Durango Friends of the Arts

July 11th 2019

General Membership Meeting


Call to order: Debra May. Thank you to Mary Husemoller for hosting our annual meeting at her beautiful home.  Debra calls for an approval of the May Minutes. Motion: Judy F. Second: Caroline T.

Attendance: See attached.

Officers Report:

Treasurer’s Report: Georgeann R.  

As of June 30, 2019 we have $25,505 in our operating account at Alpine Bank and $2,835 in our operating account at TBK. There is $8,143 in our grant fund at Alpine Bank. Total income for June was $13,824 with expenses of $4,000 for a net of $9,824.

Year to date we have raised a net of $19,409 from fundraisers but this will be reduced when we write a check to the Grief Center in the amount of $2,387 for their half of the profits from box.

This month we disbursed $860 in grant money to Thingamajig Theatre Company leaving $8,020 to be disbursed this year.

I will be closing the TBK operating account in July as soon as one more item clears the account.

A summarization of key items during June:

Prospecting sponsor donations: $1,000 from Colorado Property Group, $500 from LPEA and $500 from Max & Chaco May

box raised a net of $2,387. Bake sale raised $1,164. Kristi’s High Tea raised $1,140

Divas held a get fused fundraiser raising $450 and secured the sponsorship of Derailed Pour House in the amount of $1,000. Expenses for Divas this monthwere $915.

In-kind donations this month totaled $1,165. Income from membership: Individuals $70

Liability insurance was purchased for $662



Fundraising: Nancy M.

The Grant Fund already has over $17,000 which is twice the amount as of June 30th last year, and that’s not including the $2,115 for Barn Party and Gary Allegretto’s Concert last Sunday at the Rochester Gardens. A good part of this increase is due to more money coming in from Sponsors. Recent additions to the Fund were The Tea along the Animas, hosted by Kristi Nelson and Carol Treat. That reaped $1140. box. contributed $2387 to DFA AND $2387 to The Grief Center. Thanks to Karren Little for coordinating this benefit and getting comp’ed accommodations at the Rochester for Dennis Elkins and our DAC venue. The Pie Sale at Farmers’ Market, once again chaired by JoAnn Trimberger, was our best ever: We raised $1,164. Our Mystery Book Club continues to add donations. Contact Rani Holt if you’d like to join.

Now for some exciting upcoming FUNdraisers: Sign-up Sheets are on the table, so sign up after the meeting if you haven’t done so already. All checks should be written to Durango Friends of the Arts or DFA and I will accept checks today. Many benefits have limited space. A check should reserve your attendance.

“Hand & Foot Playtime.” Wed., July 17, 4 p.m. at my house with co-hostess, Carol House who will remind you or show how to play this fun card game. Prosecco and appetizers on the patio along The Florida River, buffet dinner featuring salmon and flank steak, wine and an array of desserts. $50 pp.

“Mah Jong at Mary’s,” Wed. July 31, 10:30 a.m. at the home of Mary and Tom Orsini in Horse Gulch Estates with the help of Joanie Petersen. Day starts with a tour of their Craftsman Style home and art collection. Then Mah Jong, lunch and more Mah Jong. Main course and wine will be provided by hostess. Bring salad or dessert to share. $35pp.

“Cooking with Carol,” Wed., Aug. 14, 10 a.m. at Carol Bruno’s lovely King Mountain home. Carol will share her expertise in the art of Italian cooking and then share the prepared food for lunch with wine. Price is $45pp and reservations and checks go to Carol Bruno.

“Non-Cooking Class,” Mon., Aug. 19, 10 a.m. at The Doubletree with Chef Safari (who was at The Strater) and Executive Chef Katie Bogacz. They will demonstrate garnishing fruits and vegetables, plus. Light lunch will be served featuring “the fruits of their labor.” Doubletree is donating their time, talents, venue and supplies. Price is $40pp.

“Creating with Gourds,” to be held at Holt Sheet Metal. Date and time to be determined. Rani Holt will teach how to make a beautiful bowl out of a gourd. Lunch with wine will be provided and you’ll take home your creation. $60pp. which includes all supplies.

Many more exciting fundraising events coming this fall, so “stay tuned.”


Programs: Karren L.

Carol T. and Myriam P. will be putting together the Grant Recipient meeting which will be held in September. Cathy Schafer and her 3 children will be performing at the November meeting. We need a home for this meeting so please let me know if you are willing to host the meeting. March 2020, the meeting will be held at Kennebec and Barb, the curator from Mesa Verde will be our speaker. The Twilight Affair will be Sept 27th from 4-7 PM. Gemma K, Linda M, Audrey (Gemma’s sister) and Jeff S will provide entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online at the Concert Hall or at the Visitor’s Center.

Membership; Susie A.  Not present but she has reported 132 members.

Hospitality: Carol B and Mary Kay L.  You can now sign up to participate as a Diva and Snowdown. Diva Night Out will be held at Derailed on Oct 15th.

Publicity: Kristi N.  Kristi is filling in for Leslee S who is moving out of state. Anyone interested in stepping in and helping is most welcome.

Newsletter:  Kristi N. needs info for Blast Facts by July 24th.

Outreach: Judy F.  Reported that she has send out 59 cards to date this year. Please let her know if anyone needs a card and she will be happy to it out.

Merchandise:  Nancy Jane H. She needs 5 people for the front door to handle name tags and to distribute items that have been purchased for the Twilight Affair. Diva Hats are also for sale.

Grants: Carol T.  Not present. She has a list of interested people for the Grants Committee but she needs someone to head the committee. You must have served on the Grants Committee at least 2 years to head the committee.

Social Media: Rani H. Announced  that she will be holding a Gourd Class sometime in September probably at Holt Sheet  Metal.  Stay tuned.

New Business:  No.

Debra May: Meeting Adjourned. Motion:  Nancy Jane H. Second: Christine R.

Minutes submitted by JoAnn Trimberger/Secretary

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