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IJA Board Meeting- April 18,2007


1. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Kim Laird called the meeting to order at 8:04 p.m. EST.
2. ROLL Present: Kim Laird, chair; Sandy Brown, Don Lewis, Jerry Martin, Jim Maxwell, Bob Neuman, Will Penman (board members); Chuck Hawley (Recording Secretary). John Satriano (Festival Director), Holly Greeley (Treasurer) Trea, Andrew Conway (Board Nominee) Martin Frost (Communications Director)
Absent: None

3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Agenda approved by unanimous consent.

4. PREVIOUS MINUTES: Minutes of the March 21, 2007 meeting passed by unanimous consent.

Festivals (John Satriano) - John is working on performer travel arrangements. New German club passing act is coming to the festival- Get the Shoe. Cirque du Soleil is donating an act for the Cascade of Stars. There is discussion on whether or not there should be a Renegade show on Saturday night.

Finances (Holly Greeley) - First quarter financials have gone out to the board. We need an inventory and value of the archives in case of audit. We need to keep track of when the festival registrations for future income predictions. We need to upgrade our version of QuickBooks.

Membership (Jim Maxwell) - Current membership number= 1705. This is down by 15 from last month. Some people have not received their Spring Issue of Juggle. Sandy is sending another issue to those who have requested it. A couple of people have renewed their memberships so that they can receive JuggleVision.

Store (Sandy Brown) -Martin reports that not all orders are being recorded in the store. There are also a lot of unsold carts in the store. We are not really sure why this is happening. Martin's fear is that we may be losing members because the store is not recording. Its probably a good idea to get the osCommerce software updated.

e-Newsletter (Don Lewis) -Not much feedback but it has been successful in getting out to members. Next newsletter is to go out in May.

Member Survey (Kim Laird) - see attachment A. There has been a lot of discussion on this within the forum.
There is a concern that the survey could get too long and when it should come out. Discussion about this will continue in the forum.

Affiliates (Jerry Martin) -none

WJD (Don Higgins) -none

6a. Jim Maxwell moves that the IJA spend $40 to set up an Amazon Advantage account and start selling JuggleVision and other future IJA DVDs through amazon.com. This will be on a trial basis and will be reviewed in one year. Seconded by:Don Lewis
Motion passes by unanimous consent.

7a. Don Lewis moves that Phillip Garee be approved as chief teller for the 2007 IJA elections. Seconded by: Sandy Brown.
Motion passes by unanimous consent.

8. NEXT MEETING: Next regular BOD meeting will be held May 23, 2007 at 8pm EDT. Agenda items due to BOD chair on or before May 13, 2007.

9. ADJOURNMENT: Sandy Brown moved to adjourn. Meeting was adjourned at 9:11 p.m. EST by unanimous consent.

Respectfully submitted, Chuck Hawley

Attachment A...
These are the updated proposed survey questions. The survey does allow for open-ended responses. Although this text has been modified with assistance, this is still suggested text subject to change after further review and discussion. The use of the survey was already approved at the March board meeting. Target date for survey distribution is Friday, April 27, 2007.


Please take a few minutes to respond to the questions on this International Jugglers' Association survey. We are interested in your input to give our members what they need and help make the IJA stronger. This survey is totally anonymous. Speed Survey will compile all answers and a summary of answers will then be emailed to the IJA board of directors.

Thank you!

1. For those of you who have not renewed your IJA membership, why have you not renewed?
a. I just forgot.
b. My interests changed.
c. Other. Please include your specific reason(s)
for not renewing.

2. What format do you prefer for the IJA magazine?
a. print magazine
b. DVD magazine
c. combination of print and DVD (alternating)
d. e-magazine (totally online publication)
e. I'm not interested in any type of magazine
f. None of the above. I would suggest...

3. The IJA has had a variety of publications chronicling the history of juggling and IJA activities as well as incorporating instructional articles and facilitating access to suppliers of juggling props. JUGGLE is the most recent incarnation of this important role. As a member, do you want the IJA to continue to publish JUGGLE, or eliminate it?
a. continue receiving it
b. eliminate it
c. I'm not sure

4. Are you willing to pay $36 in membership dues to keep
JUGGLE (print) magazine?
a. yes
b. no

5. Membership income does not cover the cost of JUGGLE magazine. How should we make up the difference? Select all that apply.
a. increase the cost of membership
b. increase the cost of attending the festival
c. increase the cost of DVDs
d. switch to a less expensive magazine option

6. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being bad and 5 being great)
rate the quality of JUGGLE.
1=really bad
2=bad...needs improvement
4=really good
6=I don't read JUGGLE

7. Presently the annual fest subsidizes JUGGLE magazine. JUGGLE, in turn, promotes and documents the festival. Do you feel it is acceptable for the fest to financially support the magazine, or should the magazine be only supported by membership fees.
a. it is acceptable for the fest to financially support the
b. the magazine should only be supported by membership

8. Regarding the trial DVD magazine Jugglevision:
a. I watched the whole thing.
b. I scanned it using fast forward.
c. I didn't watch Jugglevision
d. I didn't get Jugglevision

9. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being bad and 5 being great)
rate the quality of JuggleVision (DVD magazine)
1=really bad
2=bad...needs improvement
4=really good
6=I didn't watch JuggleVision

10. What suggestions would you make for articles or columns
you would like to see in the future? Respond in the space provided specifying whether your suggestion(s) is for the print magazine, DVD magazine, or both.

11. How many IJA fests have you attended?
a. none
b. 1
c. 2
d. 3
e. 4
f. 5
g. 6+

12. If you have not attended IJA festivals, what prevents you
from attending on a regular basis? List reason(s) in the space provided.

13. Would you be interested in group-discounted liability
insurance as a member benefit of the IJA?
a. yes
b. no
c. possibly, but...(please specify)

14. What other membership benefits would you like to see
the IJA offer if possible? List in the space provided.

15. I read the IJA public forum on the IJA website at www.juggle.org/forum...
a. at least daily
b. at least weekly
c. at least monthly
d. rarely (several times per year)
e. never
f. I didn't know there was a public forum

16. If the IJA were to make IJA logo items available in the
store, which items would be of most interest to you?
a. keychain
b. can cozy
c. hats
d. equipment bags
e. shirts
f. decals/stickers
g. other (please list)

Help us get to know you better!

17. Juggling for me is...
a. my main profession
b. a part-time income activity for me
c. mostly a hobby (I seldom/never juggle for
D. None of the above (please specify)

18. My age group is...
a. under 10
b. 10-20
c. 21-30
d. 31-40
e. 41-50
f. 51-60
g. over 60

19. I am...
a. male
b. female

20. My occupation is...
a. artist
b. clerical
c. computers
d. entertainer
e. engineer
f. journalist
g. laborer
h. management
i. military
j. sales
k. student
l. teacher
m. retired
n. medical
o. other...please list

21. I live in the state/province/country of....

22. How long have you been a member of the IJA?

23. I juggle (check all that apply)...
a. balls
b. clubs
c. rings
d. diabolo
e. poi
f. contact
g. other (please list)

And now for the BIG question...

24.. Where do you feel the IJA needs to improve? Please list your top 3 choices by marking (in order of importance) 1, 2, and 3.
a. promotion of juggling
b. increase membership
c. stronger international presence
d. more member programs and services
e. website (user friendliness, look, etc.)
f. communication with members
g. more open financial reporting
h. marketing/business plan
i. annual fest
j. support of regional fests
k. other (please specify along with ranking)

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions concerning the International Jugglers' Association. The culminating report will be posted on the IJA forums located online at www.juggle.org/forum.

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