ACGA Board Meeting Minutes
5:30 p.m., January 3, 2023 via Zoom

Present: Cheryl Costantini (President), Mari Emori (Vice-President), April Zilber (Treasurer), Sally Jackson (Secretary), Jan Schachter, Lee Middleman, Susie Rubenstein, Ren Lee, Emil Yanos, Joe Battiato, Trudy Chiddix

Welcome (Cheryl)
Congratulations to ACGA Board member Ian Bassett for the photo of his work that appears on the cover of the current issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine. Mari Emori, Chris Johnson, and Lee Middleman have also received awards and recognition for their work recently.

It is time to invite new members onto the ACGA board. Please nominate those who you think would be interested (including yourself).

Treasurer’s Report (April)
As of December 31, 2022, our total year-end assets were a robust $95,768. Both income and expenses were higher than expected in 2022, but we ended the year with a net income of almost $4000.

In reviewing the proposed 2023 budget, April noted that we are still behind in membership dues. Emil says that many members have had trouble renewing their membership using the website. This has been a very frustrating situation which Emil hopes to fix as soon as possible. We also discussed how we might decrease our storage unit expenses this year. We can possibly move to a cheaper unit, or consider dropping storage altogether. After discussion and small adjustments to the numbers, the board voted unanimously in favor of the proposed 2023 budget.

Communications Report (Cheryl, Ren, Susie)
Ren is generating the new version of ACGA’s newsletter that will go out on January 10th. She needs more content from board members, and encouraged us to submit items immediately. We have all received a template for submissions from Ren via email. Content might include notices about open studios, shows, accolades, awards, workshops, and other items of interest to our members. It is important that we get this ball rolling!

All-Member Meeting/Board Retreat (Cheryl)

The All-Member Meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, January 28, from 10-12 noon. We will generate an agenda and send out an announcement to the membership. A ballot for election and re-election of board members will go out this week.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Next Meeting: All-Member Meeting (via Zoom)

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Hosted by Zoom All Members Welcome