Buff, NY The North Ridge- September Mtg

Discussion in 'Buffalo, NY' started by 72Princess, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. 72Princess Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jun 15, 2010
    star 4
    boooo

    but seriously I am sorry to hear that. if you have any topics for discussion, send them to me and we will go over it. This meeting will be a big brainstorming session. well follow up with a mtg in october. watch for the minutes (they WILL be posted!) ;-)
  2. BigDanLevitan Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jun 26, 2005
    star 5
    Biz will be there tonight as well. Somehow I forgot to post that earlier.......;)
    72Princess likes this.
  3. CloneJelley Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Unfortunately, neither my wife and I can make it :(
  4. Darth Erebus Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Sep 2, 2012
    star 3
    was looking like a go until about an hour ago :( have a great meeting guys! :)
  5. 72Princess Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jun 15, 2010
    star 4
    We missed you Dave! As well as the many others who were unable to attend. I am finishing up the minutes now, will post once approved.
  6. Mother_of_the_Twins Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 8, 2005
    star 5
    Many thanks to Anna for hosting our small, but productive meeting. =D=
  7. 72Princess Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jun 15, 2010
    star 4
    The Meeting notes thread is locked so until it is unlocked... here are the minutes...

    9/15/2012
    Location: Anna & AJ’s Home
    Attended: Dan, Anna, Peter, Peter Jr, Williams, Elaine, Biz, Jess, , Steve Peter Parker Losey, Gill
    Sargent At Arms: PETER
    Excused: Chris & Mindy, Marty, Stephen & Mary, Dave Barone, Mike & Kristin, Victor, Janice, Larry, Michelle, Jon, Kathleen, Steve Losey, Bryan, Steve Lu, Bill R, Norma
    1. REVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS
      1. 9/22/12 SAT: 6pm Payne’s Restaurant 10th Anniversary Celebration THREAD LINK
        1. Update your attendance on the ongoing thread- Be SURE TO INCLUDE TOTAL NUMBER ATTENDING
        2. Going with Choice #1 meals at 14.99 plus tax and gratuity per person-see thread for selections
        3. ACTION ITEM: Check to see if arrangements can be made for several smaller tables as opposed to one really long table. It was difficult to converse with anyone at last year’s event.
      2. 10/6/12 SAT: STAR WARS READS: BARNES AND NOBLES: CLARENCE: TRANSIT RD THREAD LINK
        1. arrive 1030, event is 11a-2pm: request no fewer than 3 characters, no more than 7
        2. Dressing areas are limited, it is suggested to wear as much of your costume as you can to the event. Most areas of the store have security cameras
      3. 10/7/12 SUN: BUFFALO COMIC CON: MARRIOT MILLERSPORT AMHERST THREAD LINK
        1. 9am setup, event 10am-4pm
        2. A secure room will be provided for changing and for storing belongings, lunch will also be provided.
        3. Will need costumed characters, table assistance and character wranglers, and a “Dueling Demo”
        4. ACTION ITEM: DAN will see if we can solicit for donations for COMPASS HOUSE
      4. SAVE THE DATE: 10/27 (event runs 11-3) possible participation in Safe and Seen- awaiting confirmation from organizers. ACTION ITEM: WATCH BOARDS FOR THIS EVENT
      5. 11/10/12 SAT: BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY APPEARANCE THREAD LINK
        1. 1 hour event starting at either 1030am or 11am, for 15-20 children.
        2. Kathleen is considering writing a brief skit for characters to perform with the children
        3. ACTION ITEM: Watch the boards for more information and details
      6. ANNUAL NORTH RIDGE HALLOWEEN PARTY -DATE TBD- TIME: EVENING
        1. Michelle and Greg have graciously volunteered to host our ANNUAL Halloween party.
        2. ACTION ITEM: Please vote for the preferred date on the BOARDS. THREAD LINK
        3. NOTE TO NEWBIES: Spouses and children are welcome, please note alcohol may be consumed. Costume Rules: NO Star Wars Costumes
      7. ANNUAL NORTH RIDGE CHRISTMAS PARTY- DATE TBD- TIME: EVENING
        1. Anna & AJ have graciously volunteered to host the ANNUAL Christmas Party and Officer Elections.
        2. Please watch the BOARDS to post your availability on proposed dates. This will be a POT LUCK DINNER.
        3. Discussed hosting Food Pantry/Toiletry Drive once again. Elaine’s church collects non-perishable food items for a Food Pantry in Buffalo, and toiletry items for Friends of the Night People. The Christmas party thread will have more information re: suggested/requested items. Please start saving your travel size hotel shampoos/soaps now!
        4. NOTE TO NEWBIES: Spouses and children are welcome, please note alcohol may be consumed. There will be a GIFT EXCHANGE- thread with information to come out later: it is a Secret Santa type exchange with a price limit: and results of the Annual Election of the North Ridge Board are announced.
      8. More events are pending, they will posted in THREADS once confirmed. Please continue to watch the BOARDS.
    2. Admins of the Forums are working on eliminating old “stickies”. Your patience is appreciated.
    3. Update your information for the North Ridge Roster. Contact Elaine, via PM on the FORUMS: Mother_of_The_Twins. Email is fine if you have her email address.
      1. The past Roster will not be used, she is starting anew. If you want to receive the address list, you must supply your information. she is requesting that EVERYONE send their information. If she does not hear from someone, she will assume they do not wish to be included in the list. There have been a many you who have moved or changed phone numbers since our last list was completed. Please don't assume she has your correct info.
      2. NOTE TO NEWBIES: Please do not post your private information on the boards.
      3. Your contact information should include:
        1. First, Last Name
        2. full street address, city & zip
        3. your name on the boards
        4. your email address
        5. phone number (cell & home if you want)
        6. birthday (month and day)
    4. Ideas for Future Events - Toys For TOTS Drive - Can do a drive within our group, perhaps at Halloween Party, or set up an event locally advertised as a Toys For Tots drive. More information on Toys For Tots Buffalo on their website.
    5. North Ridge Anniversary “SWAG”
      1. Discussed ideas for 10th Anniversary “SWAG”: patches, coins, pins, shirts etc.
      2. Before proceeding with the “SWAG”, discussed having a submission time for logo ideas.
      3. ACTION ITEM: NORTH RIDGE MEMBERS TO DESIGN AND SUBMIT GRAPHICS FOR A 10TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO. WATCH FORUMS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION DETAILS.
    6. Event concerns:
      1. SECURITY: Members participated at a recent local event where the dressing area was not secured. It was a shared area with other performers and event staff were in and out of the room. A theft did occur. We discussed defining and verifying “A secure dressing room” when booking events. Discussed having a NORTH RIDGE TOTE with a combination lock, code known only to members, to secure wallets, keys, cell phones, and other personal items to be carried to events. Need for the TOTE would be determined on an event by event basis. Peter volunteered his armor TOTE - has access for a lock- to use when he is at events. Discussed drafting a “RIDER” requesting and defining a “secure room”. ACTION ITEM: DAN will check to see if he has a tote available, Anna has a combination lock where we can set a group combination.
      2. WATER: members participated at a recent local event where hydration became an issue. Accessibility to drinking water was limited and many members became dehydrated. Discussed requesting water to be supplied by event coordinators for members for larger and long events. Also discussed members bringing water to large and long events. Discussed drafting a “RIDER” requesting water for participants. ACTION ITEM: Communicate to the group on the Boards when posting an event, the availability of water.
      3. REVIEW OF EVENT ETIQUETTE : APPLIES TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:COSTUMERS, WRANGLERS, AND TABLE:
        1. For the safety of our members, we will arrive TOGETHER at events. Never, under any circumstances, enter an event, or a person’s home, alone.
        2. No cell phone calls or texting at the table, or while in costume and in view of the public.
        3. No eating at the table. No exceptions.
        4. Table & non-costumed personnel to help costumed members as needed. Assist helmeted characters, their vision is very limited.
        5. Must not use foul language, obscene gestures, and the use of alcohol or tobacco is prohibited while at the table or in costume and in view of the public, especially children.
        6. Remain in character and in costume (Helmets remain on unless character appropriate - Example: Rebel Pilot) while in view of the public.
        7. Never pick up or hold children for photos.
        8. Stay hydrated and be sure to take plenty of breaks.
        9. Be polite.
    7. Develop a “STICKY - Directory” on the Boards for North Ridge members. This directory would have threads for items such as: Introductions to the North Ridge: who we are and why we do what we do; Have one describing appearance/event etiquette, and one for people to update the roster. ACTION ITEM: Chris S will be working on this.




    minutes by 72Princess (Anna)
    North Ridge Secretary
    Darth Erebus likes this.
  8. GrandAdmDraco Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jun 12, 2011
    star 2
    Thank you Anna. I appreciate your hard work in writing that out.
  9. JediXXL Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 11, 2003
    star 6
    Suggestion for our next meeting:

    I think we need a private members only forums so we can talk about sensitive topics without having to worry about prying eyes.