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St. Cloud Out - Meeting Minutes

January 12th, 2006

Present: Gabi, Mat, Jerry, Shawn, Joe, Thomas, Michelle, Kate, Brandi, Gary S

Secretary's Report:

Last month’s minutes read by Gabi. Motion to approve by Gary and seconded by Brandi. Approved by all.

Treasurer's Report:

  1. Donations for the film festival $2105 ($1500 of which is a loan)
  2. Outfront balance $367.28
    OUT balance $2821.09
    Total $3188.37
  3. Thank you card sent to the anonymous donor of $100
  4. Jerry will thank the big donor again too.

Funding/Grants/Fundraising Committee Report:

Ideas for fundraising

  1. web ads – mention while selling film fest ads
  2. Mathew Shepherd Foundation
  3. Gill foundation
  4. another garage sale

Keep thinking!!

Film Fest Committee Report:

  1. Movies
    • Dorian Blues --a coming-out gay comedy
    • Sir Just a Normal Guy – a documentary about a person transitioning from female to male
    • Unveiled – previewed after the meeting -- German lesbian movie
    • Who’s the Top -- previewed after the meeting -- a lesbian comedy
  2. Entertainment
    • Leesa – local folksinger for pre-movie entertainment both nights
    • Cheer Dorothy Cheer for between movie entertainment on Saturday
  3. Possible speakers
    • Friday Phillippe has mentioned the head of the SCSU film department as a possibility
    • Saturday Gabi will send an invitation to Mayor Dave Kleis. State Senator Tarryl Clark is another possibility
  4. Publicity
    • Dan at Pioneer Place on Fifth is waiting for details to put up on their web site
    • Gary will contact Liz Kohman at the Times
  5. Money
    • The committee is putting together press packets for different businesses to solicit advertisements in the program.
    • GAB will donate $500 in exchange for a full page ad on the back of the program and a listing as the sponsor of Dorian Blues
    • Gary handed out budget information. We are doing OK but still need to raise more money.
    • Regarding a donation from GLBT Services, we will donate five tickets for every $250 they donate
  6. Next meeting at Gary’s house on Sunday at 11 am.

Resource Committee Report:

  1. Total visits to the website are at a record high.
  2. Time to renew our web hosting and domain name with Network Solutions. Cost will be $153.50. Brandi moved and Gabi seconded to authorize Jerry to renew for a year. Approved by all.
  3. Web site statistics for December:
    • 1048 total visits
    • average of 33/day
    • 339 unique visitors for the month
    • 221 one time visitors
    • 118 repeat visitors

Advisory Committee Report:

Old Business:

  1. Larry Haws and Tarryl Clark won the special election in St. Cloud.

New Business:

  1. Pride 2006 is just around the corner. It will be Saturday June 24 and 25. The fee is $70 if we register before Feb 15. Motion to have a booth at Pride was made by Gabi and seconded by Thomas. Approved by all.
  2. There will be an action training event January 18 sponsored by Outfront in regards to a gay marriage amendment. The website is www.togetherminnesota.org


  1. GAB dance Saturday January 28, 2006 at the Red Carpet.
  2. GAB potluck on the 21st.
  3. Women’s group will be bowling on the 14th.
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