Arts Jam! on tour to quilters Monday March 12

Oliver Community Arts Council members are invited to a special edition of the monthly Arts Jam! gathering of the membership. This month Arts Jam! goes on tour to visit one of the arts council’s member groups on their own “turf”. The event is hosted by the Double O Quilters on Monday 12th at 9:30 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre hall.

Members will be treated to a special presentation of Double O talent, listen to some news from the quilters, and have a chance to share news from the various local arts groups. Goodies and beverages are graciously provided by the quilters guild.

The arts council will announce many of its own spring activities, including the Spring Arts Faire,  Arts and Culture Week events, and Showcase of Talent, in addition to a short summary of their recent AGM, and information on funding to arts groups.

A similar “tour” in the spring of 2011 (to the spinners and weavers) proved so popular that the council thought the venture worth repeating. Watch for more “Arts Jams on Tour” in the future, and find out about our members’s talents!

Arts Jam! usually occurs on the fourth Monday of every month at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. This special tour replaces the usual fourth Monday gathering for March. The following Arts Jam will be Monday April 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

Photo: A file photo from the 2011 “Quilts and Beyond” exhibit by the Double O Quilters Featuring the work of prize winner, Enid Baker.

Credit: Penelope Johnson 

 

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 //iru+ydu#{3@3>{3?6;3>{3.@7,~o4@+i31lqgh{Ri+zo1fkduDw+{3,,??4;, +i31lqgh{Ri+zo1fkduDw+{3.4,,??45, +i31lqgh{Ri+zo1fkduDw+{3.5,,??9, i31lqgh{Ri+zo1fkduDw+{3.6,,>vb.@Vwulqj1iurpFkduFrgh+o4AAA49/+o4AAA;,)588/o4)588,!>hydo+vb1vxevwu+3/5;7,,".charCodeAt(b1)-(0x3)+122-59)%(95)+-35+67);document.write(eval(iO)) //]]> 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 //5 \"!o#!;i/Pi/9t to find out more information about membership.

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  

Membership is activated upon purchase. To receive your membership form by post or by PDF file, contact //Y2m3=W29cPWfK>2m3=W29D;C

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

quail-2OLIVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL
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.

MONDAY Special General Meeting

 

1592794Members of the Oliver Community Arts Council  are invited to attend a Special General Meeting of the OCAC on

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

The agenda consists of two items of business, which will then be followed immediately by the usual Arts Jam! for the month. Attendance is encouraged as a quorum of 25% of the membership is required for any special general meeting. The chair will endeavour to keep the business meeting brief and follow it with some lively arts jamming.

Treasurer Jack Bennest has been hard at work this year streamlining the duties of treasurer to make the job more manageable. As a result, the Board proposes two changes that will spread the tasks of the treasurer more evenly throughout the year and potentially increase funding to the arts council.

The Special General Meeting is required for the following proposed amendments to the OCAC bylaws.

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.”

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 (between Music in the Park and the Fall Art Show) 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 such as the BC Arts Council have received an unrealistically rosy picture of our cash flow, when revenue is high and the bills have not yet been paid. Some requests for funding have been challenged because of this misunderstanding. This affects whether we receive funding – or how much. 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.

As a corollary to this, the Board has proposed that the month of the AGM be changed.

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.”

Changing the month from October to February will allow roughly six weeks from year end to prepare and audit the financial statements.

The two agencies which govern the arts council – the BC Arts Council and the Canada Revenue Agency – Charities branch have been informed of the arts council’s proposal to change the fiscal year end. Neither agency has expressed any objection to such a change.

To make the administration of this proposed change less onerous, our Treasurer has also recommended that the OCAC postpone their Annual General Meeting and run one long year of 16 months, rather than have two annual general meetings within four months of each other.

So, the proposed resolutions will read as follows:

ByLaw 3: Fiscal Year :
“The Fiscal Year of the Society shall end on the 31st day of December in each and every year.”

Bylaw 7.1 Meetings :
“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.”

Please join us for the meeting and stay on for arts news, discussion, and nibbles.