April 13, 2003
The Gateway Decorative
Artists meeting was held on April 13, 2003 at the Carrollton Club.
All Board members were present with the exception of Janie Parisi,
Treasurer, who had a prior commitment. President, Allison Bacon,
called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. Allison welcomed all returning
members and guests and asked Jeanne Abraham give the invocation
Allison stated her plan was to complete the business portion of
today’s meeting in one hour. Allison called for a motion to
accept the February minutes as published in the newsletter. The
motion was made by Pat Rowles and seconded by Jeanne Abraham. The
motion passed. She then asked for a show of hands to accept the
Treasurer’s report as filed. All agreed.
Allison reported that it had already been a busy spring. We have
already had one seminar. Retreat plans are in process and class
projects are on display. We also have added a “show and tell”
table where our members and teachers can display completed or planned
class projects. The front tables are overflowing with donated Easter
baskets for Shriner’s Hospital. The chapter gave Nancy Luckritz
a check to replace art supplies that were lost in a recent fire
at her home. A benevolence fund has been established by the friends
and family of Marvin Bastean to help chapter member, Shelly, and
her family during this time of special need. We are selling tickets
today for the drawing at National for the Louise Jackson quilt.
Three of our chapter members will be teaching at the national convention.
Allison invited all chapter members attending convention this year
to an informal gathering in the reception area prior to the banquet.
This would be a good time for everyone to share information about
their activities and classes during the week.
Allison issued a challenge to all members to look around the meeting
room today or go through our membership directory looking for names
and faces of members or former members that we haven’t seen
for awhile. She would like for us to contact anyone we have not
seen recently and invite them to come back. Let’s let them
know that they are missed and we would like to see them again.
Allison announced the Board’s recommendation that Gateway
Chapter donate $100 to the DAC this year and that we designate our
contribution be used for acquisitions to the collection. Carolyn
Dawson made the motion from the floor. It was seconded by Gloria
Falk. The motion passed.
Joanne Goers announced that she was going to be moving and was
planning to sell a good portion of her wood stash. She would be
passing around a sign-up list for any members wanting to be notified
when the sale would take place.
Ellen Rohne then took the floor for the Vice President’s
report. She thanked everyone for their Easter basket donations.
She said that Shriner’s Hospital would be given 30 of the
baskets and that the rest she would deliver to other hospitals.
She requested arts and crafts supplies for Shriner’s rehab
center be brought to the June meeting. A list of suggested items
would be put in the next newsletter as a reminder. Ellen asked that
members please paint and return the memory boxes that were checked
out so that they could be prepared for shipping. Approximately half
of the boxes previously turned in had gone to DePaul Hospital locally
with the other half being sent to Kansas City. We will also accept
cash donations to help defray packaging and shipping costs.
The members who had brought painted suitcases today were thanked.
Ellen, Gloria Falk, Barb Ogden, Annette Dozier, Jan Rosenberg and
Debbie Christenson are planning suitcase workshops through the summer.
Check the next newsletter for a list of workshop dates/teachers
and projects. Members can either join a workshop of their choice
or paint on their own. The suitcases, backpacks or duffle bags do
not have to be new (just clean) and even unpainted items would be
Ellen announced that the theme for this year’s retreat was
A Touch of Class. Volunteers are still needed for various committees.
She is planning a spectacular banquet and Linda Nelson will be in
charge of entertainment. There will only be 3 and 4 hour classes
this year (no 6 hour classes). Ellen is looking for MITI teachers/projects.
She plans to add the element of surprise regarding MITI’s
this year by not revealing ahead of time what the project will be
or exactly when it will take place during the weekend. Class project
submissions were on display and voting will take place following
the business meeting. Members not planning to attend retreat were
asked to please refrain from voting. The payment deadline for the
color retreat booklet would be May 17.
Toni Dosser, Program Chair, was given the floor. Pictures of class
projects for the Rosemary West seminar August 8-10 were available.
Members signing up for this seminar were asked to vote for their
choices in order of preference. All projects would be painted in
acrylic. The Christmas party committee is up and running. There
will be a meeting at Toni’s house on May 12 at 10 a.m. Toni
thanked each of the past presidents who taught a project at last
meeting’s paint-in with a potted plant. Toni thanked Annette
Dozier for her hard work on WWSS. Today’s paint-in will be
conducted by Annette Dozier who will be teaching the jaguar flower
pot that was such a hit at WWSS.
Cindy Hicks gave the membership report. Current membership stands
at 111. There were 59 members present today and no guests. Cindy
also announced that Judy Hossenmiller, a former longtime member
of the chapter that had held office and was an area teacher, had
Cindy asked that the chapter purchase a brick in her name. Parliamentarian,
Carolyn Dawson, indicated that a motion needed to be made. Maureen
Wasserman made the motion. It was seconded by Jeanne Abraham. All
in favor, the motion passed. There was a drawing for attendance
prizes and secret pal gifts were handed out.
Annette Dozier then took the floor to report on WWSS. Everyone
involved agreed that it was a lot of hard work this year. Vada and
Ellen expended considerable time and effort in designing, wallpapering
and painting our “rooms”. Several husbands were heavily
involved in building the “walls” as well as hauling
and delivering materials to and from the convention hall. Overall
attendance was down this year due to several snowstorms that week.
The show sponsors gave us much more space than originally planned
(or what was actually needed). Fewer MITI’s were painted this
year, but the interest level of those attending seemed to be higher
than last year. Around 58 people expressed an interest in new beginner
classes for Missouri. A good number were interested in the chapter
or finding out about other chapter activities. A list was given
to Gloria for follow-up action. It was thought that we could invite
them to a meeting and/or send them an announcement about Boutique.
The Illinois chapter has acquired several new members and new students.
Deb Christenson and Ellen Rohne have also gained several new students.
After expenses, each chapter retains $831.38 in their respective
treasury. Vada announced that $130 would be forthcoming from the
sale of her room display. The other display materials were donated
to a church for use in their productions. While the Illinois chapter
has decided not to participate in 2004 and show sponsors were told
Gateway would also probably not participate next year, the Board
has not yet reached a final decision. The current consensus is that
there may be alternative venues for promoting the chapter and gaining
Allison wrapped up the meeting by thanking Mary Jane for today’s
refreshments. We will continue to have a “show and tell”
table at each meeting. Members are encouraged to share recent personal
or class endeavors. Teachers may also display upcoming class projects
and provide class schedules and sign-up sheets. Allison would also
like to meet with the new location committee for a few minutes following
the business meeting.
With the business portion of the meeting concluding fifteen minutes
earlier than planned, Mary Jo Kumer made the motion to adjourn at
1:50 p.m. Judy Sloan seconded.