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.
 The minutes of the August 3, 2015 Board meeting were approved unanimously.
 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.
 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.
 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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