SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION
The Sumter Art Association met for the final meeting of 2018-19 at 3:30 p.m. May 21 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed two new members, Dena James and Laurie Townes, and Fran Kay introduced her guest Sally Heath.
Ginger Jones gave a devotional about the importance of leaving a spiritual legacy for our children. She discussed how meaningful she had found a book of meditations written by the mother of our member Nancy King.
Recording secretary Andrena Ray read aloud the minutes from April 16. There were no additions or corrections, and the minutes were approved as read. Vice president Floride McKoy thanked all who served on refreshment committees during the year. Corresponding secretary Vicki Goodwin reported on notes of sympathy she mailed to members. Treasurer Susan Brabham reported the current balance.
Attendance chairwoman Ginger Barwick reported that 50 members and one guest were present. In the absence of Linda Hogon, Sosnowski reported on numerous cultural events taking place during the summer in Sumter and the surrounding area. Historian Betsy Acken announced that the current year's scrapbook was available on a back table for viewing. Awards chairman Kathy Creech recommended that the association make a donation to the Sumter Gallery of Art for the summer art camps. Yearbook chairwoman Carla Young reported that she is updating our yearbook for the new club year and said that Barbara Burchstead will produce it for us once again.
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Blanchard installed the following officers for 2019-20: Carla Young, president; Patti Sosnowski, vice president; Ginger Barwick, recording secretary; Kathy Ardis, corresponding secretary; and Susan Brabham, treasurer. Following the installation Young gave a lovely tribute to Sosnowski, thanking her for her service as president. She presented her with a gift certificate as a token of our appreciation. Sosnowski responded with thanks to the officers, committee chairmen and members, and all who made this year a success.
Program chairwoman Dotty Lyles introduced Austin Jenkins, an instructor at USC Sumter, who describes himself as a naturalist. He gave an entertaining talk on insects and displayed many interesting samples from his collection.
Sosnowski reminded everyone that the next meeting will be held Sept. 17. She thanked the hostess committee, which was chaired by Rosemary Drakeford. Kay Fort served as co-chairwoman. Committee members were Carolyn Brandt, Mary Dallery, Marie Penn, Becky Pritchard, Jane Randle, Andrena Ray, Anne Shaw, Jeanne Shaw, Janice Stavrou and Colleen Yates. The floral centerpiece was created by Dotty Kolb.
Sosnowski then passed the gavel to incoming president Young to adjourn the meeting.
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