Sumter Art Association
The Sumter Art Association met on Sept. 17 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the new year and reported that the club began the year with 71 active members, 22 associate members and 20 inactive members. Young announced that five members passed away in 2019.
In chaplain Ginger Jones' absence, vice president Patti Sosnowski shared Ginger's devotion about anxiety in which she referenced Philippians 4.
Recording secretary Ginger Barwick read the minutes from the May 21 meeting. There were no additions or corrections, and the minutes were approved as read. Corresponding secretary Kathy Ardis sent sympathy cards to the families of our recently deceased members and read notes from members changing status.
Treasurer Susan Brabham collected dues, distributed yearbooks and provided the financial report. Attendance chairwoman Kay Fort reported that 53 members and four guests were present.
Young thanked all the new committee chairs and members and asked for committee reports. Yearbook chairwoman Barbara Burchstead was thanked by the president for all her hard work in preparing the beautiful yearbooks. Elizabeth Britton assisted in proofing the yearbook, and San Rosefield was thanked for designing the beautiful cover for the books. Young thanked program chairwoman Debbie Thomas for the interesting programs that she and her committee organized for this year including a program in Grady Locklear's garden and publicity chairwoman Mary Gene White for publishing our association news with The Sumter Item.
Vice president and hostess chairwoman Sosnowski explained and provided the model for the scaled-back tea table and thanked her committee.
Exhibits chairwoman Kathy Creech reported on cultural events taking place in Sumter this fall. Communications chairwoman Randa Edmunds reminded members to notify her of changes in their contact information. Membership chairwoman Dotty Lyles reminded the members to send her a written notice for a change of status.
Historian chairwoman Linda Hogon, supported by Elizabeth Britton, will be taking photographs of this year's meetings for historian chairwoman Linda Brown to use in creating the association scrapbook.
Nominating committee chairwoman Marie Hill and her committee will be compiling a slate of officers for next year, and awards chairwoman Karen Ingram along with Jane Fort and Margaret Moses will determine the financial donation our association will make to support the arts.
Young introduced the musical program provided by Allen Lowe, worship pastor at First Baptist Church; Kristin Lowe, pianist; and Rachel Smith, vocalist. They presented a program titled "From Broadway To The Cross."
After the program, Young thanked guests, adjourned the meeting and invited everyone to the tea table. Hostess chair was Sosnowski with Melissa McLachlan as co-chairwoman. Committee members were Kipper Ackerman, Jeanne Anne Baldwin, Kathi DuBose, Linda Fraley, Fran Kay, Bunni Russell, Sarah Tindal, Anne Walton and Jane Watson. Erica Goza, a friend of a member of this committee, arranged and donated the attractive fall centerpiece and other fall arrangements in the parish hall.
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