The Faile Foundation Board met at 6:45 p.m. at the
office of Lee Jennings. Present were board members
Dr. Dewey Dunn, Vickie Barnes, Laurie Douglas. Dr.
Cindy Shumpert, Dr. Willie Ree Howell, Lee Jennings,
Dr. Paul Shumpert, and Martha Cates; also attending
were Bobbie Dunn, Dr. George Faile, and Elizabeth
Willie Ree gave the treasurerís reports for
May and November. The total assets on May 6 were
$281,136.42 and on November 30 were $347,511.53.
Lee Jennings reported on regulations that need to
be adopted.. The board needs a Conflict of Interest
Policy, a Whistle-Blower Policy, and a 990 Review
Policy. He explained each to us. The 990 is a form
that all non-profit organizations have to file with
the IRS. At the present we only need the short form.
Lee moved that we adopt all 3 policies, Dewey
seconded the motion, and it was carried. Lee will
have the documents prepared, and all board members
will sign them.
Dr. Gus Lovegren resigned from the Board since he
has moved to near Nashville, TN. The board requested
that Dr. George Faile serve on the board, and he
agreed to do so.
The website was discussed. It was decided that we
need to be more specific on the website about items
needed for donations. Also, a copy of the original
letter about receiving 501C status should be
available for viewing on the website. The Shumperts
requested that we all look at the website and send
any suggestions for it to them.
The donation letter for 2009 was discussed. The
letter needs to have the Foundation address and tax
ID number on it, as well as the phrase, "No goods or
services were provided."
Report on Baptist Hospital:
Amy Elrod, a nurse practitioner, reported that in
October 16,000 patients were seen. The previous high
was 9,000. (She has a very interesting blog:
There are more residents interested in
volunteering, especially since the ones who go to
Ghana return home and tell others about the
experience. However, anyone interested must contact
the hospital to make sure there is a need. They
should stay for at least a month and should be at
least a 4th year medical student. A
resident may need more that the $1,000 stipend that
we provide. Since they are more helpful, we may
provide more. At the present, we provide up to 10 a
year, with the maximum amount of $20,000.
To encourage surgeons to take time from their
practice, we may pay some of the in-country expenses
After next summer there are no more scheduled
volunteers until there can be a permanent person who
is in charge. Earl leaves in June or July for a
furlough, and the Dickensí commitment will be up
shortly after that. The IMB has been requested for a
full time missionary doctor, but there is not one
available at this time. Meeting are on-going between
the IMB representatives and the Ghana Baptist
George reported that the IMB has cut benefits to
missionaries. The whole Sub-Saharan region was cut
40%, which means the Baptist Hospital in Ghana will
be about $50,000 short of expected needs. The board
approved $25,000 to help with support for the first
half of 2010. We will decide on more funds depending
on how the hospital can remain functioning. George
will stay in touch with the IMB and will keep us
Vickie reported that the warehouse that has been
so kind to us is in financial trouble due to the
economy. They have been providing the space to us
rent free. We decided to offer to pay rent on the
space that we use.
There being no further business, the meeting was