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Gateway Decorative Artists
Chapter Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2007

Board members in attendance: Gloria Falk, Marilyn Hartnett, Judy Dodson, Josée LaFerriere, Donna Wessel, Kay Vuichard and Lorie Reece.

Meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m.
Members present 45, Guests 2

Invocation was given by Joyce Miller.

The minutes from the July meeting were approved as published in the Newsletter. The Treasurer's Report was approved as printed in the Newsletter.

Gloria greeted guests and members.

Cheryll Wilburn, Nominating Committee Chair, gave a report on status of nominees for the November election. Elections for 2-year terms are President, Program Chairman, and Newsletter Editor. Elections for 1-year terms are Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, and Treasurer. Cheryll called each office and asked for nominations from the floor. No nominations were made. Candidates are still needed for several positions. If you would like to run for office, contact Cheryll. Absentee Ballots will be available by sending a S.A.S.E. to Cheryll. When returning a ballot, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope. Absentee ballots will remain sealed until opened at the November meeting by the election tellers. (This is what they are called in the bylaws) Returned ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 to be counted. Gold Brush Award Nomination forms are available. They should also be marked as such and will remain sealed until the Awards Committee meets.

Gloria reminded all the members who received the HD paint kits from Plaid that the painted piece must arrive at Plaid before Oct. 1.

Lorie introduced our guests, Diana Kapper and Shar Braun, and new member, Veronica Delgado. Names were drawn for the two painted tee shirts donated by Gloria for door prizes - winners were Josee Laferriere and Deb Christenson. Names were drawn for the 10 table decorations, fall ivy bowl candleholders, designed and donated by Donna Wessel.

Marilyn Hartnett gave the Program Chair report. At the November meeting Judy Dodson will be teaching Christmas Ornaments as the paint-in. Marilyn proposed not making table decorations/favors for the Christmas party and instead donating the money to Turning Point as our Christmas gift to them. The membership agreed. In 2008 we have Cheri Rol (April) and Mary Gibilisco (July) seminars scheduled. Karen Steiner will be teaching a Sharing Workshop (March). At the Linda Coulter Seminar Margaret Von Kaenel told us about two other artist groups in the St Louis area, MAG and SALI. SALI is having a meeting in U City teaching a Damask pattern with a shadow on Thursday, 9/12. MAG dues are $20.00 a year and can be reached by calling 863-8383.

Donna had no additional financial information to report. Jean Ellison thanked the Board for the refreshments and announced that Cindy Rupp, Vada and the Galvanetts will provide the refreshments for the November meeting.

Judy Dodson reported that to date our chapter has shipped 760 memory boxes. The chapter won the 2nd quarter Tole Friends contest for memory boxes and our chapter shipped the 100,000th memory box, due to the fact that former member, Janie Parisi, donated 140 boxes to ship and Mary Jo an additional 4. The prize for the 2nd quarter was a book, which became part of our library and paints that will be used to paint at our monthly Memory Box paint-ins on the first Tuesday of each month. Along with those gifts there were glass paints, paper paints, mediums, over 40 packets and some other books in very good condition. We still need an instructor to teach at the October paint-in. As a refresher the procedures for donating a memory box were included in the September Newsletter. When Judy called Turning Point for their wish list they told her that there had been an upsurge in families seeking their services. The Christmas wish list will be in the November newsletter. The deadline to register for Retreat is September 14th. This is also the last day to make reservations at the hotel. Don't forget to enclose a S.A.S.E to receive your secret pal's name and information. Vada is planning the entertainment. There will be a prize for the best costume at the Saturday night banquet. We will have 4 make-it-and-take-its over the weekend. Ellen Rhone is planning the Trade Show. So far Bill Childs (wood surface maker), Barrett House and Tracy Kocher (Red Rooster) will be having booths. This will be on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00. The first 10 registrants for Retreat had their names put in a jar for the early registration prize. The winner was Lorie Reece.

Tickets were sold for the painted chairs and the winners were Dixie Reeb (Grapes) and Kay Peele (Roses).

Carol Rufkahr announced that there were still two openings for an Elizabeth Pruitt oil seminar being held at the Sunset Hills Community Room on October 19-21.

At the show and tell table Ellen Rhone displayed her winning 3rd place entry at the Hoot Convention Art Show. Way to go girl. Other members had also shared their work - one of them being a beautiful Magnolia on a Genesis paint box by Marilyn Hartnett.

A motion to adjourn was made by Mary Jo Kumer, 2nd by Carol Rufkahr.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:06 p.m. A fund raising auction was held immediately after the meeting with Mary Jo Kumer serving as auctioneer.

Respectfully submitted,

Kay Vuichard