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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Call To Order

Chair Susan Landon called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm in Room A-1 at the Community Center at Mercerview, 8236 SE 24th Street, Bldg B, Mercer Island, Washington.


Arts Council Members Present
Members Beth Brennen, Erin Curtiss, Judith Powers Leithe, Philip King, Barry Massoudi, Margaret Minnick, June Mulcahy, Heidi OíBrien, and Chair Susan Landon were present.

Arts Council Members Absent
Members James Dugan and Susan Edelheit were absent

City Council Liaison
City Council Member Sven Goldmanis was absent.

Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Berner and Administrative Assistant Eileen Trifts were present.


City Council member, El Jahncke, was in attendance with regard to discussion on the wording to be submitted to the City Council for the Veteranís Recognition project.

Wendy Giroux
Mercer Island Reporter 7845 SE 30th St
Mercer Island, WA

Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Member, Barry Massoudi to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2003 regular meeting minutes with the following amendment.

Addition to the minutes after roll call and prior to the listing of appearances.

A motion was made by June Mulcahy to adjourn no later than 9:30 pm. The motion was seconded and passed.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurerís Report

Treasurer, Phil King reported that there was been only one expenditure this month. Less than 70% of the budget for 2003 has been expended.

Secretaryís Report

No report.

Chair Report

Susan Landon reported that in response to a City Council request todayís meeting will give the public one final opportunity to provide input for the wording of the inscription for the Veteranís Recognition Project.

Phil King gave a presentation highlighting quotes from individuals and organizations in reference to recognition of Veterans for the purpose of bringing the words chosen for the inscription into context. He felt they gave a basis for the words proposed and chosen for the inscription.

Susan noted that there were no appearances, other than Councilman Jahncke, for this purpose. She asked if any comments had been received by fax, phone or otherwise. None had.

El Jahncke asked for the floor and was recognized by the Chair. He commented that he was the one that instigated the request from the City Council. He did not feel the inscription should be all inclusive, but rather, should narrowly focus on those who gave their lives or at a minimum who served in foreign wars or conflicts.

Susan advised Councilman Jahncke that this was not the direction given to the Arts Council by the Veteranís Group. Over the past year and a half, the one thing that the veteranís made perfectly clear was that they wanted the project to recognize everyone.

Susan stated for the record that the people who had signed the petition and the members of the Veteranís group were individually contacted and invited to this meeting. No response was received. Barry Massoudi suggested that since only one from the public was in attendance, the Council could draw the conclusion that they had no changes or additions to the proposed wording. He felt it was now the Councilís responsibility to present it to the City Council for their final approval.

Barry Massoudi motioned that we present the wording as it is to the City Council for their approval. The motion was seconded and put to a vote by the Chair. Motion passed unanimously.

Performance Arts Report
Barry Massoudi distributed a 2004 Proposed Plan for the Performing Arts Committee. The purpose of the plan is to present a review of current programs and some ideas for moving forward. An effort was made to spread programs throughout the year. Currently, most of the programs are scheduled during the summer. Barry would like to discuss additional ideas for promotion and for the development of alliances with indoor performance venues. After a brief review of some of the ideas presented, the Arts Council agreed to individually study the proposal and return to discuss it in January. Susan suggested that everyone should look at the past year for their respective committees and come forth with a plan for 2004.


Heidi requested that timesheets be forwarded to her so that she could complete her year-end report

Public Art Report

No report.

Martketing Report

June Mulcahy asked about the status of business cards for new Arts Council Members, and stated that she would like to have business cards prior to distributing public arts brochures. No action has been taken on this item by staff utilizing the current address of the community center, however, it has been sent out to bid along with city business cards, for the new address at Luther Burbank Park. Staff will investigate an interim arrangement for business cards.

June reported that Stephen Weigard, editor of the Mercer Island Reporter, suggested that she send him a proposal regarding publication of Arts Council events. She is also investigating the possibility of buying advertising space. Susan suggested we continue to send them news releases and information that will be published for free.

June would like to expand the Marketing Committee. There were no suggestions for possible committee members. Susan asked members to bring their suggestions to the January meeting.

Literary Report

Judy Leithe gave an update for the Literary Committee. The All Island Book Club is about to publish itís Winter Spring Schedule, ďA Journey to ChinaĒ.

Community Arts

Erin Curtiss advised the Arts Council that the Island Players have requested a $500 grant to go toward three plays. Erin motioned that the Council approve the grant as requested by herself and Susan Edelheit for the $500 grant to the Island Players. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Erin and Susan Edelheit will reword the grant application form. They will bring it back to the Council for approval in February

Funding Report

No report.

Staff Report

No report.


The meeting adjourned at 9:40 PM.

[Important Note: The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are filed in the Parks & Rec Department.]


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