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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

Announcements:

  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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