Alumni Association Meeting Dec. 6, 2008


Alumni Association Meeting Minutes Saturday, December 6th, 2008 Chairman Larry Hamler called the meeting to order at 10:10am. Present were: Jim Amundson, Del Grorud, Terry Bartle, Larry Duerkop, Dave Lamb. Chairman Hamler announced that going forward and for fund raising purposes, the group will hereby be known as the Eau Claire Boys Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni Association. Terry Bartle presented the group a memorabilia gift, a pristine copy of the 1968 Drums on the Chippewa Program, an item which we needed for our collection. Dave Lamb and Larry Hamler confirmed the dates for Sunday “all you can eat breakfast” for 09. These dates will be: Jan 25th, Feb 22nd, and Mar 22nd. The times are 8a – 11am and those wishing to volunteer their “kitchen time” should be there by 7 am and clean up is usually accomplished by 11:30am. This is a very good source of revenue for the organization and good exposure for our memorial and the club. Secretary Duerkop reported that Dan Tye from Drums along the Red Cedar had called and the show is confirmed for Sunday evening, June 21st. The show, as always, has a great line-up, and tickets go on sale December 18th. This is important to note, as he wishes to work with us on a block of tickets. We would like to be able to commit to a block of 50, so any corps member browsing these minutes, please notify us of your ticket purchase intentions so that we may work with you and DARC. He will pass along not only the 20% discount, but wave the online ordering fee. As I see it, this gives us a chance to have tickets in a block on the 50 at $15/ea. Chairman Hamler opened the floor to discussion in regards to the reunion. This is what has been firmed up to date. The reunion will take place at VFW Post 305 on Saturday, June 20th. We will have use of the sports field area and the outside bar and lounge on the field exclusively. Festivities will begin at 1 pm, and as we’re anticipating live music in the evening, expect to run as long as 10pm. The menu will generally consist of steaks to order, potato salad, beans, buns and free beer (1 half barrel). In addition, there will be hot dogs and hamburgers. As this is a family event, we wish our menu to be o.k. for toddlers and adults. Soda drinks and bar drinks may be purchased at the field bar. Participants may purchase a weekend package, which includes the meal, festivities, and the DARC ticket for $31. This package will also include a free t-shirt for corps members. Thus the fee schedule is: Saturday reunion only: $15 for adults (includes the meal, free beer, shirt for corps member, festivities, and free music in the main hall that evening) $6 for children includes the meal and festivities. Two day package: $31. The meal would be served starting at 4pm and the music would start at 7pm. We have to “give way” to the hall from 1 – 5 that day due to a pre-scheduled wedding. The group then had a general discussion in regards to the types of “family fun” that the sports field provides, evening music, an invitation to include alumni of the St. Paul Scouts and Durand Girl Scouts, and afternoon jam session (bring or borrow your own instruments), and a recognition at the DARC show. Chairman Hamler adjourned the meeting at 12:05pm