2014 Guild March

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:30 am

Steele Auditorium

The meeting was called to order by President Rod Passmore at 9:30 am. Rod introduced guests in the audience. Jerry Cowdrey introduced his three guests and Phyliss Manning introduced her sister. Jackie Kemmer introduced Sue King, mother of our speaker today, Charles King. Rod mentioned that Joel Muzzy is home from the hospital after recent surgery and that long-time member Ginny Howe is at home with a leg problem. Cards, calls and prayers would be good for both valuable members of our Heard community.

Rod thanked the Library volunteers for the delicious refreshments.


David Rothberg asked Jackie Kemmer to introduce our speaker, Charles King, of the King Gallery in Scottsdale. She gave a humorous and informative introduction of her former student from Estes Park, Colorado. He has a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Business. He is an expert on Pueblo pottery and has written several books including ”Born of Fire: Life and Pottery of Margaret Tofoya” in 2008 and “The Life and Art of Tony Da” in 2011. He praised the Heard Museum and our Library and the amazing resource that it has always been for him for his research. He gave a wonderful program on Pueblo pottery using pictures from a variety of sources including a very young Maria Martinez from our library collection. He had interesting information and pictures about three generations of potters and their work and their lives. He enthralled the audience for the entire presentation and then graciously answered questions.


Rusty Hale moved that the minutes from the February 19, 2014 meeting of the Guild be accepted. The motion was seconded by Steve Weiland and approved by a majority.


Jack Brock, Treasurer, reports that the Fair did very well and we will be able to meet our pledge of $110,000 to the Heard. The Best of Show dinner made money and the Silent Auction brought in $16,000 more than last year thanks to an estate donation. Mary Bonsall sold all of the 500 raffle tickets for added revenue. The Treasurer’s Report is available online and posted in the Guild Room. Final Fair numbers will be in soon.


Linda Hefter as head of the Nominating Committee presented the Slate of Officers for 2014-2015. They are:

President-Susan Kolman

President Elect-Mary Endorf

Secretary-Claire Warshaw

Treasurer-Mary Bonsall

Nominating Committee-Linda Hefter

The Nominating Committee is made up of John Carpenter, Judith Dobbs, Reta Severtson, and Linda Hefter.


Mark Scarp, Guild Liaison with the Heard, invited everyone to the Dinner to be held on Friday, April 25th. It will have a Tuscan theme and will start at 5:00 with appetizers and dinner at 5:45. Please RSVP to Mark. Info will be out via the website and also by mail soon.


David Newark reviewed the strategic planning meeting and survey. He said the majority of people who responded to the survey recommended working on improving the sense of community within the Guild and better communication between the Museum staff and the Guild. The committee will continue working on the three year plan with the Heard during the next few months.

Amazon Smile:

Dani Boone of the Heard Museum fund raising staff announced that Guild members are now able to participate in a fund raising opportunity thru Amazon purchases. Members go online to Amazon and register their choice of group ( the Heard ) and 5% of their purchase will go to the Heard. This would be an easy way to give to the Heard on purchases you already make. The website is www.smile@amazon.com.


  1. Lucille Shanahan reports that members have recorded 45,352 service hours with 12 days remaining in the current year. The year ends on March 31, 2014. Hours can be registered online or by placing your hours on a paper and put in the box in the Guild Room. She also reports that the new Las Guias class for 2014-2015 will be inviting parties who are interested in taking the nine month training to an Introduction to Las Guias coffee on April 23rd at 1:30 in Encanto.
  2. Reta Severtson encouraged everyone to buy their tickets to the Spring Luncheon at the back table today and at the April meeting. It will be held on Weds. May 7th at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center the same place as last year. They are also happily accepting donations for the Silent Auction to be held that same day. If you would like to get a group together at a table, please send your checks in together. Tables are for ten and reservations must be received by April 26th. Cost is $45.
  3. Sandie Straub reminded us that the Katsina Market is just around the corner on Saturday, April 12th from 10-4. She and Cathy Short have seven helpers and could use more. The artists are very appreciative for the hospitality. A box is available in the Guild Room if you wish to contribute to the event.
  4. Shelley Mowry said that the May 1-4 trip to Canyon de Chelly is almost filled. She is also planning a trip to Tucson October 6-9, a trip to Santa Fe November 6-10 and a possible trip to Mesa Verde in 2015.
  5. Pat Kilburn gave the Fair report and said that the Fair was a great success in spite of the rain on Saturday. Two extra large tents, free ponchos, and moving the Cultural Performances into Steele saved the day. There were 1,000 more people attending the Fair than last year and that the increased was on Saturday and 250 more people at BOS than last year. The Silent Auction was very successful owing to high quality donations from the Fair artists and the addition of significant estate items gifted to the Museum. The artists were especially complimentary of the hospitality of the Heard, describing it as the “best”. She said that we cut down on the number of booths and that made for a better flow of traffic and easier access to the booths for the public. The addition of unloading of goods on Thursday made for a less hurried set up. From many conversations with the artists, it appears had their art sold well. The artists again praised the staff and volunteers for their hard work and good attitude in spite of the rainy weather. Pat thanked the Steering Committee, the 32 committee chairs, the Guild members and their friends who filled the 750 time slots as well as the partnership with the Museum staff. She said that planning for the 2015 Fair is already underway and the theme is “Celebration of Baskets”.
  6. Louise Wakem of the Library Book Sale reminded everyone that the dates are December 5, 6, and 7th 2014. They are collecting lots of books and they are being stored in the pod off-site. If you have a quantity of items, you can call 602-789-0413 for a pick up.

Meeting adjourned at 11:55 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Sue Snyder