Friday, August 7, 2009

Notes from the Aug Board meeting.

We had a great Board meeting this past Tuesday August 4th at the Library with about 10 members attending.

Mary Holmes reported that we have almost 60 potters who have signed up for the Celebration Festival with a few more people pending.

Sally Larson reported on the map meeting last month with 13 members attending. Many suggestions were made and good progress was made on the Policies & Procedures manual. The next meeting will be August 19th and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to join us. Confirmation email will be sent out.

◘ SAPA now has a permanent Seagrove address at the Von Cannon House where we will have a room available for our files and storage of the Celebration signage. We’re very appreciative of the NC Pottery Center for allowing us to rent it.

◘ We received a letter from one of our members concerned about the discrepancy between the hours potters publish and the hours they actually keep. She has had many complaints from customers who come for the day only to find many potters closed. The problem is that when those people leave the area they are disappointed and may not want to come back. There are a couple of things we all can do to help:

¤ Please take down your open signs on the roads and at your pottery if you are not there and consider putting up a closed sign.
¤ Update your hours on your web pages and web sites when your plans change.
¤ Consider using language in your description that reflect your real hours during different times of the year.. June –Aug open Thurs-Sat, or Sept –Jan open Monday – Sunday , closed February & March. Whatever description applies to your situation. Communicating honestly to our customers is very important.

◘ David Fernandez has come up with a map information kiosk idea that will help visitors find what they are looking for when they come to our area. These will be available to buy for anyone who is able to put one on their property and will greatly improve the experience customers will have when they visit. The different options are:
¤ 1 4X4’ sign with frame and 2 4X4’ posts to be installed by buyer for $339.
¤ 1 4X4’ map on metal and weather proof that can be mounted on the
side of a building for $225.
¤ 1 4X4’ map on plastic that can be mounted on a wall but isn’t as
long lasting as the metal ones $190.

David will take orders up to November and can be contacted at (336)207-6985

◘ Bobby Marsh is asking anyone who would like to recommend pottery books to be ordered for the Library to please stop by there to see the list of what they already have and make suggestions.

Volunteers needed to help organizing the Celebration Festival. Below is a list of committee heads and members. If you see something you might be interested in working on please get in touch with that committee head. This is such a great event so please jump in and help out and sign up!!

Ben Owen III (Chair of Celebration)
Gordon Ray (co-chair)
Fred Johnston (co-chair)
Will McCanless (co-chair)

Mary Holmes (treasurer/ manager)
Crystal King

Ed Henneke (secretary)

Susan Greene (Chair Publicity)
Jennie Keatts (Publicity co-chair/ website)
Bobby Thomas
Samantha Henneke
Bonnie Burns

Ben Owen III (Chair Sponsorship)
Sherry James
Bonnie Burns
Pat Newby
Susan Greene

Gordon Ray (Chair Infrastructure)
Bobby Marsh (co-chair)
Mary Holmes
Ben Owen III
Will McCanless
Darius Luck

Will McCanless (Chair Potters Relations)
Meredith Smildsen
Byron Knight

Bonnie Burns (Chair Vendors/Volunteers)
Susan Greene
Lisa Martinez
Sherry James

Fred Johnston (Chair Gala)
Nan Revel
Dick Peterson
Joanne Peterson
Talmadge Baker
Sara Baker

Loy Sellers (Chair Auction)
Joanne Peterson
Talmadge Baker
Sara Baker

Our next Board meeting will be 7PM September 1st at the Seagrove Library. Please join us!