving Circle web site:  Click here for Giving Circle web site

  • Google Docs and Web site established …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Seth
  • Mission Statement
    • We are a nonprofit organization, inspired by the manner in which Stefan Pierson lived his life. Our goad is to provide young adults battling cancer, between the ages of 18-25, support to provide them the opportunity to continue living life to the fullest and positively impacting those around them.
    • Additional information (“About our Foundation”): Your gifts will help others battling cancer to live the “Stefan Way.”  No obstacles, no physical limitations should prevent a person from engaging in the things that make them whole, at any stage of life.  To honor Stefan’s legacy, we will encourage and promote young adults physically challenged by cancer to pursue their passions: ski a mountain, play a song, ride a wave, or score a goal.
      • Examples of support provide by our foundation:
        • Adaptive ski equipment to allow one to keep experiencing the mountain
        • Jet ski to enjoy action on the water
        • Trip of a lifetime
        • Prosthetic (not covered by insurance)
        • Camp or outing to sporting, music, art, event
      • “Stefan’s action in life stemmed from the qualities he embodied.  He was the best, if not the most stubborn, at achieving whatever he set his mind to and affected those around him with his intellect, passion for life, and kind nature.  Stefan lived his life on such a high; anyone who came into contact with him knew that big, genuine smile of his, attracting friends wherever he went.”  –  Madison Schaefer
  • Logo
    • Various cancers have different color ribbons that signify the type of cancer.  Sarcoma (bone) is yellow.  All cancers are signified by the color lavender.
    • Cancer ribbon colors:  Cancer color link

New Business

  • Fundraising
    • T-shirts and sports bottles with logo
      • Seth to provide logo art files
      • Coletta to check with her brother on prices
      • Harrison to check with friend in China on prices
    • Outdoor soccer tournament under Far Post Soccer Club
    • Rail Jam – reach out to UVM and SBHS community with prizes
      • Harrison to look into
    • Galactic soccer or volleyball
    • Major yearly fundraiser similar to “Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival”
      • Orienteering Challenge
        • Combine biking, canoeing, and orienteering together – bridges Stefan’s Boy Scout and outdoor enthusiasm with a challenge
        • Area that does not currently have a lot of activity

 

  •      Action Items for next meeting
    • Seth to provide logo art files to Coletta and Harrison
    • Coletta and Harrison to get quotes for t-shirts and water bottles
    • Harrison to reach out to ski community regarding rail jam – venue, possible judges, outreach…
    • Don to submit 501(c)(3) application
    • Coletta to draft “About Stefan” for web site

Next Meeting: January 24 at 4:30 at 37B Birch Street (Harrison’s place)

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