Minutes – PVS Excom Meeting – April 22, 2008

The meeting was held at the home of Marsha and David Warthen. Present were Mary Beale, David Callaway, Carolyn Maurer-DeVilbiss and Dave DeVilbiss, Kerry Hines, Sue Lyon, Jan and Bob Marx, Ray McKinley, Ruth Powers, Dottie Villers, and David Warthen. Dottie who is the Club’s new Vice President conducted the meeting. Mike Strand (President) was unable to attend because of teaching responsibilities. Dottie said that it was her first time leading the meeting. “I’ve been an Excom member and secretary.” Those present cheered Dottie’s return.

Minutes from the March 25th meeting were approved as corrected.

Dottie asked if there were any questions about the Treasurer’s Report that had been distributed electronically by Treasurer Dick Laeser ahead of the meeting. The report dated April 22nd showed a positive bank balance of $12,896.03 ($11,784.83 in the savings account which includes a $928 unclaimed trip refund and $1,111.20 in the checking account). No questions were raised.

Dave Warthen provided an updated Membership Report. The Club has 175 members including 4 Applicants, 22 Absentee (nonresident) members, and 7 Associates. Eight applicants became full members and three applicants became Associate members at the April Annual Meeting. Dave will be sending out a revised pdf PVS Roster electronically on 5/1/08. A few members will receive an Excel version to assist them in their work for the Club.

Carolyn reported that 52 people (by headcount) had attended the Annual Meeting but that only 48 had signed in. (Subsequently two of the missing names were identified as the hosts.) The collection at the door came to $136. Hosts Reg and Jean Heitchue will be reimbursed an additional $236 from the Treasury to cover expenses.

Ray briefly described the events to look forward to.

May 2nd Mid-Atlantic Ski/Travel Show – Eight people have signed up.

May 3rd Segway Tour of Annapolis – Barbara Leonhardt arranged the event. Two

tours of eight people each have filled. There is a waiting list.

May 17th BRSC Annual Meeting – Dick Comerford, Charlie Huggins, and Dave

Lerner will represent the Club.

May 20th Monthly meeting at Pete and Alice Crites. Alice is the daughter of Club

member Edith Rabinovitz.

May 27th Excom at the Marx’s

June 17th Monthly meeting at David and Carolyn Callaway’s

June 24th Excom at Ruth Powers’

Monthly meetings are on hiatus over the summer, resuming again in September. Monthly Excom meetings generally continue but “we might be able to do some of them electronically” said Ray.

With respect to a venue for the All Trips Party, suggestions are welcome. In the last two years the party has been held at Marianne and Kerry Hines’ Delaplane home. Attendance last year was light. Ray acknowledged that attendance is generally higher when the destination is closer to the city. Carolyn noted that the party didn’t seem to result in more people signing up for trips. “At one time it did,” said Ray.

Ray welcomes new ideas for summer activities. Dottie said that she is thinking about an evening at Wolf Trap with a picnic beforehand. She wondered too if there might be interest in chartering a sailboat for a day. An evening at Strathmore was suggested. Canoeing, tubing, or rafting in the Shenandoah and a tour of Lurray Caverns were other ideas mentioned. Ray has learned that on October 26th a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass will be performed at the Kennedy Center. This will mark the third time that the Mass has been performed. The Mass was originally written for the opening of the Kennedy Center. The work requires two orchestras and a cast of 200 people. Club member David Abraham has ordered a limited number of tickets at a group rate. There will be more information posted in TOOT. Jan said that she would also solicit suggestions for summer activities from the membership in the next TOOT.

Bob Marx reviewed the PVS ski trips approved for next year: Snowmass (1/15-1/22/09), Park City, Utah (2/22-2/28/09), and Taos, New Mexico (3/13-3/21/09). All three destinations provide ski in-ski out accommodations. The Park City trip is overseen by Elderhostel. Rosemary Schwartzbard and Ellie Thayer will be the PVS leaders. One doesn’t need to join Elderhostel to participate. Directions for signing up for the trip will be posted in TOOT. There will be a small deposit with registration. The remainder will be due in December. Rosemary and Ellie are looking into group air and bus transportation.

BRSC will have its customary western (Keystone) and European (Davos, Switzerland) trips next year. Jan will include a reference to them in TOOT.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45.

Minutes submitted by Mary Beale, Secretary