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August 2014 LVBS Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

5 AUGUST 2014

Present: Mike Erickson (President); Jeff Kallman (Secretary); Kurt Gepke (Treasurer); Gene Anderson, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Stormy Davis, Patty Laird, Tina Merced (Trustees); Patrick Herrera, Bobby Kingston (Members)

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m.

I) MINUTES

              A) The minutes for the Board meeting of 1 July 2014 were approved unanimously.

 II) TREASURER’S REPORT

               A) Treasurer Gepke reported an aggregate total of $1,813.86 in the Society accounts, broken down as follows:

                   1) $743.81 in the Society checking account.

                  2) $500.02 in the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF)

                  3) $500.03 in the Julius Funches Memorial Education Fund

                  4) $70.00 in cash on hand.

               B) The Treasurer’s Report is approved unanimously.

 III) OLD BUSINESS

                A) HOUSE OF BLUES FOUNDATION ROOM MIXER

                    1) There is still no set date for the mixer.

                     2) President Erickson and Trustee Medina expect to continue setting up the mixer’s date.

                     3) The mixer is tabled pending a set date for the event.

 IV) NEW BUSINESS

                A) SECRETARY OF STATE PAPERWORK

                      1) President Erickson, Secretary Kallman, and Treasurer Gepke continue working to convert the Society’s legal status as a charitable organization.

                     2) Secretary Kallman notes Trustee Medina is arranging to pay the back fee or fine and secure the Society’s formal recognition as a charitable organisation.

                 B) BOARD MEETINGS WITH MIXER

                      1) President Erickson re-proposes a general membership mixer followed by a blues jam on Board meeting nights at SNS Saloon.

                      2) President Erickson also notes Society Sunday night jams at SNS Saloon will have to begin later during football season, perhaps at 8:30 p.m.

                 C) WEBSITE

                       1) Trustee Merced says someone has worked on the Website to change the drop-down menu to ask which kind of Society T-shirt a member wants.  She also says this person, Tim, will work on posting band pictures and similar materials.

                    D) BIG BLUES BENDER

                         1) Trustee Merced is trying to arrange with the Big Blues Bender producers to allow sales of Society merchandise during the three-day event.

 V) ADJOURNMENT

                     A) The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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July 2014 LVBS Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

1 JULY 2014

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

Gene Anderson, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Patty Laird, Tina Merced, Robert Smera

(trustees)

The meeting was called to order at 7:42 p.m.

 I) MINUTES

    A) The minutes of the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees meeting of 3 June were approved unanimously.

  II) TREASURER’S REPORT

     A) Treasurer Gepke reported the Society has $176.42 in its checking account; $72.45 in its PayPal account; $726.51 in its Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); $704.18 in its Julius E. Funches Memorial Education fund; for an aggregate total of $1,7502.01.

     B) Trustee Merced reported the Society has 80 active members as of tonight’s meeting.

     C) The Treasurer’s Report is approved unanimously.

 III) OLD BUSINESS

       A) There is no old business before the Board.

 IV) NEW BUSINESS

      A) SNS Saloon (Saddle ‘n’ Spurs)

          1) President Erickson makes a formal proclamation to Bobby & Melissa Kingston, as the new SNS Saloon (Saddle ‘n’ Spurs) owners, congratulating them as the new owners.  The proclamation is approved unanimously.

           2) The Carol Nashe memorial benefit and fundraiser for Wounded Warriors will be held at the SNS Saloon beginning at 6 p.m. President Erickson and Trustee Merced note Saddle ‘n’ Spurs will be offering Society memberships and merchandise for sale at the benefit.

           3) The Society will discuss a possible benefit for pedal steel guitarist Buzz Evans, who suffered a stroke, with the Kingstons.

         B) WEBMASTER/WEBSITE

            1) Trustee Garret Hampton has relocated to Washington state but has volunteered to  continue Website hosting and maintenance remote from his computers.

            2) Treasurer Gepke notes the Website’s PayPal link is still not working properly and needs to be addressed.

         C) NEW VENUES

             1) Trustee Merced notes two new venues friendly to blues have opened and are operating in Las Vegas–the 80/20 (blues and jazz) on Flamingo Road near the Target shopping center; and, Brooklyn Bowl off the Strip near the Linq.

 V) ADJOURNMENT

     A) The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m. Our next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 5 August 2014, at the SNS Saloon.

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