FAC Highlight Reel:
MEET THE 2010 BOARD
by Kirby Lindsay
At the November Fremont Arts Council (FAC) Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting the membership officially elected their 2010 Board of Directors. This election closes a near fatal rift caused by the election last fall. (see "Related Articles" links below for more history) By January 8, 2009, all but one of the FAC 2009 Board had resigned. By the next day that one, Leslie Zenz, had Maque daVis, Barb Luecke, David Ruggiero, Eli Bowen, and Jessica Randall rally around her. Along with Jerry Smith, and pro-tem members Rachel Sprague and Michael Falcone, they formed the FAC Interim Board.
Without Further Ado
This election ends their terms. Bowen scrupulously oversaw the election, his last official duty, according to FAC by-laws. Done largely by electronic ballot, the candidates spoke at this meeting before those paid members in attendance cast their paper ballots.
In no particular order, the registered candidates spoke:
Rodman Miller – A previous board member, Miller called for more permanent art. He also campaigned for changes to the Board makeup: directors serving two year terms for continuity, past presidents serving as ex-officio board members, and a longer, more continuous term for the treasurer.
Gyan Davies – With regret she could not attend (she was ill), but daVis spoke on her behalf. He said she wanted to serve on the board very much, to grow the FAC, and work toward sustainability.
Jerry Smith – He wants to continue serving on the Board, to see the FAC continue. He supports Miller’s assertions about continuity, which is why he agreed to run again. He sees a vision for the FAC coalescing, and he to see it continue.
Michael Clark – He hopes to make the FAC, and the Board, more responsive. “I don’t want the FAC to fade away,” he said.
Barb Luecke – She said she served on the board before, and last year saw the organization come close to disappearing. She had stepped away from it, but she now realizes how important it is to her. She wants to help build enthusiasm again.
Michael Falcone – The FAC “got pulled out of the fire,” he declared, and it is still capable of great things. He wants more people to know about it. If more people knew, Falcone explained, it would be easier to find volunteers.
Maque daVis – He mentioned past board experience (and his role as ex-President-for-Life). It took time away to think about what it takes to make FAC great, he said, and to discover “small is beautiful.” The people at the FAC have to run the FAC, and while part of the organization will always be a social club, people see what the FAC does and want to come play.
Rachel Sprague – She described serving the past year as a pleasure, like being an intern, and she wants to continue. She has seen projects get started, and dropped after an event takes place. She wants to see these followed up, like the Policy Committee and creating a manual about building FAC events.
After counting the paper ballots, and adding their totals to the electronic ones, Bowen announced the write-in candidates. In no particular order these were Lee Robinson, Mylinda Sneed, Jon Hegeman, Irene Ingalls, Denise (no last name given), Liza Burke, David Innes, Gary Luke, Lars (no last name given), Rob D’Arc, Leslie Zenz, Kevin Roberts, David Ruggiero, and Smoochy The Frog.
No write-ins garnered votes to place them ahead of the registered candidates. Out of 120 eligible voters, and 41 ballots cast, the FAC membership elected Sprague, daVis, Falcone, Luecke, Clark, Smith, Davies, and Miller as their 2010 Board.
To see them in action, and help build a stronger FAC for the future, attend the next COW meeting on December 8, at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North). The meeting starts at 7:10-ish and, as a warning, the building does have a thermostat, but its function, like many items there, appears to be decorative.
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