ELVIS PRESLEY CONTINENTALS FAN CLUB MEETING
NOVEMBER 10, 2013
Nancy Tint; Diane Barrett; Dennis DeFalco; Miriam Medina; Jeremy Ewbank; Linda Fresno; Roxie Price; Miriam Lopez; Donna Long; Joann Digilio; Richie Felzak; Linda Warsaw.
Vice President Sue Demetrius was absent
Pledge of Allegiance said at 2:20pm
Roxie led us in prayer.
President Nancy Tint thanked everyone for coming to the meeting.
Treasurer Miriam Medina read the Treasurer’s report:
Bank report from October 1 to 31, 2013.
We had a beginning balance of $501.34
Deposits of $252.56
Expenses of $474.27
Ending balance of: $279.63
Current balance as of November 9,2013 is $376.73
Secretary Diane Barrett asked if everyone present had read the last meeting minutes that were fanned out and on the website. Were there any questions on the meeting minutes? There were none.
President Nancy read a letter from Graceland for a donation for their Poinsettia Campaign. I will put this information on the website if anyone would like to buy one on their own. The Poinsettia’s will be on display inside Graceland during the holidays.
Member at Large Linda Fresno club should buy Poinsettia.
Joann Digilio motioned that we buy one.
Miriam Lopez seconds the motion.
Voted and passed by members present.
Nancy also read letter from Homestead which is the website that we use for our club. They wanted us to get their credit card or open a new account and they would give us $25.00 off. We don’t need that card or open a new account.
Nancy said that we have some bad news about 2 of our members.
Member at Large Roxie Price told about George Fleming.
George was at a nursing home before shower and there was only one person with him when there was suppose to be two people. He was dropped onto the shower chair and fell 3 feet onto his left side. His hip is broken and surgery is risky at this time. It happened Tuesday morning and he may not be able to move his arms like he used to.
Joann Digilio told about Margaret Guiltner being in the hospital in September. She was there for two to three weeks. She is in the nursing home down the block from the hospital. She is on oxygen. Then Joann got a call from her son that she was taken back to the hospital in the middle of the night as an emergency in ICU where she has been for two weeks. She couldn’t get rid of the fluid in her body so they put her on Dialysis to get rid of the fluid. She is on Dialysis 3 times now and once you are on Dialysis you stay on Dialysis.
Donna Long said that Margaret has kidney failure but that the doctors are positive that it won’t be long term. She has been removed of thirty seven pounds of fluid through Dialysis. She is now responding to the treatments and it is working for her. She also has Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes.
President Nancy talked about our festival which is March 7th, 8th, and 9th,2014.
We don’t have the enough money to get the Dante’s home once we get them here. We have money on hold with the airlines that we can use towards their flights. The flights are reasonable now but will go up if we don't get the money together soon. If someone wants to help pay for the Dante’s the $466.00 which is the $66.00 to get them here from Frontier airlines and $400.00 to go back on United airlines. The club just doesn’t have that much. We can raise the money with help (Fundraiser, Sale, Etc.....) If we can get them here that would be great as they was to be our guest last year and that didn't happen. Now we also made our Festival Theme to fit them as our guest. If we can't raise the money and that would be a shame....The only other option would be to get someone local. We can talk to Suzanna Leigh to see if she can come or maybe Pam & Pat Ogles which are all locals. Suzanna was in Blue hawaii and the Ogle twins were in Follow That Dream.
Our Festival “stars” this year are Bill T Redish doing songs from “Kid Galahad”, Mike Rocca doing songs from “GI Blues” and His Americian Trilogy, (our club song), Eric Erickson doing songs from”Fun in Acapulco” and Joel Harris doing “Elvis in Concert”
Member at Large Roxie said that we need to maybe suck it up this time and not spend anymore until we can get back on our feet
Member at Large Linda Fresno said that we need to get the guest(s) real soon because we need to get flyers out now.
President Nancy said that we need to figure out when we will be having the Russell Home girls dance at the festival. I am waiting on Betty to get back to me to see where we will want to put the girls.
Miriam Medina asked if we were going to get t-shirts and Nancy said yes. We need to put on them THE ONLY CLUB ELVIS EVER NAMED. We don’t need Kissimmee Fl on the back so we can put THE ONLY CLUB ELVIS EVER NAMED instead. We need to put this on everything to do with our club.
Linda Fresno motioned to approve THE ONLY CLUB ELVIS EVER NAMED.
Second by Jeremy Ewbank.
Voted and approved by members present.
Nancy will check into getting more club shirts (12).
Nancy: We still have the videos from our last festival 2013.
Hawaiian Show with Universals own Rich Purnell and his Hawaiian Dancers- $7.00
Aloha from Hawaii Concert video starring Donny Edwards Top ETA contest winner- $7.00
Sunday Gospel Video- Donny Edwards singing with The Blackwood Quartet-$7.00
Friday night open mic with some of our best ETA’S performing-$5.00
Picture Slide Show video- Great pictures of everything and everyone all weekend-$5.00
Question and answer session with our guest and our Auction- Auction with George Foster and Q&A with Marian Cocke, Elvis’ nurse; Ron Strauss- Elvis’ co-pilot of the Lisa Marie jet plain and Will “Bardohl” MacDaniels Elvis’ long time friend- $3.00
Total if bought separately- $34.00
Entire set of all six videos- $20.00 (Entire package deal)
If anyone would like to purchase any or all of these videos please let me know who and how many. I will send them to you.
Joann asked how much we are selling the t-shirts for at the festival.
Nancy said that the theme shirt for this festival will be $15.00 as well as the Club shirts. Last years shirts will be $10.00. The older shirts have been cut down to $7.00 and any with flaws will be $5.00. We have been giving ones with glitches to the Russell Home for the kids.
Our Christmas Party will be December 7th at Bill and Karen Langston’s home. Bring a covered dish and drinks to share. Elvis & Santa Claus will be there. Bring an Elvis exchange gift ($10.00) and don’t forget items for the Russell Home. We will have Karaoke if anyone wants to sing. Bring your cds if you want, but Jeremy has a lot of cds to choose from. He will be our DJ for the evening.
Our next fundraiser for the Club ( to go twards our Festival) is The Remember Then Legend’s show in Mount Dora on January 25th,2014. Check the website for details on this and our other events.
Now for our officers:
Member at Large Roxie said we need to unite.
Member at Large Linda Fresno said to please save your pennies to help pay for dinners for our guest or the kids. I will take care of keeping the money and turning it in to Nancy for the festival when we get closer to the festival.
Joann Digilio and her husband will pay for one dinner. Karen and Bill Langston have already paid for one dinner. Linda Fresno, Roxie Price, and Miriam Lopez will pay for one dinner each.
Jeremy Ewbank said that whatever you donate to The Russell Home will be used either at the Thrift Store to sell or given to the kids.
Member at Large Dennis DeFalco: I have already been advertising for the show at Mount Dora. We have already sold 10 tickets online.
Linda Fresno said that a lot of ETA’S got their start in our club but now since they have made it big they don’t help out our club anymore. That’s why we have The Remember Then Legend’s Show which keeps the club going. The ETA’S are too busy to help out.
Nancy said that we would love to have the ETA’S come back and help us out.
Roxie said that a lot of the ETA’S (who left our club) don't wants to help out our events & shows. They forgot where they started, right here in this club.
Jeremy said that this younger generation doesn’t know Elvis or are not interested in his music.
Linda Fresno said that we need to focus on getting the club turned back to what our club is all about. Keeping Elvis’ memory alive.
We are not an ETA club but Elvis Presley’s Club. This is what we should focus on.
Richie Felzak said that the generation today is not interested in Elvis like we were when we were young.
Roxie said that the reason our kids know about Elvis is because we played his music when they were younger. But they are not playing his music for the next generation.
Jeremy said that shows like American Idol used some of Elvis’ songs in their program and the contestants sang them. The audience and TV viewers then wondered what he was all about.
Roxie is trying to contact Z88.3 to get them to play at least 1 to 3 of Elvis’ songs per day at a decent hour.
Jeremy said that we need to have events to bring outside people in to know about our Club.... Elvis Presley's club. Lots do not know we even exist . He has been doing Elvis in Paradise in Seminole, Fl and now he will be bringing it to Kissimmee to draw in crowds. Let’s connect it to the Elvis Presley Continentals. Hold it on the Saturday before Veterans Day. We can have it at the Kissimmee Lakefront park. A majority of our members are in the area where they might come. It will be free for the public. We will get free advertising in the local papers. That is one good way to get Elvis Fans to know about our club and to get new members. Thank you Jeremy for all you do for us.
Roxie said to do something in the Spring also.
Donna Long spoke about the Rock Deland fundraiser we had a few years ago .We had a lot of people show up.
Miriam Lopez suggested selling tickets like buy 2 get 1 free.
Linda Fresno said have a Raffle.
Jeremy said we can’t sell anything in the park. Before the event we can sell t-shirts or anything we want to.
Joann Digilio suggested that we dress up for the dinner and show on Saturday night at the festival. We will walk the red carpet just like celebrities. Have photos taken as they walk in like the paparazzi do.
Jeremy will ask Photo Jim if he would take the photos and everybody would get an instant picture. Bring back the Masquerade Ball.
Joann will be getting the club table all glitz for the festival. We want to hear WOW! They really went all out for this festival.
Nancy: The member of the month for November is Tom Burkehead for all he does for our club.
Meeting adjourned at 3:40pm
Motion by Linda Fresno
Second by Diane