Reid Allen, President, Gene Hartigan, George Harrison, Marsha
Jackson, Bart Carroll, Shirley Carroll, Stan Bowers and Orlene
Reid Allen opened the meeting. He welcomed George Harrison who
has agreed to become a member of the Steering Committee and a
member of the Club Board of Directors.
Reid also reported that Chee Chin Chang (a member of the Pasadena
Kiwanis Club) will become a member of the Steering Committee,
but could not be here today.
Reid reported that Pete Carroll had declined to be the keynote
speaker because of recruiting and speaking commitments in the
had contacted Pat Haden, former U.S.C. quarterback. Pat said he
is planning a family vacation in the spring and does not want
to commit to a April or May date as it might conflict with his
Scully might be a possibility. He needs a definite date. The Carrolls
will give their Dodger contact the date of April 26 to discuss
with Mr. Scully.
Jackson has talked to Holly of Outback personally, and Holly said
she may be able to get Marcus Allen, a former outstanding U.S.C.
and NFL football player, as the keynote speaker. He gives a good
talk and he lives locally.
Hartigan has a connection with Mike Sciosia of the Angels. He
lives in Thousand Oaks. Gene will pursue this possibility. Mike
is a good speaker and mixes well with people.
starts in April. Both Scully and Sciosia may not be able to fit
the Gala into their schedules. David Hughes in his Action Suggestions,
which were passed out at the meeting, stressed that we should
not limit ourselves to a sports figure. It is important that the
speaker appeal to the business community as well as the youth.
business community could help with sponsorships and ticket sales.
Harrison suggested as a possible speaker Dr. Ben Carson, who is
well known in the medical world as an outstanding cardiologist.
He is a good speaker and asks no charge to speak in front of groups.
Hughes will speak to a Los Angeles based agent who was very helpful
in securing many celebrities for galas of the Fort Lauderdale
Boys & Girls Club, of which David was the CEO. David indicated
she was paid a small fee, but the celebrities who she obtained
donated their services.
of Outback will continue to look for speakers.
Marsha has called banquet facilities listed in the Yellow Pages
and has found none that can fit our requirements of size (500
people) and catering our own food. Marsha has talked to Holly
and she has agreed to provide hors doeuvres for the VIP
cocktail party before the dinner. Holly is working with her partners
on location. It is important that the galas location be
acceptable to them.
has talked to a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints
which has lovely facility located in Burbank. He will check with
the Church to see if it can be used by outside groups and if it
meets our requirements.
Hughes suggested we contact private schools, high schools and
colleges which have gymnasiums. As David mentions in his Action
Suggestions, the challenge is to find a location that will
allow us to take advantage of Outbacks offer to provide
the food, which will save us approximately $20,000.
Bowers said that a huge new, very attractive high school has been
built in Thousand Oaks. He will contact the school to see if it
may have accommodations which we could use.
Harrison said that La Habra Community Center can seat 500 people.
will check it out.
order to secure a banquet location we may have to reduce the number
of people we are inviting. We could reduce the number of young
people but we should keep the same number of adults. This is a
TWO VERY IMPORTANT POINTS:
The facility must be acceptable to Holly. All the information
we find, should be sent to her.
Stan reminded us although the banquet hall may be free, any facility
will charge custodial and insurance fees.
Hughes urges us to provide him with lists ASAP. He wants to build
a data base as soon as possible. The following mailing lists were
suggested by the Committee --directories for Chamber of Commerces
and also Jr. Chambers. in in surrounding areas/ Pasadena (Reid
Allen), San Fernando Valley and Ventura (Marsha Jackson &
the Bowers), Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia (Gene Hartigan), George
Harrison in his area; Boys & Girls Clubs/Gene Hartigan knows
Bob Monk, former head of the Pasadena organization; Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha
and Club directories; and other organizations we may be associated
with. How large a distance do we want to cover? Santa Barbara?
San Diego? Beach Communities, north and south of our area? Think
about it. Send the lists and directories to David as soon as you
get them. Dont wait.
Internet may be a good resource. Although Chambers of Commerce
are listed, the membership list is not. Perhaps we could use it
to look up banquet halls.
David wants a contact list for Southern California Sponsored Youth
Builders, Key Clubs and Circle Ks. He would like to send
them a letter explaining the event and begin coordinating young
people to attend the gala.
Leads are very much needed. David asks that someone work with
him on identifying and soliciting prospects. This can be done
now. In fact, year-end tax benefits might motivate someone to
Reid will contact Citizens Business Bank and talk to them about
donating money to cover the cost. David Hughes in Florida will
be preparing letters and mailing them out.
It could be David Hughes, who has a source in Florida, or a local
company. Does the Pasadena Department of Water & Power allow
flyers to be enclosed with their mailings to customers?
OF SPEAKER, FACILITY, AND LISTS FOR DATA BASE ARE NEEDED AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IF POSSIBLE.
Assignments will be discussed and determined next meeting.
INFORMATION COLLECTED SHOULD BE SENT TO MARSHA JACKSON.
reminder call will be made to all Committee members.
Meeting: December 18, 2007 1:30 PM at Dennys
in Temple City.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.
Submitted by Kathy Allen, Recording Secretary.