Approved March 14, 2019

March General Membership Meeting

March 14, 2019

Durango Arts Center

Call to order: Debra M. President.

Karren L introduced Brenda Macon, E.D. of DAC. Brenda was our speaker today.

Brenda spoke today about:

DAC and their celebration of 25 years in Durango.

The membership fee for DAC is $50.00 per year.

Merely Players and what is coming up at the DAC Theatre.

The Creative District Initiative for Durango and Local First and their contributions to our community as well as the Art Classes offered at DAC.

The Autumn Art Festival in September.

Program ends, meeting resumes.

Attendance: See attached. 27 members in attendance

Debra called for an Approval of our January Membership Minutes.

Motion: Susi A. Second: Loraine S. All in favor.

Officers Reports:

Treasurer’s Report – Georgeann R.

As of February 28, 2019 we have $11,327 in our operating account and $22,171 in our grant fund account.  Total income for February was $1,054 with expenses of negative $176 for a net of $1,230.   $659 of this income is from fundraising.  Note:  Negative expense for the month is a result of the return of a $400 deposit paid to LaPlata County for use of their facility for Divas practice which was expensed in 2018.

This month we disbursed $11,710 in grant money to Southwest Civic Winds,  3rd. Avenue Arts, Seed Studio, Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve & Education Center, Music in the Mountains and BE FRANK Foundation leaving $22,055 yet to be disbursed.


A summarization of key items during February:

Income from membership:     $245 individual, $150 family.

              $400 Playing with Words fundraiser

$62 in Diva merchandise sales

$50 donation from Cindy Cortese for Divas

$100 donation from Jeanie Holt

$37.20 from Amazon Smile program

Annual enrollment in City Market’s Community Rewards program is due –   We received $227 from Kroger’s last year!

Update on DFA’s federal filing for the 990N form.

FUNdraising – Nancy M

Upcoming events:

On-going: DFA Book Club: Third Monday of the month.  Contact Rani Holt for details or to join.
Month of March: “Wooden Nickel” program at Nature’s Oasis.  Bring in your reusable bags, shop and get a wooden nickel for every bag to put in DFA jar.
Wednesday, March 20th: “Wine & Art” presented by and at the home studio of Annette LeMaire.
Thursday, March 28th: “Get Fused Glass Whimsical Wind Chime Creation Class” SOLD OUT.  Hosted by Susie Ammann, Nora Montgomery and Bobbie Carll.  Possible future class.
Thursday, May 9th at General Meeting:  Gently used book sale at Holt Sheet Metal.  Organized by Lisa Klise.
Saturday, June 1st 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances of:  “The Box” at DAC with Dennis Elkin.  Organized by Karren Little.
Thursday, June 6th 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.:  Tea+ Party Along The Animas” with entertainment.  Hosted by Kristi Nelson. 
Saturday, June 15th Morning:  Pie Sale at Farmers’ Market. Organized by JoAnn Trimberger.

Membership – Susie A.  

Just a reminder to pay your dues by March 31st. If your dues are not paid by 3-31 you will be dropped off the list. Currently we have 135 members.

Hospitality – Carol B./Mary Kay L.

Thank you to all who contributed today. It’s much appreciated.


Programs – Karren L.

Next Membership Meeting will be at Holt Sheet Metal. Rani will give tours.

Karren is still looking for entertainment for July’s meeting at Mary H.

The Sept Grant’s Meeting is on but still deciding where to hold it.

Twilight Affair is again going to be held at the Glacier Club, this year it will be Sept  27th. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work. April 4th at the Glacier Club Karren will be holding a meeting /lunch which will probably cost $18.00. Let Karren know if you can attend and learn how you can help with our 2nd Annual Twilight Affair.

my photos to make them newspaper worthy.

I submitted a brief to the Herald thanking Nancy Macho for hosting Playing with Words on February 13, 2019.  The following brief appeared in the Friday, March 1st Herald:

Durango Friends of the Arts grateful for support

Durango Friends of the Arts thanks Nancy Macho for opening her beautiful home to DFA members for the event, “Playing With Words” on February 13.

Macho served a delicious brunch of vermouth-poached salmon bagel bar and coffee cake, and also served a lunch of super shrimp soup and a “pretty in pink” cheesecake.

The event earned several hundred dollars to kick off the DFA Grant Fund for 2020.

Notices for the March 14th Membership meeting appeared in the March 1st Herald and the What’s Happening Durango Calendar. A notice was submitted to the telegraph.

I also submitted briefs to news outlets about the Fused Glass event, but cancelled them the next day since the event rapidly sold out. I’m looking forward to contacting radio stations this month to arrange interviews for Karren Little, Judy Austin, and Dennis Elkins.

Social  Media – Rani H.

Invite your friends to like our page. Please ask Rani if you have any questions. Also, if you do not want to be in pictures at future DFA gatherings, please step out of the way.

Outreach – Judy F.

Judy recently ordered note cards for Outreach.

Merchandise – Nancy Jane and Sue W.

We are selling merchandise, soda, and water at Buckley “Party in the Park” on May 18th featuring our grant recipient Stillwater Foundation. We will be having 3 shifts and need volunteers to help. We need help for the Botanical Library on May 25th, again selling merchandise and also for gathering silent auction items for the Twilight Affair.

Grants – Carol T.

Out of town.

Historian – Myriam P.

 Out of town.



New Business?

No new business reported.

Meeting adjourned by Debra M.

Minutes submitted by JoAnn Trimberger/Secretary