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February 8, 2004
The Gateway Decorative Artist meeting was held on Sunday, February
8, 2004 at the new location, The Days Inn at Lindbergh and Watson.
The meeting was called to order by our President, Allison Bacon.
Vada Galvan gave the invocation. Allison then introduced the new
board members: Ellen Rohne / Vice-President, Toni Dosser / Program
Chair, Cindy Hicks / Membership Chair, Virginia Hauser / Treasurer,
and Tracy Kocher / Newsletter Editor. Annette Sullivan / Recording
Secretary, could not be here today due to and out-of-town funeral.
In her absence, Jean Rogenhofer, will be taking minutes today. Mary
McDevitt will in charge of refreshments this year. However, in Mary’s
absence today, Gloria Falk will be hosting refreshments. Jan Rosenburg
did decorations for today’s meeting. Debbie Christenson, our
last year’s recipient of the Gold Brush Award, will be in
charge of the Gold Brush Award Committee this year. Carolyn Bacon
is in charge of the Silent Auction pieces t be submitted for the
National Convention. Judy Dawson will be in charge of the Christmas
Carolyn Bacon informed us that 18 forms were submitted to her,
so far, for the silent auction pieces. Ellen Rohne reported that
126 Memory Boxes were painted last year by our members and donated
to various hospitals. We plan to continue this program again this
year and are hoping to be able to donate even more.
Allison asked for a motion to approve the November and December
minutes, as printed in the Newsletter. Michelle Kasban made the
motion for approval and Jan Rosenburg seconded this. Motion passed.
Virginia Hauser advised that there were some changes in the Treasurer’s
Report that was printed in the Newsletter. The bank interest should
be $83.87 and the service charges should be $171.93. The Working
Women’s Survival Show income should be $568.46 and the expenses
should be $1314.40. The Holiday Boutique income should be $15,972.95.
Allison asked for a show of hands to accept the Treasurer’s
Report as amended. All were in agreement. Gloria mentioned that
there was only a difference of 30 to 40 cents in her 2003 Holiday
Allison advised that the Board recommended our chapter donate $100.00
for the DAC collection. Gloria Falk made a motion to do this and
Vada Galvan seconded it. Motion carried.
Allison suggested that our chapter is in need of some new committees
for membership, ways and means, ways to raise money for our treasury,
new ideas, and an emergency call tree committee.
Allison informed the chapter members that Holiday Boutique would
no longer be a chapter function. She said the board reviewed the
letter that Gloria Falk had sent, as printed in the Newsletter,
and agreed to eliminate this event. She said we were in violation
of some guidelines when we were involved with the boutique. She
asked if anyone had any questions or comments on this. Jan Rosenburg
stated that she felt this should have been brought up at the meeting
first and voted on, but that she did support the board’s decision.
There was some discussion and questions on the matter. Gloria Falk
will continue with the Holiday Boutique as we have done in the past,
except as a non-chapter event.
Vice President, Ellen Rohne, gave her report. She received thank
you letters from organizations we have supported. Some letters are
posted. She mentioned how much the hospitals appreciated the Memory
Boxes we donated. We have received donations to purchase more memory
boxes and for shipping. She asked for members help in painting these
Ellen mentioned “Our Little Haven” as a charity that
needs our help. They keep children who are abused until the family
situation improves. They also take care of aids babies. There will
be a box for cash donations to be used to purchase needed supplies.
The St. Louis Crises Nursery will have a wish list. We will have
about 100 Christmas Stockings for members to paint and fill with
various toys or gifts for children. To defray the cost of the stockings,
we will ask for a $1.00 donation for each stocking a person takes
to paint. We have 8 samples for teachers that would like to volunteer
to teach a class on these.
Retreat will be held again this year at the Holiday Inn, south
county, on Butler Hill Road on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The theme
will be “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Teacher’s packets
are available and anyone can teach at retreat. Submitted projects
will be voted on at the April meeting. We have 12 slots to fill.
There are sign up sheets for various committees. If you want a colored
picture retreat booklet, there will be a $2.00 charge. There is
no charge for black and white booklets. You can mail your check
to Ellen by May 31st or you can pay at the April meeting if you
want the colored picture booklet. Ellen suggested raising the class
limit from 15 to 18 people. Teachers can also have extra pattern
packets to sell. Early registration was suggested, as some classes
fill fast. Retreat booklets will be available at the June meeting.
There was a discussion on the class limitation and Jan Rosenburg
made a motion to raise the limit from 15 to 18 per class for the
2004 retreat. Vada Galvan seconded this. Motion passed.
Toni Dosser, Program Chair, gave her report. Sherry Nelson will
be teaching a 4-day Seminar on April 22,23,24, and 25. Everyone
taking the seminar must pay for the photos and paint pallet before
the class. Money is being collected today.
Bonnie Stout will be teaching a seminar at the end of July or the
end of August. An exact date has not been set yet and we don’t
want it to interfere with HOOT.
We are looking for a new location for our Christmas Party. If anyone
has any suggestions, please let Toni know. We usually have between
65 and 80 people that attend. We need people to sign up for the
Peggy Harris will be teaching a Seminar for our chapter in 2006.
She has a 2-year waiting list. There will not be a Sharing Workshop
on October 11th as mentioned in the Newsletter. This was an error.
We will have paint-ins before our meetings for those who are interested.
The location for the Sherry Nelson Seminar is still undecided. It
could be at the Carrolton Center or here at the Days Inn. Or, if
anyone knows of another place, please let Toni know. We need a place
where we can leave the equipment in the room overnight, locked up.
Ronnie Bringle will be teaching a seminar hosted by the Illinois
Chapter on March 26, 27, and 28. The cost is $25.00 per day.
Carolyn Bacon told about the Silent Auction at the National convention.
This is a good way for our chapter to earn some money. We received
$800.00 from last year’s auction. About 18 people have volunteered
to submit a project, several were received today. Projects can be
brought to the April meeting for Carolyn to take, or if you are
going to convention, you can take it yourself. Chapter is paying
for each entry fee.
Carolyn informed the members that Karl Heinz resigned from office
on the Board and has been replaced by Mary Ann Spainhour.
Jan Rosenburg has some hand towels that she is asking members to
take chances on. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Drawing
will be today after the meeting. The money earned will go towards
the Christmas Party fund.
Membership Chair, Cindy Hicks, reported 62 members were present
today and 4 quests. Goodie bags were presented to the guests. Secret
Pal gifts were handed out and there was a drawing for attendance
Allison reminded everyone about painting the Memory Boxes and of
the paint-in after the meeting today with Kay Waldron. This will
be on a lotion ball and cost is $5.00.
Mary Jo Kumer made a motion to adjourn. Jeanne Abraham seconded
this. Motion carried.