Board of Directors
Upcoming SAC Board Meetings:
SAC Board Meetings are scheduled to occur the second Thursday of every other month at 6:00 PM:
October 8, 2020
December 10, 2020
February 11, 2021
April 8, 2021
June 10, 2021
Due to Covid-19 Precautions, these meetings will be held via “ZOOM” remote formats.
Migdalia Velez, BA, President (2019)
Silvia Taurino, of Leominster, Vice President (2019). SAC Volunteer
Meredith Geraghty, NuVue Communities
Luz Torres, Leominster, SAC Reception Volunteer
Mary Yanneth Bermudez-Camp
Leona Earley Whetzel
Alberto J. F. Cardelle, PhD
Linda Velez Scullane, Board Secretary
Mt. Wachusett Community College -Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation and Curriculum Pathways
Rodrigo Souza, Chef/Owner
Executive Committee Job Descriptions
SPANISH AMERICAN CENTER
JOB DESCRIPTION, SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Reports to: Board Chair or Board of Directors, as appropriate
Term: 3 years
Duties Specific to the Board Secretary
The Secretary duties/responsibilities are as following:
Serves on the Executive Committee.
Keeps copies of the organization’s bylaws and the Board’s policy statements.
Keeps lists of officers, Board Members, committees and General Membership.
Notifies Board Members of meetings.
Keeps record of Board attendance.
Makes sure that there is a quorum at Board meetings.
Keeps accurate Minutes of meetings.
Records all motions and decisions of meetings.
Signs Board Minutes to attest to their accuracy.
Records all corrections to Minutes.
Keeps copies of Minutes of both Board and committee meetings.
Keeps accurate record of Executive Committee meetings.
Distributes copies of Board Minutes and actions to Board Members promptly after meetings.
Distribute copies of Executive Committee Minutes and actions to Executive Committee Members promptly after meetings.
Conducts general Board correspondence.
Keeps records of all Board correspondence.
Signs official documents of the organization as required.
Orients the new Secretary as needed.
Makes sure members are notified of Annual General Meetings.
In the absence of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, chairs Board meetings..
The board treasurer is an executive and voting member of the board of directors of the Association and appointed in a manner consistent with the bylaws. He/she is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below
The treasurer, as other board members, has no authority to direct staff or take independent action on matters outside of the duties outlined unless given such authority by the Board
Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Executive Director, committee meetings)
Term of Office
Three years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.
Roles and Responsibilities
The treasurer will offer guidance to the Executive Director and financial officer in ensuring good fiscal planning, decision-making and oversight at a governance level.
His/her principle duties are to:
With Finance Manager, assist in the preparation of the annual budget and its presentation to the board for review
Ensure that the appropriate monthly or quarterly financial statements are reviewed by the board
Ensure that the board regularly monitors the organization’s financial performance and alerts it to any important discrepancies between planned and actual figures
Ensure that payroll and other liabilities are settled in a timely manner
Serve as a backup signer of checks if needed
Ensure that excess funds and reserves are properly held and invested
Verify that donations are handled appropriately and that grants and service delivery contracts are accounted for in accordance with the requirements of funders
Meet with the external auditor annually, or more often if needed, to identify any financial control and record keeping problems or deficiencies and work with Finance Manager to address them
Assists the Executive Director and board chair with the development and presentation of the annual report
Helps, along with the Finance Manager, keep the board informed of important financial events, trends, and issues relevant to the organization
The treasurer is automatically a member of the Executive Committee if one exists, and will normally chair the following committees when and where such are necessary:
Emeritus Board Members
Richard Letarte, CPA
Cheryl Boissy, MSW, LICSW Advisory Board, Fund Raising & Media).
In Memorium – Lionel D Reinford
Noted Artist, Educator, CommunityAdvocate
April, 24, 2020, Canton, MA
Lionel Reinford, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a well-known and highly respected educator, community activist, and artist in this region. Born in Honduras and educated at Harvard University, Mr. Reinford moved to Leominster in 1973 to teach elementary school students. Shortly thereafter, he became involved with Leominster’s SpanishAmerican Center, a non-profit that serves area Latino/Hispanic communities, where he eventually became the Executive Director for many years. He also began to paint. Mr. Reinford’s work has appeared many times at the Fitchburg Art Museum in annual juried Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft – in fact, the first time he entered the show he won first prize!
Mr. Reinford wasalso an author.
Author Lionel Reinford’s Tomorrow I’ll Surface is a captivating memoir—a story of an idealistic immigrant’s journey
In Memorium – John I. Going
LEOMINSTER- John Isaac Going, 66, of Leominster, died Tuesday, January 6, in Sterling Village after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 18, 1948, in Leominster, son of Patricia M. (Supple) and the late Sidney Going, Sr. John graduated from Leominster High School in 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1975, and Master’s degree in Community Counseling in 1992, both from Fitchburg State College. John immersed himself in his community as a Community Service Coordinator for Catholic Charities of North Worcester County, Board of Directors for the Spanish American Center, religious educator and active member at Holy Family of Nazareth Church, and as an election worker for Ward 4. John enjoyed writing poetry. He was involved with several literary magazines and weekly newspapers, including the Tribune and Pioneer. He also enjoyed merengue dancing.
Besides his mother, he leaves his brother, Sidney “Tom” Going, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Leominster; one sister, Sr. Mary Going, OSB, of Martin, KY; and a large community of colleagues and friends.
Besides his father, he was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Mary Supple, his paternal grandparents, Isaac and Mary Alice Going, and one brother, Thomas Philip Going in 1950.
The funeral will be held Saturday, January 10, from Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.
Calling hours are Friday, January 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.