ELVIS PRESLEY CONTINENTALS FAN CLUB MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 12, 2014
Nancy Tint; Dennis DeFalco; Diane Barrett; Doug Sheppard; Linda Fresno; Roxie Price; Miriam Medina; Jeremy Ewbank; Ken Hammann; Karen Langston; Bill Langston; Norma Langston; Karen Ednie; Billy T Redish; Linda Warsaw; Richie Felzak; Ajay; JoAnne Digilio
Meeting called to order at: 2:10pm
Pledge of Allegiance said at: 2:10pm.
President Nancy Tint thanked everyone for coming to our meeting.
Nancy read a letter from Paul Czekaj from Flanders,NJ. He is a singer/ songwriter who loves Elvis. He has completed a new orginal song and music video that is a tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. There is no fan more dedicated than an Elvis fan. The song is called “Elvis in Heaven” by Paul Czekaj. He has downloaded it to Youtube. His website is: www.essexmorris.com/music
We received a Christmas card from Vessamae Poole from Pierson,Fl. She complimented the Newsletter. She said if the club was more advertised it could get more members.
VICE PRESIDENT: Sue Demetrius is absent due to illness.
TREASURER: Miriam Medina read the Treasurer’s Report:
November 1 – December 31, 2013
Beginning Balance: $279.63
Ending Balance: $402.65
Balance as of 01-12-14: $969.50
We paid $1,000.00 to the hotel for this coming up festival.
SECRETARY: Diane Barrett
Diane asked if everyone read the meeting minutes from last month and if there were any questions. She stated that the birthday cards for January was sent out.
Nancy stated that the newsletters are sent out via e-mails. Only those who do not have e-mails are mailed. This was done to save on expenses. If you have an e-mail, please check your e-mail to view the Newsletter.
Nancy also stated that the next date for our fundraiser, which is Sha Na Na Legends Show, is January 25, 2014. Tickets are on sale now and we have done very well on ticket sales.
MEMBER AT LARGE/ADVERTISING: Dennis DeFalco
Dennis stated we have sold 180 tickets so far, we are ahead of last year at this time. The Orlando Sentinel published a story on our club and our Sha Na Na show. In two days we sold 100 tickets.
JoAnne asked when it was in the paper. Dennis stated it was in the paper on December 19, 2013 and that he also has it on Facebook on his timeline. Nancy will send JoAnne an e-mail with the article; and also to everyone else so they can see it.
JoAnne stated that she knows a DJ who will announce our Festival on his radio station so she will take a flyer to him.
Nancy stated that even though we haven’t started advertising yet, we are already up to Table 6 for the dinner/show. Anyone who has already bought dinner and show needs to pick out their meal options.
Nancy stated the options:
All meals come with tossed garden salad with assorted dressings at the table: Italian, Ranch, and French. Dinner rolls and butter and desert is included.
Option 1: Eggplant Parmesan with cheese tortellini pasta covered with marinara sauce and a side of grilled asparagus.
Option 2: Bacon wrapped Beef Filet topped with Gruyere cheese with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus.
Option 3: Chicken Wellington with potatoes au gratin and grilled asparagus.
Deserts: Your choice of Crème' Brule or Sugar Free Cheesecake
Drinks: Your choice of Ice or Hot Tea; Ice or Hot Coffee (Decaf or Regular)
Open bar available for purchase of soda or alcoholic beverages.
Our Festival is March 7, 8, and 9th, 2014. The Theme is “Elvis Goes Hollywood”. The colors for this year’s theme is black, white and silver. The tablecloths will be white bottom and black topper. It will be formal attire for Saturday night. On Friday night we wear our theme shirts with our vest and the blue club shirts on Saturday during the day and on Sunday with our vest.
JoAnn said we will be putting down a red carpet Saturday Night and as the members come in they will walk the red carpet and there will be a star to stand on and get your picture taken. An usher will escort them to their tables as they come in. Let the ones who have dinner and show tickets in and have show only holders go have a drink or soda and we will call them after the dinner but in time for the auction. We want our guests to be blown away and say wow that the club really outdid themselves.
Bill volunteered to being the Maitre D' for the dinner.
Karen L. said to have badges made for the photographer's that say Press or Paparazzi on them.
Our entertainers for the show will be:
Billy T Redish: Follow That Dream
Mike Rocca: G.I. Blues (doing American Trilogy)
Eric Erickson- Fun In Acapulco
Joel Harris: Elvis in Concert
We still have videos from the last festival for sale.
$7.00- Hawaiian Concert Video- Universal's own Rich Purnell and his Hawaiian Dancers
$7.00- Aloha from Hawaii Concert- Donny Edwards Top ETA contest winner
$7.00- Sunday Gospel- Donny Edwards and The Blackwood Quartet
$5.00- Friday Night Open Mic- Some of our best ETA;S performing
$5.00- Picture slide show- Great pictures of the whole weekend of everything
$3.00- Auction and Guest Q&A – Auction with George and Q&A with Marian Cocke- Elvis' Nurse; Ron Strauss- Elvis Co-Pilot of The Lisa Marie Airplane; and Will “Bardohl” McDaniels- Elvis' long time friend.
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.
MEMBER AT LARGE: Linda Fresno
Linda stated that If anyone would like to be a vendor or know of anyone please let her know. We still need sponsors for paying for the meals for the kids. JoAnne and her friend will pay for 2 meals at $50.00 each. Billy T will pay for NaNa. Doug will pay for one kid's meal. Karen and Bill, Roxie and Linda F. have already paid for some. If we get the kid's paid for then we will put it toward the guest meals.
MEMBER AT LARGE: Roxie Price
If we have all the ETA'S information then I can get out their flyer's. Nancy will do the fan outs and I will physically pass them out.
Nancy stated that the flight vouchers for the Dante’s flights have expired. Fundraisers and a garage sale were to be held but that didn’t happen in time. Now the $1,300.00 voucher is no longer valid.
It was stated by Linda Fresno that in the past we had people who use to pay out of their pocket to bring our guests here. But now we don't have those people due to either passing away or no longer in the club due to other reasons.
Roxie also stated that the economy has changed and people can barely afford for their own tickets.
Joanne asked about changing the flyers and Nancy said that the flyers would be changed. Karen L. said that a clear font should be used on the flyer for more clearer pictures.
Billy T will be changing his songs from “Kid Galahad” to “Follow That Dream”.
Karen Langston motioned to change from Kid Galahad to Follow That Dream. Second by Linda Fresno. Voted on and approved by members present.
Nancy stated that she will try and get Pam Ogles Buske and Pat Ogles Martin who played Adriane Pennington from the movie “Follow That Dream” to come to our festival.
Nancy also stated we have to get with Betty from the Russell Home so we will know where to put the girls for their dances. The girls were told that Elvis would be watching them perform and they got very excited.
JoAnne suggested bringing movie food like hot dogs and buns; sauerkraut; hash (country); biscuits and gravy; movie related food. Roxie suggested for the Hospitality Room snack-type food. That way Marie will be able to close down Saturday and get to the show.
Marie Thompson- (On phone) “Please bring 1 case of water and 1 case of soda per person to the Hospitality Room. Bring enough food for Saturday and Sunday. Keep it in your room and bring it to the Hospitality Room each day. Friday night we will have sandwiches and snack food after the awards and open mic. Let me know what food you will be bringing as soon as you can.”
Several members stated the items that they will be bringing; these will be Chili with Black Beans; White Chili; nuts, potato chips, dips, pretzels, etc.
Charlie is very happy that he will have help at the front door by Dawn P. If any one wants to help in the Hospitality Room let Marie know.
Jeremy said that he will get there early to set up the equipment.
Nancy said that she has tried to contact Melanie Rocca to see if she will be willing to play the drums for us in the show since she helped us last year. If she can't then we will ask KennE Grube.
We will be getting more club t-shirts when we go to order the Theme t-shirts.
Effective March 10, 2014, Karen Langston will become our new Vice President. Congratuations Karen.
Member of the month for December is: Karen and Bill Langston
Member of the month for January is: JoAnn Digilio
Meeting adjourned at 3:35pm
Motioned by Miriam Medina
Seconded by Diane Barrett