Monday, February 9, 2015
Phyllis Jordan opened the meeting at 10:03AM. Rebecca Cook, Soveida Leal from Harlingen, and Monica Lee Brown were our guests this morning. The January general meeting minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.
Nominating Committee – Jean Peffers, presented the following slate of nominees for the upcoming officer elections: President – Sandra Bloom 1st VP – Susie Monday/Silvia Sarinana 2nd VP– Yvette Little/Jean Dahlgren 3rd VP– no nominees
Anne Winsett-Secretary, Joan Termini-Treasurer, and Shirley Bugosh-Newsletter have agreed to continue in their present positions. Although there are no names for the 3rd VP position at the current time, Ida Spence and Dian Lamb are considering it. Jean asked that we encourage them to accept as they are excellent candidates. There were no additional nominees from the floor.
Programs – Susie Monday reported that our program speaker will be unavailable for April so her presentation will be moved to September. Susie has scheduled June Ann Peck, a print maker from Ft. Worth, as our April program and for a wood cutting workshop following the April FASA general meeting. All tools for the workshop will be provided. The April program and the workshop will be held here at the church.
Annual Show – Phyllis Jordan said that all checks have been sent to the artists who sold items at the annual show.
Runway Show- Ida Spence reported the show is on track. The UIW students who will be helping during the show are excited about their opportunity to work with us. There is a volunteer signup sheet for FASA members to work on Friday and or Saturday. Phyllis Jordan stressed how important it is for volunteers to come forward. We cannot put on a successful show if we don’t have people there to man the various stations. Labels are being made for the show garments and accessories which will be sewn on for less chance of items being misidentified. The deadline for garment application submission is Friday, March 13th and March 9 for accessory applications. All garments must be turned in by March 21st. Ticket sales for the show have begun and tickets are selling fast. Recommendation is to get your tickets as soon as possible. Vendor applications are due by the end of the month. The applications will be reviewed starting March 15. We are looking for quality rather than quantity. The vendor fee is $100 for both days or $75 for Friday only. If it rains on Saturday, the vendor will receive a $25 refund. Vendors cannot bring tents for the Saturday event but they will have to bring their own tables and chairs. Vendors will be open from noon to 8PM on Friday and can remain open during the fashion show.
Dian Lamb said there will be a tree decorating (table decorations) event on April 1st. Currently she has 800 leaves submitted which is enough to decorate each tree with the original number requested but more is better so keep on creating those leaves. Jean said there are 55 remaining raffle ticket envelopes so if you have not picked up yours see Anne Winsett at the front table. Pictures of the raffle items are on the inside of the show invitations. A person does not have to be present to win. Kitty Janiga said she already has several very good items donated for the Silent Auction.
Treasurer’s Report- Joan Termini reported that we have $16,543.02 in checking, $12,144.14 in savings, $5353.06 in money market funds, and $35,023.20 in CDs.
Newsletter- Shirley Bugosh is tracking how many members are receiving and opening the Newsletter. Our opening rate is well above industry average. In other words, our members have a high interest in getting the information FASA is sending them. Shirley also explained the difference between a blog and the website. A blog is interactive so you can send comments that other blog readers will see and be able to comment back. A website simply conveys information that the website creator/owner wants to publish. The FASA website is up and active receiving over 500 hits in its first two weeks of existence. There is a place on the website for ticket sales to the Runway Show. You can use either Pay Pal or a recognized credit card for payment of tickets.
Community Outreach– Peggy Foerster indicated there is a sign-up sheet for volunteer hours. We need this for our IRS reporting requirements as a 501 (C)(3) organization. Please record your hours and don’t just check the IRS requirement block.
E-mail tree – When replying to a message from the e-mail tree, DO NOT reply to the e-mail tree. Reply to the person who originally sent the message. When requesting a message to be sent out on the e-mail tree, please put your name in bolded or a larger print size with the comment “Reply to…” It is not the e-mail tree’s responsibility to pass on comments in reply to a message you asked the e-mail tree to pass on.
Membership- Sue Corbett reported that we now have 151 current members.
Satelite Meeting – There will be a satelite meeting this evening at 6:30PM at 205 Geneseo Road, The meetings have not been well attended and may have to be ended for lack of response.
Doerte Weber is going to the International Show with an entry. Susie Monday said if anyone wants to make an garment for the Show but is unsure how to do it, see her as she has a class for that.
There is a quilt conference in Austin at the convention center on February 19, 20 and 21. Classes are available but filling up fast.
Thanks for everyone’s submissions to the San Saba Quilt Show. We had 19 entries from FASA members with several of the entries winning awards. The show was a great success for a small community like San Saba.
The Copper Shade Tree is presenting a show through the end of March. One of our members has three pieces entered in this show.
The FASA business meeting was concluded at 11AM.
Anne Winsett, Secretary
February 25, 2015