Minutes of March 19, 2012 membership meeting


Monday, April 16 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at the North Ridgeville Library at 7 p.m.
Monday, May 21 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at the North Ridgeville Library at 7 p.m.



Attendance: Nancy Bowman, Betty Day, Nancy Gavin, Lonnie Hart, Sandy Hines, Mark Madere, Ilona Manista, Betty Lou Palmer, Amanda Shelnutt, Karen Sigsworth, Barb Sutton, Margaret Truman, Vee Valega, and Janet Willoughby.

Lonnie Hart moved that we accept the minutes as distributed. Sandy Hines seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Betty Day reported that the total bank balance is $5,021.17.

Community Care: Betty Lou Palmer asked for volunteers to help put together Easter baskets at Community Care. Amanda, Lonnie, Vee and Margaret will be there on Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.

Coloring Contest before Corn Fest: Amanda Shelnutt made a motion that we send letters to the schools about the coloring contest so that the teachers will help promote it and students will be made aware that this is happening. Vee Valega seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Amanda asked for some help in getting prizes. Others asked Amanda for suggestions as to where we should ask and the types of prizes we used in the past. Pat Catan’s, Artist for a Day, Cosco and other local places are some sources. The age categories are 3-5, 6-8 and 9-10. Some ideas for the youngest age group would be Crayola art supplies (provided by the Early Childhood PTA,) activities, etc. The American Red Cross gave a donation in the past.

Arts and Crafts Fair at North Ridgeville Corn Fest: Betty Lou has received 8 contracts to date.

PTA Art Reflections: The PTA Art Reflections Program is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the North Ridgeville High School at 10 a.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at noon. The theme this year is “Diversity means….” Judging was completed early in January and 24 entries were entered into the state competition. Ilona, Betty Lou and Nancy Gavin will have a table with a poster board drawing depicting an artist; children can stand behind the poster with their face showing through the hole. Parents can take pictures of their children looking like a painter.

Major School Performance: Janet Willoughby reported that Middle School has selected a program by Young Audiences to be held on May 10 and 11 at Middle School. Janet arranged this through Cheryl Mravec, 7th and 8th grade art teacher. Arts Council has donated $300 for this program which will be for the 6th graders who do not have visual art this year. Jim Gill, cartoonist, will talk to all of them as a group on the first day and the second day the class will be divided into groups to have a hands-on experience. Anyone is welcome to come to see this program. It is hoped that this work will be displayed at the library along with their May Art Show being held May 1 to 18.

Artistic Endeavor Award Scholarship applications: Margaret is sending notes to the teachers of classes related to various forms of art to notify them of our scholarship.

Membership dues and donations: Our fiscal year runs from April through March so we can now accept donations for the 2012-13 year. Dues are $20 per year. You can bring it to our next meeting or mail to P.O Box 39283, North Ridgeville.

Watch our website for more information about Arts Council. Check it out at http://www.ridgevilleartscouncil.wordpress.com.

Mark Madere of SpectraLight Photography: Mark, a member of North Ridgeville Arts Council, spoke to us about how to create a professional looking book of your personal snapshots. Mark had samples of his book, “Picturesque Olmsted Falls.” It can be seen at http://bit.ly/olmsted-book. He showed examples of a hard cover with pictures on the cover, soft cover and hard cover with a paper jacket. He uses Blurb Inc. to create a book. Anyone can sign up for a free Blurb account. One can start with creating just one copy. This book can be used as a coffee table-style book of your snapshots as a lasting keepsake for family and friends. You can, also, learn how to quickly and easily publish books of your photos and earn income from them with minimal effort.

Mark, also told us about why he shaved his head recently. He has become involved with St. Baldrick’s Foundation which raises money for childhood cancer research. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. Please help Mark reach his personal goal of $500 for cancer research at http://bit.ly/spec-bald or visit www.stbaldricks.org for more information. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except for the U.S. government.

Janet moved to adjourn the meeting. Vee seconded the motion. The meeting was closed.

Thank you to Vee Valega for the delicious refreshments this evening. Everyone enjoyed them and the conversations with each other.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Gavin

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