Dan Paulsen called the meeting to order around 7:10 p.m.
Tonight we will have “show and tell” for our presentation.
Dan said that Jackie from the zoo wants to talk to us first. Jackie is a keeper for the sea lions and Australia. She explained that the zookeepers and horticulture staff are hosting a national conference from October 6 to 10 at the Westin Hotel. They expect about 400 people to attend. Tuesday, October 8, will be Zoo Day. Jackie said she’d like our help with donations for the silent and live auctions that will be held during the conference. The silent auction will be Tuesday, October 8, and the live auction will be on the 10th at the hotel. If you have any photos you’d like to donate, know of a business that would like to make a corporate sponsorship, or can donate items for give-away bags, let her know. They will be filling about 350 bags. She has a cover letter telling when and where, which includes a sponsorship listing as well as her name and number. She said she would make copies of the letter for us.
If you want to donate, stop by the office or let the switchboard know.
Jackie was asked when she needs the donations. She said by Sunday, October 6, would be good, so they can decide what to put in the silent versus the live auction.
Should photos be framed or unframed? Jackie said it is up to you. Include a statement as to the value of the item when you donate it.
Dan asked if there was any old business. No one raised any issues.
Libby McCord now has the checkbook, as treasurer. She can’t sign them yet. She and Wayne Hickox will get together to make the transfer soon. Wayne said the balance in the account was $1,063.88. We’ve collected one family and 12 individual memberships. We were asked to pay dues tonight to Libby if we haven’t already.
In the area of new business, Marie Bohndorf said she got an e-mail from Jim Griggs. He told her about a new Web site for Great Plains Nature Photographers. Go to MSN and sign on to groups—the address is as follows: http://groups.msn.com/greatplainsnaturephotographers. You have read-only access until you join the group, but it’s free to join. On the site are sample photos and information about the next meeting, which is November 23 in Kansas City at the Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, which is on the other side of Kaufman Gardens. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. There’s a map showing how to find the location on the Web site. The speaker this time is Mario Corvetto. His Web sites are listed also. Mario does a lot of his work in Peru and photographs both animals and plants.
For those over 55, Dan said Carol Mitchell wanted to share some information about a volunteer service program through Elderhostel that is going to the University of Hawaii to help the Honolulu Zoo. It costs around $1,150 and up, but you can take it off your taxes. There are lots of things you can do to help. Volunteers stay in a hotel one block from Waikiki Beach. They provide transportation to the zoo, and all meals and the hotel stay are included. It is not known whether the fee includes airfare, but you can check the Web site to find out. Carol said they don’t work you too hard and it’s a lot of fun. You get to meet people from all over the U.S. and go behind the scenes.
Dan announced that we have a visitor to the club for the evening, Sherry Leonardo. She lives in Grandview and was photographing the lion cubs at the zoo when Marie gave her a card about the club and invited her to attend. Sherry said she likes to shoot animals, nature, travel, and architecture. She just shoots for personal use but tries to take an adult education class on photography every year. Welcome, Sherry!
At around 7:25 p.m., Dan announced that if there was no more business, we would take the rest of the time to look at pictures that members brought to share. We don’t have a slide projector tonight. Dan brought pictures from his 12-day trip to Alaska, Marie brought some of lions and giraffes, and several other members had good prints to share as well.
The meeting adjourned around 8:40 p.m. The next meeting is on October 21 at 7 p.m.
-- Tracy Goodrich