Center introduces new board member, new fiscal budget in limbo

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New Center of Anna Maria Island board member Sarah C. Meaker, left, introduces herself to fellow board members at their June 25 meeting. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

A fresh face joined the Center of Anna Maria Island’s board of directors.

Sarah Meaker began the center’s June 25 board meeting by introducing herself after a welcome by board chair David Zaccagnino.

“I was taking care of my mom, who recently passed,” the new board member said. “So, after she passed, I decided to get more involved in the community again.

“I had been involved in the past — I’ve been in Manatee County since 2000, and I’ve been very involved in some other boards and activities,” she continued.

Meaker, who has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s from Neumann College and a doctorate from Barry University, most recently worked as the director of client services at HCN Healthcare in Sarasota.

Zaccagnino hinted at future additions to the center board, before continuing to other items on the agenda.

The board discussed the possibility of organizing a running club with Fit2Run, a runner store, and coordinating monthly fun runs in Anna Maria.

The center also announced its golf tournament will be held at the Links at Greenfield Plantation rather than IMG Academy Golf Course, where the event had been held in recent years.

No date was set for the tournament.

Zaccagnino said the Links at Greenfield Plantation’s president and a center member, Anthony “Tony” Soletti, offered a deal.

“IMG has been really good to us in the past, it’s a great course and everything, but we have a member of the center who’s going to give us a sweetheart deal,” Zaccagnino said.

The board also announced it had agreed on a preliminary budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that will put the nonprofit $23,000 in the black.

However, while the new fiscal year started July 1, no version of the budget was made available to The Islander.

Executive director Chris Culhane said the budget would likely be made available to the public after the center’s next board meeting, tentatively set for July 23 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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