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January 2006

ISGB Minutes meeting minutes as per Sara Schuenemann

Sunday January 15 at 12:30 PM, a group of individuals met at the Jubili Beads and Yarns in Collingswood NJ to establish a local chapter of ISGB.

Judy Weinstein owner of Jubili Beads and Yarns generously donated her space for the group to discuss the requirements of ISGB for forming a local chapter.

Judy began the meeting at approximately 1:00 PM and read the ISGB rules and regulations for a new chapter of their organization.

Group took an ISGB Chapter Interest Survey, questions included:
Do you have interest in joining a local chapter of ISGB?
How often would you want to meet?
What day would you prefer meetings be held?
Which time of day would you prefer meetings?
What kind of demo’s and/or lectures would you like to see?
What kind of glass are you currently doing? (Lampworking, Fusing, Casting, Blown Glass, Other)
Do you have any other areas of glass you would be interested in learning?
Do you know any beadmakers who are not currently members of the ISGB that might be interested in a local group?

The group decided to make a circle and discuss the need for officers, including President Vice President Treasurer and Secretary.

The established officers are:
President: Chris Coffman
Vice President: Jaqui Collins-Parker
Treasurer: Yvonne Yarr
Secretary: Sara Schuenemann

Group Discussed Chapter name and decided upon The Fire Devils

Group discussed possible Web opportunities and the need for a chapter Website.Chris Sweeney volunteered to assist with website development.

Group discussed annual dues and established dues as follows:
$35.00 for affiliate/non-national ISGB members of the Fire Devils
$25.00 for national ISGB members
$15.00 for students with student ID

Group discussed possible expenses for the upcoming year

Possibilities included: beadfest, salem, community outreach, tables at other shows, costs of having demos at meetings.

Group discussed surveys.

Consensus of group meeting time established.
The Fire Devils will meet on the First Sunday of Every other Month.
Participants are traveling between 10 minute and 2 hours to attend meetings.
The demos and lectures of interest include:
Hollow beads
Foil/Silver used with glass
Flame working
Major names demonstrating their work
Member demonstrations
Anything glass bead related
History of Glass beads/ Historical Glass beads
Intermediate/Advanced esp. murrini-making
Blown Glass

The types of work members are currently doing include:
Blown Glass
Stained Glass
Seed Beading
Silver Smithing
Chain making

Groups learning interests include:
Glass Blowing
Wire Wrapping

Group discussed mission and goals for The Fire Devils.

Interests included continuing education in the glass field, business networking and promotion, professional demonstrations, community outreach.

Mission Statement is as follows:
To promulgate professional, artistic, and technical development in the glass bead community.
To promote educational initiatives of all phases of glass bead making to the general public
And to offer a supportive environment for all who enter our midst.

Possible group outreach included, special needs children, senior services, ARC, Haddon heights, donations to women’s shelter, promotion of children’s creativity.

Next Meeting decided for March 5.

Group went down to The Jubili Bead and Yarn torch-working studio, a natural gas studio created by Judy Weinstein and assistants. John Winter demonstrated his bead making techniques including goobering, symmetrizing, dragging with vigor, and stringing with enthusiasm.

Group adjourned at approximately 5:00 PM