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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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MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING 6 MAY 2014

Present:
Mike Erickson (President); Jeff Kallman (Secretary); Kurt Gepke (Treasurer); Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Pat Bear, Garret Hampton, Patty Laird, Mark Medina, Tina Merced, Robert Smera (Trustees)

The meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m.

I) MINUTES

A) The minutes for the Las Vegas Blues Society Board of Trustees meeting of 1 April
2014 were approved unanimously.

II) TREASURER’S REPORT

A) Treasurer Gepke reports the Society has, as of this meeting, $245 cash, $189.26 in the Society checking account, $726.45 in the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund
(MERF), $704.12 in the Julius E. Funches Memorial Fund, and $72.45 in the Society Pay Pal account. The aggregate total is $1,937.28.

B) Trustee Merced reported in hand that the Society now has 98 active members.

C) The Treasurer’s Report is approved unanimously.

III) OLD BUSINESS

A) Carol Nashe Tribute

1) President Erickson says he’s been in touch with another member of Blues Storm
and the band itself is in favour of doing such a tribute, but it can’t be done until at
least mid-June because various members of the band will be gigging in California
until then. And the band could be paid out of the MERF fund with donations taken
at the door.

B) Blues Society functions

1) President Erickson and Secretary Kallman report several venues continue to shy from
paying the standard Society fee for events like Society jams. President Erickson says
Shifty’s is willing to pay for such a function and Trustee Andraccio is continuing to
talk to Shifty’s about the matter.

2) Other possibilities as of tonight include the Bounty Hunter, Pandora’s, and Saddle ‘n’
Spurs now that Bobby Kingston is going to take over.

IV) NEW BUSINESS

A) Website

1) The new Calendar now has two ways to update, the original spreadsheet style
and the new highlighted events.

2) Trustee Medina says the site needs to include a mechanism to allow local bands
to join the Society as bands, receiving their pictures on site and links to their own
Websites. He also calls for getting contacts among the local bands to encourage
their joining the Society as bands.

3) Secretary Kallman will handle the spreadsheet Calendar for local performers and
Trustee Merced will handle the higlighted site Calendar for nationally touring
perform.

4) Trustee Medina will create a form letter for band memberships.

B) Collaboration with Las Vegas Jam Band Society

1) The Board agrees to a tentative collaboration with the Las Vegas Jam Band Society
unanimously, pending further details on the project.

V) ADJOURNMENT

1) The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

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MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING 1 APRL 2014

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
1 APRL 2014

PRESENT: Mike Erickson (President); Jeff Kallman (Secretary);
Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Stormy Davis, Garrett Hampton, Patty Laird, Tina
Merced, Robert Smera.

PROXIES: Gene Anderson (trustee; held by President Erickson), Pat Bear (trustee;
held by President Erickson), Mark Medina (trustee; held by Secretary
Kallman).

The meeting began at 7:35 p.m. at Jalisco’s Cantina, Durango Road.

I) MINUTES

A) The minutes of the Board meeting held 4 March 2014 were approved unanimously.

II) TREASURER’S REPORT

A) Treasurer Gepke’s report says the Las Vegas Blues Society has $319.11 in its checking
account, $726.42 in its Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) account, and $704.09
in the Julius Funches Memorial Scholarship Fund. There is also $72.45 in the Society’s
PayPal account. The aggregate total is $1,822.07.

III) OLD BUSINESS

A) BB’s CLUBHOUSE JAM and OTHER FUNCTIONS
1) President Erickson says there were approximately ten attending the BB’s jam
“mostly musicians.”

2) Bar 702 is reported to be changing hands “within the next couple of weeks.”

3) Legend’s on Boulder Highway is reported to be “interested” in an LVBS open
blues jam, though its east side location could be problematic for many players
and participants.

4) Secretary Kallman will talk to the owner of the Red Label Lounge about possibly
agreeing to a Society blues jam.

5) Trustee Davis says the Double Down’s owner is interested in Society jams.

6) President Erickson says Pandora’s might be interested in a Society jam to begin
at an early hour, such as 6 p.m., but issues involving ownership wishes for the
venue’s future need to be resolved first.

7) President Erickson adds that Saddle ‘n’ Spurs may be interested in bringing the
Society jam back.

8) Trustee Andraccio will talk to the owner of Shifty’s about a possibility.

IV) NEW BUSINESS

A) CAROL NASHE TRIBUTE
1) President Erickson has spoken to Rick Nashe, who is still mourning his mother’s
death, and learned she was involved with the National Kidney Foundation and the
Wounded Warriors, but suggests a Society function that would be a benefit from
which the proceeds would be donated to those two organisations.

B) ROCK THE TROOPS
1) Trustee Davis says Saturday, 5 April, will be a Rock the Troops event at the Porch-
light Grill on Durango and Desert Inn, to help veterans, as part of a daylong around-
town event for veterans. The Porchlight will be the last stop on the run.

V) ADJOURNMENT

A) The meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.

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

MINUTES OF THE LAS VEGAS BLUES SOCIETY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
4 MARCH 2014
 
Present: Mike Erickson (president); Jeff Kallman (secretary); Kurt Gepke (treasurer);
              Gene Anderson, Garrett Hampton, Patty Laird, Tina Merced, Mark Medina,
              Robert Smera (trustees).
Absent:  Dennis (Monk) Andraccio, Stormy Davis (trustees)
I) MINUTES
            A) The minutes of the Board meeting from 4 February 2014 were approved unanimously.
 
II) TREASURER’S REPORT
 
            A) Treasurer Gepke reported a $2,049.86 aggregate sum in the Blues Society accounts,
                with the division as follows:
                1) $571.11 in checking.
                2) $726.39 in the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (MERF)
                3) $704.86 in the Julius Funches Memorial Fund
                4) $48.30 in PayPal.
             B) The Treasurer’s Report was approved unanimously.
III) MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
 
             A) Trustee Merced reports approximately 120 members of the Blues Society as
                 of March 2014. She expects a small loss of membership in the months to come
                 due possibly to a falloff in Society activity and perceived lack of involvement in national
                 touring blues performers.
             B) President Erickson notes Trustee Andraccio is now working with the Railhead
                 and thus may have a possible opening for the Society to become involved in
                 their monthly Blues Thursdays. (The Society has hosted membership-drive tables
                 at past Railhead events.)
IV) CHANGE OF MEETING VENUE
 
              A) The Board agrees to hold its next meeting at Jalisco’s Cantina on S. Durango
                  Drive at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate Board members who need the extra time
                  to travel to it.
V) JAM VENUE PROSPECTS
 
              A) President Erickson discusses venues for future Blues Society open blues jams
                  in light of the pending closure of the Cellar Lounge. These possibilities include
                  Jalisco’s Cantina, Pandora’s (who want an earlier time start such as 6 p.m.), the
                  Red Label Lounge, Shakespeare’s Pub.
              B) BB’s Clubhouse is another prospect, but President Erickson and Trustee Medina
                  expressed concern the venue isn’t paying bands. Secretary Kallman addresses
                  speculation that the venue may be on the verge of closing in the near-future.
              C) President Erickson mentions such former Society jam venues as the Double
                  Down and Time Out (the former King Tut’s) as possible venues.
              D) Trustee Medina suggests Container Park on Fremont Street as an especially
                  strong place to raise Society visibility.
              E) Secretary Kallman and Trustee Bearden discuss the Red Label Lounge and
                  express questions about the venue’s music room acoustics.
              F) President Erickson and Trustee Medina discuss the thought of the Society
                  opening a venue of its own along the line of the Kansas City Blues Society’s
                  venue. Trustee Medina points out the Kansas City Society’s venue gives
                  all its proceeds back to their Society marked for continuing community
                  outreach and projects. .
VI) NEW SOCIETY WEBSITE
 
               A) The Society agrees to approve the new Website design. Trustee Hampton, who is
                    now the Society’s Webmaster, needs only certain ongoing updated material
                    such as the Calendar, monthly meeting minutes, and other odds and ends to
                    bring the new site online.
VII) ADJOURNMENT
 
               A) The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:45 p.m.
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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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