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MINUTES of the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees, 3 December 2013

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, 3 DECEMBER 2013

 

Present: Mike Erickson (President), Jeff Kallman (Secretary), Kurt Gepke (Treasurer);

               Gene Anderson, Pat Bear, Tina Merced, Carol Nashe (Trustees); Patrick Herrera

                 (LVBS member)

Proxies: Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Barbra Brannen, Mark Medina (held by President

               Erickson)

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

 

I) MINUTES

   The minutes of the Board meeting of 5 November 2013 were approved unanimously.

II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

    Treasurer Gepke reports $447.13 in the Society checking account; $492.33 in the Musician’s

    Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); $500.01 in the Society’s Julius E. Funches Memorial Fund;

    $120.75 in the Society’s PayPal account; and, $72.00 in the “dummy” fund. This makes an

    aggregate total of $1,560.22.

 

    Trustee Merced (membership chair) reports the Society has 122 current members as of tonight’s

    meeting.

 

    The Treasurer’s Report is approved unanimously.

III) HOUSE OF BLUES MIXER

 

     The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay has asked the Las Vegas Blues Society to hold a mixer

     meeting with priority to the Society’s membership on 24 January from 5-8 p.m.

 

     The motion to hold such a mixer meeting is approved unanimously.

IV) RAISING LVBS MEMBERSHIP FEES

 

     The Board agrees to table whether and by how much to raise membership fees for joining the

     Society, pending further brainstorming and discussion among the Board’s membership and

     among the Society’s general membership.

V) ADDITIONAL SOCIETY JAM VENUES

 

     Trustee Bear notes BB’s Clubhouse (the former Dylan’s on Boulder Highway) is acting

     hospitably to local bands and would be receptive to hosting a Blues Society jam. President

     Erickson agrees to join Trustee Bear in looking into the BB’s prospect further.

 

     He adds he favours having Society-hosted blues jams at various venues more than at single          venues,

   though he adds he favours keeping the monthly Cellar jam because of the Cellar’s

     enthusiasm and hospitality toward the Society.

VI) BOARD ELECTIONS BY E-MAIL

 

    The Board votes to amend the Society’s by-laws to approve, formally, conducting Board

    elections by e-mail voting.

VII) THE BOARD’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE

 

     Trustee Nashe discusses correspondence she received regarding the Christmas Party’s press

     release asking for the allowable value of gifts included for the White Elephant gift exchange

     at the Board’s Christmas Party. Trustee Bear says participants don’t have to go out and spend      money but

   rather contribute household items in good condition that they no longer need or            want.

 

     The Board agrees officially to spend $200 on the Christmas Party. Trustee Merced says

     the Cellar management has agreed to spend $100 on finger food and appetisers for the party,

     while other monies can be spent on certain door prizes tied to the bar for the party.

VIII) STORAGE SPACE

 

     President Erickson asks if the Society should consider obtaining a special storage room or

     facility for keeping such Society items as T-shirts, merchandise, Society-owned music

     equipment, etc.

IX) ADJOURNMENT

 

     The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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