October 2015 Minutes

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.
 The minutes of the September 14, 2015 board meeting were approved unanimously.
 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
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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