JOMO Pride Inc Meeting Minutes May 25th Thursday 630pm Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
Sign-in & Speaking Requests:
Call to Order Roll Call – Board Members; Ron Burch, Kien Stephens, John Pulido, Naomi Stephens-Lewis, Sheba Lewis, Lydia B., Kelsey H. Other Members - Brandon Whelan, Roy Plummer, and Linnea Hanshaw. Others in attendance -
Approval of Board Minutes - May 10th - Approved Approval of Board Agenda - May 25th - Approved
1. Reports of Officers Co-Chair - Calendar of events 2023, grant 2024, Pride Color Guard Meeting, Meeting with TruWarranty, meeting Co-Chair - Improve couldn’t do June event but will be available for Pride. Treasurer - $12,541.11 Secretary - N/A Sponsorship - we received a second payment towards Sponsor, Chamber sponsored at a level 1 and mass email sent again. Vendor - 24 Vendors for Pride, another round of mass emails wil be sent Volunteer - Reached out to Lori Marketing - N/A Entertainment - Got some people for June, need to approve ASAP, do have July approved ASAP Asst. Ent - N/A Media- N/A Committee Director - N/A
2. Unfinished Business
JOMO EQ - N/A
Haven’t received minutes yet.
Committee activity update - Benson
Next Meeting/Activity/board meeting date -
Meeting with Truwarranty - Ron thought they were going to be a sponsor, wanted to partner with us, use their space, at the restaurant 75 people, and 50 overflow next to it, parade sponsorship.
Fundraiser Outlook 2023
May - Dine & Donate programs update Papa Murphys will mail check to us if we made it. Panara and Jeffersons coming up. Same as Papa Murphys
Johnny, Ron, Sheba ,Naomi, Kerstin cvb, Mel & Steve Blackthorn etc - other ideas?
Motion approval of 2024 dates Sept 6th -8th Approved
Motion for approval of new 2024 Sponsorship pricing Added a new tier. Rates were increased across the board.
Motion for approval of Musical artist
With DJ or without approved with DJ
Drag headliner list & options - discuss & vote approved
Motion for approval of 2024 Pridefest event budget Approved
Review of Grant submission for 2024
Parade updates - need more entrants
Invitation to other area prides to attend -
letter or graphic invitation needs to be drafted.
Throw in free space to sponsors this year
Can we find a marching band - we have leads - awaiting contact info
Need a maximum measurement for float entries
Ron & Loni to meet
Make large PRIDE letters - can do ourselves
Get a large pride flag sewn to walk down Main street - look into fabric and costs. About $800 on the high end
Balloon Guyz Pride Decor -
Rainbow Balloon Pillars or Rainbow Balloon Circle background on stage ($200 @ Discounted cost)
Rainbow balloon walkers with pole bursts (average of $50 a person depending on how many balloons, what type and what is available time the colors of the traditional pride rainbow FIVE) - -$300
If Pride will commit to $400 towards decor Ron will subsidize the other $100 Approved
Classic/Antique muscle car outreach- ask Huey Lewis about finding some cars.
Invite Original Gents Trans Motorcycle Club from KC to attend/ride in parade? Approved
Amos came and talked about Queer Colorguard, and had us vote on the best look. Wants Pride to float the bills, first bill is $175.Would like 18 and over, but,if minors come, need to sign a waiver and parents must march with them and help pass out water. Black shorts and white tank top for the color guard. Logo would be SWMO Pride Guard. First year just baton twirler and flags, next year would involve weapons (the kind that are used for color guard), saber, wooden rifles, etc. Wants to order everything by next week. Wants two “movements' ' for when the music is playing, and three when music isn’t playing.
calendar of events -
Submit to board for final approval: have one hour left to fill on Sunday, Approved
Inclusion of art exhibit during pride - run times 10am - 5pm
Nail down location for Drag Brunch & food options
Discuss meeting with Palace Pizza
Chaos may be back on the agenda - could we partner with Beast & Barrel (new owner) to do catering? Other catering options?
Event insurance application - ron
Road closure notices - finished
Need to put the first round of notices out in June - possibly Third Thursday 15th.
Hotel outreach -
Residence Inn Marriot, Towneplace Suites Mariot, Fairfield Marriot, Best western oasis, Home2 Suites, Hilton Garden - outreach still needed for Residence Inn, Best Western, hilton garden, fairfield
Need block of rooms (5) at each to help track room nights
"Book with us" campaign - pride flyers at partnered hotels encouraging to BOOK NOW for JOMO PRIDE
Open Board positions -
Any other nominations?
Media- Brandon Whelan nominated himself at the last meeting. He has read the by laws, and prepared a speech. Ron motions, Sheba seconds, board approves.
3 . New Business
Next Meeting dates - June 7, 2023, 6:30 pm, Blackthorn