San Jose’s Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center has a number of special events planned in July as it looks to add more members to its 3-person board of directors. A contingent will march in the South Bay city’s annual 4th of July parade next week, while the facility will open its first art show installation later in the month.
Anyone interested in joining the board has until Sunday, July 1 to submit an application, which can be done online here. The election will be held in September during the board’s annual meeting.
In a notice sent to members Thursday, June 28, the board stressed that the position will require a significant commitment.
“Please keep in mind that this is a working board, not an advisory board. Board members are expected to either fundraise a significant amount of money for the center or volunteer at least 5 hours a week at the center,” stated the email.
One issue that will be a major focus of the board’s attention over the next year is the sale of its building at 938 The Alameda in downtown San Jose. As the Bay Area Reporter reported in late April, the DeFrank property will be put up for purchase in the fall of 2013.
Due to the dissolution of the state’s redevelopment agencies, the successor agency in San Jose is disposing of the redevelopment agency’s assets. The DeFrank leases its building for a $1 a month from the city agency, and its lease does not expire until 2054.
Any new owner is expected to be required to honor the terms of the lease. The sale has been postponed until October of next year to give DeFrank officials time to figure out if they can afford to bid for the property, whose asking price has yet to be determined.
San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who won re-election this month to his District 6 seat, which includes the DeFrank, has pledged his help in ensuring that the DeFrank’s lease is observed. He has also asked city staff to help find a new location for the center if one is needed.
In the meantime, the center is continuing to host various events and activities. Wednesday morning it will march in the city’s 4th of July parade. For info on how to join in, a notice has been posted on the web here.
The opening night event is free, though 25 percent of all purchases will go to the center.
Two weeks later on Saturday, July 28 a spaghetti dinner will be held to raise money for the DeFrank’s LGBT youth programs. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and a requested donation ranging from $10 to $20 will be asked based on a person’s ability to pay.
“The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center currently has more going on under its roof than any other time in its 31 year history. This is because we have dedicated volunteers who want to see things happen, so they make things happen,” DeFrank board president Chris Flood wrote in a comment he posted below the April 26 B.A.R. article. “We are not dependent on paid staff, so our potential is limitless. We have friends on the San Jose City Council that want to continue to see us be successful.”