FAC Highlight Reel:
ELECTIONS, AND FUN STUFF TOO
by Kirby Lindsay
Punctuality places low in the priorities of Fremont Arts Council (FAC) governance. Still, they enjoy empowering volunteers – an FAC motto “Here hold this!,” has hooked more than a few passers by into parade building – as witnessed at their Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, on October 13, when relative a newcomer to the FAC Board, Michael Falcone, jumped in at facilitation when no experienced facilitators stepped forward in time to start the meeting.
While the result might have had rough moments, it also contained the casual and cooperative elements characteristic in this organization. Also, when faced with some serious issues – such as upcoming elections – the discussion remained calm and centered upon current facts.
While Elections Loom
Last fall, in 2008, the FAC membership elected to the Board several candidates largely unknown to most active members, and by the start of January 2009, all but one had resigned. Memories of that election, and the aftermath, remain fresh, and frightening, for many. A desire not to repeat this dark experience underlies all discussion of the election this year.
Eli Bowen, a member of the Interim Board that came on in January, reported that Maque daVis, Rachel Sprague, and Michael Falcone had agreed to run for election. (Barb Luecke announced her candidacy during the meeting.) The vote will be held on-line, from November 1 – 10, with only FAC members current with their dues eligible to vote. Bowen had announced, earlier in the meeting, that membership stood at 121.
The small number of candidates concerned attendees as, according to Bowen, the FAC is “required by State law to have an eight person board.” FAC by-laws state that board members will remain empanelled until removed by replacement or resignation so Bowen hypothesized that, if additional candidates do not step forward, some Interim Board members may be required to remain.
Fun Still A Feature
The meeting also concerned much beyond the election, such as an introduction by Michael Suzerris of his new facility, a yoga and dance studio named Om Culture, located at 2210 North Pacific Avenue and due to open, officially, later this fall.
Suzerris wanted to invite neighbors to a Halloween party at Om on Saturday, October 31, starting at 8 p.m. The first hour, or so, of the party, will be run by Bruce Carloye, based on his model of Changing Room where participants can “come and get dressed there,” Suzerris explained. Additionally, there will be ecstatic dance, live DJs and a potluck food table. This is a family-friendly, non-alcohol event with an entry fee of $10 per person.
Give The Troll A Bath
Another announcement concerned the upcoming birthday of one of Fremont’s first citizens. In preparation, Maque daVis has organized the annual scrub down of this surly, cement creature. On Saturday, October 24, from Noon – 4 p.m. volunteers can help repair, paint and generally tidy the Fremont Troll (under the Aurora Bridge on North 36th Street) since, after all, what else can one give a troll for his birthday?
More fun, and results from the election, will most likely be a part of the next meeting, to be held on November 10, 2009. Feel free to participate in any FAC COW meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month, starting, usually, at 7:10p.m., at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North).
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