Minutes of September 19, 2011 membership meeting

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, October 17   –  MEMBERSHIP MEETING at the North Ridgeville Library at 7 p.m.

Program:  “Those Eerie Victorians” by the Lorain County Historical Society

Monday, November 21 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at the North Ridgeville Library at 7 p.m.

Monday, December 19 – Christmas dinner at the North Ridgeville Library

MINUTES

MEMBERSHIP MEETING – September 19, 2011

Attendance:  Sharon Aunchman, Nancy Bowman, Betty Day, Nancy Franks, Nancy Gavin, Lonnie Hart, Mark Madere, Betty Lou Palmer, Pat Pitts, Amanda  Shelnutt, Karen Sigsworth, Lorrie Ternes, Jerry Toich, Garalynn Tomas, Margaret Truman and Vee Valega.  Guests:  Marsha, Katie, Laura, and Sarah from Young Audiences.

Sharon Aunchman, member of North Ridgeville Arts Council and member of Young Audiences introduced the ladies from Young Audiences.  Sharon is a retired art teacher from the North Ridgeville City Schools.

Young Audiences:  Young Audiences consists of 32 organizations throughout the United States who work with professional artists who have the ability to work with children.  In Northeast Ohio there are 1800 schools and they are reaching 242 of them which is approximately 30 percent.  There are 128 teaching artists in this area.  They feel they are reaching many but have a long way to go.  The artists go into the schools and help teachers use art in teaching.  The schools are now being required to concentrate on math and science so that the children will have high test scores. As funds for schools have been cut, art is being cut.  There are no funds for art in many schools.

Minutes:  Margaret Truman made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 18, 2011 meeting.  Pat Pitts seconded the motion.  All voted in favor.

Treasurer’s Report:  Betty Day reported for the time period of July 18 thru September 18 funds received were $1,381.11.  Expenses were $728.26.  The total bank balance is $5,379.87.

Arts and Crafts Fair at North Ridgeville Corn Fest:  Our Arts and Crafts Fair was a huge success.  We wish to thank everyone who came, purchased, worked, donated baked goods, raffle prizes, etc.  Our raffle earned $679 and our bake sale earned $173.75.  The sale of the Wendy coupons earned a profit of $133.  Our 3rd Annual Coloring Contest was great!

We received many entries and posted all of them in the Senior Center during our Arts and Crafts Fair.  The winners for the 3-5 age group are 1st place:  Andrew Krupka, 2nd place:  Graydon Rollins and 3rd place:  Zack Crawford.  The winners for the 6-8 age group are 1st place:  Christopher Krupka, 2nd place:  Nina DiCapua and 3rd place:  Brianna Schnell.  The winners for the 9-12 age group are 1st place:  Frankie Krupka, 2nd place:  Natalie May and 3rd place:  Alyssa Schnell.

Fundraising:  Betty Palmer reported that we have 12 Wendy’s certificates remaining after selling many at the Arts and Crafts Fair.  We have now purchased a total of 100 Wendy’s cards at a cost of 25 cents each and we sold them for $1 each.  The card entitles bearer to One Free Jr. Frosty Dairy Dessert with any purchase on each visit to Wendy’s.  It is valid at participating Wendy’s Restaurants in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.  They are good through July 31, 2012.  We decided not to purchase more.

Donation to Olde Towne Hall Theatre:  Lonnie Hart moved that we donate $100 to Olde Towne Hall Theatre.  Nancy Bowman seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of making the donation again this year.

Insurance policy:  It was reported that our insurance policy has been cancelled due to our one and only claim which was for the 2010 Arts and Crafts Fair.  One vendor sued us for her expenses when she tripped on her own tablecloth last year and was taken to the hospital.  We will do some research to try to find another insurance company.

A thank you note for our donation in July to the American Red Cross of $50 was received.

October 17, 2011 Membership Meeting:  Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society will present “Those Eerie Victorians” at our next meeting at the North Ridgeville Library on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m.  This program covers some of the strange and occult beliefs and practices of the Victorian era.  They are a part of the Hickories Museum in Elyria.  Come celebrate Halloween with us and bring a friend!

Golden Kernel Award:  Congratulations to our president, Betty Lou Palmer, who received the 2011 Golden Kernel Award at the Corn Festival.  This award is given to North Ridgeville residents who have improved the community and made it a better place to live.  Betty did not expect to receive anything from her volunteering and community work.  She does it because she loves North Ridgeville.

Christmas Dinner Party:  Mark your calendar for our annual Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 19 at the North Ridgeville Library.  We will again have our white elephant auction with the proceeds going to Community Care.  Watch for more details as the dates get closer.

Be sure to visit our website www.ridgevilleartscouncil.wordpress.com for more information.

Thank you, Nancy Gavin, for the refreshments this evening.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Gavin

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