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Gateway Decorative Artists
Chapter Meeting Minutes
November 11, 2007

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

Meeting called to order at 1:18 p.m.

Vada Galvan gave the invocation by reading a poem.

Gloria greeted the attending members and guests. The September minutes were approved with one change. The Retreat Trade Show hours were 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Treasurer's Report was approved as printed in the newsletter. Donna had made one change to the September report. Interest amount was added twice and the change was reflected in the November report.

Gold Brush nominations are still open and Barb Ogden would like any nominations to be submitted ASAP so the Gold Brush Committee can meet.

Gloria brought to the floor Ellen Rohne's proposed addition to the Bylaws as printed in the Nov. Newsletter. A discussion followed. Gloria called for a motion, but none was presented. Jim Lair made a motion that the Bylaws remain as is. Joyce Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed by a show of hands; 42 in favor, 4 opposed and 1 abstained.

Cheryll Wilburn called for nominations for officers from the floor. Nominations were closed. Dixie Reeb then asked for nominations to be reopened. A vote was taken to reopen nominations and by a show of hands reopening passed. Dixie then nominated Jim Lair for Vice President. There was a discussion and Jim accepted the nomination. Since there was only one candidate for each office, no written ballot was necessary. Barb Ogden made a motion that the slate of officers as published in the newsletter plus write-in, Jim Lair, be accepted by acclamation. Joyce Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed.

The 2008 officers of Gateway Decorative Artists are:
Gloria Falk---------------President
Jim Lair------------------Vice President
Lorie Reece--------------Program Chairman
Jo Lair-------------------Membership Chairman
Jean Rogenhofer--------Recording Secretary
Donna Wessel-----------Treasurer
Elizabeth Geers---------Newsletter Editor

Gloria asked all the newly elected officers to stand and the members gave a round of applause. Gloria gave an outline of the SDP membership contest and the prizes. For Gateway to qualify we need to get 10 new members for SDP and Gateway before October 2008.

Lorie Reece gave the Membership report. There were 47 members present and 2 guests. The table centerpieces were made by Vada Galvan. Jean Ellison and Donna Wessel were the door-prize winners.

The Christmas party will be at Andre's on December 2. The deadline for signup is November 15th. Karen Steiner will be teaching a painted scarf at the February meeting and anyone wanting to paint should get their money to Mary Jo today. Karen will also have a Sharing Workshop on March 29. There are still spaces available for Cheri Rol's seminar in April. Sign up for Mary Gibilisco seminar will open in January. Judy Dodson taught a snowman ornament for today's paint-in.

The next newsletter deadline is January 20th. Submissions should be made to Liz Geers at lizzieg@att.net.

Jean Ellison, Refreshment Chair, thanked the Galvanettes and Mary Jo for today's refreshments. She also stated that she would remain as Refreshment Chair for 2008. All 2008 meetings have been taken by volunteers.

Judy Dodson thanked all the volunteers who helped with the Retreat, Memory Box program and Turning Point. Judy reported that on average Turning Point helps 20 families on site and between 15 and 25 families off site and that our donations are appreciated.

The December Memory Box paint-in will be Dec. 4th. Ginger German will teach a fawn pattern. Judy also mentioned Liz Geers will do a Jamie Mills-Price bear pattern on January 6.

Mary Jo Kumer made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Jo Lair. The meeting was adjourned at 2:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kay Vuichard