Topeka Blues Society
Thursday, January 9, 2014
6:30pm @ Uncle Bo’s
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
CALL TO ORDER at 6:30pm
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Suki Willison, Bill Beasley, Gerry Schmanke, Paul Schwartz, Luan Betts, Gib Ramirez, Stacy Jeffress, Rod Peterson and Karen Osborn
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Chardy Hern and Brian Gabel
TBS MEMBERS PRESENT: Patti Beasley
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 11/18/2013 MEETING: Bill made motion that minutes be approved, Gib second; approved.
SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT: Karen sent out past due notices to about 20 members. We currently have about 70 membership listings, including Family, Individual, Blues Fan, Artist and Corporate. She also had a handout of expenses for the past two months (the Board did not meet in December). Income: one family membership renewal; Expenses: Post Office Box annual fee and Music on the Couch payment. Bank balance is $4,933.39 with additional $50 in petty cash. Bill made motion that report be approved, Stacy second; approved. Handout is attached to paper copy.
Youth group – Much discussion regarding youth group and their trip to Memphis. All agreed they are a very talented group of musicians. Gib proposed the TBS withdraw financial support and that TBS not represent the youth group in Memphis, because they have shown no commitment to preparation and practice for the Youth Showcase. Paul seconded this proposal. Vote taken with 8 Yea votes, 1 Abstain; approved.
Kick-0ff party – IBC Kick-off party will be Saturday, Jan. 18th at Uncle Bo’s, $7 cover ($2 will go to TBS). David Bostwick and The Old No. 5′s will play. Doors open at 6, show at 7:30, silent auction. TBS will give $750 to band, $500 to Bostwick to help with travel expenses. Rod will order bookmarks – same as last year. Suki will look for another act to play with our challengers.
JAM4DAN – Sunday, Jan. 19th “Blues Day”
Old No. 5′s, Back Porch Blues Band, That Damn Blues Band are playing. TBS board should be there for support.
SOK Blues Festival
Paul again proposed it might be the time to consider making our Blues Festival an indoor event at the Ramada Inn over the 4th of July weekend, having a Friday night and Saturday festival with beer sales, asking for support from Visit Topeka and Downtown merchants. Suki and Rod attended a Shawnee County commission meeting, and many other proposals were being made regarding the Spirit of Kansas. Board agreed we have no qualms leaving the county event, because everybody’s on hold with no decisions being made by the county. Bill made a motion that we explore all options and when we come back from Memphis, we make decision. Paul will attend Visit Topeka meeting and make other inquiries. Luan seconded the motion; approved. In the meantime, Prairie Band application for donation needs to be mailed before end of January.
Blues in Schools
Ross Elementary has a grant for Blues in Schools. Josh Vowell, Justin Shelton, Justin Fowler and Elvin Graves went to Ross on Dec. 20th to play and sing with the students. Beginning January, they are going to Ross Elementary four afternoons each week for a month and teaching Dobro, acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboard, conga and vocals to about 30 selected students. They are using The Blues Foundation and Hamilton Loomis for teaching material. Students are very responsive and faculty is pleased. The finale will be the end of January. TBS purchased 24 harmonicas for $58 to be distributed to the students. The school has keyboard, bongos, guitars and ukeleles. Grant money is used to pay musicians for their teaching time. All on the Board are invited to the finale. Suki and Rod are looking into prices for a couple of cases of harmonicas so we’ll have them on hand for future Blues in Schools events.
New TBS membership brochure
Karen asked Rod if Carol would be willing to help design a trifold TBS membership brochure. He will ask. Suki suggested we add a line on brochure asking for members to “adopt a student” to help cover their cost when we invite them to attend an event at Uncle Bo’s, to help pay their cover and maybe their dinner costs. It was suggested we mention this at the Kick-Off.
Karen asked if someone on Board would step up and look for designs for an official TBS t-shirt. No volunteer.
NO NEW BUSINESS
NEXT MEETING DATE: 6:30, Monday, Feb. 3rd, Uncle Bo’s
Meeting adjourned 7:55pm.
Respectfully submitted 01/13/2014
Karen Osborn, TBS Sec’y/Treasurer