Cultural Council Meeting Minutes 11/14/2018

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  1. Meeting called to order at 6:06PM

Attendees – Jeanne Randorf, Mary Jo Engels, Carol Lombardo, Arlene Tolopko, Deb Fogel, Vicki Ernst, Shanon Albee, Ilisa Sulner

  1. Minutes of September 12, 2018 were accepted.

III. Reports

  1. Financial report – Given by Shanon Albee – Shanon stated that $10,800 received from MA State funds, Town of Otis funds and OCC fundraising was available to be awarded for grants. A small amount of additional funds are available if needed.
  2. Chair Report – Community surveys were received and grant applications for 2019 have been received.
  3. Review of grant applications – Applications have been divided into four categories for review.
  4. Youth programs – All youth programs were accepted with the exception of the Green Art Workshop. Pending teacher support, this may be accepted at a later date. Carol Lombardo made a motion to grant $7,857.50 for school programs. Mary Jo Engels seconded the motion.
  5. Lectures and workshops – Five applications were received, three were accepted. Yoga was rejected as it already exists in the community. The David Maloof Workshop is still under review. Otis Quilt Guild will receive $500 instead of the $700 requested.
  6. Performances – Mary Jo Engels made a motion to accept Robin O’Herin Tap and Blues for August 20, 2019 at the Knox Trail Inn. Ilisa Sulner seconded the motion.
  7. Donations – Seven applications were accepted for donations, amounts to be determined

at the next (and final) voting meeting.


  1. Other business – Kathy Adams is collecting for the children’s holiday sale at Farmington River School. Contributed items may be left at the school office labeled with her name.
  2. Meeting adjourned at 7:40PM


The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018