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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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