Instrumental Music Parents Club Minutes
May 10, 2010
MHS at 7:30 P.M.
Chris Norris, Shari Hyder, Steve Fink, Donna Maher, Steve Poaletti, Carolyn Kramer, Nancy Morrow, TJ Heeneke, Susan Dowiak, Faith Weintraub and Joan Kindsfather
Faith Weintraub called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Members reviewed the photo CD made by CLIX from Café Night. Mr. Norris agreed to play the CD during the spring concert.
Minutes from the March 8, 2010 were approved as written.
Music in the Parks
The annual trip was cancelled due to school funding issues. The members expressed concern over the cancellation and will be proactive in supporting future trips to the event which is beneficial to the students for performance and competition experience as well as team building.
Western Burlington County Honors Band
The members discussed the necessity to carpool for rehearsals for this event in the 2010-11 school year.
Mr. Norris thanked the club and all of the members who worked so hard to make Café Night a great event. He noted that the addition of round tables this year did a lot to contribute to the café type atmosphere.
Mr. Norris noted the spring concert this year will end with an Armed Forces Salute which will also be performed in school.
Mr. Jones reported through Joan Kindsfather his appreciation to the IMPC for a wonderful Café Night and is looking forward to the spring concert on June 3.
Steve Fink reported that the current balance is $8,000. Less outstanding expenses should put the year end at $7,600.
Totals for Café Night were as follows $4,124 in total sales. $980 was from the silent auction. Expenses were $250; total profit was $3,875 (2009 Café Night earned $2850).
There was a good amount of positive feedback from the event. Comments were favorable regarding the music, having the short breaks between performances, good set-up and table placements, increased number of both parent and student volunteers. For next year, the club should refine the collection of monies due at the auction, improve the lighting and remember the microphone for the MC.
A letter was to be drafted with a special thank you to the custodial staff that did and outstanding job assisting the members in set up and break down.
Senior Recognition Plaques
Steve Poaletti reported on the progress he has made in making the Senior Recognition Plaques for the band and jazz band. The wood portions were made at a cost of $11 per plaque vs. $15 in past years and $14 for the engraved portion vs. $25 in the past.
The executive committee and Mr. Norris expressed their gratitude to Steve for the production of the much cherished senior gifts.
We reviewed student scholarships. In the past there have been 2 $500 scholarships awarded. There was some discussion whether we would change to 4 $250 scholarships in the future.
We reviewed in depth the need for winter gear for the pep band. Several different strategies for covering the initial cost outlay were reviewed. As a whole those present agreed that this issue would be a priority for the IMPC in the 2010-11 school year.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15.