Meeting Minutes Feb. 4, 2017

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    The NORPAC group gathered at noon at Billy McHale’s Restaurant in Federal Way. Food was ordered and visiting took place as we enjoyed the meal.

    Greetings Santa Trever welcomed everyone. The business portion of the meeting began at approx. 12:40 PM. A total of 48 people were present including Santas, Mrs. Clauses, an elf, a Grinch, and other friends of NORPAC.

    Santa Oath/Mrs. Claus Oath Trever led the Santa Oath and Sherry Highfill the Mrs. Claus Oath.

    Introductions First time visitors included Mrs. Claus Marianne Blake, Santa Dan Bartel, Santa Robin Zeller, Santa Roy Abbett and Michele Rogers, and the Weisser’s grandson Jonah. Welcome to all—we hope you’ll join us at future meetings!

    Minutes from Previous Meetings Santa Dale pointed out that the minutes of the 7th Annual Northwest Santa Workshop (Nov. 3-5, 2016), and the minutes of the most recent Executive Committee meeting (Jan. 18, 2017) have both been available on the NORPAC website for several weeks.

    Treasurer’s Report Santa Dennis Gorley shared his Treasurer’s Report .He said that NORPAC’s year-end treasury balance was $3,766.61. The 2016 Santa Workshop resulted in a net income of $326.89, the first time we’ve had a positive balance from the workshop. Dennis attributed this to the many gift baskets that were contributed and the generosity of those buying raffle tickets. The treasury balance as of Feb. 1, 2017 was $3,732.40 with $431.07 in Savings, $3,301.33 in Checking, and $50.00 in Petty Cash.
    Dennis further reported that he has 50 tickets available for the Tacoma Rainiers Game on July 16 and that the cost for these is $15 each. Dennis has also completed the Washington State Dept. of Revenue filing for 2016, as well as IRS Form 990. Also, the NORPAC budget for 2017 has been approved by the Exec. Committee.

    Upcoming Santa Events Trever highlighted several upcoming events including:
    Santa Family Reunion, Gatlinburg TN
    March 17-20, 2017
    Nationwide Santas Conference, Las Vegas, NV
    Apr. 28-May 1, 2017 (See Nationwide Santas
    website for details)
    School4Santas, Seattle, June 24/25, 2017
    Seattle Mariners Game, July 3, 2017
    This will be in conjunction with Rick Rizz’s Toys for Kids program and will be complimentary for participating Santas. Santa Bob Partlow will work on the logistics for displaying NORPAC’s sleigh and perhaps a Santa chair. Contact Bob if you have questions and/or are interested in participating.
    Tacoma Rainiers Game, July 16, 2017
    8th Annual Northwest Santa Workshop, Nov. 2-4, 2017,
    Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA
    IBRBS National Conference, Apr. 18-22, 2018, Denver, CO
    Trever and Dennis Simpson shared that IBRBS has approached NORPAC about possibly hosting the IBRBS national conference in 2020. This would be a huge commitment and a decision will need to be made soon.

    Old Business None

    New Business Trever shared that Santa Gene Sanders has been featured as ClausNet’s most recent “Santa of the Month.” Congratulations, Gene!
    Trever also shared the Executive Committee’s recent decision to hire Santa Robert Sutter (“Santa True”) to present several workshop sessions at NORPAC’s next Northwest Santa Workshop. Santa True has a national reputation as a presenter and story teller.

    Sharing Trever shared his experience as a Santa on The Polar Express train this past season. The organizers did a great job of staying true to the book/movie with the various characters and experiences which the families enjoyed very much.
    Dennis S. shared his adventures in New York from Sept. until Thanksgiving where he and Michele worked as Santa and Mrs. Claus for Storybook Experiences.
    Alex Ardesson shared his experiences as the Grinch which he had during a Grinch & Santa Breakfast that he did for Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks.
    Santa Scott Schmittler is glad to be attending the meeting today after serious health issues kept him from participating with NORPAC for the past year.
    Bob Partlow has talked with Santa Eddie Hayes who reports that Karen is doing better after some recent set-backs as she continues to recover from a recent heart attack.

    50/50 Drawing. Dennis G. reported that $240 was collected for 50/50 tickets. Santa Vinnie O’Connor had the winning ticket and collected $120.00.

    Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 2:00 PM and a group photo was taken.

    Upcoming NORPAC meetings Apr. 1, 2017 Billy McHale’s, Federal Way
    Jun. 3, 2017 Billy McHale’s, Federal Way
    Aug. 5, 2017 Santa Ernie & Ginny Walker’s home,
    Lakewood
    Nov. 2-4, 2017 Santa Workshop, Great Wolf Lodge
    Respectfully submitted,
    Dale Scott, Secretary

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