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FOGS November Meeting

November 10, 2021


Members Present:

  • Justin Hollister

  • Genevra Knight

  • Caitlin Sobotka

  • Mary Nisi

  • Gabe Slough-Cummings

  • Joy Tennent

  • Lindsay Semph

  • Nicole Dalesandro

  • Joanna Miner

  • Andy Distel


Start: 7:35


  • Check In: Allyn Teti


Funding Requests

  • Old/Approved: Both requests were approved unanimously. Items have been ordered and are in transit

  • Media Works for STEAM

  • Got teacher discount on some items from Apple. One group of items was placed on the FOGS card with 3 others spread on separate cards

  • $1,200 cheaper than original budget with additional costs falling off for sales tax

  • Ukuleles for Andy and the music program

  • Used additional budget from Apple items for some items related to masking and bell covers additional items for $750

    • Microphone in original budget will now be purchased through school

  • Updated financials: after the approved purchases cash balance will be approximately $57K (Goethe Fest funds have not yet been placed in)

    • Need focus on fundraising to replenish funds

  • Flexible Seating: Was approved under the previous board with a cost of less than $1,000. Nicole will proceed with purchase pending confirmation by teachers

  • Chairs Update

    • Lindsay: LBOTS

      • LBOTS 2022 Planner

        • Lindsay walked through the planner of the milestones/activities for the project

      • Venue search - ideas welcome

        • Still working through these aspects

        • Potential:

          • Concord Music Hall

          • Stan Mansion

          • Segundo Ruiz

          • Fort Knox

        • Genevra to check if there was a check sent to Logan Square Auditorium for last year’s planned event

        • May need to anticipate the cost increasing due to Covid

      • Sponsorship Process - Everyone is on the team (Gabe)

        • Entry point for sponsorship is $100

        • Additional information will be in the media kit

        • Gabe to distribute a spreadsheet to track this

        • Would include a program for donorship and silent auction donations

        • For restaurants, not actively seeking food donations. Could receive gift cards

    • Caitlin: GGT (January 29th)

      • Sign up date will be before winter break with auditions after

      • Need to determine capacity and Covid considerations

      • Will need volunteers for auditions and events

        • Stage managers

        • MCs

        • Ushers (potential)

      • Will have a virtual option as well but need to confirm technical capabilities

      • Full “STEAM” Ahead for the theme

      • Looking for art submissions that could move to the silent auction

      • Will have a Merch table there as well

      • Ms. Bartlett has volunteered to open proceeding with a performance and be a coach

        • Could we have her as an MC?

    • Mary/Gabe: Cookbook

      • Additional editing is required and there are items pending for delivery.

      • Have a list of deliverables at this point, but pending further discussion

      • Plan was to use the printer that the yearbook was through

      • Desire is to get cookbook completed by holiday season

    • Gabe: Holiday Raffle

      • Fundraisers were approved by the LSC

      • Will be working with Joy to get posted to website by early December

    • Gabe: 125

      • Plan to get the write up for the website, pamphlets for families and businesses.

      • Go-live in December

      • Monthly messaging for monthly giving campaign will be a push

      • November 30th is Giving Tuesday

    • Genevra: How to get your vendors paid

      • Best way is to get an invoice to Genevra to process payment directly

        • Ideally 3-4 days notice

      • Other emergent items can be handled on a one off basis

  • Social team update

    • Rebecca/Gabe: Content for site

      • Contacting school members for content creation

  • New Event/Fundraising Proposals

    • STEAM Gala and monthly raffles (Gabe)

      • Tabled motion pending additional email and conversation

    • Dine to Donate (Joanna)

      • First one will occur December 8th with 33% going back to FOGS: Chipotle on Elston

      • Will create a posting strategy for social

  • 8th Grade Lunch Budget - discuss options

    • Will leave open for teachers to decide since it was their fundraiser


Meeting end 9:20 PM


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