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Gateway Decorative Artists
Chapter meeting Minutes
April 13, 2008


Board members in attendance: Gloria Falk, Jim Lair, Jo Lynne Lair, Donna Wessel, Lorie Reece, Liz Geers. Jean Rogenhofer was absent due to the death of her Mom.

The meeting was called to order at 1:15pm. Ginger German gave the invocation. Gloria welcomed all members and guests to the meeting. The minutes of the last meeting as printed in the News Letter were approved by a voice vote and the Treasurer's Report as printed in the News Letter was approved by a voice vote.

Janie Parisi (a former member) donated wood surfaces which are for sale with the proceeds going to the Memory Box Program. Dixie Reeb was presented with a service award for her service to GDA in 2007. Gloria mentioned the Cincinnati Retreat 4/18-20 and the Ohio Mini Convention 8/11-16. The new format of the DP was commented on and everyone seemed to like it. Booklets for the Houston Artist Expo 7/22-26 were available for inspection for anyone interested. Books for soldiers fill out the registration form, once you are approved you will get info on how to send books and videos to a soldier. Barb Ogden volunteered to take donated books to the USO at the St. Louis airport, her husband will contact the USO and info about what kinds of things they need will be in the next Newsletter.

Jim Lair reported on Retreat. The project entries were displayed and voting took place after the business portion of the meeting. Color booklets for Retreat are $2.00 .Those not paying for the color version will receive a black and white version. Retreat will be at Trout Lodge this year October 24-26. Make your reservations by July 18. There will be a Secret pal program at retreat again this year. Anyone submitting a Make it/Take it should bring a completed sample to the June Meeting. Mary Jo Kumer reported on Memory box and at the last paint in 25 boxes were completed. Since the first of the year we have sent over 100 boxes to hospitals. The south county girls are having MB paint-ins at 1st Baptist Church, Cedar Ridge the next one is on May 17 if anyone wants to attend. The nest MB paint-in in St Charles is May 6.

Lorie Reece reported on the upcoming seminars. Cheri Rol 4/25-27 anyone not paid in full should do so today. Mary Gibilisco July 25-27 anyone attending should put down the deposit today, the patterns will be available at the June meeting. The sample piece for Ellen Rohne's Sharing Workshop 9/27 was on display. Gloria is teaching roses on a tee shirt after the meeting today. Lorie will check with Mary Gibilisco on Genesis paint palettes for her seminar.

The deadline for the next newsletter is 5/16.

Liz Geers proposed that we consider emailing the News Letter to our members that have internet access. The costs of printing and postage are on the rise and the majority of our members have access to the internet. Presently it costs the chapter 86 cents to mail a 12 page newsletter and e-mail costs nothing. After some discussion, Barb Ogden made a motion that the News Letters be e-mailed, through the remaining of this year, to those members that have e-mail addresses. Members without e-mail shall still receive the news letter by regular mail. Delia Larkins seconded the motion. A vote was taken by a show of hands. There were 44 votes for and 0 votes against. The motion passed. The procedure will be that when the e-mailed news letter arrives the member will then reply "GOT IT". This way Liz will know it was received.

Corrections to the directories were made.

Jo Lynne Lair introduced our guests 3 (Rhonda, Shirley and Justine) , 1 new member(Sue Reynolds) and reported that there were 44 members present. Door prizes, Tee shirts painted by Gloria were won by Lee Zimmer and Karen Steiner. The Table center pieces were won by Cindy Rupp, Marilyn Hartnett, Peggy Araki, Jeanette Bishop, Jim Lair, Ingrid Oertli, Ellen Rohne, Dottie Baumgartner, Lida Gilliam, Joan Love, Sandra Reynolds, Sue Struckhoff. Jo Lynne Lair suggested that we add River Bend Humane Society, a no kill animal shelter, as a 2nd charity. There was some discussion Lorie Reece made a motion that we support River Bend Humane Society as a charity and Joan Love seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken and it passed with no objections.

Donna Wessel asked that everyone read the handout "GDA Dues Analysis 2007" handout.

Jean Ellison thanked the Board members plus Mary Jo and Ginger German for the day's refreshments.Karen Steiner thanked everyone that attended her sharing workshop.

The motion to adjourn was made by Mary Jo Kumer and Seconded by Jim Lair.

The meeting was closed at 2:08pm.

In Jean Rogenhofer's absence the minutes were taken by Kay Vuichard

Respectfully Submitted

Kay Vuichard