Annual Members' Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 7:00 - 9:00pm
at the Gualala Arts Center
The proceedings were opened by President Bruce Jones
and began with a report on membership revealing that the
organization now has over one thousand members and in last
December alone, 130 joined or renewed their memberships. In
the Events Report David "Sus" Susalla, the Executive Director,
said in 2004 about 1,500 events were held at or sponsored by
GAC, but in 2005 there were over 1,700 events.
Don Kemp, Treasurer and Finance Committee
Chairperson, had prepared a balance sheet of the present
financial situation, the actual profit and loss figures as
compared with the budget as well a projections for this year
which were printed out and available to everyone. All these
enterprises were profitable but the Art Center Theater, Art in
the Redwoods, art shows; Chamber Music Series, Culinary
Guild, Dolphin, Lecture Series, and other miscellaneous
programmed events exceeded their expectations. So there was
excellent news there.
The year 2005 had been budgeted to expect a loss of
$33,544, but there was only a deficit of $8,336. Kemp
explained that in art and cultural institutions such as Gualala
Arts, it is not unusual to sometimes be running in the red before
fundraising and earnings from investments are taken into
consideration. Thus, virtually all art and cultural institutions
engage in ongoing fundraising activities to cover some of their
overhead expenses. In the past Gualala Arts has not
emphasized fundraising. However, we have now reached the
stage of development and growth where our fundraising
activities will become more active.
Jim Grenwelge, 1st Vice President then took over and
introduced the slate of incoming board members. There was
unanimous vote to elect David Bess, Helen Klembeck, Janet
Windsor, Michelle Marshall, and Russell Hardy.
The vote was also unanimous to elect Bruce Jones,
President, Jim Grenwelge 1st Vice President, Suzanne Hansen
as 2nd Vice President, Paddy Batchelder, Secretary, and Don
Kemp as Treasurer.
The following board members elected other years and
agreeing to continue to serve are Lynne Atkins, Robert Nelson,
Gerda Randolph, Christina Smith-Owings, Carol Tackett, Ben
Klagenberg, Annie Brayer, Joan Jordan, Don Krieger, and
Bruce Jones then thanked the out-going board
members: Lee Kosso who had been Secretary of the Board for
six years, Harriet Wright, Ken Holmes, Frank Klembeck, and
Then Bruce and Sus together outlined some of the plans
for this new year which are all on track and look very exciting.
Among the goals are plans to increase membership, engage
more volunteers, add on to art programs and workshops, work
to establish Gualala as an art-destination, increase the
endowment program, finish the Metcalf Terrace, begin the
DePrima Classroom, redesign and replace gallery and foyer
lighting, and add more lights to the parking lots.
Chester Case included a report that the Scholarship
Committee has, in its seven years of existence, awarded
$22,000 to young people from local schools.
Located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala,
the Arts Center is open weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends from noon to 4 pm.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information.