OTIS CULTURAL COUNCIL
MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Attendees: Jeanne Randorf, Carol Lombardo, Ilisa Sulner, Robert Turnbough, Deb Fogel, Shanon Albee, Arlene Tolopko, Diane Provenz, Ilonie Packie, Mary Jo Engels
Absentees: Joan Basis, Al Blake, Mary Anne Cicchillo, Vicki Ernst,
- The meeting was called to order at 5:00PM
- The Minutes of 08/16/16 were approved.
- Financial Report was presented by Shanon Albee and accepted.
- Chair Report – Jeanne Randorf will decide on meeting dates for next year after Thanksgiving. The fourth Tuesday of the month is no longer acceptable to all committee members.
- Recycling funds
The committee voted to distribute recycling funds to Farmington School to assist in obtaining an outdoor electronic bulletin board.
- Consideration of grant applications
- Workshop lecture applications for 2017. After discussion, the following applications were accepted:
Gregory Malcheck – Pastel painting – Arlene Tolopko made a motion to allocate $300. Motion carried
Otis Country Quilt – Diane Provenz made a motion to allocate $300. Motion carried.
Rex Ransom – Pillow Stuffing – Accepted at $150.
Jeanne Randorf Photo Lecture – Donated
- Performance Applications – After discussion, the following applications were accepted:
Thomas Garvey Concert – Shanon Albee made a motion to allocate $900 for the Isaac Walton Field event. Motion carried.
Beth Skinner music and film performance – Accepted at $500.
Sandy and Sandy performance – Accepted at $250. To be considered for the Arts Festival.
- Youth Programs
The following applications were accepted:
FRRES Berkshire Theatre Group – $1,050.
Kelsey Grey Drama Program – $1,200
Sculpture Now (5937) – $600
Sculpture Now (5047) – $650
PTA Wendy Berman – $1,000
Lee High Drama Club Youth Program – $500 (donation for their youth program). Carol Lombardo made a motion to accept. Motion passed.
Blues to Green, Inc. – $900 (youth in school program)
Roberta Sarnacki Youth Program – $1,000
Elizabeth Sarnacki – Requested a $500 donation for participation in the World Education Alliances Water Protection Symposium – Mary Jo Engels made a motion to donate $100. Motion carried.
Otis Forever Fun 4-H Club – Requested a donation of $350. Carol Lombardo made a motion to donate of $200. Motion carried.
FRRES Grades 3 and 4 – Field trip to Camp Hi-Rock – $500
FREES Grade 5 – Field Trip to Howe Caverns – $400
FREES Grades 1 and 2 – Field Trip to Hancock Shaker Village – $405
Berkshire Theatre Group (6835) – Requested a donation of $650 for their school residency program – To be revisited.
- Donation Requests
Our Town local theatre production, Tyringham – $150
The following donations were granted:
Blanford Historical Society (White Church) – $150
Becket Arts Center – Lasker Lecture Series – $100
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – $100
WAM Theatre – $150
Berkshire Playwright’s Lab – $100
Berkshire South Community Center for Ukelele Band and Berkshire Sings – $100
Bidwell House Museum for “American History Speakers Series – $100
- Other Business
Arts Festival went well. Ilona Packie will check on Saturday of Labor Day weekend for 2017.
Meeting adjourned at 7:35PM
Next meeting date to be determined.
Mary Jo Engels, Recording Secretary