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MINUTES of the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees, 2 July 2013

Present: Mike Erickson (President); Jeff Kallman (Secretary); Rick Blauer (Treasurer); Gene Anderson, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Barbra Brannen, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Mark Medina, Tina Merced, Carol Nashe (Trustees);
Kurt Gepke (LVBS member sitting in on the meeting).

The meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. at Bar 702.

I. MINUTES

The minutes of the 4 June LVBS Board meeting were approved unanimously.

II. TREASURER’S REPORT

A) Treasurer Blauer reports there is $1,440.12 in the Society checking account; $218.01 in the Society’s Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); and, the Society’s bills for June have been paid.

B) The Society as of 4 June 2013 has 76 members and over 300 membership expirations. Secretary Kallman notes one new prospective member wanted to sign at the most recent Society open jam but had only a credit card so she would sign up through the Society Website.

C) The treasurer’s report was approved unanimously.

III. PRESIDENT’S COMMENT

President Erickson disclosed a thank-you note from Lady J Huston for putting the minutes in the LVBS Newsletter, and three calls from Society members saying they applaud the minutes being published in the Newsletter.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A) International Blues Day
1)  Trustee Medina spoke of the worldwide movement to have 3 August recognised as International Blues Day. He said the LVBS could either remain status quo for the date, listing our regular first Saturday open jam in dedication to the date; or, the Society could host a live music event in honour of the date with a special cover charge/donation.
 a) Secretary Kallman noted the semi-short notice of the date and suggested getting two bands to perform at the event might be easier than trying for three or four bands.
b) Trustees Medina and Nashe noted August as a slow month, normally, meaning there might be little difficulty in getting bands for the event.
c) Treasurer Blauer noted the total operating budget for such an event, covering the payment to each band playing a single set, is $300.
d) Trustee Medina noted the event could be hoisted as well as part of the Society’s membership drive, including posting an International Blues Day logo on the Society Website.

2) Motion by Trustee Medina, seconded by Trustee Nashe, to make the Society’s 3 August monthly Saturday jam at Bar 702 an International Blues Day even, instead, with two bands to perform, and a $5 cover charge.

3) The motion was approved unanimously. The Board discussed further and agreed that the band originally scheduled for the monthly jam would be offered a slot on the IBD bill and, if they declined due to the lesser fee, anchoring a future jam at Bar 702.

B) Expired Memberships
1) Trustee Medina said he would reach out to expired members by way of the Society’s Constant Contact communications.

2) Visiting member Grepke agrees to take part in an outreach to re-sign expired members, find new members, and communicates with providers of grant monies to 501(c)3 organisations such as the Society.

C) Website Calendar Access
1) President Erickson raised the question of Website Calendar access after receiving questions about trouble bringing the calendar up. Treasurer Blauer noted the issue is usually with Smartphone/iPad application updates, not with personal computers or laptops, and that the basic site structure for the Calendar is sound.

D) Membership Signups at LVBS Jam Nights
1) Trustee Grisanti, who handles membership signups at Society jams, asked for additional help in manning each event’s membership table.

E) Listing Gigs on the Calendar Involving Non-Las Vegas Musicians
1) Treasurer Blauer discusses a series of e-mails involving former Las Vegas musician Harry Nino (a.k.a. Harry O), who asked for an out-of-area gig to be listed on the site Calendar. The Treasurer noted the procedure in place as long as the Society has maintained its Website Calendar: a performer either plays regular Las Vegas gigs; or, a performer is a Las Vegas-based performer playing regional blues gigs. The Society defines “regional” is defined as the area of southern Nevada, Kingman, AZ, and Cedar City, UT.
2) Trustee Nashe suggested listing the specified criteria for Calendar listing explicitly on the Website.
3) Visiting member Gepke suggested levying a small charge for musicians listing out-of-state gigs. Treasurer Blauer notes that would clog a system designed to promote Las Vegas musicians and Las Vegas/southern Nevada blues performances.

F) Website Front Page
1) Members agree informally that the front page of the site should include new information and material on a more regular basis.

V. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 7:37 pm.

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