Arts and Entertainment group slects board/committee members

Now that the kickoff event was so successful, the Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association has organized itself with a board of directors, standing committees, and a financial accountability system.

At a meeting of the association last week, seven members of the board of directors were named. Board members are Carol Woolsey, Lorelei Miksch, Duane Ferdinand, Jim Dullenty, Cathy Hart, Patty Thompson and Robert Coles. Officers are Woolsey, president; Miksch, vice president; Dullenty, treasurer and Ferdinand, secretary.

Bobbie Rouns has been named bookkeeper for the organization and is in the process of organizing the financial accounts.  Some of the association’s funds will be kept by the Central Montana Foundation.

Four standing committees were designated. Those committees and their members are finance: Dullenty, Rouns, Thompson and Toni Gies. Marketing-promotion: Woolsey, Dullenty, Thompson and Hart. Design: Ferdinand, Gies, Miksch, Hart and Rouns. Economic vitality: Woolsey, Rouns, Coles, Hart, Ferdinand and Carol Poppenga.

 “We encourage anyone interested in serving on one of the committees to let us know,” said Woolsey. She added that the only requirement for being on a committee is membership in the A and E District Association.

Three levels of annual membership dues were established, Woolsey said. Individual memberships cost $20; non-profit organizations pay $100 and the business-corporation fee will be $125 minimum.

The board of directors will meet the first Friday of each month in the Chokecherry Lane Mall, 311 West Main Street. The next meeting will be at noon on Friday, Aug. 5. During some weeks, added brainstorming sessions might be held, Woolsey said.

 “Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors should fill out an application form and when there is an opening they will be considered,” Woolsey said.

In other business, the association heard from Carol Poppenga about the rusting of some of the metal benches installed on Main Street several years ago. Poppenga said the benches were powder coated but are in need of attention. She recommended that each bench be cleaned and spray-painted with a black paint. The board voted to proceed with the project and purchase the needed paint.

The board also voted to pay the annual dues and become a member of the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Those interested in becoming a member, serving on a committee or with questions should contact Woolsey at the Spotted Horse Gallery, 311 West Main Street, or call 366-8132.

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