2017.05 May Newsletter

PLAG  May 2017  News

Happy May Day!

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May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.

Message from Jim Sawatzki: A reminder for those of you who said they’d volunteer for the PLAG booth at the Lewis Palmer High School, first Saturday on May 6th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Pine Forest Spring Show & Sale.Next Monthly PLAG Meeting:

May Meeting:  Saturday,  May 13 at the Mountain Community Mennonite Church starting 9:00 with social gathering and snacks, 9:30 business agenda.  

 

 

Agenda and Planning: 

Welcome guests and members & new members
Thank you to everyone who brought food today
Treasurer’s/Finance Committee Report

Report from Pine Forest Spring Show & Sale Show at Lewis-Palmer High School participation
Publicity
Scholarship
Sunshine committee
 Color Splash June PLAG Show
Other

Happy May Birthday Cindy Tafil, John DeFrancesco, Carolyn Stolz!

. . . and now to Cindy’s monthly art education:

                      ARTofficial Intelligence

What was the secret of Claude Monet’s combination of color and light?

Monet had a preoccupation with the quality of different and varied lighting from careful observation of landscape to canvas in his garden at Giverny. Monet would set up as many as twenty canvases in close approximation switching from canvas to canvas as the day progressed with the light changes. He intentionally planted a rectangular mass of yellow, oranges and burgundy wallflowers with red columbines on the west side of the garden. The back lit lighting would create an explosion of color at sunset. The garden’s east side exposed a delicate contrast of pink lupines, blue columbines and other soft pastel colors along the sunrise border. His paintings rendered a beauty of color harmony visually pleasing for both artists and gardeners alike.

Does a well-designed garden help in understanding the basic elements of art?

Absolutely, the entire experience of composing a painting and the initial stages of planning a garden design require the same compositional rules, a defined balance of forms and shapes including masses (objects) and voids (empty spaces). Beauty emerges only when there is a proper relationship between color, texture, and balance of integrated spaces and forms. The feeling of both garden and art produce a pure emotion that’s extended from the artist to the viewer.

What is negative and positive space?

The simplest explanation is positive space is occupied by the subject and the negative space is not the subject. In a garden for instance, the positive space is the area of composition that is occupied by an object or mass such as rocks, trees, shrubs, plants and even land forms. The negative space is the area of the garden that isn’t occupied by an object. Negative space lends power to the silhouette of a tree. It also serves to balance the weight of the objects and subdues or increases the impact of forms and masses.

The Japanese were masters of negative garden space. Painters seek inspiration from the Zen quality of the compositional landscape in a Japanese garden. The garden’s reticence of beautifully defined negative spaces speaks an eloquent passage of simplicity within patterns producing an emotional reaction to garden enthusiasts and artists.

From the words of Henry Ward Beecher: “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

Cindy Tafil
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Upcoming Events:

PLAG’s Annual June Art Show. Entry form attached to this document.

Tri-Lakes Women’s Club event:     Participating PLAG members, John DeFrancesco, Margarete Seagraves, Rikki Stiltner, Cindy Tafil and a PLAG information booth.

PLAG Minutes – APRIL 8, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by President, Jim Sawatzki. Other Board members present were: Rikki Stiltner, Susie Arnold, Margarete Seagraves, and Carolyn Stolz. Members were welcomed. We had no guests today.  Thanks to everyone who brought food this morning (Irmi Knoth, Bruni Berkowitz, John DeFrancesco & Carolyn Stolz).

A motion to approve Today’s agenda was carried.

Sunshine Committee Report: John DeFrancesco reported that he had called Ken Carbaugh. Ken is doing well, but was not rejoining PLAG at this time. John also spoke with Grace Cullen and she has rejoined our group. We were happy to welcome her back and have her attend today’s meeting. Pam Hafemann is having surgery this coming Monday and hopes to be cancer-free afterwards. We’re glad to have Irmi back at today’s meeting after knee replacement surgery.

March Minutes. A motion was made and seconded to approve the March Minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report, as of March 2017:

Checking Account:  Beginning Balance 03/01/17 $47,549.61 •  Deposits 0.00, Checks/Debits: 113.48 • Ending Balance 03/31/17 $47,436.13

Savings Account:  Beginning Balance 03/01/17 $ 5,425.72 • Interest 1.37 • Ending Balance 03/31/17 $ 5,427.09

Expenses: MCMC rent $ 100.00 • Tri-Lakes Printing 13.48

Income: Susie has recently received two entries for the Craft Show which she will deposit. She has also moved a large portion of monies in the checking account to the savings account which will be reflected in next month’s Treasurer’s Report. Jim Sawatzki reported that he will be meeting with people at the Air Academy Credit Union regarding investment options for membership consideration.  Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was carried.

Vice President’s Report: Rikki Stiltner reported that she will be attending a Chamber of Commerce event this evening at the Antlers Hotel. She will be taking PLAG brochures and doing some PR. She will be donating one of her paintings for an auction they will be having.

TRI-LAKES WOMEN’S CLUB SHOW – MAY 5-7, 2017:

The show will be held at the Lewis Palmer High School, located at Jackson Creek Pkwy & Higby Rd. PLAG will have a booth for publicity purposes. We need volunteers to man the booth. Volunteers may bring their art work to sell while there. *Sales will be the responsibility of the artist. Times include Saturday, 10-5 & Sunday, 10-4 pm. A list was passed around for volunteers to sign up. Jim Sawatzki will help set up after 5:00pm on Friday, May 5th. Jim also volunteered to man the booth Sunday. Claudia Dimidik said she would do Saturday & Sunday. Margarete Seagraves, John DeFrancesco, Rikki Stiltner & Cindy Tafil will have their own tables & be showing their work at this show. Bob Zettler & Lynn Roth designed a sign for the PLAG booth and Bob made the sign which is both lightweight as well as sturdy. Everyone was pleased with what they came up with. It will be placed up on easels so that it can be viewed easily from a distance. Thank you, Bob and Lynn!

Susie had PLAG brochures printed which were available for members to take and display at their individual booths as well as at the PLAG booth. Jim emphasized that this is always a big fund raiser for TLWC. It is attended by thousands of people over the 2-day weekend and is always a great show. TLWC has expanded the show to include more artwork as well as antiques. *John DeFrancesco gave an FYI to members who will be taking credit cards as payment for their artwork. Please know that the WIFI coverage at the high school is intermittent and not very good making it difficult at times for credit card payments.

GALLERY COMMITTEE REPORT:

June Show: Cindy Tafil reported that the we have secured Sparky LeBold who will be the judge for the June Show. Specifications & entry forms have berm done. Deadline for entries is May 31st. Show dates: June 6-30. Reception will be Friday, June 9th, 6-8 pm. Please reference Color Splash Entry Form for complete information and specifications. Entry fee includes food.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING:

Scholarship Committee: Lynn Roth, Chairman; Irmi Knoth, Jim Sawatzki, and Patricia Schmidt Hilbert.

Proposal: The committee proposes to increase the total award amount for this year from $4,000 (2016 amount) to $8,000.  There was much discussion regarding the history of the scholarship fund, amounts awarded, etc. Historically, the amounts varied depending on what monies PLAG received from all fundraisers for a particular year. The amounts have been $250, $2,500, $3,000 and $4,000. The Craft Fair is the largest contributor to the fund from sponsorship, etc.

Jim Sawatzki gave some background on the scholarship fund. It was started in 1977 and has continued for 40 years. The goal is to assist students that are going on after high school to further their art education and have a goal of art as a career. Lewis Palmer and Palmer Ridge High Schools are the two schools involved. Students are vetted by their instructors and then apply for the PLAG scholarship. The Scholarship Committee goes to each school and evaluates applicants’ artwork based on established guidelines. This will take place this year on Wednesday, April 26th.  Applicants also must write a report of why they want to pursue a career in art.  They are required to have a plan to continue a career in art. The total awards amount may be divided among the recipients in amounts however the committee chooses. PLAG writes the scholarship check to the individual school on behalf of the recipients. PLAG presents the scholarships to the recipients at the Senior Awards night in May. Jim further related stories about past recipients who were successful in their art careers. One recipient is an art teacher at Palmer Ridge; another is an art instructor at a university in Florida; one went to the School of Design and had their own fashion show in New York.  Pat Hilbert stated that the original goal of PLAG was the scholarship fund. She stated that college costs are much higher than ever and that she was in favor of increasing the awards since we have the money. John DeFrancesco stated his opinion that it would be premature to make a decision and vote on the amount of this year’s fund at today’s meeting. He stated that we needed to manage our money. He stated we should have a budget and control over our money. l Claudia Dimidik stated that we are not able to decide today. She stated she knows from experience that scholarships normally are awarded in amounts of $500, $1000, and $1500. She stated that we should establish a Finance Committee who could create a budget, project needs and expenses and decide how monies should be allotted. They would set a cap limit and create a proposal to take to the membership. It was suggested that the Finance Committee could meet quarterly. One of their functions would be to look at a proposal from the Scholarship Committee for that year’s scholarship fund amount. This could be done in January each year.  Susie Arnold stated that the fiscal year for PLAG is July 1 – June 30. It is only for membership dues purposes that we use January – December calendar. Nancy Moleskin suggested that the majority of monies we have are from the proceeds of the sale of the Vale Gallery, which is a finite amount. She is in favor of forming a Finance Committee before making any decisions on the scholarship fund.  Claudia Dimidik made a motion to keep the amount of the scholarship fund at $4,000, same as last year’s amount. John DeFrancesco seconded the motion. Motion was carried.  A second motion was made to create a Budget/Finance Committee that would create a budget, project needs and expenses and decide how monies should be allotted. They would set cap limits and create proposals to take to the membership for approval. Motion was carried.

Budget/Finance Committee: Claudia Dimidik, Chairman; *Jim Sawatzki, John DeFrancesco, Susie Arnold, and Donna Arndt.  *Jim noted that our By-Laws state that the President is a defector voting member for any committee. Cindy Tafil said she will check on state/federal regulations regarding what each Board member of a 501C group is allowed to do.

NEWSLETTER & CORRESPONDING SECRETARY:

Margarete Seagraves can no longer fill this position.  She will continue to be an active PLAG member.  She is asking if someone will volunteer to do these duties.  The newsletter is mostly cut and paste with some editing, please contact her if you have an interest.  She will help with training.  She has been doing this for a long time and has it quite organized for someone to take it over.  Margarete was thanked for all her work, time, and everything she has done for PLAG for many years.

PUBLICITY: Rikki Stiltner and Jim Sawatzki now have business cards to give out at Chamber of Commerce and other functions they attend. We have business cards also for members to give out. We will have these at the TLWC show in May at our PLAG booth. Thanks again to Bob Zettler for the large banner/sign for display at our booth.  Susie Arnold will give publicity to Irene Pallon to post in the various news outlets for advertising for the June Show.  We will have the letter for the sponsors for the June Show at the TLWC show in May.  Jim S. stated that we need to grow PLAG’S membership. Currently, we have 35 members.  There was discussion regarding updating the PLAG website and the need to do this monthly. Susie stated that members just need to send to her their information, photos and links to their own websites and she will get them on our website. She said members can send her their file and she will link their name to the website.

MISCELLANEOUS:  Cindy Tafil and Rikki Stiltner will be doing the workshop that was scheduled for today at the adjournment of the May meeting.

Adjournment at 10:40 am. A motion was made by Bruni Berkowitz and seconded by Cindy Tafil to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

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Color Splash Entry Form

Show Dates: June 6 – June 30th, 2017 at Tri Lakes Center for the Arts

Entry deadline: May 31, 2017

Drop off time: Saturday, June 3, 2017 12-1 pm

Pick up time: Saturday, July 1, 2017 10-12 am

Reception: Friday June 9, 2017 6-8 pm

Entry fee: Members $30 for up to 3 paintings, $10 each for paintings 4 and 5

Non-members $40 for up to 3 paintings, $10 each for paintings 4 and 5

Limitations: All paintings MUST be ORIGINAL paintings that have NOT been exhibited at any show at Tri Lakes Center for the Arts in the last two years.

Painting size must be equal or less than 1200 square inches including frame. Larger paintings may be submitted, but will count as 2 paintings.

Bin Art may also be submitted, matted and wrapped, with a label on front that includes: Title, medium, price, and artist. Size is 16 inches x 20 inches maximum. Limit is 10 entries. Two copies of a typed list of all bin art, including the above information MUST be submitted with the bin art. *** If you submit 5 paintings and have your own bin, you may submit as many items as you like, but must include the above information.

The show will be judged, and first place in major categories will be awarded a $100 prize. Best of Show overall will be awarded $150 total.

Categories are: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Photography, Pastel and 3-D (includes sculpture, jewelry, glass and fiber).

Entry forms are final, no changes may be made after the form is submitted.

Tri Lakes Center for the Arts and Palmer Lake Art Group are not responsible for damages to an entry. Responsibility for insurance resides with the artist.

TLCA will handle sales, and will take their commission (30%) and send the rest of the price to the artist.

In the event that there is not enough space, we will jury out no more than one painting per artist.

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Color Splash entry form:

Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Entry fee:

Entries: Medium Size* Price

1.______________________ _______ _____ ______

2.______________________ _______ _____ ______

3.______________________ _______ _____ ______

4.______________________ _______ _____ ______

5.______________________ _______ _____ ______

Mail entries with check to: PLAG, PO BOX 543, Palmer Lake, CO 80133

*Includes frame

I understand the above entry rules and am enclosing my entry fee.

Signed: ________________________________________

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Cherish your vision and your dreams for they are the children of your soul. gf

ARTofficial Intelligence • APR

ARTofficial Intelligence • Cindy Tafil

What are lines and mass?

The linear composition usually the horizon line that separates the plane of the sky from the ground is considered the fundamental element of the artist’s overall composition. De plane, de plane….Fantasy Island right on the canvas is produced by lines and curves that depict the landscape; the foreground, middle areas and background. The relationship between the different sections provides the areas of interest.

Mass are blocks within form or shape and are considered subjective and represents the artist’s interpretation of the subject matter. It’s a lot like religion; we attend mass so we don’t lose our spiritual definition. In painting, we focus on the forms and contours, areas of light and shadow and balance those elements to add life and interest in a composition.

What does the term Chiaroscuro mean?

This word sounded menacing to me when I was four years old and heard the term from my uncle who was attending the Art Institute of Chicago. I thought it was a secret code name. The “key is the sky hero” is what I heard and wondered how art and espionage were related. It really isn’t too far off the mark since it’s an Italian term; Chiaro meaning light and Scuro meaning dark. It is the strong tonal contrast between light and dark in three dimensional forms using light and shadow for a dramatic effect.

What does the term rhythm mean in art?

Just like in music, the tune of the painting has to have harmony. The elements of composition made of forms and sizes need to relate harmoniously. It is the vitality of the painting, the variations of colors and shapes and even the repetition of objects and directions that lead to a successful pictorial rhythmical composition.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
From the words of Pablo Picasso

 

2017.04 April Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter!
Happy Springtime Greetings to all PLAG Members, Friends and Supporters:

April 2017 has arrived with the usual springtime in the Rockies,  sunshine, rain, snow, hail, etc.. Pick your favorite.  At Palmer Lake Art Group, April means preparing and getting ready for the June Art Show. So get out art supplies, photography’s,  and 3-D supplies  and create your master pieces. To enhance your art, there will be a workshop after the April 8th meeting on how  best to present and make your art work look its best.

Entry forms will be available at the meeting.

For each of the past 52 years, Palmer Lake Art Group has been supporting art and artists in the local Tri Lakes community. Our key goal each year is to offer funds to award scholarships to deserving high school students from District 38 who wish to pursue a college level degree related to the arts. Each recipient must demonstrate artistic merit and an education plan focused on their career goal. PLAG’s scholarship committee will select this year’s recipients for awards The presentation will take place during June show Reception at Tri-Lake Center for the Arts. Recipients will also have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the show.  The amount of scholarship awarded will be determined at the April 8 meeting.  Please attend this meeting to vote on the total award for 2017. 

April Meeting:  Saturday,  April 8 at the Mountain Community Mennonite Church starting 9:00 with social gathering and snacks, 9:30 business agenda.  

Agenda and Planning: 

Welcome guests and members & new members

Thank you to everyone who brought food today

Sunshine committee
Publicity
Treasurer’s report
Color Splash June PLAG Show
Scholarship
Publicity

Other

Happy April Birthday Greetings to Claudia Dimik and Bob Zettler 
Art Education from Cindy:
 

ARTofficial Intelligence

What are lines and mass?

The linear composition usually the horizon line that separates the plane of the sky from the ground is considered the fundamental element of the artist’s overall composition. De plane, de plane….Fantasy Island right on the canvas is produced by lines and curves that depict the landscape; the foreground, middle areas and background. The relationship between the different sections provides the areas of interest.

Mass are blocks within form or shape and are considered subjective and represents the artist’s interpretation of the subject matter. It’s a lot like religion; we attend mass so we don’t lose our spiritual definition. In painting, we focus on the forms and contours, areas of light and shadow and balance those elements to add life and interest in a composition.

What does the term Chiaroscuro mean?

This word sounded menacing to me when I was four years old and heard the term from my uncle who was attending the Art Institute of Chicago. I thought it was a secret code name. The “key is the sky hero” is what I heard and wondered how art and espionage were related. It really isn’t too far off the mark since it’s an Italian term; Chiaro meaning light and Scuro meaning dark. It is the strong tonal contrast between light and dark in three dimensional forms using light and shadow for a dramatic effect.

What does the term rhythm mean in art?

Just like in music, the tune of the painting has to have harmony. The elements of composition made of forms and sizes need to relate harmoniously. It is the vitality of the painting, the variations of colors and shapes and even the repetition of objects and directions that lead to a successful pictorial rhythmical composition.

From the words of Pablo Picasso: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Cindy Tafil

Announcements:

from Bob Zettler:

I have attached a flyer here for a seminar by me should there be any interest. If so send an e-mail my way.The next one is scheduled for Sat-Sun April 8-9 which also means I cannot get to the next meeting.  I volunteered to create a sign for the club so let me know the status.  Also I will have a booth in the Pikes Peak Whittlers show In Colorado Springs May 22-21 so come see some of the best woodcarvers in Colo.  Thanks  Bob Zettler  bobcatcarving@gmail.com    Sorry Bob, couldn’t copy your flyer into the Newsletter. Please contact Bob via his email.

from John DeFrancesco:

John DeFrancesco will teach a 5-session oil class at the Colorado Springs Senior Center,  Mondays beginning May 8. Two sessions on color mixing and three on painting. Information will be available online April 15 at csseniorcenter.com. John DeFrancesco jdefrancesco522@comcast.netwww.johndefrancesco.com

Tri-Lake Center for the Arts presents: Predictions & Perceptions from the Spiritual Realm Friday, April 7 – Opening Reception, 6-8pm  Exhibition Dates – March 28 to June 2 in the Main Gallery

 
PLAG Minutes – MARCH 11, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by President, Jim Sawatzki. Board members present were Susie Arnold, Margarete Seagraves and Carolyn Stolz. Absent: Rikki Stiltner, Vice President.

As our new President, Jim Sawatzki gave some background information on himself to members who may not know him. Jim lives in the Monument area and has worked for Pancratz pottery; was a mailman in Monument for 10 years. He was an art teacher for a number of years. He has a degree in graphics design & minored in ceramics at Michigan State University. He produces videos on Colorado history and is a painter. Jim has also been president of PLAG in years past.

We have no guests at today’s meeting.  Thanks to everyone who brought food this morning (Pat Hilbert, Carolyn Stolz, Ed Gordon). 

A motion to approve Today’s agenda was carried.

Sunshine Committee Report: Irene Pallon & John DeFrancesco reported that Pam Havemann is in the hospital due to 3 blood clots, one of which is in her carotid artery. A card was sent to Mary Krucoff who continues to recovery from shoulder surgery. Irmi Knoth had knee replacement surgery is now recovering at home. Cards were also sent to Grace Cullen & Ken Carbaugh.

February Minutes. A motion was made by Cindy Tafil & seconded by Lynn Roth to approve the February Minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report, as of February 2017:

Checking Account:
Beginning Balance 02/01/17 $47,900.0 • Deposits 0.00 Checks/Debits: 350.40 • Ending Balance 02/28/17 $47,549.61

Savings Account

Ending Balance 02/28/17 $ 5,425.72 • *Expenses: Bella Panini/Christmas party $360.00 • Checks/Debits 423.96 • Ending Balance 01/31/17 $47,900.01

Expenses: MCMC rent $ 100.00

Tri Lakes Women’s Club (PLAG booth) 75.00

Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce 131.25

Printing (Margarete Seagraves) 44.15

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was carried.

In addition to the Treasurer’s report, there was discussion regarding the bank accounts and investing the money from the proceeds of the sale of the Vaile Gallery. John DeFrancesco has looked into a mutual fund with Vanguard. There were suggestions to look into Fidelity or other investment companies and the possible fees. It was decided that Jim Sawatzki, Susie Arnold and John DeFrancesco would talk to some banks and or credit unions for advice.

2017 WINTER FINE ARTS SHOW WRAP-UP:

Susie Arnold reported that we had a $280 loss. There were 4 sales: Margarete Seagraves, John DeFrancesco and Ray Shaw.  It was decided that a one-month show would be best; that January is not a good time for a show.

Membership/By-Laws: Margarete received a request from Beth Carroll to continue her PLAG membership even though she has moved to Missouri and cannot participate in the group. There was discussion regarding the need to update the PLAG By-Laws. It was decided to discuss this at the next Art Committee meeting.

TRI-LAKES WOMEN’S CLUB SHOW – MAY 5-7, 2017:

The show will be held at the Lewis Palmer High School. PLAG will have a booth for publicity purposes. We need volunteers to man the booth. Volunteers may bring their art work to sell while there. *Sales will be the responsibility of the artist. Times include Saturday, 10-5 & Sunday, 10-4 pm. We will need someone to set up on Friday, May 5th. Jim S. volunteered to man the booth Saturday afternoon. Claudia Dimidik said she would do Saturday & Sunday. Margarete Seagraves, John DeFrancesco, Rikki Stiltner & Cindy Tafil will have their own tables & showing their work at this show.

There was discussion about making a banner for the table/booth. Lynn Roth said that can be done. Bob Zettler volunteered to make the PLAG banner. Lynn Roth will draw up something for the Art Committee meeting March 27th. There was discussion about the size of the booth/table so Jim S. will call Bonnie, our contact at TLW, to get the correct dimensions. It was noted that we also need to prepare with brochures, etc. There was discussion about what we need to have available at the booth such as Items explaining who we are (PLAG); our mission of scholarships; opportunity for the public to donate to our scholarship fund & membership applications. We also need have flyers on art show sponsorship and try to recruit sponsors. Lynn Roth suggested that we encourage people to fill out applications & pay membership fees.

*It was also noted that donations to PLAG from sales made at these show was voluntary on the part of the artist.

FALL CRAFT SHOW:

Evalina Stoyanova, chairman, reported that she has reserved the Town Hall. Dates for the show will be Friday & Saturday, October 6 & 7. Set up will be on Thursday, Oct. 5th. (She noted that the hall was not available for the following weekend.) Applications are being sent out. She noted that PLAG is the only group planning to have a show that weekend.

This show is our main fund raiser for the scholarship fund. We are limited to 23 booths (4 or 8 ft tables available). Vendor fees are $120 for non-members; $100 for members. All monies go to the scholarship fund.

MISCELLANEOUS:

There was discussion that our meetings should be posted/advertised in various publications such as the Gazette Go section; Pikes Peak Arts Council; Peak Radar, etc.

Adjournment at 10:35 am. A motion was made by Irene Pallon and seconded by Marcia Edwards to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.
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