Page 9 Spring 1988
IJA Business Notes...
For Office, Host Us in '89, Forget Combat and Juggle In June!
IJA board of directors met in January in Denver to discuss general
matters and specific plans for the convention there in July. President
Holly Greeley, six directors and treasurer Ginny Rose were hosted by
convention chairman Tricia Allen.
reviewing one convention proposal for 989, the board decided to leave
the decision open in hopes of receiving additional proposals at its
summer meeting during the Denver convention. Any groups interested in
arranging a week's meeting for about 1,000 of their closest juggling
friends are urged to contact IJA secretary Rich Chamberlin!
board also reviewed the implications of its decision last summer to
expand to 11 members. In order to send out a mail in ballot before
this summer's convention, nominations for office will be accepted
until May 15. If you would like to nominate yourself or another
person, send in a 150-word statement of candidature to secretary Rich
Chamberlin by that date.
a new governance structure, the 11 members of the board will elect a
chairman from their midst during the summer convention. Candidates may
also be nominated at the convention business meeting before the final
election, but by doing so they lose the advantage of mail in ballot
support from non-convention goers.
board voted to hold National Juggling Day again this year as a
convention warm-up. Clubs and affiliates are asked to stage a juggling
education and demonstration event in their cities on June 18, 1988.
For more information, contact secretary Rich Chamberlin.
a review by president Greeley of officer's liability in case of
successful suit against the IJA, the board voted to ban combat
juggling at the Denver convention. Greeley explained that, in case of
a successful suit against the IJA, directors bear financial
responsibility for damages awarded over and above IJA assets. That,
plus the relatively high potential for personal injury
inherent in combat juggling with clubs, led the board to its decision.
the board left open the prospect of combat juggling in the future
under more supervised and structured conditions. Discussion of the
matter will be conducted at the convention, and people with ideas are
urged to make them known to board members.
Ginny Rose gave the group a report of the IJA's financial activities
during the past year. During 1987, the organization had $171,130 in
income and $152,239 in expenses. The major income items were
convention fees of$95,915 and dues of $51,761. Far behind were
"Juggler's World" ads at $7,219 and merchandise sold at
three expense areas were the Akron convention - $71,249, general
accounts (postage, salary, travel, etc.) - $40,373, and
"Juggler's World" - $36,254.
Festivals Offer Summer Work
that the grass is turning green, you might be thinking of turning a
little green yourself... Money, that is! Now is the time to think
about summer juggling jobs.
festivals happen all over the country during the summer. Four in
particular are held near Largo, Florida, Kansas City, Minneapolis and
Detroit. Each hires 200-800 entertainers for the six- or seven-weekend
season. Among them are quite a few jugglers.
procedures are forward and simple. Acts are judged on their merit. If
you're good, you're in. If not, they might use you somewhere else!
They give you the word after your audition, and some contracts are
negotiated the same day.
they hard-nosed outfits to work for? Not really. But be warned that
management treats fun as serious business. The judges at auditions
look for skill, presentation and rapport with the audience. They also
look for something special - "How will this piece affect the
kids?" They believe that if an act can impress children, it can
impress everyone else.
an apprentice program to let younger hopefuls gain some Renaissance
festival experience. They're taught about makeup, acting, mannerisms
and skills such as juggling, story-telling and musical performance. It
isn't uncommon to have a special interest group "adopted" by
a master to show the proper way their specific act should be
are coming up soon for all four of these festivals. If you think you'd
like this type of performance, contact them immediately. Then start
thinking like a Middle Ages juggler!
Michigan Renaissance Festival - Birmingham, MI
Kansas City Renaissance Festival - Kansas City, MO
Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Shakopee, MN
Bay Area Renaissance Festival - Largo, FL
Renaissance Festival - Annapolis, MD