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IJA Board Meeting - November 18, 2003

Present: Dave Davis, Chairman; Greg Phillips, Ben Schoenberg, Scott Slesnick, Todd Strong, Directors.

Absent: Jaye Butler and Andrew Conway, Directors; Katje Sabin, Recording Secretary. Andrew was called away to England on short notice and sent his regrets. Katje was unable to attend for family reasons and arranged in advance for Greg to take minutes in her place.

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 9:41pm EST.

Agenda: Two minor changes were made to the published agenda. The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.

MINUTES

Meeting of October 21st, 2003. One minor correction was made. The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

REPORTS

Dick Franco Copyright Issue. Greg reported that we have received a letter from Dick Franco's lawyer demanding that the IJA cease distribution of the 1996 Highlights tape, and requesting a share of profits plus damages, and legal fees. Our lawyer believes his claims are without merit. The issue will be left in the lawyer's hands for the moment.

Archives. Dave reported that Alan Howard (Assistant Archive Director) has nine boxes of IJA archival documents. Also, Dave purchased seven boxes of videos from Mary Wilkins at a cost of just over $1000, funded from the archive fund. He is in the process of taking inventory of these videos. Paul Richmond still holds several tapes of IJA archival footage. He will be sending this to Alan Plotkin as soon as he receives a check to cover the shipping. Andrew has already sent him the check.

Other reports. Reports from the Treasurer, Membership Director, Festival Director, and Affiliates Director pro-tem were received in writing prior to the meeting. Most of these have been posted on the public forum.

CONTINUING BUSINESS

JUGGLE contract. Scott gave a brief update. There are some minor issues to deal with and he is discussing them with Stan Allen. We are continuing to operate under the terms of the deal memo. The issue was tabled to the next meeting.

Video Contract. Alan Plotkin has indicated he will be bidding.

Appointment of Officers. Greg Phillips proposed the following motion: That Dan Howard assume the Secretary duties and be appointed to the position of Secretary/Treasurer, and that Rick Purtee be appointed to the position of Affiliates Director. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

Recruiting Drive. Greg Phillips proposed the following motion: The Board authorises the expenditure of up to $1000 to send postal mail to former IJA members inviting them to consider rejoining. This is to be done in a way that allows us to track response rates and to determine whether further mailings would be warranted. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

Festival Pricing. Todd Strong proposed the following motion: That pricing for the 2004 IJA Festival be set as follows:

  • Show tickets and miscellaneous, a la carte:
    • Youth Showcase plus Junior Championships: $12
    • Individual and Teams Championships: $20
    • Friday night show: $20
    • Cascade of Stars: $25
    • T-shirt: $15
    • Button: $1
  • Gym passes:
    • Adult Gym Pass: $25/1 day, $45/2 days, $65/3 days, $85/4 days, $105/5 days
    • Youth Gym Pass: $15/1 day, $25/2 days, $35/3 days, $45/4 days, $55/5 days
  • Package plans:
    • Adult Event Package: by April 1 = $149, by June 1 = $160, after June 1 = $175
    • Youth Event Package: by April 1 = $99, by June 1 = $110, after June 1 = $120

The motion passed by unanimous consent.

Greg Phillips proposed the following motion: That the 2004 Festival Director is delegated authority to define policy regarding refunds of early registrations and early registration deadline extensions for non-US registrants. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

NEW BUSINESS

World Juggling Day: Todd Strong proposed the following motion: The Board approves funding for World Juggling Day 2004 up to $1000 and encourages the World Juggling Day team to promote the event even more actively than in the past. Should new funding be required to support this, the World Juggling Day team is encouraged to approach the Board. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

Recognising other juggling records. There has been a suggestion made on the public forum that the IJA officially recognise the records kept by the JIS Committee on Numbers Juggling. Ben and Andrew are members of this committee. Ben will speak with the other members of the JISCONJ and determine whether the Committee is interested in being recognised by or affiliated with the IJA.

Joggling. There was no decision made at this time regarding who will run joggling at the 2004 Festival.

Statement for the record: Greg Phillips made the following statement for the record:

Jaye Butler has not attended the last three Board meetings and has not communicated with the other Board members, despite repeated attempts to contact her. If Jaye has not indicated a willingness to become a productive member of the Board prior to the next Board meeting, I intend to seek her removal for cause under Article III paragraph 4 of the Bylaws.

NEXT MEETING

The next Board meeting will be held December 16th, 2003 at 9:30pm EST.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30pm EST.


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