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The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
Third Quarter General Business Meeting
Quail Run Clubhouse, Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:30 AM

    Call to Order:

    The Third Quarterly meeting of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “the Guilds,” “Guilds, Inc.” and/or “GI”) was called to order on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 10:33 a.m. in the Clubhouse of the Quail Run Community in Santa Fe.

    In Attendance:

    Ursel Albers, Barbara Anderson-Acosta, Isabel Becker-Hudson, Susan Benedetti, Peggy Love Day, Norman Doggett, Nancie Dominic, Sandy Donaldson, Jill Harrington, Jackie M, Lesley Mortimer, Elaine Ré, Dominic Roybal, Susan Roybal, J. T. Schneider, Gene Wampfler, Ginny White, Gretchen Yost, Community Engagement Liaison Kyle Gray, and Guest Leyla Sansoy of the Las Vegas Opera Guild.

    Welcome and introductions:  Elaine Ré welcomed all Guild members and Ursel Albers introduced guest Leyla Sansoy, who has been a member of the New Mexico Guilds since the 1960s, and who made an appeal for the SFO Education department to visit the Las Vegas School District.

    Approval of the Minutes of November 7, 2015:  Nancie Dominic moved to accept the minutes of the March 19, 2016, meeting, Gretchen Yost seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as presented by unanimous vote.

    President’s Report –

    Elaine Ré presented a summary from the May 2016 SFO Board of Directors General Meeting:

    • The Opera will begin a Seat Naming campaign which has a target of $2M. The name will appear on the electronic libretto for a duration of 50 years, with a cost of $5,000-$15,000.
    • The Tessitura system is being upgraded, which will allow patrons to print their own tickets.
    • “Girl of the Golden West” is in co-production with the London Royal Opera.
    • 60th Anniversary Season Poster, and Cold Mountain CD, are available in the Gift Shop.
    • Charles MacKay will hold a Press Conference on August 2nd to give information about the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

    The 60th Anniversary celebration will include a complimentary tailgate on Wednesday, August 24th, to which all current and past Guild Presidents will be invited. Twenty presidents will be invited to the full weekend’s events.

    Elaine is grateful to all who participated in the Strategic Plan refresh. She reminded all guilds to take photos of all their events for the annual report, which will use the same format as last year. She asked all to remind preview dinner participants to review the Preview Dinner Handbook and mini booklet and check changes, which are available on the guildsofsfo.org website. “Guilds Inc. Documents” “Preview Dinner Documents” documents, including Summary of Preview Dinner Changes, Dates and Calendars, and Handbook/mini Handbook.

    Treasurer’s Report   

    Gene Wampfler reported the following:

    • The Guild’s pledge income is now at $15,450, due to 3 payments that came in after March 31st as well as one 3rd quarter payment already made.
    • Membership income via the website is now at $1850, including one new national member.  This is pass-through money for GI and is paid out to the member guilds when received.
    • John Webber Memorial has a cumulative total so far of $9,070; $1,075 is from this year.
    • Gene reported that there have been 150 registrants for 2016 Opening Night Dinner, for a total intake to date of $10,770. The number of registrants as of June 10 has risen to 156.
    • The Capital Campaign donations now stand at $7,435 year-to-date, for a total of $49,265 out of a total goal of $50,000. Gene made a motion to pay out $3000 to the SFO for our 3rd Quarter payment this year to the Guild’s Capital Campaign Fund, which was seconded by Lesley, and which passed.
    • Guilds, Inc. total income this year to date is $37,061. Total expenses this year so far are at $25,773, leaving us a profit of $11,288. 
    • The current bank balance is $22,660.

    Gene made a motion that the treasurer be empowered to issue a check to the Santa Fe Opera for the 3rd quarter fiscal year of 2015-16 in the amount of $3500-$4000 by June 30th, and that the contribution leaves sufficient funds in the treasury for foreseeable operating expenses over the next quarter.  The motion was seconded by J. T. Schneider, and the motion passed. This payment will be less than the forecasted amount of $6,250 per quarter, due to the Santa Fe Opera Guild being unable to meet their full 3rd Quarter pledge to Guilds, Inc.

    Guilds, Inc. Chairs’ Reports –

    A.     Development:  Ginny White attending for Karen Henderson, whose electronic report is as follows:
    The relationship between the United World College and Guilds, Inc. continues to be developed. Possible hosting by the Las Vegas and Los Alamos Guilds; a preview of the 2016 Opera on The Rocks - Zarzuela! on Saturday, Sept 10, an evening performance with on-site rehearsals during the day.  Opera on the Rocks is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24.
    The Los Alamos and Espanola Valley chapter guilds will join together to enjoy the wonderful Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice community concert at the Los Alamos United Church on Sunday, June 26, at 3 PM. 
    No report on the El Paso area chapter development.
    Submitted by Karen Henderson, 22May 2016 
    B.     Education:  Nancie Dominic
    Opera Insiders has begun, with large crowds of 45-55 people for the first two dates. Nancie reminded all that these are fun events that are much appreciated by the public, and if you have any trouble getting participants or need to switch with another guild please contact her. She also spoke about the upcoming “Arts Advocates” evening, which is held on the one of the Dress Rehearsal nights, and for which there are already 190 respondents.
    C.     Membership:  Lesley Mortimer
                                             March 19          June 11
    Albuquerque              161                  165                          
    Española Valley           86                     90
    Las Vegas                   72                     67
    Los Alamos                 45                     54
    Santa Fe                   401                   406
    Taos                          72                      89
    National                       7                       5
    Total                         844                   876
    J.T. questioned the numbers for Albuquerque membership, and Lesley reported that Mandy has some corrections but hasn’t gotten them to her yet.

    D.    Preview Dinners:  Peggy Love Day
    Peggy reported that all member guilds have submitted their schedules for Preview Dinners Coordinators are in possession of the current schedule of dinners for each guild.
    Three new Preview Dinner Captains are expected for the training after today’s meeting, which will bring the total of trained Captains to 61. Elaine has created a template for the name tags each guild will use, and will send them via email to the Coordinators. Instructions for how to use the template are on the www.guildsofsfo.orgwebsite, in the document detailing changes for the current year. Peggy noted that Alvaro has ordered the badges which hold the name tags, and they will be in the closet.
     
    E.     Youth Nights: Isabel Becker-Hudson
    There will be 3 Youth Nights for the upcoming season: June 27, June 28, and July 12. See operas and details in Kyle Gray’s report, following.
    F.     Opening Night Preview Dinner: Barbara Anderson-Acosta
    As this morning, 156 dinner tickets have been sold, which is down from last year. Tickets will be available until June 24th. Elaine congratulated the SF Social Committee for all their work on planning this great party.
    G.    Capital Campaign: Ian Ritchie (absent)
    H.    Nomination:  Norman Doggett
    Norman is still looking for a President-Elect, and asked the guild presidents to aid him in finding the candidate before the opera season is over. Norman mentioned that most positions on the board will remain as they stand currently, with the exceptions being that Elaine will take on the Development Chair and that Ginny White of LAOG has accepted the position of Corresponding Secretary. 

    Report from Community Engagement Liaison:  Kyle Gray

    In addition to reporting on the items below, Kyle reported that the SFO’s new website will launch on August 29th, after the season is over.

    Capital Campaign has raised $41 million of our goal of $45 million; $7 million in planned gifts
    Phase II of the capital campaign construction is complete; Phase III will involve Opera Drive (which is privately owned) and the parking lot
    Guild Friends & Contributors Party: June 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the new Wyncote Opera Club
    • Guild members $60+ are invited to attend – tell your membership just in case they do not receive an invitation
    Arts Advocates’ Night: Monday, June 27, 5:30 pm. We are ALL ambassadors for the SFO and it’s great that we can advocate for the Company, which has a demonstrated economic impact of more than $200 million on the state.

    Opera Storyteller’s Summer Camp – check the SFO website for 4 locations statewide
    Santa Fe, June 6 - 17, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Santa Fe University of Art and Design
    Albuquerque, June 27 - July 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, The CELL Theatre, 700 1st St. NW
    Las Cruces, July 11 - 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall
    Roswell, July 25 -August 5, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St

     

    Youth Nights in 2016
    • Monday, June 27, La Fanciulla del West, 8:30 pm
    • Tuesday, June 28, Don Giovanni, 8:30 pm – Pueblo Opera Program Dinner
    • Tuesday, July 12, Romeo and Juliette, 8:30 pm – Pueblo Opera Program Dinner
      o  
      Great job in lining up groups to attend!
    VANESSA, Film Event, Saturday, July 9, 7:00 pm
    Thirst
    Featuring James Robinson, Stage Director, Vanessa
    Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe
     
    Chamber Music Concerts, Sunday, July 24
    Featuring the Del Sol String Quartet and soloists from the Apprentice Singer program
    A musical portrait of composer Samuel Barber, presented in association with Chatter, “Music Worth Talking About”
    10:30 AM at Kosmos, Albuquerque
    4:00 PM at Stieren Hall, The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

     
    FREE Apprentice Singer Concerts
    Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church, Albuquerque, Sunday, August 7, 3:00 PM
     
    Adult Seminars, for more information contact Alvaro Quintanar at 946-2404, August 1 -5; August 8 -12
     
    Membership Reports/Deadlines – Kyle needs monthly or quarterly membership spreadsheet reports for Tessitura database.
    Information Requests: Please allow for 1 to 2 weeks for information requests such as newsletter review, guest speaker inquiries, list and label requests, printed materials, and meeting requests.

     

    Member Guilds’ Reports:  

    Albuquerque:  J.T. Schneider reported that for FY16-17 she will be stepping down as President, and President-Elect Sandy Donaldson will be taking over. AOG has 59 members attending Opening Night, for one full busload. August 7th is the Community Concert. Membership drive begins in July, and the annual meeting and membership party will be held in September.

    Espanola Valley Guild:  Gretchen Yost will be stepping down as Co-President and Norman Doggett will be leaving the post of Treasurer, with Dominic Roybal continuing as President. A full weekend of Opera events starts Friday, June 24th with the Ranch Tour and Lunch. Sunday, June 26, EVOG is pleased to co-host an Apprentice event with LAOG, and June 27th EVOG will host 75 youth and families for “Top Hats and Tiaras” on Youth Night. The remaining 25 Youth Night tickets have been distributed to Moving Arts Española for the June 28th performance. The annual potluck tailgate will be held on August 6th.

    Las Vegas Guild:  Ursel Albers reported that New Mexico Highlands University approached LVOG about participating in the annual bus trip, and LVOG will be sending 27 people to dinner and the opera on August 16 to see Romeo and Juliette.

    Los Alamos: Ginny White reported that LAOG is excited about having EVOG’s participation in co-hosting an Apprentice Concert at United Church in Los Alamos. Opera on the Rocks is scheduled for September 24, 2016. Shuttle buses will run from the Bandelier Visitors’ Center and Sullivan Field. This year’s focus is Spanish music, and is entitled Zarzuela. Ginny mentioned that one of the two Young Voices participants will be graduating this year after winning a Popejoy Award and that two more Los Alamos high-schoolers are entering the program.

    Santa Fe:  Jill Harrington mentioned the evening with Patricia Racette, and SFOG’s annual meeting with a speaker scheduled. Jackie M told us that 260 Youth Night tickets have been distributed to various groups in Santa Fe, and that SFOG sponsored tickets to an HD broadcast at the Lensic for a low cost, with the focus on area youth who may have never attended an opera.

    Taos: Susan Benedetti reported that the Annual Membership Brunch is on June 26. TOG’s bus trip will be on July 20th to see Romeo and Juliette and to have dinner at Dapples Pavilion. August 15th they are organizing a tailgate dinner for Don Giovanni.

    New Business

    Renewal Memberships through GI Website

    In response to a query from Susan Roybal regarding whether it would be possible for the chapter guilds to use the GI website to process membership renewals, GI Treasurer Gene Wampfler investigated various options for the guilds to consider in processing renewals via credit card transactions and presented a comprehensive two-and-a-half-page report which was included in each attendee’s packet at the meeting. Gene did a very thorough job in detailing why it would not be feasible for GI to take on the role of middleman in the renewal process, or to collect fees for any of the guilds via credit card, with a couple of notable exceptions. He also included information designed to aid the chapter guilds in navigating the options available to them for processing credit card transactions. Many thanks to Gene for collecting and distilling the data in his detailed explanation.

    Creation of Inter-Guild Opening Night Dinner Committee for Speaker Selection

    Norman Doggett reported that the SFOG Social Committee has in the past been responsible for all of the organization necessary to put on the Opening Night Dinner, including selection of the speaker, and they are requesting the input of Guilds, Inc. to assist in nominating and selecting a speaker for the annual event. A Guilds, Inc., committee will be formed to include input from all of the chapter guilds to make recommendations and aid the SFOG Social Committee in the choosing of the speaker for the 2017 Opening Night Dinner. Norman is asking guild presidents to report to him with the name of a representative from their guild who would like to participate on this committee to choose the speaker. One representative from each of the six chapter guilds would be ideal, along with the GI Treasurer (who will advise on the budget), totaling seven members.

    Meeting adjourned at 12:26 p.m. with Susan Benedetti moving to adjourn and Nancie Dominic seconding.

    NEXT MEETING:  The Guilds, Inc. Annual meeting will be held on Saturday, September 17th, at 10:00 am at the Lounge of the Santa Fe Opera.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Susan Roybal
    Recording Secretary of Guilds, Inc.

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    The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
    Second Quarter General Business Meeting
    The Santa Fe Opera’s Ranch Lounge

    Saturday, March 19, 2016,
     10:00 AM

    Call to Order:

    The Second Quarterly meeting of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “the Guilds,”“Guilds, Inc.” and/or “GI”) was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ranch Lounge at The Santa Fe Opera.

     

    In Attendance:

    Barbara Anderson-Acosta, Isabel Becker-Hudson, Susan Benedetti, Peggy Love Day, Bill Derbyshire, Norman Doggett, Karen Henderson, Gerti Johe, Gene Johe, Lesley Mortimer, Mandy Pons, Elaine Ré, Dominic Roybal, Susan Roybal, J. T. Schneider, Gene Wampfler, Gretchen Yost, Community Engagement Liaison Kyle Gray, and Guest Kristina Flanagan of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors.

     

    Welcome and introductions:  Elaine Ré welcomed Barbara Anderson-Acosta from the SFOG Social Committee, and Kristina Flanagan, Co-chair of the Education Committee and member of the Development Committee of the Board of The Santa Fe Opera.  

     

    Approval of the Minutes of November 7, 2015:  J. T. Schneider moved to accept the minutes of the November 7, 2015, meeting, and the minutes were approved as presented by unanimous vote.

     

    President’s Report –

    Elaine presented a summary from the recent SFO Board of Directors General Meeting:

    • Capital Campaign, with a targeted total of $45M, has raised $38M in cash and $7M in planned gifts.
    • The Opera will begin a Seat Naming campaign which has a target of $3M.
    • Charles MacKay reported that the capital improvements are receiving much media attention.
    • The construction has been a success and the SFO will receive delivery of “Area C” on April 1, and will receive delivery of the “Opera Club” on April 30.
    • Charles MacKay began a new custom of recognizing long-standing staff members who are mostly in the background of the operation. Connie Seger, Kyle Gray, and Ben Saiz were among those recognized.
    • The SFO has been chosen to be part of the PBS series “Voices of America” which will reach 60 million households in a single viewing.
    • Charles MacKay and Brad Woolbright, Director of Artistic Administration, listened to 163 live auditions for the Singer Apprentice positions, out of a total 1232 applications, 750 audio screenings, and 336 audio auditions, from which 45 new apprentices will be chosen.
    • The CD of Cold Mountain is available now, out on the Pentatone Music label, and will be sold at the gift shop this season.

    Kristina Flanagan reported that UnShakeable, the SFO collaboration with Joe Illick, will premiere on April 9, 2016. The mayor of Santa Fe visited the Education Committee of the SFO Board to talk about a pre-school education initiative that the Ed Committee will have a very specific role in.

    Elaine reported that the Technology Committee met on January 29 to discuss updating the website, and asked all guild Presidents to review their individual page on the GI website and remove any information that is older than one year. If anyone has corrections, or suggestions, please send them to Norman Doggett, webmaster for the page. Bill Derbyshire asked if there is a counter to log how many hits the webpage gets in a particular year. Kyle suggested having a template to use for submitting updates to the webmaster, and thinks that he may be able to find an existing one for distribution. Elaine asked the guilds to please check the calendar BEFORE scheduling a significant event to make sure that another guild doesn’t have an event on the same date.

    A Strategic Planning meeting was held on February 20, 2016, with representatives from all the guilds to analyze trends in volunteerism. A second meeting will be held on April 9 at El Castillo Retirement Community in Santa Fe from 1-4pm, to discuss how to attract new volunteers, create “elevator speeches,” etc. 

    Elaine met with Robert Meya regarding National Membership. She believes we should continue with the current national membership (7 in number) but be cautious in expanding the program. Kristina Flanagan spoke in favor of cultivating a larger national membership as the guilds continue their review of the strategic plan. Kyle Gray asked whether a program of national membership can offer benefits at the guild level, as opposed to what is already offered at the donor level. Kristina will get in touch with contacts at other companies such as Glimmerglass and put Guilds, Inc. in touch with programs who can offer further input for consideration. 

    Elaine will be creating a document for the incoming GI President, to help them as they take on the office.

    She requested photos of the upcoming season’s Guild events for the annual report, and specifics on a group photo of the Guild presidents were discussed. The next opportunity for a group shot is the June 11, 2016, Guilds, Inc. meeting and members were asked to please plan accordingly.

    Treasurer’s Report   

    Gene distributed the Guilds’ financial statement for the First Quarter of FY 2016, through Dec 31, 2015.

    • Gene reported that there have been 65 registrants for 2016 Opening Night Dinner, for a total intake to date of $4,410.
    • The bulk of the expenses under Administration, $863, went into the creation of the annual report. Kristina Flanagan praised the usefulness of the annual report to the SFO Board of Directors.
    • The 1st quarter donation to the Education Department was $6,250, the donation to the Capital Campaign was $4,390, and the donation to the John Webber Memorial was $991.10 (for a cumulative total so far to the JWM of $8,666.10).
    • The current bank balance is $10,534.13.

    As GI exceeded a $50K budget for FY 2015, a 26-page 990-EZ form had to be filed by the accountant. Gene is confident that he can file the normal 990 form for next year without an accountant assisting (provided GI is back to having a budget of less than $50K), as well as meeting the requirements for COROS reporting to the state.

    Gene made a motion that the treasurer be empowered to issue a check to the Santa Fe Opera for the 2nd quarter fiscal year of 2015-16, and that the contribution leaves sufficient funds in the treasury for foreseeable operating expenses over the next quarter.  The motion was seconded by J. T. Schneider, and the motion passed.

    Guilds, Inc. Chairs’ Reports –

    A.     Development: Karen Henderson
    Karen reported that Sandy Donaldson is looking into the possible creation of a new guild in El Paso. United World College in Las Vegas is working in conjunction with Opera on the Rocks again this year.
    B.     Education:   Nancie Dominic (absent)
    C.     Membership:         Lesley Mortimer
    Albuquerque          161
    Espanola Valley        86
    Las Vegas                72
    Los Alamos              45
    Santa Fe                 401
    Taos                        72
    Total                      844
    Lesley suggested a revamping of the brochure for National Membership, and questioned its effectiveness for attracting members at Preview Dinners. This led to a discussion regarding current online membership registration being available for national and new guild members only, and how (and whether) to offer online payment options for not only new members but renewing members, and how GI might facilitate online renewals for each chapter guild. It was agreed that this item of online payments for membership would be revisited under “New Business” on the agenda of the June 11th meeting.
    D.    Preview Dinners:  Peggy Love Day
    Peggy reported that all member guild Preview Dinner Coordinators are in possession of the current schedule of dinners for each guild. She reiterated that the new guidelines for Preview Dinners require a Captain, six team members, and two alternates for each dinner. While this may be a heavy obligation in terms of the numbers of volunteers for the smaller guilds, Peggy stressed the availability of the Inter-Guild pool of volunteers for chapter guilds to draw upon if needed.
    All new candidates for Preview Dinner Captain must have participated in Preview Dinners as a team member previously, and must receive training if they have not been through the training already. Elaine will be conducting two training sessions at the Cantina (Dapples Pavilion) for the upcoming season:
    June 4th, 10:00 am to 12:00pm
    June 11th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    It was agreed that the Preview Dinner handbook and evaluation sheet should be downloadable off of the GI website, and the Inter-Guild pool and On-deck list will be sent as a .pdf to the Preview Dinner coordinators and the guild presidents.
    E.     Youth Nights: Isabel Becker Hudson
    There will be 3 Youth Nights for the upcoming season: June 27, June 28, and July 12. See operas and details in Kyle Gray’s report, following.
    F.     Opening Night Preview Dinner: Barbara Anderson-Acosta
    As of March 17, 65 dinner tickets have been sold. The early-bird special price is available until March 31, and then tickets will increase by $10 each. Oliver Prezant will be the guest speaker. The next meeting of the SFOG Social Committee is on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11:30 at Quail Run. Please make a reservation for the meeting by April 15.
    G.    Capital Campaign: Ian Ritchie (absent)
    H.    Nomination:  Norman Doggett
    Norman reported that he now has a representative from each guild for the Nomination Committee, and they had scheduled to meet for a few minutes after the quarterly meeting. He welcomes nomination suggestions for the upcoming officer elections/vacancies from ANY Guild member, not just those who have agreed to serve on the committee. Norman noted that the “officer-in-training” model would be a good model to adopt for future officers so that a prospective officer might have guidance before stepping into a role for a more seamless transition, in much the same way that Norman’s current position as “President-Elect” functions. This model also proved very useful when Gene Wampfler trained as back-up GI Treasurer under John Webber and then unexpectedly had to take on the role.

    Report from Community Engagement Liaison:  Kyle Gray

    In addition to reporting on the items below, Kyle reported that the SFO met with the New Mexico Secretary of Transportation as well as representatives from Santa Fe County, to begin discussion of the next phase of the construction project which includes expanding the parking lot and the possible expansion of Opera Drive.

    The SFO is also planning to debut a new website before the 2016 season begins.

    ALTO Programs have begun in Santa Fe and Rio Rancho Public Schools

    • ALTO Spring Festival Rio Rancho
      Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 pm
      , Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center

     UnShakeable – World Premiere opera in celebration of the Shakespeare 400th

    • Music by Joe Illick, Libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters
    • World Premiere – Saturday, April 9, 6pm; Sunday, April 10, 2pm, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Santa Fe
    • The April performances also serve as the Opera for All Ages performances for 2016
    • Will also be the Spring Tour Opera (April 11 – May 2)

     Spotlight Series with Oliver Prezant will happen in Santa Fe and Albuquerque on Saturdays and Sundays:

    • Santa Fe, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Saturdays, 2:00 PM, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 21 and May 28
    • Albuquerque, Albuquerque Museum Auditorium, Sundays, 1:30 PM, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 22, May 29
    • Topics:

    Making it Fresh - The Girl of the Golden West, by Giacomo Puccini
    The Rake as Protagonist - Don Giovanni, by W.A. Mozart
    Shakespeare in Opera - Romeo et Juliette, by Charles Gounod
    Opera and Opera - Capriccio, by Richard Strauss
    American Opera, America Stories - Vanessa, by Samuel Barber

    Young Voices Recital, Sunday, May 22, 3pm, Gaddes Hall, Santa Fe Opera. Update: The Governor’s office has invited the Young Voices to sing at the Round House next week (March 22)!

    Young Voices Applications for 2016-2017 on the SFO website currently

    Opera Storyteller’s Summer Camp – check the website for 4 locations statewide

    Santa Fe - Opera Storytellers Summer Camp
    June 6 - 17, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Santa Fe University of Art and Design
    For more information, please email 
    bneal@santafeopera.org or call (505) 946-2417

     Albuquerque - Opera Storytellers Summer Camp
    June 27 - July 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    The CELL Theatre, 700 1st St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

    To register, please visit www.liveatthecell.com
    For more information, please email 
    dgromelski@zpinc.com or call (505) 991-3868

     Las Cruces - Opera Storytellers Summer Camp

    July 11 - 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001

    To register, please visit www.daarts.org
    For more information, please email 
    development@daarts.org or call (575) 523-6403

    Roswell - Opera Storytellers Summer Camp
    July 25 -August 5, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St., Roswell, NM 88201

    To register, please visit www.abcroswell.org
    For more information, please email 
    dhitchcock5@gmail.com or call (575) 637-8761

    Youth Nights in 2016
    • Monday, June 27, La Fanciulla del West
    • Tuesday, June 28, Don Giovanni
    • Tuesday, July 12, Romeo and Juliet

    o   Great job in lining up groups to attend!
    o  
    SFO will need 2 to 3 volunteers from each Guild to be volunteer chaperones on all 3 evenings

     
    Barber Chamber Music Concert, Sunday, July 24, Albuquerque and Santa Fe - more to follow.

    Adult Seminars, for more information contact Alvaro Quintanar at 946-2404

    July 27 – 30
    August 1 -5
    August 8 -12 SOLD OUT

    Membership Reports/Deadlines – Kyle needs monthly or quarterly membership spreadsheet reports for Tessitura database, to include:

    •        Name, address, phone, email, amount, date, etc.
    •       April 15 is the deadline for program book $150+ lists and Capital Campaign donors
    •     Kyle actually needs the In Memoriam names by April 8 – NOT April 15
    •     President’s message due April 15 (Elaine)

    Information Requests: Please allow for 1 to 2 weeks for information requests from Kyle such as newsletter review, guest speaker inquiries, list and label requests, printed materials, and meeting requests.

    Member Guilds’ Reports:  

    Albuquerque:  Andrea Fellows Walters gave a talk at AOG’s “Sadie Hawkins Day” event, which was attended by 60 people.  April 12 is scheduled for AOG’s “Italian Night” featuring the Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera, at which AOG awards an annual $1000 vocal scholarship from a fund endowed by the Rosenbloom family who are long-standing AOG members.

    Espanola Valley Guild:  Winter “Posole Mio” on January 16th was attended by over 200 people. On March 9, EVOG hosted a talk by Tom Franks on La Fanciulla del West at Rancho de Chimayó with 40 in attendance. The youth choir that performed at “Posole Mio” will be the recipients of EVOG’s Youth Night awarded tickets. EVOG’s Capital Campaign fundraiser will be a Ranch Tour/Lunch at the Cantina event for EVOG members on June 24th.

    Las Vegas Guild:  United World College students are being encouraged to attend the Lensic performances of SFO events/MET HD events. Kyle reported that Robert Meya, SFO VP of External Affairs, is looking into giving a talk at the UWC in Las Vegas.

    Los Alamos: Held a membership social for current and past LAOG membership, with hand-written invitations generating much interest, at the Oppenheimer Condo with over 60 in attendance. Opera on the Rocks is scheduled for September 24, 2016.

    Santa Fe:  Author Craig Smith gave a talk about his biography of John Crosby, with 90 attending. May holds a panel lecture on Romeo et Juliette with three speakers. In July there will be a “Meet the Diva” event which will serve as a Capital Campaign fundraiser. Please check the Operagram for upcoming educational events. 

    Taos: Annual Membership Brunch is on June 26, with a performance from the Taos Opera Institute apprentices. The Taos Opera Institute is a summer event held at the Taos Ski Valley, with opera singers from all over the world.

    New Business

    Changes to GI Bylaws

    Bill Derbyshire led the vote on three amendments to the Guilds, Inc. Bylaws. Eleven of the full twenty eligible voters of the Guilds, Inc. Board of Directors needed to be present to constitute a quorum on voting to change the Bylaws, and fourteen eligible voters were present. Note: Gerti Johe was present as proxy for Ursel Albers of LVOG.

    Amendment 1 – Standing Rules. The Proposed Amendment reads (change in wording highlighted in yellow):

    Article XI AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES, BYLAWS, AND STANDING RULES

    Section 11.02    Standing Rules

    The Corporation may maintain Standing Rules, which are supplementary to and not in conflict with these Bylaws.
    Standing Rules may be proposed and ratified without prior notice by a quorum majority vote. Amendments or repeals shall be ratified by a two-thirds vote (without notice) of the Board of Directors. Additions, amendments and repeals shall be recorded in the minutes of the Corporation. Standing Rules may be suspended by a quorum majority vote for a meeting. As Standing Rules of the Corporation are approved, copies of documents in their final form shall be immediately distributed and made available online to each Director and to the Boards of Directors of all member guilds.

    Elaine Ré moved to accept the amendment, and Susan Benedetti seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

    Amendment 2 – Non-Discrimination Clause: The Proposed Amendment reads (change in wording highlighted in yellow):

    Article II LEGAL STATUS, PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES, AND MISSION

    Section 2.01      Legal Status

    The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc. is and is intended to be a supporting organization as defined, operated, supervised, or controlled pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, education, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

    The Corporation shall not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender preference, or disability in any of its activities or operations. The Corporation is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all Guild members, volunteers, vendors, customers and guests.

    The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin October 1 and conclude on September 30.

    Lesley Mortimer moved to accept the amendment, and Susan Benedetti seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

    Amendment 3 – Adding Notification of the Bylaws Amendments of March 19, 2016, and Re-ordering the Historical List to reflect an ascending chronological order. The Proposed Amendment reads (change in wording highlighted in yellow):

    Article I NAME

    Section 1.03      Historical

    (a)  A Certification of Incorporation of The New Mexico Opera Guild, Inc. was certified on October 9, 1963, by the State of New Mexico.

    (b)  Bylaws of the Corporation were amended and revised on April 10, 1987.

    (c)  A Certificate of Comparison of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (Formerly: The New Mexico Opera Guild, Inc.) was certified on May 18, l987, by the State of New Mexico

    (d)  Bylaws of the Corporation were amended and revised on December 15, 1999.

    (e)  Bylaws of the Corporation were amended and revised on March 14, 2008.

    (f)   Bylaws of the Corporation were amended and revised on February 4, 2012.

    (g)   Bylaws of the Corporation were amended and revised on March 19, 2016.

    Susan Roybal moved to accept the amendment, and Susan Benedetti seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


    Creation of Inter-Guild Opening Night Dinner Committee for Speaker Selection

    Norman Doggett reported that the SFOG Social Committee has in the past been responsible for all of the organization necessary to put on the Opening Night Dinner, including selection of the speaker, and they are requesting the input of Guilds, Inc. to assist in nominating and selecting a speaker for the annual event. A Guilds, Inc., committee will be formed to include input from all of the chapter guilds to make recommendations and aid the SFOG Social Committee in the choosing of the speaker for Opening Night Dinner. Norman is asking guild presidents to report to him at the next GI quarterly meeting on June 11 with the name of a representative from their guild who would like to participate on this committee. One representative from each of the six chapter guilds would be ideal, along with the GI Treasurer (who will advise on the budget), totaling seven members.

    Meeting adjourned at 12:38 p.m. with Bill Derbyshire moving to adjourn and Lesley Mortimer seconding.

    NEXT MEETING:  June 11, 2016, at 10:30 am. The Guilds, Inc. June meeting will be a luncheon meeting held at the Quail Run Club, 3101 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (directions to follow upon registration). The business meeting will be conducted first and then the luncheon will be served. Cost is $24 per person, including tax and tip. Please register by June 6th at www.guildsofsfo.org by going to the Calendar and clicking on the link listed on June 11 for 10:30 am.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Susan Roybal
    Recording Secretary of Guilds, Inc.

    The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Incorporated
    P.
    O. Box 2658
    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO 87504-2658

     (888) 666-3430, Ext. 100

    A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation founded in October 1963 

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