DFA Membership Meeting

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 – Home of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse

10:00 AM Social / 10:30 Meeting

Call to order by Kristi H. 22 members in attendance. See attached.

Approval of Minutes:

 Motion by Judy F.  Second by Christine R.

Treasure’s Report: Christine R. $30,800 currently in the account. $100 was placed into a Grants  Fund account as well.  

Motion to approve: Karren L. Second by Nancy K.  Approved Unanimously.

Fall Luncheon Recap: Kristi  H. applauded all who were responsible for the Annual Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction. The cash donations received amounted to $569.00, the Silent Auction raised $7,695 and ticket sales for the lunch were $1,243. It was a huge success!

Fundraising:  Kristi H. congratulated Lorraine S. on her tremendous effort and success this year as our Fund Raising Chairperson. Lorraine mentioned the Leather Cuff- Making class following the meeting today. If you were not able to get in on the class you were invited to observe. The Cookie Exchange being held on Dec 7th at JoAnn Trimberger’s home was discussed. The date was unfortunately not put in the last newsletter but that will be remedied by an early release of the next newsletter to be issued the week of Nov 20th. Lorraine also mentioned that she was working on 2018 fund raising events and she would let all of us know when the lists was finished.

Diva’s and Snowdown: Mary Kay L. talked about needing more ladies for the Snowdown Parade. She said the routine was simple and to contact her or Susie A. if interested in participating. There is also a Diva reunion being held at the Red Snapper on Monday the 13th from 5:30 – 7:00. Bring your spouses.

Dana  W. also mentioned that on the same evening  the Rochester Hotel is being used as a drop off center for Woman’s Aid. They are in immediate need of help so contribute if possible.

Kristi H. also mentioned that she will be holding “Write your own Obituary” on Feb 15th, 2018 at the First National Bank. The cost is $25.00. Guys invited too.

Merchandise:  Susie A. mentioned they had great success selling their “bling” at the Fall Luncheon. Also, she will be selling on Noel Night outside of Karen Gabaldon’s store as well as during rehearsals, outside of some stores and also Magpies.

Kristi H. mentioned that on Noel night Karen Gabaldon will donate 10% of her sales to DFA.

Publicity:  Carol H., nothing new to report. 

Newsletter:  Myriam was unable to attend so Kristi H. reminded everyone to get their info to Myriam by Nov 20th so the newsletter can get out early.

New Business:

Grant Budget for 2018. Last year we granted $23,000 for 19 different organizations. Our requests this year, per Carol B., are over $62.000.

Kristi H asked that someone make a motion for DFA to issue $26,000 for grant distribution in 2018. Utilizing $21,000 from the grant funds generated in 2017 and roll over $4,800 from the administrative funds collected in 2016 and 2017 totaling $26,000. Additionally, Kristi H. moves that the board has the option of reviewing additional grant funds collected from the November and December events to determine if any additional monies might be available for 2018 Grant Fund distribution. Carol B. had originally requested $27,000.

Motion: Joanie P. Second: Nancy M.  All in favor.  Motion passed.

Officers/Board Members: Kristi H. is looking to add some co-board member positions for our existing roaster so we will have some up and coming board members for the following year when many of these positions will be vacated. Anyone interested in serving DFA please let her know. Christine R. mentioned that she will not be serving as Treasurer next year.


Board Meeting/ New Member luncheon on Dec 14th at Debra May’s.

Next business meeting will be held at the First National Bank on January 18th which is the 3rd Thursday of the month to accommodate the holiday schedules. 10:00 program by Brenda  Macon.

Kristi adjourned the meeting. Karren L. to introduce Lisa Skyhorse

Submitted by JoAnn Trimberger





 Durango Friends of the Arts

General Membership Meeting

September 14, 2017

Strater Hotel Pullman Room

Meeting was preceded by optional pasta buffet


Call to Order: President Kristi H called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests.


Approval of Minutes of July Meeting: motion to approve, Myriam P, second by Susan W, passed unanimously.


Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Christine Rachlin gave a report highlighting program balance of $2,969.74 and grant balance of $11,383.27.

Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report, Susie A, second Judy F, passed unanimously.


Upcoming Fundraising Events:


Sept. 22 – Fall Hike & Picnic -Debra May reported preparations for the Fall Hike and Picnic at her home in Destination Ranch, BBQ with all the trimmings,

Time – 3:30-7:30p.m.  $40p.p.


Sept. 28CPR Instructional Class:  “Save a Life” – Mary Kay Lambert reported the full range of lifesaving instruction available, Time, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost, $35p.p.

Location, Durango Public Library.


Oct. 13- Annual Fall Luncheon & Silent Auction:  Cost -$45p.p., Location:  Strater Hotel, auction in Oak Room, Luncheon in Henry Strater Theatre. Kristi reported in Carol B’s absence -Silent Auction 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.  (Christine collecting silent auction items)  Luncheon & entertainment by Daniel Russell (Durango Voice winner) and several couples from Durango’s Dancing with the Stars” to follow at noon. (Karren L reported.)  Myriam, reservation’s chair, reported several tables already filled and tables will be assigned according to postmark on reservations mailed to PO Box.


November 9 – Leather Cuff Making Class – Judy reported. Class will follow the membership meeting at the Home of Lisa & Loren Skyhorse –$40p.p.  (10 person limit)


NOVEMBER 9th MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  Home of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse.

10 a.m. social, 10:30 a.m. meeting.


Nature’s Oasis Wooden Nickel Program in October – put a wooden nickel in the designated container when you bring your own bags.


Shout out to Kroeger’s for donating $2,000 to DFA for one week in July in their round up for non-profits program.


Kristi adjourned the meeting to introduce the presenters representing the 2017 grants awards. Since its inception, DFA has distributed over $500,000 in grants.


In 2017, DFA awarded $23,100 to the following groups.

  • Merely Players – Found Space Theatre & A Secret Garden/ Adult & Youth Theatre      Charles Ford
  • Be FRANK Foundation – Project O.I.N.K Karl Herr & Exec. Dir. Lech Usinowicz
  • Dumpster Beautification Project Debra Greenblatt (will try to attend)
  • Durango Arts Center: Creativity Festivity / Holiday Family Musical Production of Annie, And Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships:     Sandra Butler & Kate Loague, New Dir.of Development at DAC
  • Durango Celtic Society Festival Bob Condon
  • Durango Choral Annual Children’s Music Camp Amy Barrett
  • Durango Cowboy Gathering: Poets in the Schools Linda Mannix
  • 4 Corner’s Chapter of the Am. Orff-Schulwerk Assn. Mika Inouye & Mark Walser
  • Music in the Mountains Goes To School Sean Mallow
  • San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra Kathy Myrick
  • Jeff Solon “Live Music in the School House” Jeff Solon
  • Southwest Civic Winds Concert Elizabeth Crawford & Ruth Katzen
  • Stillwater Foundation – 7th annual Party in the Park Jereon vanTyn
  • Stillwater Foundation – Youth Scholarships Jereon van Tyn
  • Thingamajig Theatre – Karren Little for Laura Moore
  • 20 Moons Artist Showcase: Mika Inouye & Jereon van Tyn


Respectfully submitted, Myriam P for Secretary JoAnn T































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General Membership Meeting Mary Husemoller’s Home

General Membership Meeting Minutes 

Approved at at meeting –  September 14,2017

July 13, 2017 – Home of Mary Husemoller


Kristi called the meeting to order with a heartfelt thank you to Mary Husemoller for opening her

beautiful  home and sharing her time to help make the luncheon so special. Thanks to Marian

Pearce for the colorful Hawaiian dishes/decorations and Carol Bruno, Mary Kay Lambert, Kristi Householder, Georgeanne Reitz and Susan Weirather for helping.


Treasurer’s report: Christine reported that fundraisers have been very successful. Joann’s pie

sale raised $900 with $100 in merchandise sold also. (Caroline Todd presented a check for $40 to add to the pie proceeds.) The Mahjongg luncheon hosted by Margie Wilson and Loraine Suffield brought in $1000, and Kristi’s Evening on the Animas brought in

$1265. Veryl Goodnight sent $300 which was a 10% commission for art sold to DFA members and guests who purchased art as a result of the meeting at her home & gallery in May.

Publicty: Carol House said the Herald’s non-profit guide will be published at the end!

of this month. Great news is that when buying a colored ad this year, we were able to have

two separate ads at no extra cost. The colored ad is to promote the fun that DFA members have and the black and white ad tells what DFA’s mission/purpose is.


Membership:  Contact Debra May if there are email address changes or anyone needs a copy of the roster.


Hospitality: Nothing to report today.


Merchandise: Susie announced there are many wonderful gifts for the drawing today so buy tickets!


Next Fundraiser: Fall Hike & Picnic Debra May & Carol House are hosting a fundraiser at their Destination

Ranch on Sept. 22, 3:30 to 7:30. There will be a barbecue dinner, fun games, a hike and a

chance to simply enjoy this scenic area where scenes from the movie, City Slickers were filmed.

Individuals and couples are invited, cost is $40 pp with checks made out to DFA and paid by Sept. 8th (BYOB event)


Other Fundraisers: Round-up at Kroegers Hardware.  Loraine said that Kroger’s Hardware has agreed to allow us to round up our purchases and they will give the extra change to DFA. Cashiers will mention this when purchasing, so spread the word to family and friends.


CPR Informational Class:  Mary Kay Lambert has arranged for a “Save A Life” CPR talk at the Durango Public Library September 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m. For $35. per person, we will learn how

we might be able to save someone’s life. This class is not one where we will be actually doing CPR.


The West in Song & History:  Karren Little has arranged with the Strater to give DFA $10, for each person (up to 10 people) who books a Thursday night at their Western Performance series. Doesn’t seem like much but with a show every Thursday all summer and into the fall, DFA may end up with at least $1,000 and none of us have to do a thing. We, and our friends, just have to mention DFA when we call for reservations. (A list of dates/shows is in the newsletter which is posted on our web site.  Kristi’s fundraiser, How to write your obituary, will be a February event.


Freaky Friday/ Annual Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction:  Carol Bruno and her committee are already working hard on this event which will happen on Friday, Oct 13. If you have donations for the silent auction, please get them to Carol Bruno, cjbruno.50@gmail.com. For the auction items you won’t be able to live without, know that checkout will be much quicker this year. The program that was supposed to make checkout easier last year failed us and we are going back to the old fashioned way and that is to have 5 checkout stations plus a couple of more credit card stations.  This is a biggest fundraising event of the year.  Invitations are available now. 

New Business: Next board meeting is August 10, 2 p.m., at First National Bank.


September 14 is the Grant Recipient Dinner & membership meeting in the Pullman Room at the Strater Hotel.

This is an important informative meeting and the grant recipients are given 3 mins to explain their programs and how they used their grant funds. 


Nov. 9 Lisa Skyhorse has offered to have a general membership meeting at her house where

we will be able to tour the studio of her and her husband Loren. They make beautiful saddles and other leather works.


Meeting adjourned at 11:15 for the program presented by Hula Dance Ohana  (anandafoleystudio.com)


Respectfully submitted, Carol House





May 11, 2017

Minutes  approved  July 13, 2017 meeting

33 Members & Guests attended

10:00 social/10:30 meeting at home and studio of Veryl Goodnight in Mancos.

Meeting called to order by Kristi. She thanked our host and hostess for allowing us into their home and studio. Approval of Minutes: Nancy M. moved to approve. Second, Judy F. Motion Carried.

Treasurer’s report: Checkbook balance is $9,201.32 with $3,430.00 in our administrative/membership fund. We have $11,000 in last year’s grant fund yet to be distributed. Mary Orsini moved we approve the Treasurer’s Report, motion Seconded. Unanimous approval.

Programs: Karren L. discussed the Hawaiian themed potluck lunch in July 13th with Hula dancers attending. Mary Kay will be sending out emails to members so they know what category of food they should bring. This is based on the alphabet letter of their last name. Karren also discussed the Grant recipient dinner meeting at the Strater Hotel on Sept 14th. Maggie S. mentioned how important it was for members to attend this meeting because it really shows how important the work of DFA is and how our monies are used throughout the community. The November 9th meeting will be at the home of Lisa and Loren Skyhorse (leather artists.)

Karren mentioned the new summer shows to be held at the Strater. The Strater will set aside 10 tickets for each show and the first 10 DFA members to call and identify themselves will result in $10.00 of their ticket cost being donated to DFA. Watch newsletter for details

Karren also mentioned Ann Butler’s health status and if anyone was interested in helping Ann out with financial support to speak with her about it.

Publicity: Carol H. Nothing to report.

Membership: We are currently at 94 members. Please check the roster for accuracy.

Hospitality: Mary Kay to send instructions for potluck lunch.

Merchandise: Susan W. to man the booth at the Stillwater Foundation event on May 20th from 12-5:00. Volunteers needed.

Newsletter: Myriam: June newsletter to go out May 25th. Please submit info by May 18th.

Fundraising: Still waiting on news about the money booth at Sky Ute Casino. Margie W. home on May 19th. Plant sale, salad and potato bar, Mah Jongg. Evening on the Animas at Kristi H home, June 10th. The 3rd annual Father’s Day Pie Sale at the Durango Farmer’s market Saturday June 17th. Pies needed, contact JoAnn. October 13th is our biggest fund raiser for DFA. Auction items are beginning to be collected so everyone look for good items to donate to DFA. Volunteers needed! Anyone interested in planning an event to call Lorraine S.

Meeting adjourned by Kristi H.                                     Submitted by JoAnn Trimberger




DFA General Membership Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2017 – Stillwater Music
10:00 a.m Social/ 10:30 a.m. Meeting/ 11:00 a.m. Program

 approved May 11, 2017

Call to Order: Karren called the meeting to order and introduced Jeroun van Tyn, instructor at Stillwater Music and thanked him for hosting our meeting in their new facility.

Welcome: Karren welcomed members, new members, and guests on behalf of President Kristi who is recovering from back surgery. Myriam Palmer taking minutes for JoAnn Trimberger.

Approval of Jan. 12, 2017 minutes: Minutes have been amended slightly. Publicity Report now reads ‘Carol House reported that event notices have been in the Herald, the Telegraph, What’s Happening and Neighbor’s Magazine had a full page write up about DFA in their monthly issue.’ Motion to approve the amended minutes by Myriam, second by Carol B approved unanimously by voice vote.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Christine was absent due to illness and sent her report and highlights were presented by Karren. Motion to accept Treasurer’s Report by Nancy M,Second by Nancy K, approved unanimously by voice vote.
Thanks to Susie A for organizing successful “Get Fused” fundraisers and also for leading the first Historic Walking Tour for the Durango Tourism Office. Thanks also to Christine and Nancy M for assisting with those walking tours.

Officer Reports

Membership: (Debra May absent) Reminder 2017 Dues are due no later than March 31st to remain on roster for event mailings. Karren made a special appeal to members present to encourage friends and previous members to join. There are so many exciting programs and fun fundraisers planned and unless current members renew by March 31, their names will be dropped from the roster and no longer receive the newsletter.. Please note: Guests are always welcome at all meetings and encouraged at most events.

Programs: Chair Karren reminded members of upcoming membership programs.

May 11 Membership Meeting – Nationally Acclaimed Artist Veryl Goodnight- Home Studio – Mancos. Meeting will be at Veryl Goodnight’s home studio, light refreshments will be available, and members will be encouraged to travel to the town of Mancos to visit some of the venues in this vibrant arts community.

July 13 Summer Pot Luck – Mary H. Home – Hawaiian Theme – Hula Dancers Perform

September 14: Grants recipients reception at Strater Pullman Room, night meeting.

November 9: Lisa Skyhorse, saddle/leather artist.

Publicity: Carol House has given information about the Coctktails & Creations event to the Telegraph and the Herald. Leela announced that her husband will be making a video of the event.

Hospitality: Carol B and Mary Kay with assistance from Susan Welty and Carol H prepared refreshments with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Grants: Carol Bruno Solicit Committee Chair for 2018 and 5 new committee members.

Newsletter & Web Site: Members of the BOD will receive newsletter deadlines from Kristi.

Fundraising: Loraine provided sigh-up sheets for upcoming fundraising events.

Leela leads Cocktails and Creations – March 16 (Next Thursday 6-9pm)

Nancy Macho will provide breakfast, snacks, and lunch with wine for the April 20th 10a.m. Playing W/Words Game Day, cost $40pp. More details about other planned events (Marji Wilson games and plant sale w/baked potato luncheon, Zumba class, garden pot making class with instructor from Durango Botanical Society, Hand and Foot card game instruction in May, Carol H Chair). Some new ideas were explored as well. Details will be in the newsletters and sent to members as available.

Merchandise: Susie A brought numerous DFA items, including wine glass lanyards, sparkle lanyards, pens, and other merchandise plus new mugs. Sales were brisk!

Today’s Drawing: Myriam Palmer won beautiful hand painted note cards and Mary Kay won a beautifully hand decorated egg, both gifts from Kristi.

No other old or new business.

Motion to adjourn by Carol B, second by Carol H, approved unanimously by voice vote.

Program: Jeroen van Tyn, instructor at Stillwater Music, introduced the students from the Vox Harmonix group who preformed several numbers. Karren presented a bag of money collected from the members to support costs for the renovation of their new facility. Jeroen thanked DFA for our grant support.

Respectfully submitted by,

Myriam Palmer, reporting for JoAnn Trimberger, secretary


DFA Membership Meeting January 12, 2017 Minutes
Durango Arts Center
Amended 2/24/2017 KNH
Approved March 9, 2017

27 members & guests signed the roster

Welcome: Karren welcomed the group and gave a brief history about the organization and then presented Kristi with the President’s Necklace which is passed to each new President along with the gavel.

Call to Order: Kristi thanked the 2017 board for serving, Welcome to new board members; JoAnn Trimberger, Secretary, Ellen Siegel, Outreach, and Loraine Sufficool and Judy Fairchild, Fundraising.

Volunteer of the Year Plaque was presented to Myriam Palmer for her dedication to DFA in 2016. Myriam has been the Newsletter, Website and Secretary to Durango Friends of the Arts for several years.

Approval of Minutes from the November 10, 2016 meeting at Sorrel Sky Gallery. No corrections were made and a motion to accept was presented by Susan Welty and a second by Marcia B. Vote taken and passed approving the minutes as presented.

Treasurer’s Report: Christine reported that the bank balance as of 12/31/2016 was $26,881.03 and an accounting report was presented. Carol H. moved we accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Judy seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

Kristi recognized JoAnn and her committee Susie A. and Mary Kay for hosting the December Cookie Exchange, which generated $525 to the grants fund. Everyone agreed this should be an on-going annual event.

Membership: Dues for 2017 are now due; $35 per individual/ $50 couple. Kristi asked that members please make sure information on previous roster is correct. Debra, our Membership chair was unable to attend, however, she sent a recap with 11 new members already this year. New members include: Sheri Rochford Figgs, Pamela Jacobs, Marilyn Rozak, Katri Annast, Kate Poppe, Patricia Bilyk, Georgeann Reitz, Barbara & Skip Vaughan, Sally Wingate, Tonya & Lyle McKnight, Lisa & Loren Skyhorse.

In an effort to address the Grant recommendations prior to any recipients being in attendance, Kristi asked that Carol B. move this old business agenda item forward in the agenda.

Old Business: At the November business meeting we voted to distribute $23,000 for Grants in 2017. Carol Bruno held a meeting of the Grants committee and have prepared a list for your approval. Since this list is not for the public, it will not be printed in the minutes as they are printed on the website. Motion presented to accept grant funds as presented by the Grants Committee by Daphne and seconded by Susan Welty. Motion passed.

Programs: Karren spoke about the upcoming programs for the year. March 9- Stillwater Foundation, May 11 – Nationally acclaimed artist Veryl Goodnight (Mancos), July 13- pot-luck and Hula Dancers.

Fundraising: Loraine & Judy passed around a sign-up sheet looking for people to host and or sign up to help support some fundraising events. Nothing scheduled now except the Fall Luncheon Oct. 13th. Carol B. to chair that event.

List of possible fundraising events: Mah Jongg baked potato bar & plant sale, Get Fused Glass Workshop, Sky Ute Casino Money Booth, Floral Class at Blossom, French Cooking Class, Farmer’s Market Bake Sale, Cocktails & Creations Painting Class, Halloween costume event, Holiday Cookie Exchange, Fall Game Day & Luncheon, Bus Trip to Wine Country including spouses, Kentucky Derby Hat Party, Historic Walking Tours, Texas Hold’em instruction/tournament, Jewelry & Art Sale, Estate/Garage Sale/Game Day & Mah Jongg Lessons. They will report on the results of their signup sheets later.

Carol B. mentioned Blue Grass Meltdown offer (since they missed filing for the grants this year) and they would be interested in some sort of joint fundraising. Susan Welty offered to help.

Publicity: Carol H. said articles have been in the Herald, The Telegraph, What’s Happening and Neighbors Magazine had a full page write up about DFA in their monthly issue.

Guest Presentation: Christie Scott, Executive Dir. of the Durango Arts Center was introduced and welcomed by the members. Thanking DFA for our support. She mentioned upcoming shows and events. The Sweetheart of the Arts which is in February and she urged us all to participate. Program brochures were in the back of the room.

Newsletter & Web Site: Myriam asked that February newsletter submissions be sent to her by Jan. 23. Several members have noted they were unable to download the roster off the web site. If a member needs a copy, please contact Kristi and she will mail a hard copy to you. Let Carol T. or Myriam know if you are unable to get onto the website.

Hospitality: Mary Kay & Carol B. Thanks to Leela for providing refreshments today. They will be seeking volunteers to assist with refreshments for future meetings.

Merchandise: Susie A. and Susan Weirather did a drawing for an original glass plate from Gabaldon Gallery and the lucky member was Loraine. We earned a total of $115. Susie and Susan said new merchandise was on the way.

New Business: Kristi introduced new members who joined at the meeting; including Bobbie Carll, Teresa Lashley and Penny Youngflesh. There was no other new business.

Announcements: Calendar of Events –Please mark your calendars for the second Thursday of every other month. Our next membership meeting will be held on March 9th . 10:00 a.m. at the Stillwater Foundation next to Katzin Music in the Crossroads Center.

Program: Karren introduced Twenty Moons; they held a great dance performance.

Meeting Adjourned!

Respectfully submitted by Carol Treat in JoAnn’s absence.

Note Additional Board Vote: Following the meeting, seven board members voted and approved a Feb. 21st fundraising event for “Get Fused” glass workshop. In accordance with the bylaws, events must be approved by the board before they are promoted. Voting to approve this event: Kristi, Judy, Susie A., Carol B. Christine, Karren and Mary Kay. Susie A. has agreed to chair this new event coming up soon.



Durango Friends of the Arts
November 10, 2016
Minutes- General Membership Meeting – Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango
Approved January 9, 2017

21 Members signed the attendance sheet

Welcome– Kristi H. {Pres. Tina Marie unable to attend.}

Note: Myriam P. will take minutes as Secretary for this meeting.

Susan W. collected tickets for a beautiful hand-made necklace donated by Nancy Macho. The winner, will be selected at the end of the meeting.

Minutes- Sept. 8, 2016 meeting at the Strater Hotel. Kristi asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes as distributed. Carol T. moved to accept the minutes as recorded. Judy F. seconded. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report- {Christine out of town.} Balance of $23,724.89 as of Nov. 2, 2016. Noting we will have a bill for $100 to Eagle Sound (luncheon) and $ 98.05 for the rental chairs for today’s meeting.
Kristi reported, the fall luncheon and silent auction was a huge success at $10,932.29 plus the merchandise Susie and her husband Dan sold for us. $546.00. Kristi offered a copy of Christine’s P&L statement if anyone would like to see. Connie V. moved we accept the Treasurer’s Report. Caroline T. seconded, and the motion was approved unanimously.

Kristi recognized the Fall Luncheon Committee for their hard work. Carol Bruno (lead) and Susan Weirather as her co-chairCommittee Members: Myriam Palmer, Karren Little, Christine Rachline, Rhonda Polsfut, Marian Pierce, Carol Treat, Mary Kay Lambert, Judy Fairchild, Sonya Bailey, JoAnn Trimberger, Carol House and Karren Little for arranging the entertainment. And thanks to all of you who purchased tickets and auction items!

Donations: We want to be sure and recognize those who generously contributed, but also those who so generously purchased items. Kristi read a list of corporate contributors to the auction and asked that we thank them, when we use the certificates.

Programs- (Karren absent) Kristi announced that the next meeting will be held on January 12. More information about the programs for 2017 and locations will be announced. She asked that members mark their new calendars with the second Thursday of every other month as we start our new year.

Fundraising- Maggie Sauer/Connie Voss: Kristi congratulated the two volunteers for their successful year in helping DFA raise funds to benefit the arts. Maggie reviewed one final event for the group: NEW EVENT: JoAnn Trimberger’s Holiday Cookie Exchange Thursday Dec. 8th at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person payable to DFA. Bring 2 doz. cookies and a wrapped ornament for the gift exchange. (Note: If you don’t want to bring cookies, come anyway, you just don’t get to take any cookies home.) There will be an ugly Christmas sweater contest and appetizers and refreshments will be served. RSVP with JoAnn to reserve your spot prior to Dec. 2. Email: joanntrimberger@hotmail.com JoAnn was available to take checks and will distribute directions to her home via email.

Publicity- Carol H. (absent) Kristi commented on the nice article in the Neighbor’s Column about our recent luncheon. A thank you letter for donations for the luncheon should be appearing in the Herald soon.

Newsletter & Website- Myriam stated that the web site is up to date, and new approved minutes will be available online soon. Expect to see a December newsletter with a wrap up from Tina Marie.

Merchandise- Susie A./Susan W.: Both were on hand and selling merchandise and have some unique ideas for merchandise next year.

Hospitality- Carol B./ Mary Kay : Thanks for today’s refreshments: Supplied by Mary Kay, Nancy M., Loraine S.

Grants- update 2016 Naomi Beans (absent)- All grants have been distributed.

2017 Grants: (Carol B. absent) (presented by Kristi) Carol has been working with her committee. DFA has received 22 applications and committee members will be contacting applicants and making recommendations. They are planning to meet on Jan. 9th before our next membership meeting to make final recommendations, which we will vote on at the Jan. 12 meeting.

Carol has asked that we allocate $23,000 for the 2017 Grants. (Remember, we have a bank balance of $23, 724.89 but there are a couple of outstanding bills.) She stated that we won’t be risking depleting our account, as we do have one additional fund raiser in December and membership dues for 2017 will also be coming in January. Leela G. moved we allocate $23,000 for the 2017 Grants fund. Susan W. seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

New Business-

2017 Board and Officers: Nominating Committee- Carol B., Caroline T. and Christine R. (Caroline presented.) With a couple of open positions, Kristi asked for volunteers. With new volunteers added to the list, the 2017 Slate of officers/board is listed below: Kristi Householder-President, Karren Little-Vice President and Programs, JoAnn Trimberger-Secretary, Christine Rachlin-Treasurer, Debra May-Membership, Loraine Sufficool & Judy Fairchild co-chairs for Fundraising , Myriam Palmer & Carol Treat- Website, Newsletter – Myriam Palmer, Carol Bruno – Grants, Carol House -Publicity, Mary Kay Lambert and Carol Bruno – Hospitality, Susie Ammann & Susan Weirather – Merchandise and Ellen Siegel-Outreach.

Caroline T moved to approve the 2017 Slate of Officer, and Marilyn G. seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Bylaw Change recommendation- The Board has requested the membership approve a very simple bylaw change. Board members have investigated the possible need for insurance for our organization, and after much discussion and the expert advice of both an attorney and a former banker, the board voted to decline purchasing insurance and protecting ourselves with just a one word change in the bylaws.

Article XII – Indemnity

The first sentence currently reads: The Corporation shall indemnify its directors, officers and employees as follows: …and then goes on to talk about indemnification and liabilities. The board would like to change the word “employee” to “volunteers”.

Leela G. moved to accept this bylaw change by changing Article 12, first sentence the word ‘employee’ to ‘volunteers.’ Judy F. seconded the motion. Motion approved unanimously.

Carol T. reminded the group this bylaw change needed to be submitted and approved by the state. Kristi stated that Christine has agreed to submit. After the vote, some discussion was made with regards to litigation issues and discussion continued with a reminder that we are a small not-for profit group with few assets available for any kind of suit.

Announcements – Dates to remember:

Dec. 8- “Cookie Exchange”! 1:30PM. At JoAnn Trimberger’s home.

Dec. 9- BOARD Meeting for both 2016 & 2017 Board and Officers, followed by brunch with our new members. Debra May is hosting this event and invitations have been sent.

Final 2016 December Newsletter yet to come… Pres. Tina Marie’s Thank You and year end wrap up!

Jan. 12, 2017- General Membership Meeting.

Susan W. had the drawing for the lucky monthly meeting winner: Caroline Todd, graciously won the necklace created by Nancy Macho.

Program: (Organized by Karren) Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery both here and in Santa Fe.

Meeting Adjourned: Happy Holidays!