Board Meeting

Date: April 24, 2008
Time: 5:45-6:55 p.m.
Location: Perkin’s Restaurant at Germantown Road and Wolf River Boulevard
Attendance:
  • John Schultz
  • Kathy Schultz
  • Debbie Sellmansberger
  • Mary Ann Lucas
  • Jackie Garner
  • Sue Malone
  • Mary Clausi

    Reading of Minutes and Treasurer's Report

    Sue moved that the minutes of the last board meeting be accepted as they were submitted to the Board on the website. It was seconded by Debbie and was unanimously approved. Debbie volunteered to call all past members who have not paid their dues. The Board also approved the Treasurer’s Report as submitted at the evening.

    Discussion of the Scholarship Program

    Debbie led a discussion of the MSSI scholarship program, who was eligible, how applications were made, concerns in the past, how payments were made, etc.

    Christmas Party

    The MSSI Christmas Party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Neshoba Unitarian Church on Raleigh-LaGrange Road near Trinity. Members are asked to bring a pot luck dish, decorate their tables, and a $5 for the gift exchange plus a toy for Toys for Tots drive. Volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup and to supervise the line. The cost of renting the space is $40/hour.

    Grace Notes

    The Grace Notes will be issued shortly due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. All articles need to be submitted to the Grace Notes staff by the 15th of the month.

    Check to Lyon College

    The check submitted to Lyon College last spring for an MSSI tent space has not been cashed. Tom will check on this matter.

    Scholarship Committee

    The Board discussed a suggestion that Lyon College recommend students who are studying pipes and Scottish dancing for possible scholarship monies. This idea was tabled until a later date.

    Programs

    Can grants fund an honorarium to cover food and gas for a speaker? Mary moved that the Programs Vice President be given a budget of $100 per month and if he/she needs to spend more for a particular month, then they would need Board approval. Sammy seconded it and it was passed unanimously.

    Banner

    Debbie submitted 3 drawings for the new MSSI banner but the drawings have been misplaced. She will redraw them and Mary will contact several local flag companies to check on the cost of a new banner.

    Burns Nicht

    Kathy and Jackie requested a copy of the tax number to help with expenses for Burns Nicht. Mary Ann and Sammy discussed the TV appearance, possibly cooking several Scottish foods and as of yet we do not have anyone to do this demonstration. It was suggested we ask the chef at Crumpets Tea Room. It would be on Alive at Nine on Channel 3 with Mary Beth Conley. Bud and Lore were on WKNO today taking about Burns Nicht. Can we get on Robert Campbell’s show to talk about Burns Nicht? There were several complaints on last year’s Burns Nicht and the Board discussed how their problems could be remedied. January 19th is the last day to accept reservations. Lore has also invited Michael Donahue from the Commercial Appeal. So far the reservations are as follows: 54 total reservations, 13 Patrons, and 6 Benefactors. Several calls were made to round up all of the decorations. Tom and Cheryl will handle the silent auction. Mary Ann is planning the seating chart for the event.

    New Business

    The Board revisited the idea of name tags for every member, who would be in charge, etc.

    Next Board Meeting

    The next MSSI board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 24, at Perkins Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Mary E. Clausi, Secretary, MSSI
  • Monthly Meeting

    Date: April 14, 2008
    Time: 6:55 p.m.
    Location: Jason’s Deli at Poplar and Highland
    Attendance:
  • 41 members and guestsPledge of Allegiance

    Prayer: Ken Letterman

    Call to Order:
    President John Schultz

    Introduction of Guests: Richard McAden, Gus White, Mike Taylor, Mike Macey, Carl Ryan, David Peters, and Brad Randall

    Announcements

  • The Spring Picnic will be held at the Sellmansbergers on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. until - ??? Bring lawn chairs, pot luck dish, tents, etc. Games will be provided. A map is available on the website.
  • The Celidth will be held in the summer indoors with the date to be announced.
  • The Batesville Scottish Festival and Games will be held this weekend, April 18 – 20. Three local bands will perform and/or compete: Wolf River Pipes and Drums, Sgt. Singleton Pipe Band, and the Northeast Arkansas Caledonian Band. MSSI has decided to not have a tent available at the games.

    Announcements from the Grace Notes included:

  • The Birdsong Harp Center and the Irish Harp Orchestra will perform April 19 at Immaculate Conception Church. The New York Choir of Men and Boys will perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church on the evening of April 25; tickets are $20.
  • The Celtic Fest will be held November 1, Saturday, in Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Debbie discussed the results of the survey that she passed out at the last meeting concerning programs and location of the monthly meeting.

    Program – Flintlock Rifles

    The program this evening was presented by Brad Randall, a local gun maker, on flintlock rifles, the history and works of such weapons. It was an excellent program.

    Door Prizes:
    The door prize was won by Gavin Anderson.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
  • Board Meeting

    Date: January 3, 2008
    Time: 5:30-7:20 p.m.
    Location: Perkin’s Restaurant at Germantown Road and Wolf River Boulevard
    Attendance:
  • Tom Lewis
  • John Schultz
  • Kathy Schultz
  • Jackie Garner
  • Mary Ann Lucas
  • Lou Garner
  • Sammy Rich
  • Sue Malone
  • Mary Clausi
  • Debbie Sellmansberger

    Reading of Minutes and Treasurer's Report

    Sue moved that the minutes of the last board meeting be accepted as they were submitted to the Board on the website. It was seconded by Debbie and was unanimously approved. Debbie volunteered to call all past members who have not paid their dues. The Board also approved the Treasurer’s Report as submitted at the evening.

    Discussion of the Scholarship Program

    Debbie led a discussion of the MSSI scholarship program, who was eligible, how applications were made, concerns in the past, how payments were made, etc.

    Christmas Party

    The MSSI Christmas Party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Neshoba Unitarian Church on Raleigh-LaGrange Road near Trinity. Members are asked to bring a pot luck dish, decorate their tables, and a $5 for the gift exchange plus a toy for Toys for Tots drive. Volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup and to supervise the line. The cost of renting the space is $40/hour.

    Grace Notes

    The Grace Notes will be issued shortly due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. All articles need to be submitted to the Grace Notes staff by the 15th of the month.

    Check to Lyon College

    The check submitted to Lyon College last spring for an MSSI tent space has not been cashed. Tom will check on this matter.

    Scholarship Committee

    The Board discussed a suggestion that Lyon College recommend students who are studying pipes and Scottish dancing for possible scholarship monies. This idea was tabled until a later date.

    Programs

    Can grants fund an honorarium to cover food and gas for a speaker? Mary moved that the Programs Vice President be given a budget of $100 per month and if he/she needs to spend more for a particular month, then they would need Board approval. Sammy seconded it and it was passed unanimously.

    Banner

    Debbie submitted 3 drawings for the new MSSI banner but the drawings have been misplaced. She will redraw them and Mary will contact several local flag companies to check on the cost of a new banner.

    Burns Nicht

    Kathy and Jackie requested a copy of the tax number to help with expenses for Burns Nicht. Mary Ann and Sammy discussed the TV appearance, possibly cooking several Scottish foods and as of yet we do not have anyone to do this demonstration. It was suggested we ask the chef at Crumpets Tea Room. It would be on Alive at Nine on Channel 3 with Mary Beth Conley. Bud and Lore were on WKNO today taking about Burns Nicht. Can we get on Robert Campbell’s show to talk about Burns Nicht? There were several complaints on last year’s Burns Nicht and the Board discussed how their problems could be remedied. January 19th is the last day to accept reservations. Lore has also invited Michael Donahue from the Commercial Appeal. So far the reservations are as follows: 54 total reservations, 13 Patrons, and 6 Benefactors. Several calls were made to round up all of the decorations. Tom and Cheryl will handle the silent auction. Mary Ann is planning the seating chart for the event.

    New Business

    The Board revisited the idea of name tags for every member, who would be in charge, etc.

    Next Board Meeting

    The next MSSI board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 24, at Perkins Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Mary E. Clausi, Secretary, MSSI
  • Board Meeting

    Date: November 29, 2007
    Time: 5:45-6:55 p.m.
    Location: Jason’s Deli at Poplar and Highland
    Attendance:
  • John Schultz
  • Tom Lewis
  • Mary Ann Lucas
  • Mary Clausi
  • Sammy Rich
  • Sue Malone
  • Debbie Sellmansberger
  • Rob Sellmansberger

    Reading of Minutes and Treasurer's Report

    Sammy moved that we accept the minutes of the last board meeting and the treasurer’s report as sent to the board via e-mail. Sue seconded it and all approved.

    MSSI Possible New Location

    The board discussed Jason’s Deli, Poplar and Highland, as a possible new location for Scottish Society monthly meetings. A meeting room seating 100 is available with audio-visual capabilities. A minimum of $100 from MSSI would be needed in food orders. Mary Ann made a motion that we consider the deli as a possible location for future meetings. It will be mentioned at the Christmas Party and members will be asked to visit this location and give feedback to the board. A decision will be made at the January 31st board meeting by the new board members. We will meet at the Holiday Inn in January. The possible new location will also be discussed in upcoming Grace Notes.

    Christmas Party

    The MSSI Christmas Party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Neshoba Unitarian Church on Raleigh-LaGrange Road near Trinity. Members are asked to bring a pot luck dish, decorate their tables, and a $5 for the gift exchange plus a toy for Toys for Tots drive. Volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup and to supervise the line. The cost of renting the space is $40/hour.

    St. Andrew’s Day Tea

    The tea will be held Saturday, December 1, from 3-5 p.m. at Crumpets Tea Room on Highland Street. Twenty people have made reservations so far at a cost of $20 per person. The limit for the tea room is 25 people.

    Burns Nicht

    Burns Nicht will be held on January 26, Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. Press releases were mailed today and the Germantown News asked for pictures of the festivities. The menu will consist of green salad, cranberry stuffed chicken, carrots, neeps and tatties au gratin, and cranikan (?). Celtic Word will provide the entertainment and the event will take place at Woodland Hills Country Club. Sammy will do the immortal memory, the Traffords the toasts, Bud the address to the haggis, etc. The tickets are silver in honor of the MSSI 25th anniversary. Seldon will host the whiskey tasting which will take place at the patron’s reception. Cheryl is in charge of the silent auction. No introduction of officers will take place that evening. Table names will be taken from Burns poems or Scottish geographical locations. Tickets are available now.

    Scotland 101

    Scotland 101 will again be the theme of The January meeting with Morse and Sheena Rose doing the honors.

    Clanjamfry

    MSSI will be the honored society at the 10th Clanjamfry in 2008.

    Dues

    Dues are due (50 members or families are now paid for 2008) and a new directory will be printed soon.

    Next Board Meeting

    The next board meeting will be held at Perkins, Germantown Road and Wolf River Boulevard, Thursday, December 27 at 5:30 p.m.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Mary E. Clausi, Secretary, MSSI
  • Monthly Meeting

    Date: November 12, 2007
    Time: 6:55 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn Select (Poplar at I-240), Memphis, Tennessee
    Attendance:
  • Total Attendance: 51 members and visitorsPledge of Allegiance

    Prayer: Reverend Cliff McWhorter

    Call to Order:
    President John Schultz

    Introduction of Guests: Linda Smothers, Woody Berry, Bryn Dickie, Emma Hart, Robert Wetzel

    Announcements

  • John read a letter from Lee Hutchison thanking MSSI for helping with Clanjamfry.
  • The Celtic Fest in Jackson, TN, November 3, was attended by 2000-3000 people.
  • Nine MSSI members manned the phones at the WKNO Auction with five remaining until the end (late night). MSSI was well represented with a vase by Agnes Stark and the Simpsons purchased a Tiffany lamp.
  • Mary Ann said the Christmas Party will be held December 10, and will be a pot luck. Dress up in your Christmas best, and bring a $5 gift for the gift exchange plus a toy for Toys for Tots. She will notify members of the place.
  • Burns Nicht will be held Saturday evening, January 26, at Woodland Hills Country Club. The cost is $50 for members until January 1, and $60 for nonmembers. Patrons will be $70 and Benefactors $100. There will also be a Scotch tasting and music will be provided by Celtic World.
  • The slate of officers for 2008 was presented by Sammy:
  • President- John Schultz, Vice President – Debbie Selmansberger, Secretary – Mary Clausi, Treasurer – Tom Lewis, Members-at-Large – Sue Malone, Mary Ann Lucas, and Jackie Garner. Sheena Rose moved that we accept the slate as read and Mary Ann seconded. The vote was unanimous.
  • The St. Andrew’s Day Tea will be held at Crumpets on Saturday, December 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. It will be a high cream tea and gentlemen are welcomed. We can only accept 25 reservations - $20 a ticket – so please reserve your place early with Sue Malone.
  • Cheryl Noland is looking for items for the Silent Auction for Burns Nicht.

    Program – Scotland 101: Culture & Fine Arts, cont.

    A special thank you and recognition was given to all Veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

    The program was as follows:
  • Ken Noe spoke on engineers, inventors, and scientists.
  • Guest speaker Emma Hart, a student a Rhodes College, gave a delightful presentation on dialect, food, and Burns Nicht suppers.
  • Sammy Rich told the group about the history of golf in Scotland.

    Door Prizes:
    Two door prizes were also given.

    Next month we will have the Christmas Party in lieu of a program. The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.