January 19, 2023 BMTA General Meeting
Meeting called to order at 10:04
Present: Andrea Rackl, Rabia Magnusson, Barbara Borries, Dorie Guidon, Eva Sauve, Nathan Campbell, Rebecca Manalac, Debra Chang, Kaitlyn Ronstadt
Minutes from November 2022 meeting: Barbara moved to approve and Dorie seconded.
Treasurer’s report: $9,743 total includes Nancy Heyer Scholarship Fund which has a total of
Nancy Heyer Scholarship Fund – Mary Walby worked with Doug Heyer to get a vision for what should be included and outlined some guidelines and application forms. The Board had an initial discussion and made recommendations for changes at the January Board meeting. When these are finalized, they will be brought before the membership.
Master class: February 11th at Kim Bowman’s studio. Others are encouraged to observe.
Senior Awards: Correction – deadline is January 30th. The newsletter had an incorrect date of February 28th.
MAP: Checks should be made out to WSMTA, Bellingham Chapter. Gabe and Rebecca will be sending out an email to ask for help with bringing snacks and taking the VA out to lunch etc.
Chapter Playoff Competition: March 10th
Music Olympics: Saturday, April 22. The deadline has been extended one week to March 17. This date will be both the registration deadline and the payment deadline.
Announcements: Rebecca Manalac is organizing the Youth Performance Series at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden. The next dates are February 12 and April 30. Any student who is a strong performer and would like additional performance opportunities is encourage to contact her.
Meeting adjourned at 10:52. Program with Samantha Sinai on “Encouraging Collaboration”.
Respectfully submitted by Dorie Guidon for Lorraine Earle
Zoom meeting called to order at 8:33
Present: Andrea Rackl, Michael Hannon, Kaitlyn Ronstadt, Dorie Guidon, Eva Sauve, Lorraine Earle
*Michael says there are a couple of advertisers that haven’t paid so they will need to be removed from our advertiser page (Rabia’s job?)
*Lorraine says there are enough teachers and help to make it a go; Dorie suggests getting an estimated number of student participants
Nancy Heyer scholarship:
Mary Walby has created forms for short term general grants and for longer term tuition assistance. The board decides the annual limit per student should be upped from $50 to $100 for one-time grants.
Also: we will tell the applicants that priority will be given to MTNA and local activities and "outside" enrichment will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
There will be a teacher instruction form and a student application for each grant posted on our website for teachers/students to fill out.
The board will process the applications in 2 weeks, with applications accepted throughout the year.
$50 can be applied to lesson fees per month, with the teacher verifying the amount of lessons in a month, including an explanation of any missed lessons.
We will use an objective means of verifying income for ongoing student grants (TBD) but not one-time grants.
There will be a limit of 2 students per teachers receiving assistance in a year.
We will remind teachers that there are assistance programs in place through the state (for MAP; also for general needs??) and they should access these first.
*Andrea will submit these ideas to Mary so that she can redo the forms and submit them for final board approval.
After the board has approved the final forms we will announce the scholarship details to the chapter
Meeting adjourned at 9:17. Respectfully submitted by Lorraine Earle