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April 2015 Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

12 APRIL 2015

Present: Jeff Kallman (president); Gene Anderson, Barbara Gress, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Bobby Kingston, Patty Laird, Z Lipsky.

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

MINUTES & TREASURER’S REPORT

 

For the third consecutive month there are no minutes to the previous meeting. President

Kallman advises the board there will be a treasurer’s report forthcoming because Treasurer

Herrera is absent preparing for a music gig.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Blues Society T-Shirt Redesign

 

Trustee Barbara Gress says the new logo’s design, based on the Welcome to Fabulous Las

Vegas sign, will be a five-colour design. She also says we need to get going on ordering as

soon as possible because the Society is out of large and extra-large size T-shirts.

 

Trustee Anderson says the Society has all sizes except those two available. Trustee Gress

says the Society will need to think about ordering approximately twelve dozen shirts with

the new design to make it economically feasible. She also says one goal is to make shirts

available for sale at Society events as well.

 

Trustee Lipsky questions the change in logo, but Trustee Gress says the Society would order

no more than 144 shirts with the new logo and, if it doesn’t catch on, the Society would return

to the “classic” logo.

 

 

Ribfest Update

 

President Kallman tells the Board he was informed by Trustee Merced that she has a large,

four-pole canvas-type overhang to use as a Society booth at Ribfest in June. He also advises

that he will be in contact with the Ribfest organisers for updates on the event’s music and

arrangements. (Member band Monk & the Po Boys are volunteering their music services

as part of the event.)

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Big Blues Bender

 

Trustee Rockin Billy Gress says Trustee Andraccio (Monk) informed him there should not be

any problem about the Society having a table with T-shirts and membership forms at the

Big Blues Bender festival.

 

President Kallman relates Trustee Merced’s information that the Bender is not, through this

meeting, offering discounted packages to Las Vegas locals wishing to attend. Trustee Barbara

Gress reminds the Board that position could change between now and the week of the

festival.

 

 

Time of LVBS Jams at SNS Saloon

 

Trustee Barbara Gress asks if Society jams at SNS Saloon can be held at 3 p.m. on the first

Sunday of the month instead of the current 7 p.m. start time.

 

Trustee Kingston, owner/proprietor of SNS Saloon as well, agrees to the new 3 p.m. start

time for Society-sponsored jams on the first Sunday of the month beginning with the 3 May

Society jam.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:56 p.m.

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Las Vegas Championship RibFest 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Nevada Barbeque Association (NVBBQA) will present the first annual Las Vegas Championship RibFest 2015 taking place at Bass Pro Shop-Outdoor World on June 6th, 2015, for the benefit of the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation (www.theburnfoundation.org).

 

NVBBQA is proud to bring the Las Vegas Championship RibFest to Bass Pro Shops. The Las Vegas Championship RibFest will pit amateur rib masters against competition rib teams as well as popular local restaurants for the coveted title of

Best Ribs in Las Vegas 2015’.

 

Competitors and venders on site will provide sample ribs for purchase to the public and more BBQ menu items will be available including rib plates, pulled pork sandwiches and brisket dinners. This is a family friendly event with a Kid’s Zone, cooking demonstrations and live musical entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

 

The event will open to the public at Saturday morning at 11:00 AM until after the awards ceremony at 6:00 PM. The cash prize for the ‘Best Ribs in Las Vegas 2015’ is $2500 and trophies for the top winners. Judging will be done by a panel of BBQ judges. A People’s Choice Award will be determined by a separate panel of everyday rib lovers at the event and features a $500 prize and trophy.

 

Who has the best ribs in Las Vegas?

 

“We intend to settle this question once and for all” remarks Steve Overlay, of the Nevada Barbecue Association and winner of multiple Rib Championship Titles. “We are proud to partner with Firefighters of Southern Nevada to contribute to their efforts help support burn victims and their families” continued Overlay. “Proceeds from the competition entries, donations and corporate sponsorships go directly to the BurnFoundation.org”.

 

For information on the Las Vegas Championship RibFest competition and how to enter the competition or donate to the event; contact Barry Greer at 702-347-6331  or barrygr@gmail.com or contact at info.nvbbqa@gmail.com

 

The Nevada Barbecue Association was founded in 2011 to mentor and promote barbecue and the barbecue lifestyle in our local neighborhoods and throughout the State of Nevada. Please visit www.nvbbqa.org for more information.

 

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January 2015 Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

 

Present: Mike Erickson (President); Jeff Kallman (Secretary); Gene Anderson, Patty Laird, Tina Merced (Trustees).

Proxies: Kurt Gepke (Treasurer; held by Secretary Kallman); Mark Medina (trustee; held by President Erickson).     

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.

 

  1. I) MINUTES

 

  1.                  A) The minutes for the Board meeting of 2 December 2015 were approved unanimously.

 

 

  1. II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

  1.                  A) By way of Secretary Kallman, Treasurer Gepke reported the following:

 

                        1) The Society checking account has $1,137.28

                        2) The Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) has  $690.15.

                        3) The Julius E. Funches Memorial Education Fund has  $500.13.

                        4) Including $45 delivered by President Erickson to the Society, the aggregate total is $2,372.56.

 

  1.                  B) The treasurer’s report was approved unanimously.

 

 

III)  OLD BUSINESS

 

  1.                  A) CONTRIBUTION TO CLARK COUNTY SCHOOLS MUSIC EDUCATION (FUNCHES FUND)

 

                       1) Secretary Kallman reports the school district representative to receive the contribution

could not attend the Society’s Foundation Room holiday function to receive it. But she

agrees to accept it at the school district offices during January, contingent upon

Treasurer Gepke making out the appropriate $500 check.

 

2) The representative is Judy Meyers, who has designated Brinley Middle School’s band

program as the recipient.

 

 

 

  1. IV) NEW BUSINESS

 

  1.                  A) NOMINEES TO THE 2015 LVBS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

                       1) Secretary Kallman announces the following nominees to the Board:

Martin Barber (Secretary), Patrick Herrera (Treasurer); Gene Anderson, Dennis (Monk)

Andraccio, Pat Bear, Mike Erickson, Barbra Gress, Rockin’ Billy Gress, Bobby Kingston, Patty Laird,

Z Lipsky, Tina Merced (Trustees); and, Jeff Kallman (President).

 

2) Secretary Kallman will send the ballot forth to the membership following the meeting. The voting

period will continue through 6:00 p.m. Friday, 30 January.

 

  1.                  B) NEW SOCIETY T-SHIRTS

 

1) The Board agrees to wait until the new Board of Trustees is seated to discuss a re-design of the

Las Vegas Blues Society T-shirt and ordering new needed T-shirts.

 

 

  1.                  C) NEW BLUES SOCIETY JAM VENUES

 

1) President Erickson, Secretary Kallman, and Trustee Merced discuss potential new venues for

Blues Society jams, including possible the Time Out on Charleston and Jones (the former King

Tut), where the regular Thursday night jam hosts at that venue says he is willing to let the

Society have one of his nights for a Society blues jam.

 

2) Secretary Kallman says the Society should avoid last-minute/last-hour jam planning such as occurred

at the Stateside Lounge toward the end of 2014.

 

 

  1. V) ADJOURNMENT

 

                      1) The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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November 2014 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

4 NOVEMBER 2014

 

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

                 Gene Anderson, Pat Bear, Patty Laird, Tina Merced (Trustees)

                 President Erickson holds two proxies.

 

 

  1. I) MINUTES

  

  1.               A) The minutes of the Board meeting of 7 October 2014 were approved unanimously.

 

 

  1. II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

  1.               A) Treasurer Gepke reports the Society has the following in its accounts:

 

1) $1,236.78 in Checking Account.

2) $690.09 in Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF)

3) $500.09 in Julius E. Funches Memorial Fund

4) $2,416.96 aggregate total.

 

  1.                B) The Treasurer’s Report was approved unanimously.

 

 

III) OLD BUSINESS

 

  1.                A) Foundation Room Event, 18 December 2014

 

                     1) President Erickson says the Society will arrange for someone from the

Clark County School District to accept a $500.00 contribution from the

Funches fund for music needs in the district.

 

2) The Foundation Room wants to do a walk-through with Board members.

 

3) There will be no live music at the event.

 

4) The event will be run from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

 

 

  1. IV) NEW BUSINESS

 

  1.                  A) Board Elections

 

                      1) Secretary Kallman has published the first newsletter notices of the coming

Board election of January 2015.

 

2) Nominations will be taken from tonight’s meeting through midnight

31 December.

 

3) The voting will begin 4 January 2015 and conclude the final Friday of that

month.

 

4) Reminders will be published in every Society newsletter until the voting period

begins.

 

5) President Erickson suggests, since the by-laws are being re-written, that

Membership Chair should be established as an officers’ position. Trustee

Merced is currently the Society’s membership chair.

 

 

  1.                   B) The Society’s Legal Status

 

                       1) President Erickson will consult with his accountant regarding the Society’s

legal, non-profit, tax filing status and whether the legal, non-profit status needs

to be renewed or changed before the Society files its tax documents.

 

 

  1. V) ADJOURNMENT

 

                    The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

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December 2014 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

2 DECEMBER 2014

 

PRESENT: Mike Erickson (president); Jeff Kallman (secretary); Pat Bear, Patty Laird,

                 Tina Merced (trustees)

PROXIES: Mark Medina (trustee; held by President Erickson); Kurt Gepke (treasurer;

                 held by Secretary Kallman)

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM at Legend’s Bar, Boulder Highway.

 

 

  1. I) MINUTES

 

  1.          A) The minutes of the Board meeting of 4 November 2014 were approved unanimously

 

 

  1. II) Treasurer’s Report:

 

  1.         A) The treasurer’s report is sent to Secretary Kallman the day following the meeting this month

only, and will be included with the minutes:

 

1) As of 4 November 2014 the Society has a checking account balance of $1,209.78.

2) The Society’s Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) has a balance of $690.12.

3) The Society’s Julius E. Funches Memorial Education Fund has a balance of $500.11.

4) The Society’s PayPal balance is $0.00

5) The Aggregate Total is $2,400.01.

 

 

III) OLD BUSINESS

 

  1.        A) Las Vegas Blues Society Website

 

              1) Trustee Merced tells the board she has met a contact who would be willing to help maintain

the Society Website.

 

2) President Erickson says former Trustee Garrett Hampton—who has maintained the site even

since his move to Washington State—is still willing to help host and maintain it as long as feasible

for him to do so.

 

3) Trustee Merced says her contact will attend the next Society board meeting.

 

 

  1.        B) Foundation Room Holiday Meet-Greet-Mix

 

             1) Secretary Kallman and Trustee Merced urge the Society to continue pushing the Foundation Room

holiday mixer and White Elephant gift game despite the early lack of feedback on the gift game.

 

2) The event has been posted as a formal event page on Facebook.

 

3) The Society newsletter includes links both to the Facebook event page and the EventBrite.com

ticket confirmation Website.

 

4) Trustee Bear discusses promotional posters she’s designing for the event.

 

5) The Board agrees to hire a photographer for $100 to take photographs of the event.

 

6) Secretary Kallman will send individual invitations to Bobby and Melissa Kingston of SNS Saloon

in light of their establishment being the home of the LVBS.

 

7) The Board agrees to contribute $500 from the Funches Fund to Clark County School District toward

music education at or around the event.

 

 

 

  1. IV) NEW BUSINESS

 

  1.        A) Las Vegas Blues Society Jams

 

             1) Trustee Merced says that with the end of the Reno’s Roc ‘n’ Sol Jam at Joey’s Tavern there is a possible

opening for the Society to conduct a blues jam of its own on a future Saturday night at a willing

venue.

 

2) Secretary Kallman suggests Board members look around and try to learn which other local establishments

friendly to blues music would be willing to host a Society jam, in addition to SNS Saloon, on a Saturday night,

or on other nights when the establishment is likeliest to have a good size crowd.

 

3) President Erickson discusses the Sand Dollar as a possibility but notes they are still not with

a gaming licence. Trustee Merced notes the Sand Dollar’s ownership may not prefer a gaming

license, meaning the club can be open from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. only.

 

4) President Erickson notes SNS Saloon owner Bobby Kingston calls the club’s Thursday night

blues events as Society events,displaying the Society’s MERF fund collection box, and we can

have Society membership applications present for sign-ups at these events.These events aren’t

jams strictly defined, but the bands engaged for these shows invite sit-ins as their discretion.

 

 

  1.        B) Board of Trustees Elections

 

              1) President Erickson says there is still a need to find a candidate to run for Secretary,with

incumbent Secretary Kallman being nominated for President.

 

2) Trustees Anderson, Andraccio, Bear, Davis, Laird, and Merced will run for the Board once again.

 

3) Society member Patrick Herrera intends to run for a Board position.

 

 

  1.        C) The Society’s Legal Standing

 

              1) President Erickson suggests the Society find an accountant or attorney willing to review and help

finish the documentation (profit and loss, etc.)  for securing/renewing the Society’s legal standing

with the Nevada Secretary of State office.

 

 

  1. V) ADJOURNMENT

 

  1.        A) The meeting adjourned at 7:48 PM.

 

 

 

 

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