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

Minutes of the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees Meeting

3 September 2013


Present: Mike Erickson (president), Jeff Kallman (secretary); Kurt Gepke (treasurer);

              Gene Anderson, Pat Bear, Barbra Brannen, Tina Merced (trustees); Pat

              Herrera (member).

Absent: Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Mark Medina, Carol Nashe


Proxies: President Erickson holds proxy for Trustee Medina; Trustee Brannen holds

              proxy for Trustee Gress.


              A) The minutes of the Board meeting of 6 August 2013 were approved unanimously.



              A) Treasurer Gepke reported $2,608.99 in the Society’s bank account; $235.00 in the

                  Society’s Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) account; $24.15 in the Society’s

                  PayPal account; and, $25.00 in checks yet to deposit.


              B) Trustee Merced reported 130 Society members as of tonight’s meeting.


              C) The Treasurer’s report is approved unanimously. (Note: The “ship” option on PayPal

                   is explained to Trustees Anderson and Merced regarding Society T-shirts.)



              A) Secretary Kallman proposes that the pending Las Vegas Blues Society Blues Scholarship be

                  renamed the Las Vegas Blues Society’s Julius E. Funches Memorial Blues Scholarship, in

                  memory of our friend and supporter in the wake of his unexpected death in August.


              B) The motion is approved unanimously.



              A) President Erickson reminds the board the 20 September Cellar jam is a “rerun” for the Ruffnecks

                  as the anchor band, because they had been rained out (power failures) of their scheduled

                  LVBS jam at the Cellar in August.


              B) President Erickson proposes each of our forthcoming Cellar jams be preceded by a general

                  Society membership meeting, an hour before the jam evening begins. The proposal is approved.


              C) The Society is going to look for other venues for the monthly jam in light of Saddle ‘n’ Spurs

                  deciding not to deal with the Society anymore in view of the Society’s decision to cut back

                  on jam nights.


              D) President Erickson discusses his idea of having the Society’s monthly non-jam event become

                  themed events—delta blues night, women in blues night, etc. These events could be events or

                  invitational jams in terms of the band or bands featuring at the events inviting selected guest

                  musicians to play.


              E) Secretary Kallman discusses the makeup of jams, and discusses making our future jams invitational

                  jams to the extent of ruling that only Society members should be allowed to jam. Trustee Brannen

                  suggests in the event of a band turning up to jam at least one member of the band should be a

                  Society member. Treasurer Gepke and Trustee Brannen discuss the idea of Society members

                  getting bandstand priority as jammers.


              F) The issue of jam makeup, and whether to give Society members bandstand priority, is tabled for

                  further discussion at the next Board meeting.


              G) Treasurer Gepke suggests musicians the Society works with think about instructional sessions

                  for younger musicians who can’t come to jams in nightclubs. President Erickson notes Trustee

                  Medina continues working on the “blues camp” idea for such accommodations.



              A) President Erickson notes the Moanin’ Blacksnakes’ anniversary show at Tommy Rockers will

                  include a portion of the proceeds going to the MERF fund.



              A) Trustee Brannen, a wholesaler by profession, introduces potential items for sale with the Society

                   imprint with Trustee Merced.


              B) Items under consideration include travel mugs, coffee mugs, leather cases, martini glasses. They

                  can be purchased with a Society logo or imprint at a rate of $459 for three hundred pieces.


              C) Trustee Brannen says they can be made available by 20 September.


              D) A motion to present these items for sale at a Society event is approved.



              A) Trustee Bear has offered to paint the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) donations bucket

                  in a decorative pattern to help attract contributions at Society event.



              A) The meeting adjourned at 8:08 PM. The Board agreed to meet the first Wednesday of October

                  to accommodate some members’ plans to attend another event.

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