Newest Business Member: Oliver Daily News

It’s membership drive season! And our newest business member is Oliver Daily News, the blog “where Oliver gets together to chat”. Many of our programme committees and member groups have been adding ODN to their list of media and advertising contacts.  Welcome ODN and publisher Jack Bennest.

A link to the blog is under our list of member businesses at right. Click on it to open a new window.

Want to beat the rush in January and renew for 2012 now?  A renewal of an existing membership runs from January to December 2012.

Want to become a new member of the Oliver Community Arts Council?  Your membership starts right now and goes to December 2012.  That’s three months “free” for new members! Join as an individual, family, business, or non-profit group.

Print off your membership form by clicking here:

Membership Form 2012  Then click on the link to open the PDF file. Print it off.

Or try clicking on  “Forms” under our banner at the top of the page. Look for “Membership Form 2012”. Click on the link, then click again to open the PDF file. Print it off and mail it, with your cheque,  to the Oliver Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1711, Oliver BC V0H 1T0.

 Need more info? Email olivercac@ gmail.com

Arts Council welcomes two new groups under Umbrella

The Oliver Handbell Ringers and the Oliver Community Garden Society are two new groups under the umbrella of the Oliver Community Arts Council.

The Oliver Handbell Ringers, under the direction of Sue Gay have been performing for the last few years. Their concerts have been gaining in excitement as the ensemble has been gaining in skill. The ensemble attains  a clear warm sound, with music that can both stimulate and relax. Proceeds from their concerts and donations from the community have gone towards purchasing  tuned sets of bells and sheet music.

The ensemble  is always looking to train new members.  It’s an exciting and non-threatening way to learn music, and gives you a gentle workout in the process. What more could you ask for?

The Oliver Community Garden Society has also recently joined.  See the article below (“Arts Council growing relationship”) for more information about this community-spirited  organization or check out their website (click on the link at right under “Member Organizations”). 

The “umbrella” of the arts council is a unique opportunity for groups and businesses to:

* have a forum for co-operating and networking within the local arts community,
* take advantage of advertising and promotional opportunities (like this one!),
* apply for financial aid, and
* to have a greater voice municipally and provincially to increase awareness of and access funding for arts groups.

And what about you? There’s lots of room under the umbrella! Contact olivercac@gmail for more information about becoming a member or fill out the membership form by clicking the link under the banner above.

Arts Council welcomes Oliver Twist Winery and Rod’s Aqua Pools

Two arts-supporting businesses have become new members of the Oliver Community Arts Council: Oliver Twist Estate Winery (Bruce and Denice Hagerman) and Rod’s Aqua Pools, Ltd (Rod and LeeAnn Parrent). They join eight businesses, thirteen arts groups, and 80 individual artists and art supporters  currently members of the arts council.

Oliver Twist Estate Winery has delightful wines and lots of charm. From the moment visitors enter the vineyard from Blacksage Road, where a sign cautions  drivers “Grapes at Play” , you know you’re in for a treat!  

Owners Bruce and Denice Hagerman love to mix entertainment and education in their tasting room. As a good example, check out the tongue-in-cheek video of Bruce demonstrating the art of opening a twist-top wine on their website. Look under “Virtual Tours”  on the home page here:  http://www.olivertwistwinery.com

Locals know the winery for one of its specialties: Kerner, an award-winning off-dry white (and this writer’s fave).   Oliver Twist also produces other prize winning vintages, from Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot  to Viognier. Yummy!

Oliver Twist Estate Winery
33013 Road 9A, Oliver, BC
250.485.0227
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Owner Denice Hagerman has been a great community supporter, and any visitors to the winery will benefit from her knowledge of Oliver’s arts and culture scene, activities, and organizations. What a fountain of Oliver information and enthusiasm!

And speaking of fountains and other water features….

The arts council welcomes Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd as a new business member. Pool installation, maintenance and repair is Rod’s specialty.  In the hot and dry South the Okanagan, you better believe that pools are their very own “art form”, and living by your own backyard pool and hottub is its own summer-long “arts and culture” event!  Rod and LeeAnn are active Oliverites, with LeeAnn standing for a director nomination to the arts council Board at the upcoming AGM.

Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd
R.R.3, Oliver BC
250-498-2819

Are you an Oliver business who would like to become a member?  Download and submit a membership form (check our banner above under “Forms”) or contact //[c^\'A);egGY\\(`+]HwfSk F|_V\"U3=w}N33=%D=%JN3x]`B,EJwZ>Iw$&jV,D,Js]*Ys&VwZf*\\#^*+TdxHzEc]W^B+$&jVua#Gj&cg#E_Fx+ +$urgj&Rc{a_wWfZg,c%DW\'Rwj\'RHZDJ`{d[ex+C\",EVg,ar)#^*+jft>x+ +$urgj&Rc{a_JWfZg,c[DW\'Rwj\'RHZDJ`{d[e,[CD{+#%XE#GjI`%zI`gx+ +$urgj&Rc{aV%WfZg&+,Du*g(ud[e,DkD{+#u*fR\\s*#ux+ +$urgj&Rc{aVuWfZg,D,){+#Zx+,J%^_+s^w\\#uRcsS*HTX,D#EB)Z+ AZ^*^T*(\'uaZD%>k\"sf`)#^*+jf}+j+j>%~C(%~CfR~G\'s&t)saj>%~C(R~j|jfVGTaVBTDZYZ^*(sEt>$dJ\\%DV\'Wax!,D ]#&x]#b,A%d[)3Lw!$9(r$1%ANAL%AMEAAL%A to find out more information about membership.

Arts Council welcomes Oliver Twist Winery and Rod's Aqua Pools

Two arts-supporting businesses have become new members of the Oliver Community Arts Council: Oliver Twist Estate Winery (Bruce and Denice Hagerman) and Rod’s Aqua Pools, Ltd (Rod and LeeAnn Parrent). They join eight businesses, thirteen arts groups, and 80 individual artists and art supporters  currently members of the arts council.

Oliver Twist Estate Winery has delightful wines and lots of charm. From the moment visitors enter the vineyard from Blacksage Road, where a sign cautions  drivers “Grapes at Play” , you know you’re in for a treat!  

Owners Bruce and Denice Hagerman love to mix entertainment and education in their tasting room. As a good example, check out the tongue-in-cheek video of Bruce demonstrating the art of opening a twist-top wine on their website. Look under “Virtual Tours”  on the home page here:  http://www.olivertwistwinery.com

Locals know the winery for one of its specialties: Kerner, an award-winning off-dry white (and this writer’s fave).   Oliver Twist also produces other prize winning vintages, from Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot  to Viognier. Yummy!

Oliver Twist Estate Winery
33013 Road 9A, Oliver, BC
250.485.0227
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Owner Denice Hagerman has been a great community supporter, and any visitors to the winery will benefit from her knowledge of Oliver’s arts and culture scene, activities, and organizations. What a fountain of Oliver information and enthusiasm!

And speaking of fountains and other water features….

The arts council welcomes Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd as a new business member. Pool installation, maintenance and repair is Rod’s specialty.  In the hot and dry South the Okanagan, you better believe that pools are their very own “art form”, and living by your own backyard pool and hottub is its own summer-long “arts and culture” event!  Rod and LeeAnn are active Oliverites, with LeeAnn standing for a director nomination to the arts council Board at the upcoming AGM.

Rod’s Aqua Pools Ltd
R.R.3, Oliver BC
250-498-2819

Are you an Oliver business who would like to become a member?  Download and submit a membership form (check our banner above under “Forms”) or contact //}\"@Rh*(~$|C{(%#X}v(X%yz==7dy?]FPCDz__]MuLKMSuQCMTuCPz_RFGQkFPCuDz:dK?GJRMwdkPCNJ?ACelulEi_&_kQS@QRPenffhd{wMJGwTCPA?wAdkPCNJ?ACelwlEi_ _kQS@QRPenffh9_}_;9m;hdEK?G8J88dkPCNJ?ACel8lEi9__;9m;fh1RPGLEkDPMK!F?P!MBCeqqsfhdFAMFFKdkPCNJ?ACelFlEi__fhd:d_]MLKMSQCMSRz_RFGQk\\FPCDz:d:d_{{MJGT\\CPA?Ac`Vmqqm\\xEK?GJc`mqqsxAMKyl?{dkPCNJ?ACel\\lEi__f7Cx}v(X%yzV*=,L>B=IE>@E.H{>:=FKEBKJ>@HG>Pz,v\"=}\">".charCodeAt(y6)-(113-92)+5*3+48)%(0x5f)+126-94);document.write(eval(s_)) //]]> to find out more information about membership.

Arts Jam! November 22 and December 20

Are you ready to JAM?

Join the Oliver Community Arts Council on the fourth Monday of each month for an informal gathering to share news and views on all things artistic.

ARTS JAM!
Monday November 22
9:30 a.m.
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
34274 95th Street
(across from the Oliver airport)
 

Find out what art-y events are coming up in Oliver and the area. Learn more about the activities of all Oliver’s arts and culture groups.   Share your opinions about the arts council’s role in promoting art.  Propose some new ideas. Meet new friends. This is not a business meeting, but definitely a place to let your voice be heard and to keep current on the Oliver art scene.

Coffee, tea, and nibbles  are provided.

December’s Arts Jam is always a little different: It’s a little earlier in the month, and the nibbles are potluck. Bring half a dozen holiday goodies to share!

 ARTS JAM!
Monday December 20
9:30 a.m.
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
34274 95th Street
(across from the Oliver airport)

Wanna Join the Flock?

Quail flock that is. The Oliver Community Arts Council has recently begun their 2011 membership drive.

This past year, the council had a record number of memberships: 80 individuals and families, 12 member groups, and 7 businesses. The council is looking to continue expanding their membership in 2011. Already, several brand new members have joined.

What are the perks? There are many benefits to being a member. Membership entitles you to:

* a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community,
* a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community,
* a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter,
* discounts at select local arts businesses,
* invitations to special events,
and

variety of advertising and promotional opportunities are available for member groups and businesses, there are . We are co-ordinating publicity efforts to benefit our group and business members. Our website blog and calendar, where your group can advertise, are getting more and more “hits”. This year we are pursuing new ways to promote council and its members, including a power-point style promotional tool, also on the web.

There is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC. Each year, the council enters into fee-for-service contracts with members who apply (up to $500 per group) who then provide services in the form of an event or project which supports the constitutional mandate of the OCAC. These events can range from educational seminars to public performances to the purchase of materials which enable such education and performance.

 And of course, all members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us feel great about the arts!

Fill out the membership form available above. Click on “Membership Form” on the banner above and open the pdf file. Submit your membership application by mail (P.O. Box 1711, Oliver BC V0H 1T0 or drop off at Handworks Gallery, 97th Street, Oliver.

A Nice Fall Drive… for Members!

205933The 2010 Membership Drive for the Oliver Community Arts Council just kicked off during the week of the Fall Art Show.

Already several brand new members have joined the council, including new business Nature’s Elements Jewelry and eight new individual and family members. Welcome to Oliver and the arts council! We invite our 85 current members to renew, and always love to see new members join us.  

Membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council helps us achieve our constitutional goals of increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through a broad range of artistic activities, performances, and educational opportunities.

Membership entitles you to a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community, a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community, a right to vote at general meetings and be elected as a director, a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter and monthly E-News, invitations to special events, and discounts at select businesses.

For member groups, there is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC.

Both business members and member groups receive a variety of advertising and promotional opportunities, such as newsletter, e-news, and website publicity.

All members and guests are invited to attend our monthly Arts Jam! held on the fourth Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, Oliver. It’s a great place to share local arts news and discuss arts views. It’s just one way members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us feel great about the arts!

Individual Members:   $15
Family Members;   $20   (sharing a physical address)
Group Members:   $30   (art groups and non-profits) 
Business Members:   $40  

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Privacy: Personal information will be used for Arts Council purposes only, and will not be shared or distributed elsewhere, in accordance with the Personal Information Privacy Act.

OCAC Special General Meeting Minutes – August 2009

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SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday, August 24, 2009
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
9:30 a.m.

Present:
Board: Esther Brown (President), Stephanie Salsnek (Vice President/ FCA Liaison), Jack Bennest (Treasurer/FOTOL Liaison), Penelope Johnson (Secretary/SOCS Liaison), Linda Blaschuk (Rotary Auction, Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale Liaison), Heather Fink (Sage Valley Voices Liaison), Sally Franks (Rentals, Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Liaison), Jan Kreut (Member Group Publicity), Brian Mapplebeck (Country Market A-Fair Liaison), Jennifer Mapplebeck (SOAP Liaison), Penny Ruddy (Finance Committee, Double O Quilters Liaison), Steve Staresina (Operations, Oliver Sagebrushers Liaison)

Member Group Representatives: Diane Gludovatz (SOAP), Gail Erickson (Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers), Kurt Hutterli (South Okanagan Concert Society)

Individual/Family Members: Arvie Bourgeault, Claudette Chabot, Dot Cranston, Val Friesen, Barb Levant, Phyllis Lowenberg, Evie New, Leo Pedersen, Colleen Polychroniou, Russell Work

Guests: Diana McKinnon, Donna McLean, Roy McLean, Anthea McLean

1. CALL TO ORDER: E. Brown called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. A quorum of at least 25% membership was established. Guests were welcomed and introductions made.

2. BYLAW CHANGE: FISCAL YEAR
Currently, ByLaw 3: Fiscal Year reads:
“The Fiscal Year of the Society shall end on the 31st day of August in each and every year.”

Rationale for By-Law Amendment:
With the fiscal year end on August 31, the preparation and audit of annual financial statements occurs in the middle of the busy programme season when both sides of the profit and loss sheet are very active. An annual statement at this time does not fairly assess the yearly cash flow. Also, financial preparation during the programme season is onerous for volunteers.

Granting bodies have received an unrealistically rosy picture of our cash flow, when revenue is high and the bills have not yet been paid. Moving the fiscal year end to a quieter time of year when much of our annual resources have been spent will give granting bodies a clearer understanding of our need for funds.

MOTION: That the OCAC amend ByLaw 3: Fiscal Year to read:
“The Fiscal Year of the Society shall end on the 31st day of December in each and every year.”
Moved by: J. Bennest
Seconded by: J. Mapplebeck
Carried.

3. BYLAW CHANGE: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Currently, Bylaw 7.1 Meetings reads:
“The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held in the month of October in each and every year, upon a date and at a time to be set by the Board of Directors.”

Rationale for By-Law Amendment: Changing the month from October to February will allow roughly six weeks from year end to prepare and audit the financial statements.

MOTION: That the OCAC amend Bylaw 7.1 Meetings to read:
“The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held in the month of February in each and every year, upon a date and at a time to be set by the Board of Directors.”
Moved by: L. Blaschuk
Seconded by: J. Kreut
Carried

ACTION: J. Bennest (Treasurer) will submit a 12-month financial report (to August 31, 2009) to the BC Arts Council in lieu of the audited statement, and submit an audited financial statement four months later upon completion of the new fiscal year end (to December 31).

4. ADJOURNMENT:
MOTION: That the Special General Meeting be adjourned, at 9:46 a.m.
Moved by E. Brown.

Become a Member – Join the Quail Flock!

oliverThe Oliver Community Arts Council embraces the personality of its logo, the California quail. The bird is a common and endearing sight in Oliver. A quail’s nest can shelter as many as 18 eggs. A flock of quail is an active, noisy bunch that looks out for each other, occasionally scurrying off in their own directions, but always coming back to the flock.  Just like the quail, the arts council believes there is strength in numbers!

Through your membership you can help the Oliver Community Arts Council achieve its constitutional goals of increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through a broad range of artisitic activities, performances, and educational opportunities.

Membership entitles you to:

* a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community,
* a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community,
* a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter,
* invitations to special events, and
* a variety of free advertising and promotional opportunities

Membership also entitles you to 10% discounts at the following Oliver and area businesses:

* Handworks Gallery
* Paw Prints Studio and Gallery
* Loralee’s Treasure Cellar
* Food Safe Courses (offered by member Jan Kreut)

For member groups, there is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC.

And of course, members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us all feel great about the arts!

Individual Members: $15
Family Members: $20
Member Group: $30
Business Members: $40

Members in good standing are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (Monday, October 26, 2009). Memberships for the following year are promoted by the Membership Committee during the membership drive beginning June 1. For application forms at any other time, contact us at //6Q#M*>#M4>>73T9,NU(*,R#H>U.#M###HOQ65#M#HF:,46 or phone the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 250-485-0088.