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MINUTES of the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees, 4 February 2014

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

4 FEBRUARY 2014

 

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

                 Mark Medina (incumbent trustee); Stormy Davis, Garret Hampton, Patty Laird,

                 Robert Smera (incoming trustees); two proxies held by President Erickson.

I) MINUTES

 

                A) The minutes for the Board meeting of 7 January 2014 were approved unanimously.

II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

                A) Treasurer Gepke reports $550.78 in the Society checking account; $522.37 in

                     Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); $500.05 in Julius Funches Memorial

                     Fund; two undeposited checks (membership fees) totaling $70; $453.30

                     undeposited check from Foundation Room event. Aggregate total: $2,142.80.

 

                B) The Treasurer’s Report is approved unanimously.

III) SEATING THE NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

                A) Secretary Kallman reports all candidates on this year’s slate are seated in a

                    landslide, including new board members Garrett Hampton, Patty Laird, and

                    Robert Smera. He offers a formal thank you to outgoing Trustees Barbra Gress and

                    Rockin’ Billy Gress for their time and service to the board.

 

                B) Secretary Kallman moves to appoint Stormy Davis to the Board of Trustees by

                    a special vote of the Board to succeed the late Carol Nashe on the Board. The

                    motion is approved unanimously.

IV) FOUNDATION ROOM PROCEEDS

 

                A) President Erickson and Trustee Medina suggest devoting ten percent of the

                    proceeds from the Foundation Room mixer event to the Society’s General Fund for

                    operating costs, and the balance to be divided into the Funches Fund and the

                    MERF fund.

 

                B) Trustee Medina suggests further that any future such proceeds should be divided

                    the same way.

 

                C) The motion to put ten percent into the General Fund and divide the rest between

                    the two Society funds is approved unanimously.

V) FURTHER HOUSE OF BLUES-RELATED SOCIETY EVENTS

 

                 A) Trustee Medina reports the House of Blues was pleased with the Foundation

                     Room results and is interested in doing further future events with the Society,

                     both in the Foundation Room and in the main private showroom. He says we

                     can use them for further fundraisers with live, low-keyed, acoustic blues; or,

                     on the night of a House of Blues show the Society can do a fundraiser before

                     and tied to the entertainment of the night. It would have to be done on a ticket-

                     sales basis, with a drink special tied to it.

 

                 B) The Society would work out a percentage-of-take with the House of Blues as

                     was done with the Foundation Room mixer.

                 C) Trustee Medina estimates a ninety-day window for preparing and publicising

                     such future events properly. The next such event in theory could take place

                     during the early summer.

VI) THE CELLAR LOUNGE

 

                 A) In light of the Cellar Lounge’s pending closure (end of March), the Society

                     reluctantly agrees to rescind its previous declaration of the Cellar Lounge

                     as the Society’s official headquarters for 2014.The motion is approved

                     unanimously.

VII) NEW VENUE FOR SOCIETY BOARD MEETINGS AND JAM EVENTS

 

                 A) President Erickson will check into several venues for future Society meetings

                     and live blues jams in light of the pending Cellar closure, noting the March jam

                     will be at BBs Clubhouse on Boulder Highway.

 

VIII) HONOURING CAROL NASHE

 

                 A) Secretary Kallman raises the question of how best to honour the memory of

                     Carol Nashe, who passed away the day of the Foundation Room fundraiser.

 

                 B) Trustee Medina suggests looking into a kind of fundraising live music event

                     dedicated to Carol’s memory and agrees to consult with Carol’s son Rick

                     Nashe.

 

                 C) President Erickson suggests finding her favourite charity and donating such                                proceeds to that charity.

IX) CHRIS TOFIELD

 

                 A) The Society agrees unanimously to donate $300 to Las Vegas bluesman Chris                            Tofield to aid his expenses in light of his serious illness costing him three forth-

                     coming gigs.

X) WEBSITE BLOG

 

                 A) The Board agrees informally to include a blog on the remade/remodeled Society

                     Website. Trustee Laird suggests it be designed to allow all Board members to

                     contribute.

XI) ADJOURNMENT

 

                  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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