February Meeting

The Friends held their February meeting on the 18th in the event room at the museum. Approximately fifty people attended the meeting, which included an outstanding presentation and discussion by Dr Fred Woods of Brigham Young University. Dr. Woods presentation was based on his book “Bright Lights in the Desert: The Story of the Latter-Day Saints in Las Vegas.”

During the business meeting of the Friends, the following items were discussed:

  1. The meeting was called to order at 2:30pm, followed by an approval of the January minutes.
  2. The Springs Preserve will host a new lecture series starting on February 24th regarding Southern Paiute gardening traditions.
  3. The Nevada State Museum will begin a new monthly lecture series starting on March 22nd focused on topics of the Southwest.
  4. At the end of January, the Friends had $37,297 in checking and $5,007 in savings.
  5. The December Book Fair generated $1,473 in revenue. The next Book Fair will be held on May 11 at the Barnes & Noble on Rainbow.
  6. The annual in-house financial audit was successfully completed on February 14.
  7. Laura Ungaro has joined the board as a new director.
  8. The board has decided to eliminate the Giving Tree and replace it with a budgeted $50/month for items formerly included on the Giving Tree.
  9. Due to survey results, the following two items will be started:
    • The monthly raffle will be eliminated.
    • A door prize will be awarded each meeting. Members will get two tickets to the drawing, and non-members will receive one ticket.
    • A 50-50 raffle will be instituted. Each ticket will be $1. The drawing winner will split the pot with the Friends.
  10. The Friends next outing will be a wine tasting event at Total Wine and More. The first twenty applicants will be selected to attend the event. More details will be announced soon.
  11. The March speakers will be Char Cross and Louisa Messenger, both professors at UNLV.
  12. The meeting was adjourned at 3:45pm.