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October 2014 LVBS Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

TUESDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2014

 

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

              Gene Anderson, Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Pat Bear, Patty Laird, Tina Merced 

              (trustees)

 

 

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

 

 

  1. I) MINUTES

 

  1.         A) The minutes for the Board meeting of 2 September 2014 were approved

 

 

  1. II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

  1.         A)Treasurer Gepke reports $1,007.13 in the Society checking account; $690.06 in

the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); $500.07 in the Julius E. Funches

Memorial Fund; aggregate total of $2,197.89.

 

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

 

 

III) OLD BUSINESS

 

  1.         A) “BOBBY’S LOUNGE” ANNIVERSARY/THROWBACK EVENT

 

               1) Secretary Kallman says the Society needed only a confirmed date for

this event, which the Board previously agreed to support, and that

SNS Saloon owner Bobby Kingston has agreed to 1 November 2014.

 

2) President Erickson says Monk and the Po Boys will be the featured band

for the afternoon open jam during the event.

 

 

  1.         B) STATESIDE LOUNGE LVBS JAM

 

              1) The Society is going ahead with hosting an open jam at the Stateside Lounge

on Las Vegas Blvd. at Washington Avenue 11 October 2014, at 9 p.m., anchored by

Monk and the Po Boys.

 

 

 

  1. IV) NEW BUSINESS

 

  1.          A) 2015 BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOMINATIONS

 

                1) President Erickson reminds the board to begin thinking about nominations

to the 2015 Board of Trustees. He adds he will not place himself into

nomination for another term as Board president.

 

2) Secretary Kallman reminds the Board nominations begin in November,

on the day of the Board’s first meeting, and end at midnight 31 December,

with voting by the Society membership to begin on the date of the Board’s

January meeting and to conclude on the final Friday of January.

 

 

  1.           B) FOUNDATION ROOM MIXER

 

                 1) Treasurer Gepke reports the next Las Vegas Blues Society Foundation Room

Mixer with House of Blues will be Thursday,18 December 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

 

2) As with the January mixer, the Society will receive ten percent of the event

proceeds.

 

3) Treasurer Gepke also reports Michelle Queen with House of Blues says she can

provide items if the Society wants to conduct a raffle during the mixer.

 

 

 

  1. V) ADJOURNMENT

 

1) The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

 

 

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September 2014 LVBS Meeting Minutes

 

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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

                   Gene Anderson, Stormy Davis, Patty Laird, Tina Merced, Robert Smera

                   (Trustees)

 

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

 

 

  1. I) MINUTES

 

  1.                A) The minutes of the Board meeting of 5 August 2014 were approved unanimously.

 

 

  1. II) TREASURER’S REPORT

 

  1.                A) Treasurer Gepke reports the following:

 

1) The Society has $807.17 in its checking account; $500.04 in the Musicians

Emergency Relief Fund (MERF); $500.05 in the Julius E. Funches Memorial

Fund; $143.13 in its PayPal account; the aggregate total is $1,950.39.

 

2)  Secretary Kallman adds he will give $75 in cash from two new membership

signups.

 

3) Trustee Merced reports the Society had 80 members a month ago, lost 41 at

August’s end, but gained 14 during the month.

 

 

III) MIXER-MEET-GREET-JAM

 

  1.                 A) A mix-meet-greet-jam at Saddle N Spurs can’t be done in September due to

the venue’s prior booking.

 

  1.                 B) Secretary Kallman suggests the new Sand Dollar/702 ownership would be

receptive to such a mix-meet-greet-jam Society event as soon as possible.

 

  1.                 C) Other options suggested include the Double Down, Legends, and the Bounty

Hunter.

 

  1.                 D) Trustee Merced suggests the mixer-meet-greet-jam should be done as close

as possible to the Big Blues Bender for potential membership renewals/returns.

 

  1.                 E) President Erickson, Secretary Kallman, and Trustee Merced will talk to the

Sand Dollar/702 about the mixer. President Erickson will also talk to Legends.

 

 

  1. IV) THROWBACK EVENT OR JAM

 

  1.                  A) Bobby Kingston is interested in having a throwback Las Vegas Blues Society

event/jam at Saddle N Spurs saluting the origins of the Society and inviting                                     performers who were active on the blues scene at the time.

 

  1.                  B) Other venues for such an event could be Joey’s Tavern and other

previously suggested jam venues. President Erickson will talk to Joey’s people

about doing a mixer if not necessarily a jam.

 

 

  1. V) ADJOURNMENT

 

                    The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

 

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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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Sand Dollar Lounge at Bar 702

Hi Everyone!! My name is Brooke Alexander, and I am the owner at Bar 702.

I moved to Las Vegas two years ago, after running and owning a string of successful bars in Chicago. But I always wanted a bar in Las Vegas. My dream finally came true in May 2014. I found Bar 702, and when I learned of the history as the Sand Dollar Lounge, I knew it was the perfect place.

Of course nothing worthwhile comes easy. I know of the struggles many bars have had trying to succeed in the Las Vegas market, and particularly how hard the Sand Dollar was hit back in the mid 2000’s. I look forward to the challenge of making the Sand Dollar Lounge at Bar 702 the coolest place to be in vegas!

Staying true to the roots of the bar, we are going to focus on live entertainment. Having great bands here nightly is going to be our main objective. We want you to know that no matter what night you are looking for something to do, you will find the best music in town. During the week we will have many recurring events including things like our popular open mic night, funk jam and other local bands. On the weekends we will be booking a variety of local and touring acts, featuring different genres like hard rock, classic rock, blues, reggae, ska and much more. You can always take a look at our schedule to see who is playing throughout the month.

But we are going to be more than just live music. We will have many big screen TV’s for you to come in and enjoy all the sports action week in and week out. Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer…If there is a game or sporting event you want to see, we will turn it on for you.

So come on down to the ALL NEW Sand Dollar Lounge at Bar 702, and introduce yourself. I look forward to rockin’ with you for many years to come!

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LVBS Very First Fundraiser

OUR VERY FIRST FUNDRAISER

The Las Vegas Blues Society – Fundraiser
January 2014

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT:

OUR MUSICIANS RELIEF FUND
AND SCHOOL BASED PROGRAMMING

The Foundation Room was open to Blues Society Members and their guests for a very unique afternoon.  A check for $454.30 was presented from the House of Blues Foundation Room– proceeds from our January 24th fundraiser

Las Vegas Blues Society January 2014 Fundraiser

Pictured from left to right are Holmes “Homie” Pooser, House of Blues; Mike Erickson, President, LVBS; and Kurt Gepke, Treasurer, LVBS.

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