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Band Memberships

Dear Band Leaders, Band Managers, and agents:

Recently, the Las Vegas Blues Society revised its website and we are now offering a great advertising incentive to local bands. Join the Blues Society as a local band and we will include your band pic or band logo as well as a link to your website!

Our website receives thousands of hits per month as well as a readership of over 2,000 blues fans who either live in Las Vegas or visit here looking for local live music. For only $50 per year, your band will receive 24 – 7 advertising. Compared to other advertisers, you will receive an ad for the WHOLE YEAR as opposed to just one month!

Your membership will also help fund our Musicians Emergency Relief Fund and our school based music assistance fund. Be a “community minded” band and join the Las Vegas Blues Society now!

Be one of the first to take advantage of a great advertising opportunity and a chance to be involved in helping your community at the same time.

How to join? Just go to our website and click onto the ‘become a member’ membership link. Choose band membership and be sure to contact one of our board members so that we can add your photo, website link and other info to our website! That’s all there is to it!

We look forward to your participation!

Yours truly,

Jeff Kallman, President
Tina Merced, Membership Chair

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December 2015 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING DECEMBER 1, 2015
Meeting called to order at 7:17 pm by President Jeff Kallman
PRESENT: Jeff Kallman ( president), Marcia Frank (secretary), Parick Herrera (treasurer); Trustees: Patty Laird, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Barbra Gress; guest Rita King
ABSENT: Pat Bear, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Z Lipsky, Tina Merced
Guest Rita King, daughter of B.B. King, addressed the board and her interest in reaching out to the blues community to do something worthy of her father’s honor i.e. fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research or for helping musician’s in need. A fundraiser to be held on B.B. King’s birthday next September was discussed as a possibility and will be explored further after the new board is seated. Rita King was encouraged to join the Las Vegas Blues Society and possibly be a board member.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 The minutes of the November 3, 2015 board meeting were approved unanimously.
TREASURER’S REPORT
 Since last report, $300.00 was donated to Rosemary Dolly Anderson.
 Income received was $95.00.
 $789.00 is the current balance.
 Treasurer’s report was approved unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS
 President Kallman reports that fixing the website has been delayed because developer Garrett Hampton broke his arm. Repairs to the website should commence this week.
 Celebration of Life- Gene Anderson- Trustee Barbra Gress thanked all the board members involved to make this event a huge success attended by so many blues musicians. Special thanks to Trustee Rockin’ Billy Gress for his leadership, the Legend staff, Al Ventura for running the sound board, and Treasurer Herrera for making table flyers.
NEW BUSINESS
 January jam- January 9, 2016 (Saturday night) with Diane Kallay Band at the Sand Dollar starting at 9 pm.
 February 12th jam at Legend’s with Rockin’ Billy Gress may have tobe changed so not to conflict with Mike Zito and the Wheel performance with Jimmy Carpenter that same day.
 Both jams need to be heavily publicized on Facebook by the Board.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

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November 2015 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING N0VEMBER 3, 2015
Meeting called to order at 7:17 pm by President Jeff Kallman
PRESENT: Jeff Kallman ( president), Marcia Frank (secretary), Parick Herrera (treasurer), Tina Merced, membership, Trustees: Patty Laird, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Barbra Gress
ABSENT: Pat Bear, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Z Lipsky
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 The minutes of the October 12, 2015 board meeting were approved unanimously.
TREASURER’S REPORT
 We are up about $200 from last month with a balance at $1061.10.
 President Kallman deposited a $45 check tonight on the way to the meeting so the balance is actually $1096.10.
 Tierra.net has been cancelled by President Kallman.
 Treasurer’s report was approved unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS
 November 13 Jam- “We Ain’t Superstitious”
1. T-shirts, membership cards, and laminator need to be picked up from Dolly Anderson.
2. More people need to be invited than the 122 presently asked. We all need to share the event.
3. The event is to be pinned at the top of the Las Vegas Blues Society Facebook page.
4. Trustee Merced will provide membership list for the jam.
 President Kallman has met with website creator, Garrett Hampton, who has been working on the website. The goal is to make it more user friendly.
NEW BUSINESS
 Celebration of Life of Gene Anderson
1. Place- should be at Legend’s Bar because Gene lived near it.
2. Date- December 6th if possible and to be held in conjunction with the Kold Kats jam. Other possible dates are November 21st, November 22, and November 29th. Start time to be 3 or 4 pm.
3. President Kallman will talk to Legend’s owner.
4. Trustee Rockin’ Billy Gress will talk to Kold Kat Norman Zelaya and arrange for other bands to play.
5. A guitar and picture of Gene is to be placed near or on the stage.
6. Trustee Barbara Gress will pick up MERF box from Bobby Kingston.
7. Motion to rename the MERF fund, the Gene Anderson relief fund was tabled.
8. It was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously that a $300 gift is to be presented to Dolly Anderson from the Blues Society. Treasurer Herrera will give it to her at Gene’s memorial at their house this weekend.
 Christmas Party- Trustee Merced will look into the possibility of the Christmas party to be held at the Foundation Room again. Planning to take place at next meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:15 pm.
Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

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October 2015 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING OCTOBER 12, 2015
Meeting called to order at 8:15 pm by President Jeff Kallman
PRESENT: Jeff Kallman ( president), Marcia Frank (secretary), Parick Herrera (treasurer), Tina Merced, membership, Trustees: Patty Laird, Z Lipsky.
ABSENT: Gene Anderson, Barbara Gress, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Pat Bear, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 The minutes of the September 14, 2015 board meeting were approved unanimously.
TREASURER’S REPORT
 Las Vegas Blues Society funds total $863.10, an increase of $370.00 received from PayPal.
 Treasurer Herrera has not received Blues Society jam fees of $50 for each of the past three months. President Kallman will deposit the funds into Chase Bank this week. Trustee Merced moved that all income received from jams or events need to be deposited into the bank within two weeks from the event and emails sent to board officers. The motion was seconded by President Kallman and passed unanimously.
 Two mailed in memberships, one family and one individual, were given to Trustee Merced by President Kallman for membership enrollment.
 Treasurer Herrera questioned the following expenditures:
1. Constant Contact- Put out our monthly emails. A similar service for a lower fee may be
available.
2. TierraNet- $150 since first of year. Purpose to be investigated.
3. Postal Service- $200. May be postage and post office box rental. Fees to be explored.
4. President Kallman to provide a copy of the bylaws and non-profit documents as requested
by Treasurer Herrera.
Membership Report
 Fourteen previously expired memberships have been renewed since last mailing. There are now 36 active members. An additional twenty-five memberships have expired and another membership mailing is planned.
 Membership Chair Merced requests that all Board members renew via the website and not pass money among each other. It also serves as a way to test PayPal.
Old Business
 Las Vegas Blues Society web designer, Garrett Hampton, is back in town, has contacted President Kallman, and has expressed an interest to be involved. President Kallman is meeting with him this Friday, October 16, 2015, and he will be invited to attend future board meetings.
New Business
 Jam at Sand Dollar November 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm- Theme-“We Ain’t Superstitious”-Band will be Michael Jackson and the Big Block Band. There will be drink specials- $3.00 Pabst and $4.00 well drinks for card-carrying Blues Society members. Trustees Tina Merced and Patrick Herrera will not be able to attend. Membership drive with t-shirts and cards will be available that night. President Kallman to create a Facebook event using a slide he designed.
 A Thanksgiving jam and dinner was not deemed feasible because of it being so close to the Sand Dollar jam. A Christmas dinner and jam at Legends was discussed as a possibility with a $10 cover charge and $400.00 offered band fee was discussed for December 18th or 19th.
 Miscellaneous:
1. Bobby Kingston resignation- Treasurer Herrera presented a statement by Bobby Kingston that he would reconsider his venue for jams and his service as a board member if the “climate of the board changed.” Treasurer Herrera feels that Bobby Kingston has been a great friend to the Blues Society and consideration should be given to returning the jam to his venue. Furthermore, Treasurer Herrera asked for President Kallman’s resignation.
2. Jam band fee has always been $400 and we should enforce that in the future. We had been getting $250 at Saddle and Spurs even though attendance has been down.
3. There are no jams planned past the Sand Dollar jam and no other venues established.
4. Conflict of interest was discussed and the need to show no allegiance to any particular venue or band.
5. The Las Vegas Blues Society jam should be the premiere jam in Las Vegas, but it is not.
Meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm.

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September 2015 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8:20 pm by President Jeff Kallman.
PRESENT: Jeff Kallman (president), Marcia Frank (secretary), Patrick Herrera (treasurer), Tina Merced (membership), Trustees: Mike Erickson, Gene Anderson, Patty Laird, Pat Bear, Z Lipsky. Guest and member: Dick Earl Ericksen.
ABSENT: Trustees: Barbara Gress, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Bobby Kingston.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 The minutes of the August 3, 2015 Board meeting were approved unanimously.
TREASURER’S REPORT
 Las Vegas Blues Society funds total $595.10. A summary of Blues Society funds was distributed by Treasurer Herrera and noticed that the Society is losing approximately $70 per month. We are spending more than is coming in and it anticipated that we will be broke by the middle of next year.
 Trustee Merced reports that the membership is also sliding with 70 members at the beginning of the year, 50 at the beginning of the month with 20 memberships expiring this month. No renewal letters to be sent until it is determined that the website and PayPal are accurate.
 It is unclear whether we are receiving the funds from PayPal. We have to request transfer. President Kallman is to check on PayPal transfer.
OLD BUSINESS
 Website: Stacy (last name unknown) has been working on the website. Some data has been updated i.e. secretary information and banner pictures but the other data i.e. minutes, bands, venues is dated. Stacy will be invited to attend next board meeting and offered a free membership. Emails seem to be received by intended officers. Web site domain has been paid for three years in advance but is not owned by Las Vegas Blues Society.
 Jams: The monthly jam at Saddle and Spurs is going well.
 Venues: The search for new venues continues. President Kallman and Trustee Pat Laird have and will continue to visit possible future venues. The Artifice was not willing to pay our band prices. Sand Dollar, Red Label, Dispensary, City Bar, Bounty Hunter, 7777 Bar on Sahara were all discussed. A viable home, like the Cellar last year, is needed to generate income.
 The Pigs for Kids event is not occurring because of no feedback from the organizers.
NEW BUSINESS
 Thanksgiving party and jam: Legends Bar was mentioned as a possible venue for a jam and dinner the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Mike, the owner, is an excellent cook.
 Christmas Event: The Bounty Hunter is a possible venue for an event to be held on the Saturday night before Christmas.
 Youth outreach: Blues Society member, touring professional, and educator Dick Earl Ericksen is interested in working with the school system by introducing blues to the students similar to the Blues in Schools offered through the Blues Foundation. Introductions will be made to Mark Medina and Russ Bird.
Meeting adjourned at 8:13 pm.

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August 2015 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES August 3, 2015
Meeting called to order at 7:32 pm by President Jeff Kallman
PRESENT: Jeff Kallman (president), Marcia Frank (secretary), Patrick Herrera (treasurer), Trustees: Mike Erickson, Barbara Gress, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Patty Laird, Tina Merced
ABSENT: Trustees: Gene Anderson (proxy held by President Kallman), Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Pat Bear, Bobby Kingston, Z Lipsky
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 The July minutes were not available due to a voice recorder malfunction but will be available for August.
TREASURER’S REPORT
 Las Vegas Blues Society funds total $710.00.
 The problems with the website, emails, and PayPal are being worked on by volunteer Stacey.
OLD BUSINESS
 Nevada Barbeque Association is requesting the Society’s involvement in the Pigs for Kids fundraiser for children’s cancer. They want to utilize a blues band and will provide an honorarium. Media coverage is expected. Event is to be held late September or October at a north side park.
 Plans are being formulated for one or two membership mixers at either the Hideaway, the Bounty Hunter, or the re-opened, centrally located Sand Dollar. President Kallman is meeting with the new owners on Thursday, August 6, 2015 to explore the possibility of the Sand Dollar hosting future Society jams.
NEW BUSINESS
 There is no new business.
Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm.

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