MoTAS Weekly for 10/18/17: Summary of 10/15 Membership Meeting

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:



The following are the edited highlights of last Sunday’s meeting, based on the minutes provided by our Secretary, Hal Bass.

TAS Financial Situation. Frank reported that the Board of Trustees is working hard to manage the temple’s finances in view of our net loss of 80 members. He asked those present to call members in their social circle and to invite friends and relatives to join the temple. Frank also requested that individuals peruse the temple’s website and email him with suggested changes to our slogan, “Embrace the Possibilities,” and other items.

MoTAS Financial Situation. Roger presented the current financial report of MoTAS. MoTAS has a healthy fund balance, and we have approximately $6,500 to allocate to grants from the various Squares programs. The 2017 Golf Tournament made approximately $8,600. A draft budget for 2017-2018 was discussed by the officers after the meeting; it will be presented for a vote of MoTAS membership at the November meeting.

Speaker: Robert M. Smith. Robert Smith is an expert in long-term care policies. He gave a PowerPoint presentation with the following highlights: preferable to select a mutual insurance company such as NY Life or Mass Mutual, rather than a stock company; in-home care $500/d; semi-private room in an average facility $225/d; benefits in home or in a care facility are paid out for up to 6 years (average period of benefit payments before death is 2.5 years); Medicare will cover up to 100 days per calendar year in a skilled nursing facility for a “recoverable” condition following at least 3 days spent in an acute- care hospital; Med-Cal will pay for a 3-bed room but only if the individual has exhausted all of his/her benefits and assets. [Ed: The upshot of the talk was that most folks will need long term care and it can significantly impact your retirement savings. Plans change on a regular basis, and as insurance companies realize the actual cost, keep getting less generous. The bottom line: You are better to get a plan now rather than later.]

MoTAS Project Support. Howard Miller listed several maintenance projects which he and others, including Education Director Sharon Furman-Lee, have identified [Ed: Howard will be preparing a more detailed description that I’ll include in a future weekly]:

  • ECEC request for a power washer for the playground, sidewalks and large toys $300 “
  • Install canvas for displaying student art work $250
  • Professionally repair south side of sanctuary building ceiling plus fascia on north side. Paint and materials $300
  • Strengthen hand rail attachments and paint the hand rails $100
  • Clean inside of windows and paint walls on interior of school buildings $300
  • Paint metal cap over top of wall on 2nd story of school buildings $300
  • Power-wash stains on school buildings and activity center exterior walls
  • Additional decorative rock at west side of temple $600
  • Larry Pfeffer will evaluate the integrity of two outdoor electric wall sockets behind the social hall

For all of these, the goal will be to be visibly out in the congregation so the membership can see us working to better the buildings, which should also help attract new regular members to MoTAS. Howard is coordinating this effort, and there will be more information in future weeklys and specific workdays and how you can help. For more information on these, contact Howard at

November Meeting. On November 12, Howard Miller will be presenting an analysis of the Temple’s demographics. As always, please join us at 8:45 AM for breakfast, followed by a short recap of upcoming activities. The speaker will start at 9:30 AM. We will also be voting on the MoTAS budget, and discussing our work day plans.

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