Meeting Minutes August 3rd 2013

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    NORPAC Santas Meeting
    Port Orchard, WA
    Aug. 3, 2013

    Minutes:

    The NORPAC meeting took place at the home of Dennis and Michele Simpson. Following a wonderful bar-b-cue and potluck, Dennis S. called the meeting to order at 1:20 PM.

    Greetings and Meal Blessing. Dennis S. welcomed everyone and gave a blessing for the meal and for the meeting. There were 33 people in attendance including Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves, and visitors.

    Santa Oath was led by Trever Waltos.

    Introductions. Introductions included Santa Bob and Deanna Partlow, Santa John and Deloris Neilsen, Mary Stager (Santa Ken’s wife), and Mary (Santa Dennis and Glena Gorley’s granddaughter).

    Minutes. Dennis S. commented that minutes from our previous meeting (June 1, 2013, at Panorama City) have been previously e-mailed to all members. Hearing no corrections or additions to those minutes, they stand approved as written.

    Treasurer’s Report. Dennis Gorley reported that we’re doing well with a bank balance as of 8/1/ 2013 of $3,28892 in Savings and Checking combined. As of that date, we had 42 members in good standing with dues paid through 12/31/13. Twelve santas have already registered for the conference at the Great Wolf Lodge, (and three additional registrations were received at today’s meeting).

    Reports.
    Upcoming Santa gatherings Santas Pack (Portland/Vancouver area)
    8/11/13, 2:00 PM
    Dave’s killer Magic Shop
    910 NE Minnehaha St, Suite 1
    Vancouver, WA 98665
    Santa Dave—360-852-5899 h, 360-852-0903 c

    NORPAC Conference
    Nov. 7-9, 2013
    Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound

    Claus Fest March 15-19, 2014
    Gatlinburg, TN

    IBRBS May 15-17, 2014
    Tampa, FL

    Discover Santa 2016
    July 6-9, 2016
    Branson, MO
    (This is the 10 year reunion of the 2006 conference in Branson).

    Old Business
    Biggest Loser Contest Glenna Gorley did weigh-ins for those participating.

    Liability Insurance Dennis S. reminded everyone that we’ve decided not to pursue liability insurance/background checks through NORPAC at this time. This decision was based on only a handful of members expressing interest.

    Raffle Baskets Dennis S. explained that we’re seeking contributions of Santa themed baskets to be raffled (or auctioned) during the conference at Great Wolf Lodge. Proceeds will strengthen our treasury and assist with our various projects. Some possible baskets already offered include Date Night. Movie Night, and an Emergency Kit. Get creative—we’d love to have an assortment of baskets to offer. Please let Dennis know if you’re able to provide a basket.

    New Business
    Santa Toy Bag Display. Dennis S. announced that at our Nov. conference, we’d like to create a display of Santa Toy Bags. Members are encouraged to bring their toy bag to viewed with the others.

    The Night Before Christmas. Dennis S. shared that on Saturday morning of the conference, we’d also like to have a contest with several volunteers reading The Night Before Christmas so we may gather ideas as to how various Santas deal with this classic poem. A “winner” will be determined by vote and a small prize awarded.

    Nominating Committee. Ron Kearns has been appointed chair of our NORPAC nominating committee. Scott Schmittler and Ernie Walker both volunteered to serve on the committee. If there are other volunteers for the committee, please let Santa Ron know of your interest. Nominations for Executive Board positions may be made by members in good standing through Jan. 15, 2014. A ballot of all candidates will be presented to the membership and voted upon at our February meeting.

    Sharing. Ken Stager told us about how he’s transformed the “Elk Head” formation of Mt. Rainier into a reindeer in order to explain to children where the reindeer live. He calls Mt. Rainier Mt. Reindeer. To learn where that formation is on the mountain, Ken suggested we google “Mt. Rainier—Elk Head.”
    Grover Ramsey shared that they are moving to Phoenix and we wished him well.

    50/50 Contest. $116 was collected. Scott Schmittler had the winning ticket and collected $58.

    The meeting was adjourned at approx. 2:10 PM and was followed by a group photograph.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Dale Scott, Secretary

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