October 27, 2015 Meeting Recap

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President Larry called the meeting to order and Rotarian Terri read a Paul Harris quote relating to business practices and the influence of Rotary that goes beyond money to the good of stakeholders and customer service


President Larry presented Mark Sutton with his official pin as incoming member of the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World

He presented a Brazil pin to Past President Laurel to add to her extensive collection

He presented a Rotarian Magazine and Seoul, Korea pin to President Elect Elva, as well as a tourist map and guide of important places to see

Larry shared a Proclamation for the Arts and Humanities signed by Mayor Ashley Swearingen which includes Cultural Arts Rotary as one of the key players


Sandy gave a really positive report. Although sponsorship revenue was down by about half of last year, everything else was up, including net income at $24,200. We sold more tickets (didn’t have a method to track, but feel had over 300); fewer restaurants but plenty of good quality food (did not run out); more revenue from both program ads, silent auction and decorations. And cost of venue was higher by $2,000. So, gross income at $36,500, expenses at $12,300, resulted in net income of $24,200. We gave ourselves a hand, appropriately. This revenue all goes to the club foundation, and $10,000 is returned to the club for operating and community service disbursal. We have an ongoing commitment to the Fresno Arts Council of $4,800 annually to keep the Water Tower Arts Shop open which is paid out annually in increments. We have about $9,000 for community service allocation, and need to be thinking about next year. Important to find corporate sponsorship, which is critical to realizing growth of charitable contributions to the community to meet our mission of arts opportunities for youth

Marcy asked if we have considered non fund raiser fund raising, and President Larry that is one good point to consider.


Jackie introduced returning guests Michelle Scott and son Rodney Scott. Michelle spoke of her interest in arts involvement as an artist

Jackie introduced organist Tony Imperatrice and shared his upcoming project of presenting Play it like Virgil for the Rogue Festival in the Tower District the last weekend of February through the first week in March. Tony has developed a remarkable, entertaining and educational presentation, which was seen last year by at least a dozen of our Rotarians, and his costs start at $1,600 and go up. Jackie pledged her support and urged others to support as well. If you would like to support Tony, you can do so through Jackie. He’s not approaching the club for support because as an individual he does not have a 401 (c)3 designation.


We will ring the bell for Salvation Army at Edwards Theater on Friday Dec. 4 and Saturday Dec. 5 at times to be determined

Richard is again chairing the Christmas Family Project with team captains Sue, Tom, Laurel, Elva and Jerry. We’ll get team notices and items needed for the families in the Teague Elementary School area, and will gather at the Fresno Rescue Mission on Saturday Dec. 12 to organize and wrap at 9:00 A.M. and deliver at 10:00 A.M.


Matt distributed and reviewed Profit and Loss Statement for July 2014-June 2015, budget and actual for July 2015-2016, and Profit and Loss July 2011-June 2015. There was discussion on where we need to contain costs and increase revenue (lunch costs, dues, etc.) and Brooke asked each table to discuss the possibilities.

APOLOGIES – Your editor had to leave for Grandma Duty! There will be a special mailing to detail the outcomes of the Survey Monkey and decisions on expenses and revenue and new policies.

It is a pleasure to experience Service Above Self with the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno