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LAA/PAL General Meeting Monday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Almond Avenue School, Livermore
Message from the PAL President
Our Mission Statement reads that PAL is “dedicated to making the visual arts an integral part of the fabric of life in the Tri-Valley area….” The word “dedication” takes on a new meaning for me after almost a year of being your President. I have a deep respect for those dedicated souls who volunteer to make our art league successful in all of the following areas: the Firehouse Member’s Show; ‘Splatter’; the Artists’ Flea Market; the Adobe Alviso Show; the Museum on Main Show; the shows at the Livermore Community Center; the 1st Wednesdays downtown; the PAL Workshops; the PAL Circuit; the General Meeting Demonstrations; Refreshments; the Monthly Portfolio; maintaining Membership; the Pleasanton Art League Wall; the Big Draw; the Scholarship Fund; Publicity; maintaining the Website, Set-up and Take-down crew; Liaisons with PCAC and the Chamber of Commerce, and last but not least, maintaining our Finances.
I read that 5 to 15 percent of a non-profit organization’s members are able to serve the organization. Of PAL’s total of 212 members, that means 10-30 people. I can safely say that we have at least 10 people who always work behind the scenes to give our members the opportunities to participate in the events mentioned above. I am also grateful that we had an additional half dozen or so additional volunteers who helped out at one or more of these events. That’s what it takes to make us who we are.
But, we need more volunteers. At our October General meeting, members voted in an almost complete slate of officers for 2015: Myself as President, Bill Zobel as Treasurer, and Judy Rice as Secretary. We have more needs to fill.
There are some changes - Rebecca Chou, who has done a fantastic job of putting together our PAL Workshops the last two years, is handing her position over to Linda & George Garbarino. Joyce Moulden will be resigning from her VP position. Thus, we still need a VP.
We have Chairpersons who travel and work full-time. They could use an extra pair of hands to help them out when they are out of town. We would like a new Chairperson to oversee our upcoming opportunities with the City of Dublin. I know how strong resistance can be. I was reluctant to becoming the Circuit Chair several years ago, and from there becoming your President. I finally reasoned that I had gained so much through my PAL Membership over the last 15 years or so, that it was about time for me to give back. And in giving back, it wasn’t near as hectic over the long term as I thought it would be. The people who attend the monthly Board meetings (it’s not mandatory to attend but helpful to do so) are dedicated, responsible and fun to be with. They do what they say, and they make working at all of our events fun and meaningful. They are great people to know. In addition, I feel much more a part of the community here in Pleasanton.
So, let’s get that volunteer number up closer to 20 or 25 volunteers next year. Please call me at 925 846-8149 or 925 413-6568 to find a place where you fit in, or to answer questions you may have about becoming more involved. There IS a place for you in our organization.
--- Lisa Rigge
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