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 Gateway Decorative Artists
Chapter Meeting Minutes
June 8, 2008


Gloria Falk called the meeting to order at 1:10 pm. All board members were present. Kay Vuichard gave the invocation. Gloria welcomed all members and guests.


Gloria asked for approval of the April minutes, as printed in the Newsletter. With one correction of a new member's name, Sandra Reynolds, the minutes were approved.


Gloria told us of the trailer fire that destroyed some of the DAC merchandise and collection after leaving the Tampa Convention. The cause was unknown. 8 Santas from the new DAC book were burned and two of the teachers who were sharing the trailer lost everything. A 15 minute video, narrated by Andy Jones, showing the new DAC Museum in Atlanta was shown.


Gloria reported on the election results at the National Convention. Nancy Ginetti is the VP/President Elect. Board members are: Tim Mulvey, Barb Jenkins and Tammy Browning-Smith. Treasurer is Kaye Singer. Nominating Committee members are: Ginger Edwards, Donna Frost and Jeanne Biever.


Gloria brought a catalog for the NET Convention in Rhode Island, which will be held October 8-12th. Ohio's mini-convention, HOOT, will be August 11-16th. Tole Country is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 17-20th. Oklahoma is offering a Chapter incentive: any Chapter that has 10 or more members register and take classes, the members will receive a free 2 hour class. If interested, see Gloria after the meeting for more information.


Barb Ogden is taking care of the collection for the USO. A list of items needed was printed in the Newsletter. Donating to the USO is one way we can show our support for our Troops.


Jim Lair reported on Retreat, to be held at the YMCA Troup Lodge in Potosi, October 24, 25, and 26th. Registration should be made by August 20th. Projects are displayed on the table, Retreat Booklets are available today, and registration begins today.


The River Bend Humane Society thanks us for all the donations they have received from our Chapter. Turning Point also thanks us for all the items we have donated to them.


So far this year, our Chapter has completed 632 Memory Boxes. National Chapters have contributed 108,339 Memory Boxes. For the month of May 1088 boxes were submitted.


Elizabeth McClintock donated a cooked and ready to eat side of ribs, which was auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Memory Box program. Mary Jo Kumer was our auctioneer and Cindy Rupp was the high bidder at $23.


Lori Reece made the suggestion that everyone bring a piece of wood, painted or not, to be auctioned off at the September meeting. All proceeds to go to the Memory Box program.


Lori reminded everyone of the Mary Gibilisco Seminar on July 25, 26, and 27th, at the Wingate Inn. There are openings for all 3 days. Cost is $48 per day. If you are taking Friday's class you can purchase a frame and inserts for $21.95 from Mary and she will base coat them for you. Mary will have Masonite panels for $4.95 each if you want to purchase for the Saturday and Sunday projects.


Saturday September 27th Ellen Rohne will teach a workshop. The cost is $15 and Ellen will supply the paint. Her project is on display.


Debbie Slavin is scheduled to teach a seminar in April of 2009.


Jo Lair reported that Gateway has a total of 67 paid members. 40 members are present today and we have one guest from Alabama, Marcie Reece.


It was suggested that the September meeting be "Bring-a-Friend Day". It was also suggested that we have a Secret Pal pin exchange at the September meeting. If you want to participate in the Secret Pal pin event, please sign up with Jo Lair after the meeting.


A T-shirt and Suede eyeglass case were painted and donated attendance prizes by Gloria Falk. The winners were Jo Lair and Lorie Reece. Names were drawn for the 18 flowerpot centerpieces and the winners were: Jim Lair, Lorie Reece, Lee Zimmer, Mary Jo Kumer, Judy Mayo, Cindy Rupp, Delia Larkins, Jean Hofmann, Liz Geers, Karen Steiner, Cheryl Wilburn, Jean Rogenhofer, Lida Gillham, Donna Wessel, Sharon Hall, Sue Struckhoff, Gloria Falk and Ginger German.


September newsletter deadline will be August 24th. Liz Geers said the previous newsletter cost $60.50 and the current one $11.32. The Treasurer's Report has been taken out of the newsletter (available in PDF format on our website) and is being sent as a separate e-mail to each member.


Lida Gillham advised that Jean Hofmann recently had surgery, but is doing fine now and here today.


Other announcements: Joan Love's Mother had a heart attack. Delores Kessler's granddaughter has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Jo Lair will be hosting Mary Carole for a seminar in IL. over Labor Day weekend. The projects are on display.


Several members brought projects for Show and Tell and these were shown.


Barb Ogden said she has been working with Josee' Laferriere on a new, complete list for our Library. Members may check out up to 5 pattern packets today and return at the September meeting.


There will be a paint-in after the meeting today, taught by Jeanette Bishop. Cost is $3.


In the absence of Jean Ellison, Refreshment Chair, Gloria thanked the members who furnished refreshments today - Lida Gillham, Cathy Somraty, Jean Hofmann, Judy West, Dixie Reeb, and Delia Larkins.


With no further business, Mary Jo Kumer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. This was seconded by Judy Sloan.


The meeting adjourned at 2:13 pm.


Respectfully submitted, Jean Rogenhofer, Recording Secretary