General Meeting Minutes
January 7, 2017
Bayland Community Center
The meeting was called to order by President Marjorie Lowe. Andra Vanarsdel gave the invocation. The salutes to the American flag and the Texas flag followed.
In The President’s Opening Remarks, Mary Frances Townsend, Gay Dowdy, and Judith Stromsted were recognized for preparing the snack table before each meeting.
Alexander Scott shared with the group that the IRS allows the mandatory withdrawal from IRA’s to be given to non-profits resulting in a tax deduction for the donor. He also mentioned that there would be a presentation on the slave trade with the film “Traces of the Trade” at Christ Church Cathedral on Feb. 18 at 11am..
There were no corrections or additions to the December minutes. Recording Secretary Glenda Hayes will file them as printed.
Membership VP Rae Bryant reported the following:
- 110 members have renewed for this year. This number represents over half of the membership.
- Marj Harris’ classes will be in the Guest House at the Clayton Library. They begin in one week.
Treasurer Sharron Newhouse reported the following:
- The bank balance is about the same as in December.
- The fund raiser workshop will be March 18 featuring an all-day presentation by Pam and Rick Sayre. It will cost members $30 and non-members $40. A box lunch can be pre-ordered for a fee. All money needs to be received by March 8, 2017.
- Checks are deposited twice a month so it might take a little longer for some checks to clear.
Corresponding Secretary Lynne Zalesak said that there had not been any correspondence.
Program VP Alan Leeds reported the following:
- Marj Harris’ classes begin next week. We need volunteers to help with each class.
- He would be taking the speaker to lunch at Fadi’s Mediterranean if anyone wanted to join them.
- The next general meetings are on Feb. 4 and March 4. The March 18 meeting is a fund raiser and is an all day workshop.
- The Copyright Committee will meet Jan 21 at the Clayton Guest House upstairs at 1 pm.
Program VP Alan Leeds introduced the speaker for today’s program. The speaker, Ronnie Janecka, spoke on “The Picture of the Battle of Lookout Mountain and John Gisch.” John Gisch was her grandfather whose paintings, made while a POW at Rock Island Union Prison, were famous. She did not know this when she started researching him. His painting of the Battle of Lookout Mountain was the subject of a HISTORY DETECTIVE episode. The episode was shown during the meeting. She also brought several artifacts for display. Many questions were asked after the presentation.
Alan Leeds distributed door prizes which had been donated by various members. Marjorie Lowe reminded the membership that we were still accepting articles for the Fall issue of THE RECORD which has been delayed because of the editor’s accident.
The meeting was adjourned.
These minutes are respectfully submitted for review.