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Chapter Meeting Minutes
June 12, 2005
Gateway Decorative Artist meeting was held on Sunday, June 12, 2005
at the Maryland Heights Community Center. After allowing several
late arriving members to sign in, Donna called the meeting to order
at 1:30 p.m. She welcomed members, guests and new members for coming.
All board members were present with the exception of Recording Secretary,
Ginny Ogden. In Ginny's absence, Gloria Falk was asked to take notes.
Jeanne Abraham was asked to give the invocation.
asked for a motion to accept the April minutes as published in the
newsletter. The motion was made by Jeanne Abraham and seconded by
Vada Galvan. Donna then asked for a show of hands to accept the
Treasurer's report as printed in the newsletter. All in favor, the
announced that we have received our 2004 Chapter Achievement Award.
In addition, we have also received a letter of congratulations and
a certificate in honor and recognition of our 30th year as an affiliated
chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters.
then informed the members that she had been contacted by Andy Jones,
President of the DAC, inquiring if the chapter would be interested
in donating the sum of $300 to $500 for the purchase of the Past
President's Award to be presented by Carolyn Bacon to the DAC at
the annual convention in May 2005. Andy explained that prior corporate
donations for this award were no longer available and the DAC was
contacting the past president's home chapter for possible funding.
Board members were polled on the suggestion and agreed unanimously
to honor Carolyn by donating said funds. Carolyn would then be allowed
to request a painted piece from an artist of her choice to be added
to the Decorative Arts Collection. A plaque crediting Gateway Decorative
Artists for this donation would then be displayed with the item.
Bacon then took the floor to tell us which artist and what was chosen
as the 2005 Past President's Award to the DAC. The artist chosen
was Dorothy Dent, our own home state Missouri resident of some renown,
whose work was not heretofore represented in the DAC. In fact, she
had never before been asked to contribute a piece for the collection.
The oil canvas that Dorothy finally chose was one of her typical
country landscapes depicting a red schoolhouse. Carolyn also noted
that this was the first convention Dorothy had missed in 24 years.
In the future, the current SDP President will purchase the award
donation for the DAC.
then called attention to our new masthead for the newsletter and
congratulated Josee on the design. She also thanked Josee for her
hard work in accomplishing the layout and mailing of the newsletter
in a remarkably timely fashion considering that she was in the midst
of moving into a new home during this same time span.
reminded members that today was the last day to order and pay for
the TCS Color Match Source Book. The special offer would expire
at the end of the month and the books would be ordered in the next
couple of days. It was hoped that they would be received in time
to hand out at the Gibilisco seminar in July and certainly by the
September meeting. Information and submission forms have been received
from Delta concerning the Delta Challenge 2005. Members were encouraged
to check it out and possibly submit an entry.
Lynne Lair was recognized and congratulated on becoming a Dorothy
Dent certified teacher. She, along with her husband, Jim, teaches
a number of classes each month both in Missouri and Illinois.
talked about a Louisiana teacher, Jan Zakrzewski, whose work she
had seen on display while on a visit to Dorothy Dent's shop in Republic,
Missouri. The sunlight reflected in the viewed canvas was spectacular.
Jan will be conducting a 3-day seminar, September 19-23, at Dorothy's
studio. Her website was made available for anyone desiring to check
out her work.
announced a chapter field trip for Saturday, September 10 to Old
Town St. Charles. She was impressed by and wanted to introduce members
to the Foundry Art Center at 520 North Main Center. The annual Quilt
Festival will also be taking place on this day with visitors and
displayers from all over the state. Members can then disburse to
pursue touring, shopping, or eating at their leisure following our
visit to the Art Center. The center opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays
and there is ample parking available.
Gillham was thanked for the suitcase donation brought to the April
meeting. Turning Point was contacted by Cheryll Wilburn and they
were able to accept the suitcases. A big thank you was given to
Cheryll for making the delivery. Members were reminded that this
had been a one-time chapter project and was not a current on-going
also acknowledged and thanked numerous members for their behind-the-scenes
hauling and delivery of supplies, donations, refreshments, etc.
that takes place before, during and after chapter events which included
Mary McDevitt, Debbie Christenson, Jan Rosenburg, Marilyn Hartnett
and the South County girls who provided today's refreshments.
were reminded to inform Kay Vuichard or Donna regarding ongoing
address, phone, or email changes for directory accuracy. Any errors
should be reported as soon as possible so corrections/updates can
informed members that the website for the Creative Painting Convention,
February 19-24, in Las Vegas would be up and running on July 1.
Convention books would be mailed to prior attendees by the end of
June. That website is www.vegaspaint.com for anyone who may be interested
who had attended the national convention were asked if they had
any interesting stories, tips, etc. to share. Jack Splatter, mascot
of SDP's new Junior Artist Club, was introduced. More information
on this program would be forthcoming on the SDP website as well
as in the Decorative Painter. Jan Rosenburg told about her visit
with Eleanor Denton and Mary Jane Jett to a 100 year-old Cuban restaurant
and their trolley ride while in Tampa.
McDevitt reported $136 in cleaning supplies was received today for
Turning Point. She is requesting school supplies, backpacks, etc
for our September donation. Debbie Christenson has a supply of boxes
that can be checked out for the Memory Box program. She has also
basecoated all of the boxes for those staying for the paint-in after
the meeting which will also be donated to the Memory Box program.
Rosenburg thanked Ellen for the excellent job she did on the color
booklet for retreat. It turned out great. The selected retreat projects
were on display and the retreat booklets were distributed. Jan asked
if those here today could take booklets home for those who were
unable to be here today to help save on postage costs. Members would
be able to choose their classes and sign up for retreat following
the business meeting today. Jan explained about retreat for those
new members and guests that have never previously attended. Jan
will also be taking signups today for anyone desiring to work on
any retreat committees. She is in need of door prizes for retreat.
Everyone will get a goody bag at the September meeting to fill for
Retreat. Jan was also selling tickets today for a drawing for an
apron and a tote bag with proceeds benefiting retreat. The apron
was won by Jean Lindsey and the tote bag by Maureen Wasserman.
also had the patterns for the vest that will be painted at retreat
with our Gateway logo on it. She thanked Ellen Rohne for painting
the displayed sample. She will try to have some extra vests available,
but everyone should plan to bring their own to paint on. She also
has a website from which to obtain one. Hobby Lobby currently has
them on clearance. Keep in mind that if you choose a dark denim
color the design will first have to be undercoated with white.
Hartnett reported on programs. Final payment is due today for the
Mary Gibilisco seminar in July. Registration for the Peggy Harris
seminar will open at the September meeting. Peggy had suggested
holding the seminar Saturday through Monday instead of the usual
Friday through Sunday. Her reason for this suggestion was explained
to the membership and a vote was taken as to their preference. Members
unanimously voted for Saturday through Monday for this March 2006
seminar. A program survey form had been included in the current
newsletter. Marilyn asked members to complete the survey and return
them to her. She would like to know the types of programs the membership
would like to do in the coming year.
Delta Fun Day won for us by Vada Galvan has been set for August
21. It has been reported by other chapters who have already participated
in this event that members will go home with lots of free products.
There is a sign-up sheet at the seminar table. Delta can accommodate
50-60 people for this event. We have a supply of picture mats available
left over from the April meeting. The cost is $2 if anyone would
like to have another one. Marilyn also thanked Debbie for all the
work and preparation she did getting ready for today's memory box
paint-in. The fee for today's project is $3.
Vuichard reported that there were 54 members present along with
1 guest that was given a welcome gift. Members were advised to report
any address, phone or email corrections for printing in the next
newsletter. A goody bag attendance prize was won today by Nancy
Luckritz. Secret Pal gifts were also handed out.
Dodson, Nominating Chair, reported that this year she is distributing
an official election form for members to fill out and return regarding
their intention to run for election. She is hoping that this form
of contact will help to eliminate a good number of repeat phone
calls to members soliciting their decision with regard to running
for office. Judy's committee includes Mary Jo Kumer and Nancy Luckritz.
Forms may be returned to any one of them. Judy also reported one
change having to do with absentee balloting. This year she will
have an emergency absentee ballot that can be obtained as late as
Saturday, November 12 prior to the November 13 chapter meeting.
More information will be available at the September meeting when
a complete slate of officers will be announced. Donna encouraged
the membership to consider running for office.
Ogden brought several of the Chapter's older library albums. She
said that there would be no charge for any patterns checked out
today and they did not need to be returned until September.
Bacon announced that Mike Saubert is no longer with the Society
and that SDP is again looking for a new executive director.
Falk, Historian, is in need of photos of various chapter events
that are needed to be added to our albums. We are especially in
need of photos of activities and events regarding the 1993 convention
held in St. Louis. A list of missing events not represented in our
albums was published in the newsletter. Members were asked to search
their personal archives for any photos that could be used for this
a social note, Laura Heathcote is now home and getting better every
day. Sucheta Bhide's new baby is due next week. Suzanne Koestner,
former newsletter and web editor is pregnant with a due date of
December 4. Lida Gillham is thrilled to have her first new granddaughter.
We were pleased to have Pat Rowles who was accompanied by her granddaughter
and Louise Kern here with us today.
Christmas Party is tentatively scheduled for December 4. More details
will follow at a later date. We will also have information available
concerning the Gold Brush Award in September. Donna concluded by
wishing everyone to have a great summer.
no further business to conduct, Mary Jo Kumer made a motion to adjourn
at 2:45 p.m. seconded by Judy Sloan.