FASA Monthly Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 12, 2015
Phyllis Jordan opened the meeting at 10:05AM. Four guests were introduced. Shirley Bryon who likes to sew. Rebecca Cook heard about us through her quilt guild and decided to come see what we were all about. Roylynn Harren is another quilter. And, Mia Cortez, Ida Spence’s daughter.
The December general meeting minutes were sent out by e-mail. A motion was made by Sandra Bloom and seconded by Bebe Blaschke to accept the minutes as written. The motion passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report – As approved by the FASA Board in December, Joan Termini, treasurer, transferred $35,000 of FASA funds to five CDs of $7,000 apiece on December 22, 2014. In the period between 12-22 and 12-31-2014, three of the CDs earned $1.36 interest each and two earned $0.79 each. As of 12-31-14, we have $17,448.45 in checking; $5351.70 in money market funds; $8115.61 in savings; and the five CDs now worth $35,005.66. Joan will watch the accounts so that no group of investments become too heavy.
Texas Federation of Fiber Artists (TFFA) – The Texas Federation of Fiber Artists was dissolved on 12-31-14. With the agreement of the TFFA representatives the remaining funds were equally divided between the Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio chapters. Jean Peffers, our TFFA representative received a check from TFFA for $3261.02 for our chapter’s share of the funds. Jean gave the check to Joan Termini for deposit.
Surface Design Association (SDA) – The Surface Design Association has found itself in financial difficulty and has sent out a call to its members and other related groups and individuals for donations/pledges to help them out. A discussion ensued concerning why SDA was in this position. Jean Dahlgren reported that one of the big problems was the cost to put on a conference in the size and scale to serve the membership. Also there was a miscalculation on the number of members that would attend the conferences which resulted in over planning. As a result, the last several conferences lost money. Another major expense is the cost to publish their magazine. SDA has taken a hard look at their operations and have decided to hold smaller conferences with lower registration numbers. The publication of their magazine will go digital especially for overseas members. It was mentioned that if a person or group made a pledge to SDA, they would only have to meet that pledge if the sum of all pledges and donations equaled or exceeded $150,000. Phyllis said the Board had OK’d a pledge up to $500.
Peggy Foerster asked if it was appropriate to amend the amount to $1000. Kitty Janiga said that under Roberts Rules of Order we could amend the amount to $1000 by another motion. Sandra Bloom made a motion to amend our pledge from $500 to $1000. Upon count there were twenty yes votes for the $1000 pledge and twenty no votes. Several people abstained from voting. President Phyllis Jordan broke the tie with a no vote because the Board had only approved $500. We then voted on the $500 pledge which passed with 42 votes. Phyllis asked Joan Termini to cut a check to SDA for $500.
Exhibition Search Committee – SAY SI was a very good location with excellent facilities for our Juried Show in November. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the Board thought we should look at other possible venues. Jean Peffers, Lyn Belisle and Yvette Little were selected to serve on this committee. Yvette said that they have looked at several locations but most of them were too small for our needs. They also considered Pop-Ups (a real estate term for sudden, short term rental opportunities) but these were not conducive to our needs. Yvette indicated she was going to discuss the situation with John at SAY SI to see if we couldn’t work something out and continue our relationship with them for another three years. If anyone would like to work on this committee or has any suggestions on the issue, please contact Jean, Lyn or Yvette.
Nominating Committee – Jean Peffers and Shirley Bugosh represent our Board on the nominating committee. Two other members, Caryl Gaubatz and Diana Kellerman have volunteered to be on the committee. Phyllis said we need one more person. Sandra Bloom volunteered to be the fifth member.
Programs – The February meeting will be held at our usual meeting place, the Alamo Heights Christian church. The speaker will be Michelle Belto, encaustic artist. Encaustic art is an ancient technique using hot wax which is experiencing a revival in the art world. In March, Ellen Noble, a world renowned Shibori artist, will present her program at the Southwest School of Art. She has scheduled several workshops but Susie Monday thought they may already be full. Margaret King Stanley/Harriet Christien are on schedule for April at the Witte Museum. The pair will share their story about retail fashion designing. May will be our installation of officers. We will also be doing a survey on what kind of programs the membership is interested in. The survey results will be used to investigate programs for next year.
The Art Buffet held last August was a resounding success. It will be held again this year. If you want to feature your work, contact Susie Monday or Sylvia Sarinana.
Susie and Sylvia have agreed to extend their terms on the Program Committee for another year. However, they would like a third person to work with them. If you want to serve, contact Susie or Sylvia.
Newsletter – Website – When Shirley sends the Newsletter out, she can record how many people actually open their e-mail to read the Newsletter. Currently 70% of our members do open the Newsletter which is much better than most organizations’ numbers. If anyone wants something published in the Newsletter, they need to get their information to Shirley by the 28th of the month if they want it published in the next month’s edition. Shirley also reported that our website is up and running. A question was raised as to whether we needed a special sign-on or password. Shirley said one only needs to register on the website. There are a few documents that are password protected. Most of these are because of copyright issues. Shirley was congratulated for her great job with our Newsletter and Website.
Community Service– Peggy Foerster reminded everyone that the church always needs food items or money to support their food bank. She reported that she had sent out information for support of SAY SI’s Small Item Auction. Since most schools have dropped their art programs, this is a way to support young (middle to high school students) artists by giving them a way to showcase their work. Each young artist will submit three small artistic entries.
Education – Jean Peffers reminded us that as a member of the Garden Center, we can attend the monthly meetings which are held the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings start at 10AM. Refreshments are served at 9:30AM. She will try to get a schedule of the meeting programs on our Website.
Scholarship Ad Hoc Committee – The committee has made its recommendations and suggestions to the Board. The Board is now considering their report. Since the committee has accomplished its stated mission, Phyllis disbanded it.
Miscellaneous – Saturday, February 14, 2015 there will be a symposium on the progress of the Crochet Coral Reef Project at the Southwest School of Arts Russel Hill Rogers Galery II. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.swschool.org /upcoming exhibitions.
Susie Monday is holding workshops and retreats at her Hill Country studio. She is featuring a monthly series on the third Monday of each month on the use of I Pads in material design. Cost is $40 per session.
Lyn Belisle, Diana Harwood, Vicky Siptak, Sue Staglik, and Carolyn Tolar were given a thank you for their work with the Elf Louise project this past Christmas season.
A number of fiber artists have entered and won awards in the past in the San Saba Quilt Show. It is being held again on January 24/25 2015. We encourage you to see this show if you have the opportunity. Fiber Artists quilts will be hung in the winery.
Birdie Smith passed away December 22, 2014 at the age of 99. Birdie was an enthusiastic FASA member although she hasn’t been attending meetings lately due to her age and declining health.
Jill Adams is presently in rehab. It is probable she will not be able to return to her home due to her condition.
Meeting was adjourned at at 10:55AM. After a brief break and refreshments, the program discussing the upcoming Fashion Show was presented.
Anne Winsett, FASA Secretary
January 17, 2015