Minutes of January 15, 2018 membership meeting


Monday, February 19 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at the North Ridgeville Library at 7:00 p.m.

Everyone bring spring poetry to share. Sharon Godsey shares how we can help Olde
Towne Hall Theatre.


Attendance: Julie Bajda, Georgann Blair, Nancy Franks, Nancy Gavin, Mark Madere, Ludina Mills, Cindy Naprestik, Betty Lou Palmer; Karen Sigsworth, and Thurston Costner (speaker.)

Program – Thurston Cosner started taking pictures on his iPhone 7 four years ago at the age of 77. He had eye surgery and found that he could see better. He looks up and everywhere and pays attention to what he sees now. He has taken some beautiful pictures of scenes, flowers, etc. in his yard and elsewhere. Thurston was posting them on Facebook. He found three apps on his iPhone which enable him to change his photos into some very interesting works of art. They can now be viewed in the North Ridgeville Library inside and outside of the reading room. We were able to view the framed photographs and have him explain how they came about.

Betty Lou Palmer, president, brought our meeting to order. She welcomed us and wished us a Happy Martin Luther King day.

Minutes – The minutes from November were approved at distributed.

Financial Report – Ludina Mills, treasurer, distributed the report to those in attendance. Our current bank balance is $4,622.10. The treasurer’s report was accepted as read. We earned $80.95 from our visit to the One World Shop on November 28 for a fundraiser. They gave us a percentage of items sold from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. During our Christmas dinner we had an auction of wrapped packages which earned $194.00 for North Ridgeville Community Care. Hale’s Florist donated the poinsettias for the centerpieces for our dinner. A thank you letter was sent.

Donations/Memberships – Our total received is $1,735. Thank you all who generously donated. It is not too late to still donate as our fiscal year ends in March. It can be mailed to our PO Box or brought to a meeting.

North Ridgeville City Schools Endowment Fund – Georgann Blair reported that the date for the Discover the Ridge is still not determined. They were hoping to have an auto “Cruise-In” in conjunction with that event. The Dine to Donate at The Melt in Avon is planned but the date is not finalized. Georgann discovered that the proceeds for the fundraiser baskets at the golf outing last year was small in comparison to the money spent to make up the baskets. Therefore, Georgann will purchase gift cards with any money we donate instead of making baskets.

In November we donated $104 for blank books to be purchased for Young Authors/Illustrators. The program is sponsored by the gifted class at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. The students who are in grades 4 through 8 may illustrate and/or write in these books. They will then be judged and awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be given. Georgann will ask their teacher, Jessica Darby, to bring the books to show us and possibly bring students with her.

The Town Planner calendars have been mailed to those in North Ridgeville and the dates of our Arts Council meetings are now listed on it.

North Ridgeville Library – Karen Sigsworth reported that their book sale will be on January 26 through 28. The new Dimension Newsletter is distributed with information about upcoming events for our library as well as those surrounding communities. Sunday afternoon programs are listed in order of date with other events. If anyone has any ideas of a different name for the newsletter instead of Dimension, please let Karen know. They are thinking they might want to change the name.

Check out our website – www.ridgevilleartscouncil.wordpress.com.  Thank you to our member, Mark Madere of SpectraLight Photography and Design, who created our website and keeps it up to date.

Thanks Ludina Mills for the delicious refreshments. We enjoyed them, as well as visiting with our fellow members.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Gavin

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