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TCC Meeting Notes: Thursday, March 12, 2009

9:30 AM, meeting at Sackler Building, Room 853 of Tufts University.

Attendees: Alex Zhang, Andrea Talis, Angela Sun, Anna Tse, Barbara Rubel, Beverly Wing, Bill Moy, Carrie Tang, Dennis Lui, Elaine Ng, Enoch Liao, Kerry McGowan, Lara Merida-Fernandes, Marie Moy, Megan Cheung, Nick Cetrulo, Nilushka Nethisinghe, Pamela Lee, Samuel Tsoi, Sherry Dong, Weijie Huang

Agenda Items

Outcomes / Action Items

I. Refreshments, Welcome, Introductions

II. Organizational Presentation: Sharewood Project (free healthcare clinic), Nick Cetrulo

Please spread the word and visit for more information.

III. Effects of the Stimulus Package: How Chinatown can Advocate for Resources, discussion facilitated by Elaine Ng (Agency Director of BCNC) and Alex Zhang (ACDC).

Funds allocated to be mostly distributed through existing channels.

Monday, March 23, 2009: Public hearing at the Boston Public Library to hear from service providers on workforce development.

Be aware of these hearings, as time is short.

Meeting with senior management to discuss advocacy on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10:00AM. Strategy meeting for stimulus. Contact Elaine Ng and Alex Zhang for more information at and

Elaine Ng and Alex Zhang will coordinate this meeting.

All: please let your agency directors know of this meeting.

IV. Announcements

1. CHNA grants, Sherry Dong

Contact Sherry Dong at

The Boston Alliance for Community Health has issued its General Mini-Grant for 2009. In years past, they have been able to issue several mini-grants per year, general, pediatric and cancer focused topics. This year, this will be the only mini-grant opportunity. Given that, it is important that we submit a proposal on behalf of TCC with the strongest chance of being funded.

Reminder that only current dues paying organizational members may be considered on behalf of TCC. As your Link Team Leader, please contact me with your interest in submitting an application, with concept and brief description if possible, and with questions. The RFP is attached for your perusal.

The RFP will be due on or before Monday, April 6, 2009 by 5:00 pm so the sooner we discuss and confirm which member organization will be submitting, the sooner the application can be written, reviewed, revised, etc. before submission. Sherry will be away from 3/26 – 4/2, so the sooner the better.

2. Purposed / Codified TCC Grant Admin Costs

As a volunteer driven entity, The Chinatown Coalition relies upon officers and members to share the work which includes coordinating meetings and communications and printing materials. The costs of meeting refreshments, event sponsorships, and other minor operational expenses are paid for with the annual dues from members. On occasions, TCC receives contributions from community members because it has assisted with an event such as the annual job fair which is now run by Betty Yau after thirteen years of TCC leadership or under-spends on some minor grants it receives.

One of the areas that TCC consistently invests time and effort is helping members with their grant proposals, especially the CHNA grants were TCC is the applicant of record. TCC calls upon its officers, or RGNs, to review the funders’ goals, the proposals and proposed program activities to ensure that they are aligned, competitive and responsive to the needs of the community. This involves a commitment from TCC to also ensure the integrity of the program. For this reason, TCC will be instituting a 5% administrative fee for all grant proposals for which it is the applicant of record. The funds will be used for TCC operational expenses, special projects, or event sponsorships undertaken by TCC. None of the RGNs will receive compensation for the work they perform on behalf of TCC.

3. Community Needs Gathering

On April 15, 2009 The Boston Foundation will come to speak with EDs in the Chinatown community.

4. Candidate’s Forum (Third Suffolk State Representative Race)

Quincy Elementary School cafeteria (885 Washington Street, Chinatown)

Tuesday, April 28 from 6:00-8:00pm

Co-sponsors to date: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Leather District Neighborhood Council, Chinese Progressive Association

5. Candidate’s Debate (Third Suffolk Representative Race)

Tuesday, April 21 from 12:00-1:30pm at AACA

Contact Sunny Schwartz for details.

6. Job Postings: Childcare Director and ESOL Teacher for AACA

See website for details:

7. Survey regarding attitudes of indoor smoking & smoke-free housing policy

Conducted by ACDC, contact Alex Zhang at

8. Survey by AAPIP / AGM (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Associated Grant Makers) on how the current fiscal crisis is impacting API organizations and communities in Greater Boston. AAPIP is using this information to update our colleagues in the philanthropy world about the how API organizations have been impacted.

Each organization should only fill out the survey once:

Thanks to Tufts University for the meeting space and refreshments!

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 9, 2009 @ BCNC 4th floor Conference Room.