Minutes of the LFS Annual Membership Meeting 9-20-2007

The annual membership meeting of the Laramie Film Society was held Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the Laramie Fire Substation, 23rd and Reynolds. Notice of the meeting was by email to individual members. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by president Robert Roten.

In attendance, officers Roten, treasurer, Casey Wood and secretary, Lynn Hamblin (who arrived at 7:28 p.m.) and board of directors members David Lightbourne and Ali Grossman. Also present were Nancy Sindelar, member, Burton Muller, member, Clifford Marks, member, Jeanne Holland, member, Ed Rasmussen, member, and Greg Palmer, member and Brett Glass, member.

The situation involving the rejection of the annual corporate filing of LFS by the Wyoming Secretary of State's office on September 6 was discussed. The filing was rejected since LFS only listed two directors on its filing, along with three officers. Brett Glass, one of the two founding members of LFS stated that it was his belief that officers can either be considered members of the board or not. Phil White, a local attorney, expressed concern that adding more members to the board of directors might exceed the current limit of seven in the LFS bylaws. Roten stated that the Secretary of State's Office seems to be saying that officers are not directors. He also stated that he did not mind if he was a non-voting member of the board.

It was moved and seconded and unanimously voted by those present that Nannette Nelson, Ed Rasmussen and Greg Palmer be added to the LFS board of directors. It was moved and seconded and unanimously voted by those present that Jeanne Holland be named Vice President of LFS. It was moved and seconded and passed that Clifford Marks be made a member of the board of directors. There was a lone, humorous, dissenting vote to this motion, made by Marks himself. Roten abstained from voting on all board votes.

Roten and Sindelar gave a brief presentation on the summer film series co-sponsored by the LFS, the Wyoming Peace, Justice and Earth Center (headed by Sindelar) and the Albany County Public Library. The series, held at the library, netted about $150 in donations by those attending the film series at the county library. Roten and Sindelar said they intend to use that money to upgrade the library's sound system in the room where movies are shown. Roten noted the library aided the series greatly by allowing the use of its facilities, projection equipment and movie site license for free and that both Sindelar and Roten felt the need to give something back to the library for its assistance and support of the summer film series.

There was also a discussion about how better to promote the fall film series at the Wyo Theatre and ongoing worries about the survival of the series and the theater itself. Sindelar suggested trying to persuade Trans-Lux, owner of the Fox Cinema in Laramie, to drop some of the deed restrictions on the Wyo Theatre which prevent the theater from showing movies in a timely manner. Various ideas were discussed about how to better promote the fall film series on the University of Wyoming campus and in the Laramie Daily Boomerang.

It was moved, seconded and passed that the meeting adjourn at 7:55 p.m.

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