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450 Corps Meeting Minutes

Following are minutes of meetings and correspondence of the citizen 450 Corps. Initial membership was randomly selected, to begin developing community interest and ideas. All meetings are open and membership of interested citizens welcomed.

06/07/11

450 Community Corps board meeting 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2011 at Denny's Restaurant.

Attending: Gardner, Manny, Eubanks, Johnson. Resigned: Nancy Birchall; out of contact: Bob Russell; out of town: Jaeger.

Voted to ask Irene Arriola and John Stavely to join the board. Member Nancy Birchall has resigned as she's on First America Foundation board, and haven't been able to reach Bob Russell, though we hope he will continue to serve.

Gardner suggested City Commission meeting June 13 may present clarification on roles of city and First America Foundation in commemoration planning.

Voted against calling a general 450 Corps meeting until some solid initiatives have been started. Emphasis is that 450 Community Corps is reactivating to assure community of its importance in commemorations, and corps' role is to assist committees and organizations in development of programs and projects.

Eubanks was asked to organize a tour guide program review committee, to invite Drs. Gannon and Deagan to recommend changes, as they earlier volunteered. Gardner will work on development of a beautification committee to develop flower boxes/pots along historic district streets; Manny will look at development of 450th postage stamp and coins.

10/26/09

The upcoming round of meetings will fill in many blanks for our 450 Community Corps.

It will be important for as many of us as possible to attend and show our community's support.

Upcoming 450 public meetings:

We will schedule a 450 Community Corps meeting after this round to continue our efforts.

Your executive board is developing a brief presentation for the steering committee meeting Wednesday. We'll be joined by our 450 Chip Committee and Romanza Festival Committee, also making presentations.

City 450 Director Dana Ste. Claire wants presentations brief, to focus the session on adopting the 45- strategic plan.

Our presentation focuses on our Mission Statement:

The 450th Community Corps is dedicated to the success of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration by encouraging active community participation, promoting projects and programs and assisting individuals and organizations in achieving these goals.

Details await the formal strategic plan and organizational chart, but we can speculate we'll be developing subcommittees to fill program and project units.

Primary will be the speakers bureau and regional assemblies, to draw our entire county into the commemorations. Carefully crafted scripting and PowerPoint are important, to assure a consistent plan is presented.

08/23/09

Your executive board has continued to meet with City 450 Director Dana Ste. Claire, and the process continues to delay a general meeting of our 450 Community Corps.

Two spawns of the corps - the Ship Committee (Marty Keiser) planning construction of a 16th century caravel, and the Romanza Committee (Albert Syeles) planning a Charleston Spoleto-style festival - have also met regularly with Dana as we all work toward the same page.

The most realistic time for a general meeting of the 450 Community Corps will be after the 450 Steering Committee meeting, hopefully next month. Dana has been compiling a variety of potential events and organizations communicating with him - trying to "herd the cats" into that strategy plan to be presented to the Steering Committee.

Note changes on our website www.oldcity450.com. The "forum," designed for community dialog, has been scrapped - too cumbersome and riddled with spam. Still looking for an easy-to-use, secure, online dialog format, although recent problems with facebook, twitter, etc., suggest that such may not exist.

Roy Jaeger and Nancy Birchall have developed value, vision, and mission statements, as well as organizational and goal plans for consideration.

The Mission Statement:

"The 450th Community Corps is dedicated to the success of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration by encouraging active community participation, promoting projects and programs and assisting individuals and organizations in achieving these goals."

Nancy will head up a speakers' bureau and is working with Dana on both script and PowerPoint formats for a consistent 450 message.

It has to seem to most of us that commemoration planning is just treading water, and right now it is. But based on discussions with Dana, when the dam bursts there will be a flood of programs, projects, and committees - more than enough to engage us all.

06/14/09

Waiting for formal efforts to begin for our 450th anniversary has been almost as long as our founding settlers waiting for Spain's annual situado (subsidy), and while ours ($500,000 a year with the Federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission) is not likely before next spring, the people part begins Thursday, June 18.
Mayor Boles'14-member Working Committee of community leaders will meet with Consultant Jeanne Zeidler in public session from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Flagler College's Ringhaver Center.
"This will be a presentational meeting," City 450th Commemoration Executive Director Dana Ste. Claire says, "with presentations by Mayor Boles and (Williamsburg VA) Mayor Zeidler," executive director of the Jamestown 2007/400th Commemoration.
The 450 Corps Executive Board (George Gardner, Scott Manny, Nancy Birchall, Bob Russell, Roy Jaeger, Gerald Eubanks, and Eric Johnson) has met twice since our last general meeting in February, looking at ways for us to move forward. Consensus: we already have several committees developing programs, and good signs from Dana of our fit into the commemorations.
We have always been hamstrung on gaining credibility to effectively raise funds for programs. Dana has pledged that, while fundraising is critical to the commemorations, it will be our community resources that pull off their success. I'm confident we have the right players in place - with Dana the official element and the passion of our 450 Corps in support.
We'll schedule a general meeting of the 450 Corps soon after Thursday's formal 450 meeting, with a location and time better suited for public gathering.

041709

The executive board of the 450 Corps will produce a short-list of 8-10 action ideas from nearly 100 submitted over the past year to the 450 Corps. That list will be brought to the full membership for consideration at a public meeting as soon as possible.
The board, after meeting with official 450 Interim Director Dana Ste. Claire, decided this is the best course to move forward while official planning for the commemoration continues. Ste. Claire anticipates a federal commission and local strategic plan will not be in place before the end of summer, and the 450 Corps' role in the official plan is still unclear.
Board members agreed that the 450 Corps role at this time should not be to raise funds and develop projects for the official commemoration, but rather to motivate and assist organizations and individuals in the development of programs and projects which will stand the test of time, to be field-tested before, and survive as legacies after, the commemoration. Examples include the building of a 16th century ship, for which a 450 Corps committee was developed months ago, and Ste. Claire said recently should be "a signature commemoration project."
The best will rise to the top. Among funding opportunities are grants of up to $20,000 in the federal commission legislation, as well as Tourist Development Council annual grants. Organizations and individuals with "shovel-ready" programs will stand the best chance when these opportunities arise.
Board members include George Gardner, Scott Manny, Bob Russell, Nancy Birchall, Eric Johnson, Gerald Eubanks, and Roy Jaeger.

040909

It's not easy to narrow a great list of dedicated 450 corps members to just seven for an executive board, but be assured it's no reflection on any of us.
Creation of this board will allow us to update our 501.c.3, get preliminary thinking from official 450 Interim Director Dana Ste. Claire, and set an agenda for progressing to specific programs and projects.
I've asked the following to serve on that board: George Gardner - chair, Scott Manny - operations, Bob Russell - financial, Nancy Birchall - communications, Gerald Eubanks, Roy Jaeger, and Eric Johnson.
Ste. Claire assures me "The Corps … will be a huge part of the success of this event." He takes office April 1, and has much to do in transitioning from Historic Tours of America, but will meet with our board hopefully before the end of next week. I anticipate a general meeting soon after. Contact any board member with questions or concerns you have at this time.

022109

Exciting potential projects, a revised mission statement, and restructuring evolved from the citizen 450 Corps meeting Thursday, February 19.
A Spoleto-style arts festival, a St. George Day, and an exhibit of Spanish masters in art were among ideas presented by or brought to the corps, joining an already active 16th century ship project. Each has strong advocates to develop their ideas. Chairman George Gardner said such projects can be developed now and extended beyond the commemoration period regardless of what shape the formal 450th organization takes.
A revised mission statement was prompted by that continuing uncertainty over an eventual formal organization. The tailored down version is still being tweaked. The original statement assumed the work of the 450 Corps would be folded into a formal organization.
The revision:
The mission of the 450 Corps is to generate and facilitate programs and projects commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding and history of St. Augustine, our Nation's oldest continuously occupied European settlement.
And our regular monthly meeting time, 8 a.m., and limited location are difficult for many citizens to attend. George asked for names of folks interested in serving on a smaller executive board, to work through plans and ideas for presentation to larger community meetings at better times and larger location. Contact him at gardner@aug.com.

021509

Next 450 Corps meeting will be Thursday, Feb 19, at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Enter the Charlotte Street walk-in gate from Oldest House parking lot. All meetings open to the public.
Please do not park in spaces with either FNG or specific names - they're leased.
Agenda:
Mission statement - Roy and Nancy will report on their ideas
Committee progress - Provisional chairs so far include PR/Marketing - Roy Jaeger jaegernj@aol.com; Events - Nancy Birchall rebirch@comcast.net; Fundraising - Bob Russell BR989@aol.com: Ship - Maury Keiser maurykeiser@bellsouth.net: Period clothes closet - Heidi Mosier heiq@bellsouth.net: Film - Rick Ambrose otterrick7@aol.com: Living History - Mark Schmitt castillocannon@hotmail.com: Stage performances - Gerald Eubanks trgee@aol.com.

013009

On January 21, Lisa emailed, "One day I went into the Visitor Center and I saw the flyer ‘Planning for the 450th.' The flyer was asking for suggestions as to what the city should do. As I was reading the flyer to my 10-year-old daughter, Alyssa, her ideas just started to flow. "
January 23, Laura emailed, "I would love to see the city involve students in this historic event through demonstrations and short skits about our history. I have my ever growing group of children from 2-18 years of age that I bring to various reenactment events that would be interested in helping."
The emails bracketed a dialog between 450 Corps members and citizens and Mayor Joe Boles January 22, where it was evident all are working toward the same goal - as Joe put it, a "three-year lineal World's Fair."
Provisional chairs have been named for just some of the many potential citizen committees for our 450th, including PR/Marketing - Roy Jaeger jaegernj@aol.com and Nancy Birchall rebirch@comcast.net; Fundraising - Bob Russell BR989@aol.com: Ship - Maury Keiser maurykeiser@bellsouth.net: Period clothes closet - Heidi Mosier heiq@bellsouth.net: Film - Rick Ambrose otterrick7@aol.com: Reenactments - Mark Schmitt castillocannon@hotmail.com: Stage performances - Gerald Eubanks trgee@aol.com. Contact those you want to be involved with, and contact gardner@aug.com with your committee ideas.
As Lisa put it, "The idea is to have something once a month for families and something once a month for adults.
LET'S CELEBRATE ST. AUGUSTINE !!! 12 MONTHS OF CELEBRATING !!!!!"

012409

Meeting Thursday, January 22 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Some two dozen 450 Corps members and citizens dialoged with Mayor Joe Boles on plans for the commemorations. Also at this meeting, Treasurer Alan Kay reported a contribution of $100 from the Committee of the Night Watch and $30 from donations of $5 each for 450 logo stickers, courtesy of Anthea Manny of the Night Watch.
The mayor, who recently formed a panel of community leaders to advise consultant Jeanne Zeidler in developing an organizational structure, said our city's been busy pushing legislation for a federal commission, developing contacts with our sister cities and with America's growing Hispanic leadership, and understanding protocol to invite world leaders to the commemoration.
Boles envisions a "three-year lineal World's Fair, because we don't have the ground to condense all our history into one year." Among his thoughts: getting international governments and organizations to adopt buildings on our Citizens for Historic Preservation (CPSA) endangered historic structures list, restore them as hospitality venues during the commemoration, and then turn them over to our city.
"The 450 Corps has developed a great list of program ideas," the mayor said. "The time will come to plug in all those activities."

121708

Meeting Wednesday, December 17 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Scott Manny, Toni Wallace, Nancy Birchall, Eric Johnson, Gerald Eubanks, Maury Keiser, Roy Jaeger.
Much discussion of Jaycees of 1960s, who promoted the community and ran popular Days in Spain. Susan noted that event was for community, while events today are aimed at tourists. Scott said the 450th should be for community, and draw established families back into activities. Gerald, a former Jaycee, said the Jaycees were the city in their day.
George summarized a combined city-450 Corps citizen interest list of more than 200, including in areas of interest Community activities & volunteer coordination - 23; Marketing, Promotion, PR - 45; Guest Services - 39; Program Development - 70, and other or no preference - 101, with numerous overlaps.
Organization of subcommittees will continue in January, as well as fundraising. Scott noted the importance of fundraising is not so much the money as the people count, with all contributors listed on our web site to grow the list of support. He suggested modest contributions be supporters, larger contributions sponsors, and the biggies - corporate contributors - be underwriters of the 450th commemoration.
Several members, including George, continued to be troubled by public perception of conflict between 450 Corps and the mayor's efforts. George offered to resign chairmanship to "take the politics out of this." Others suggested we get over it - get on with it. We're the only game in town for people involvement. We'd like your feedback on this.
Roy will work on a 450 Corps mission statement; 450 Corps members will plan to meet with consultant Jeanne Zeidler during her visit in January; Roy and Nancy will focus on organizing the marketing/fundraising/PR subcommittee, and George will sort out events subcommittee interest to begin organization of that subcommittee.

101608

Meeting Wednesday, October 15 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Paul Williamson, Scott Manny, Bob Russell, Toni Wallace, Mark Schmitt, Eric Johnson, Gerald Eubanks, Maury Keiser, Robin Pierluisi, Grace Landon-Tirado, Roy Jaeger.
Robin introduced Grace (graceruth01@hotmail.com), a newcomer to our community, and Maury his neighbor, Roy (jaegernj@aol.com), retired NY Port Authority.
Paul named three entities working on 450th, a federal commission now in Congress, our 450 Corps and community meeting in June, and an internal city staff committee on expected city govt. concerns - facilities, security, traffic/crowd control, etc.
Using the example that the ladies of St. Augustine didn't seek higher authority when they wrapped themselves around our city gate to save it, 450 Corps members decided to move ahead with plans and programs without waiting for city or federal officials to create a formal organization.
Gardner asked that all members submit to him names (including themselves) of those interested in chairing or serving on three principal subcommittees:

These are general committees, subject to category additions as we develop.
Ship Committee Chair Maury Keiser reported a 65-80-foot 16th caravel and the name San Augústin have been chosen for our proposed ship-building project. The county Historic Resources Board has endorsed efforts to find a woodlot for storage and preparation of timber, and a location in St. Augustine is favored for the project. Proposed timeline is keel-laying 2009-10, and launching 2013.
Fundraising Chair Bob Russell will begin dragging the bag for major donors for the ship project, as well as smaller contributions for Mark's proposal - that we design and print 450 Corps brochures, posters, buttons, etc. George will prepare and send Bob a layout for 450 Corps letterhead.
Discussion of a 450 logo ran from keeping 450 prominent to incorporating a caravel as a symbol of the 450th. Robin suggested two logos that can be merged depending on the use/occasion.
All these initiatives need designers, and both hiring creative artists and having community competition with a prize were discussed.
Our 450 Corps membership now stands at 29, with 10-12 usually attending monthly meetings. Now is the time for input from all. Send George your thoughts on items discussed here and any other ideas.

101208

Next 450 Corps meeting will be Wednesday, Oct 15, at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. All meetings open to the public.
Agenda
General discussion - your comments on where we are today and what programs/projects/ideas might be put into play while we await formalization of a 450th commission.
Our Ship Committee meets Tuesday at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery (open to all) - we'll get its update Wednesday.

091808

Meeting Wednesday, September 17 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Paul Williamson, Scott Manny, Bob Russell, Toni Wallace, Mark Schmitt, Diane Jacoby, Dan Sullivan, Joy McMillan
Discussion focused on federal legislation progress and a city proposal to hire a consultant to start the formal planning process. Paul described amendments to the Senate 450 Commission bill, which revises five of the commission appointments from "outside" to "inside" the State of Florida, and specifies authorization of $500,000 a year for Fiscal Years 2009 -2015. Those funds will require a separate appropriation bill in Congress.
Paul said a proposal to hire Williamsburg Mayor Jeanne Zeidler to consult with our city in early planning went before the Tourist Development Council for a $20,000 fee, but was tabled. Zeidler headed a staff of 16 for Jamestown's 400th Anniversary. It was suggested Jeanne's experience could be helpful in our city's start-up, ie: the basic organizational structure.
George will submit a flowchart based on Jamestown's to our city manager for distribution to commissioners. This focuses on the local working part of an overall organization (including federal commission and liaison with National Park Service, University of Florida, state, county …). The local structure would include subcommittees on logistics, marketing, and events.
George has 450 logos, which corps agreed we should all carry with us to hand out, encouraging vehicle and business window display to keep spreading the word on 450 and our website. Contact George as you need them.
Next general meeting will be October 15 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Our Ship Committee will be meeting same time and place October 14.

090508

Next 450 Corps meeting will be Wednesday, Sept 17, at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Enter the charlotte Street walk-in gate from oldest house parking lot. All meetings open to the public.
Agenda
Bumper logos - Of 2,000, probably 1,500 left. Hand out/sell/place for donations???
Committees - Attached flowchart based on Jamestown; 3 subcommittees report to executive committee. Units develop under subcommittees.
Formalizing process - Hang-up seems to be commission has no organizing plan. We may move process forward by presenting flowchart that doesn't threaten commission authority. Attached might be explained as sub-elements that will fit into any future federal/state/local commission plans.
Website - we're not getting much interaction in forum. Any ideas?

081008

Meeting Wednesday, August 6 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Eric Johnson, Paul Williamson, Scott & Anthea Manny, Carol Bradshaw, Maury Keiser, Bob Russell, Michelle Reyna, Robin Pierluisi, Toni Wallace (archaeological assns.) Mark Schmitt (Garrison and Men of Menendez), Maureen Ortega (Easter Festival), Sandy Craig (St. Augustine Tours).
Members agreed that an anticipated formal 450 committee/commission might be the 450 Corps, or include Corps members, or not, but for now, 450 Corps is the only game in town and should continue its efforts.
Maury will head up a committee to develop plans for building a 16th century replica caravel; Bob the fundraising team. Anthea Manny is developing a list of other committees to be established at this time. Anticipate we may begin moving toward less frequent general meetings, with initial and future committees reporting their progress to an executive committee and on to general meetings.
Members will sound out community and retailers on potential sales and price for logo bumper stickers, for decision at September meeting; members agreed caravel project will be major draw for 450th. Responding to idea that $450 each from 450 residents/businesses, to be called oarsmen, could raise more than $200,000 toward the project, Maury pledged the first $450. Scott pledged to the 450 Corps $100 each from the British Nightwatch and his business.
Robin suggested customized tumblers and free refill cups she's seen elsewhere could be good fundraisers. It opens the whole idea of promotional items, like lapel pins for supporters, etc.
Date for September meeting will be set soon.

073108

Next 450 Corps meeting will be Wednesday, August 6, at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Enter the charlotte Street walk-in gate from oldest house parking lot. All meetings open to the public.
Agenda
Bumper logos are in - 2,000 @ $460, cost 23 cents@. We'll be discussing distribution: Selling thru shops or what. General discussion on next steps - possibilities include establishing subcommittees; hosting community meetings; contacting organizations; fundraising plan.
Mayor Boles has promised a second community meeting, likely in September, with ideas for creating an official 450 committee.
St. Augustine Research Institute has been asked to take on articles for an official commemoration publication similar to Jamestown's, and possibly taking on the entire publication project.
450 Corps meeting minutes since last October have been added to oldcity450 website, on the forum page.
Harpist Mary Ballou has created a CD, Ancient City Harp: Songs of St. Augustine, and she'll be donating a portion of sales to the 450th effort. The CD "traces the musical history of our great little city. In the mix, there's a Gregorian chant, a Stephen Foster medley followed by two spirituals, Scottish ballads and an Irish jig. And of course, the famous Menorcan ‘Fromajadas'" Info at http://www.harpways.comand email maryjane@harpways.com.

071008

Meeting Wednesday, July 9 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery, attending Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Eric Johnson, Paul Williamson, Scott Manny, Michelle Reyna, Bob Russell, Dr. Guillermo and Robin Pierluisi, Doyle Sapp (NPS-Castillo), Dan Sullivan.
Members debated whether to seek City Commission endorsement of the 450 Corps as the official steering committee, but decided to simply update commissioners at their July 14 meeting. Susan Parker will make the presentation on our history and current activities. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Alcazar Room at City Hall.
Robin Pierluisi urged attention to medical services during the commemoration and suggested grants are available. Scott Manny said the recent fireworks should inspire tourism businesses to stay open later and develop activities for visitors. Bob Russell, a retiree with fundraising experience, urged 450 Corps to seek official endorsement to give credibility to fundraising efforts. Susan suggested our next steps should be to get community organizations started on specific programs and projects, and George noted many of these can get under way now and develop over the years before 2013-2015 commemoration period.
Next meeting Wednesday, August 6.

070408

(Email) 450 Corps meeting Wednesday, July 9, at 8 a.m. at the Page Edwards Gallery.
450 Corps got started as an unofficial committee last October, after Mayor Boles suggested organizing "from the top down," and our citizen group decided a lot of groundwork could be done while awaiting a Federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.
That groundwork included 450 Corps establishing, with private contributions, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) - the St. Augustine 450th Corporation, distributing 5,000 "idea-gathering" brochures, developing a website - http://www.oldcity450.com, and pricing out creation of bumper stickers using an adopted 450th logo.
June 25, Mayor Boles organized an excellent and well-attended "Community Kickoff" for the 450th, but with no announcement yet as to forming a local steering committee.
It's all left our community confused about who's doing what.
An exploratory panel, in April 2007, determined, "The (450th) program should be developed and managed by an independent non-profit corporation, created by joint resolution of county government and all three municipalities in the county, which will serve as the program's official sanctioning body."
450 Corps is ideally suited to be the nucleus of that formal organization.
Susan Parker has agreed to make a presentation to the city commission at its July 14 regular meeting, outlining the work of the 450th Corps and the importance of formally organizing now. Among the reasons: scheduling major participants, starting on major projects, and seeking major sponsors, who plan their advertising budgets years ahead.
The presentation might point out that, while community enthusiasm and involvement for Jamestown's 400th got under way only 2-3 years before, overall planning began 12 years ahead, developing interest and contacting potential major sponsors.
We all agree our community has to pull together to plan and carry out this major commemoration. Most important now is to fold the community interest that's been shown into a single organization, endorsed by our legislative bodies.

061808

Meeting Wednesday, June 18 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Eric Johnson, Paul Williamson, Scott Manny, Nancy Birchall, Laura Stevenson, Carol Bradshaw, Maury Keiser, Derek Hankerson.
Laura noted 450 community meeting announcement in new online Flagler newsletter; Susan planning 2nd symposium for Landing Day 2009; Carol noted Menorcan walk historic district June 26; Nancy investigating opportunity for St. Augustine stamp, and will contact students for 450 Corps; Scott will contact Leonard Studios for bumper strip and window decal costs/contributions; Maury updated Lighthouse boatbuilding replica early boats; Derek noted efforts to create St. Augustine Film Commission, possible 450th Record insert tabloid or regular feature box on 450 activities, and connection of Gullah-Geechee National Corridor with potential St. Augustine National Heritage Area; Paul noted Gullah-Geechee to the north and New Smyrna (Menorcans) to the south makes 450th a regional commemoration; Eric studying improvements to annual Landing Day celebration (members agreed Landing Day better than Founder's Day title).
George announced $500 contribution from Tiberio Foundation toward bumper stickers, and printer quotes under $500 for 4" circle logo incorporating website. Debate unresolved on whether to offer stickers free to get the word out or charge to earn money for 450 Corps. Scott and George will keep members updated on costs and production time, and will poll members on future action.
Variety of thoughts on filming opportunities. One idea to create a list of existing film footage, from major films to current DVDs. Also idea to ask residents to bring pictures/stories of earliest celebrations, like Ponce Days, etc., to Historical Society for copying and filing for future use.
George noted http://www.augustine.com, producing website, is slow getting updates online, but working on it. Scott suggested possible to retain Augustine.com as host, but take over access codes to update. George urged members to begin using website forum to get community dialog started.
June 25 community meet appears to be more a presentation than community dialog, with development of official 450th committee still in the distance.
Next meeting July 9, two weeks after June 25 community meet, to assess that meet.

061708

450 Corps meeting tomorrow 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting.
Agenda: bumper sticker quotes and $500 contribution for same; http://www.oldcity450.com progress; filming our 450th : preview city commission community meeting June 25
Filming our 450th - a group of area film industry professionals are organizing to create a St. Augustine Film Commission, to prepare locations, professional personnel, and other resources sought by filmmakers.
At the same time, our own Alan Kay has been researching and considering the great opportunities to interest the likes of History, Discovery, Natl Geographic, and other media in projects capturing "The First America" and our city's development. His concept is to generate an impressive list of St. Augustinians (by address or passion) "willing to be video-taped for a TV segment in one of the 450th programs.
"It will then be worthwhile to spend a little money to (a) figure out what channel(s) will participate, (b) what legal matters need attention and (c) determine the relationship between size/scope of the TV production(s) and costs. With that information in hand, raising the money needed for acceptance will become worthwhile," Alan suggests. He'll explain.

061108

(Email) Next 450 Corps meeting Wednesday, June 18 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting
This meeting will be an opportunity to collect our ideas for the June 25 community meet 7-8 pm at Flagler Auditorium. Mayor said invitations will be sent to those who have signed up so far with interest. All our names were submitted, and some publicity for the community meeting is expected.
Bumper stickers - we have several quotes for both 4" round and standard strip stickers to review.
Visit http://www.oldcity450.com. And by all means throw in some ideas and discussion in the forum. We need to prime the pump to get some dialog going.
Idea page is in process of being organized by category, like education, festivals, legacy projects, etc.
Suggest other elements we should have on website. We're working on contribution element.

052208

Meeting held Wednesday, May 21 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Michele Reyna, Eric Johnson, Paul Williamson, Scott & Anthea Manny, Guillermo & Robin Pierluisi, Gerald Eubanks, Nancy Birchall.
Paul announced city commission 450th community meeting will be June 25, 7-8 pm, at Flagler Auditorium.
450 Corps members challenged to come up with Top Ten ideas for 450th, either in importance or time-sensitivity (projects/programs that need a lot of advanced planning).
Gerald noted early relationship of Oldest House family with former Florida Memorial College site, once a plantation, at the end of West King, and members acknowledged the interlaced history of our city as an important element of project/program planning.
An 8.5 x 11 page of bumper sticker designs was presented, including standard strip and circular logo designs. Members endorsed development of stickers as fundraiser (and awareness raiser). Scott will look into die-cut costs to produce entire sheet for sale, giving buyer options for use. George will check individual sticker production costs.
Nancy will get details on seeking a USPS St. Augustine 450th commemorative stamp - it's believed it takes several years to get into the schedule. Special state license plate was discussed. No assignment to investigate procedure. Maybe our Flagler members have updated info from their specialty plate. Michele noted that Jamestown simply changed its top and bottom lines (like ours are Florida and Sunshine State or County name), which might sneak thru without specialty designation - with as little state legislative support.
George reported http://www.oldcity450.com is up, with an impressive idea list, but needs further tweaking for a simplified forum page to interact with community.
Next 450 Corps meeting Wednesday, June 18 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting - will be an opportunity to collect our ideas for the June 25

051308

450 Corps meeting Wednesday, May 21 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting.
Introducing some folks who want to be part of 450 planning:
Dr. Guillermo and Robin Pierluisi, among the first asking to be "added to the list" in 450 planning; Dr. is chief of services and medical director emergency services at Flagler Hospital.
Bob Russell, a St. Augustine native who spent years "away" in politics and fundraising, with some thoughts on 450 efforts;
Gerald Eubanks, St. Augustine-based Arielle Productions, chairman of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Committee, Florida Memorial Arch Committee and a number of other community efforts;
Scott and Anthea Manny, leaders of our British Nightwatch and driving forces for our reenactment events;
Maury and Phyllis Keiser, active volunteers with our Lighthouse Museum;
Nancy Birchall, newly retired, "so I will have more time for community involvement" - (we should add continued community involvement as Nancy's been involved for years.)
Update on http://www.oldcity450.com, being funded by Bank of St. Augustine and http://www.augustine.com
Thoughts on a 450 bumper strip
Updates on developing an official city 450 steering committee, and on 501.c.3 application.

042008

(Email) We have two bids for a 450 Corps website with interactive forum for public input.
Both are discounting or otherwise contributing services to 450 Corps.
George told bidders we have $500 contributed by Bank of St. Augustine to cover costs for a website and services for six months. Because we are not an official 450th committee, note the interim timeframe.
Mayor Boles has called for formation of a city-sanctioned 450th steering committee - we like to think largely due to the work we've begun. Our efforts are designed to either become or be turned over to an official body.
George believes we should have a website as soon as possible to expand idea-gathering while a formal committee is being organized.
In deciding between these bidders, consider that we are not an official 450th body, so the website may or may not become official. Paul Williamson has secured a number of domain names to which this site, or a new one, can be attached.
The two bidders are augustine.com, Henry Hird's company, and John Thornton, a professional web designer very active in our reenactment community, particularly the British Nightwatch. Both organizations are very important to our 450 efforts, and both would like this kickoff opportunity.
The bids:
Augustine.com - website with 4-5 static info pages, interactive forum, six months hosting. $495
Thornton - website with message board or forum. $400. Hosting site $96. Domain registration $10.
Better minds among us can comment on these bids. But again, most important is to get something going on the web.
George's personal recommendation is Augustine.com. Henry is passionate about our national treasure, and has volumes of graphics for the site, and is here in town. John is equally passionate, but is located in South Carolina and offers part but not the entire package - we get hosting and domain registration separately.
As 450 Corps does not meet again until May 21, please reply to this email with your preference and/or thoughts on such a website development.
George would also like to submit our 450 Corps names for the steering committee. Please let me know if you would not like your name submitted.

042008

(Email) We have two bids for a 450 Corps website with interactive forum for public input.
Both are discounting or otherwise contributing services to 450 Corps.
George told bidders we have $500 contributed by Bank of St. Augustine to cover costs for a website and services for six months. Because we are not an official 450th committee, note the interim timeframe.
Mayor Boles has called for formation of a city-sanctioned 450th steering committee - we like to think largely due to the work we've begun. Our efforts are designed to either become or be turned over to an official body.
George believes we should have a website as soon as possible to expand idea-gathering while a formal committee is being organized.
In deciding between these bidders, consider that we are not an official 450th body, so the website may or may not become official. Paul Williamson has secured a number of domain names to which this site, or a new one, can be attached.
The two bidders are Augustine.com, Henry Hird's company, and John Thornton, a professional web designer very active in our reenactment community, particularly the British Nightwatch. Both organizations are very important to our 450 efforts, and both would like this kickoff opportunity.
The bids:
Augustine.com - website with 4-5 static info pages, interactive forum, six months hosting. $495
Thornton - website with message board or forum. $400. Hosting site $96. Domain registration $10.
Better minds among us can comment on these bids. But again, most important is to get something going on the web.
George's personal recommendation is Augustine.com. Henry is passionate about our national treasure, and has volumes of graphics for the site, and is here in town. John is equally passionate, but is located in South Carolina and offers part but not the entire package - we get hosting and domain registration separately.
As 450 Corps does not meet again until May 21, please reply to this email with your preference and/or thoughts on such a website development.
George would also like to submit our 450 Corps names for the steering committee. Please let me know if you would not like your name submitted.

041308

Meeting Wednesday, April 9 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Susan Parker, Michele Reyna, Laura Stevenson, Carol Bradshaw, Eric Johnson.
General discussion - awaiting city commission progress on forming official 450 committee, Avilés delegation visit encouraging its participation in 450, St. Luis Director Bonnie McEwen encouraging St. Augustine representation in living history program and reception as western Florida - Pensacola and Tallahassee - celebrate 450th of brief Spanish settlement, and progress on getting a 450 web site designed and set up.
Next meeting May 21.
450 Corps members urged to pick up quantities of idea-harvesting brochures to distribute to individuals and organizations - available at Oldest House (ask for Julie or Susan, they're stored in kitchen) and at Visitor Center main desk, and St. Johns Printing. An idea return from Tom Barry at Guana Reserve notes great opportunities for programs/projects around that area - pre-European aboriginal settlements, Menendez' march to capture Fort Caroline, etc.
Henry Hird, Atlantique Press, revised his 425th logo design for 450th - pretty neat as interim logo.

040608

(Email) Agenda for Wednesday, April 9 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting
Mayor's reported plan to propose an official 450 city steering committee; Avilés delegation visit; Target use of $500 Bank of St. Augustine contribution; Adopt a Legacy initiative; Idea-harvesting brochures; 450 Corps member comments.
1. A St. Augustine Record editorial March 30 reports that city atty will outline procedure for forming an official city 450 committee, and that in May the mayor will initiate a City Commission discussion of the economic impact report from the 400th anniversary celebration of Jamestown, Va.
The 450 Corps was initiated to begin grassroots interest and ideas for the 450th, and is designed so that all its efforts can be turned over to an ultimate formal committee or commission. My personal view is that we should continue our groundwork efforts until that body is named. Keep one example in mind: how far ahead do you suppose the Clydesdales are booked?
2. Avilés delegation visiting last weekend included commissioners representing each of Avilés' five political parties. I and hopefully other city commissioners made an effort to pave the way for Avilés' participation in our 450th.
3. Bank of St. Augustine contributed $500 for printing of idea-harvesting brochures, but St. Johns Printing made the cost their contribution. George's personal view: contributions are most easily gained when a specific need and cost is presented. We're awaiting estimates on web design and hosting. Perhaps this could be banks' gift.
4. George has introduced, as a citizen, the Adopt a Legacy concept to repair/renovate our 34 state-owned historic properties, because no reasonable alternative exists to start work as soon as possible. The estimated $22 million in needed repairs will take all of the next five years (Ponce Quincentenary and start of 3-year celebration through our 450th). He asks 450 Corps, as a non-profit 501.c.3, to consider taking on responsibility for banking pledges and funds.
5. Susan has a large quantity of idea-harvesting brochures. Pick up as many as you can distribute to organizations, businesses, etc. you are in contact with. We want to hear from our whole community, which extends far beyond our city borders.
We should receive IRS response to our 501.c.3 application this month. It will either be approval or request for additional information.

031308

(Email) Good things happening for 450 Corps.
Bank of St. Augustine (Pres. Jeff Bell) contributed $500 for printing of idea-harvesting brochure.
St. Johns Printing quoted a discounted $363.75 to print 5,000, and then agreed to contribute the cost.
Jeff is comfortable with shifting bank's contribution to other efforts, like development of a website with interactive forum, which we're getting quotes on.
Those 5,000 brochures need distributors. Stacks should go into libraries, schools, banks, businesses - to pass them into the hands of individuals. At this time, historical society and VIC are lined up as points to pick up stacks for distribution. Please plan to pick up and distribute some stacks - like someone for Vilano area, for banks, for downtown, etc., and let me know where you've dropped them off.
Also awaiting ballpark estimate from Bobby Bonner on cost to build a 16th century ship. If it comes together as hoped - building it on the highly visible Mary Peck lot in the Spanish Quarter, it will be a focal point to raise interest in our 450th. I'm guessing there won't be any problem finding a major sponsor for it.
Think about potential sponsors in your spheres of influence. I'm guessing the best approach is to have a specific program or project to present - which is why we're going after ideas from the community.

030508

Meeting Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George and Sally Gardner, Susan Parker, Michele Reyna, Paul Williamson, Laura Stevenson, Carol Bradshaw.
George reported state will plan statewide Quincentenary, following recent meeting in Tallahassee attended by Susan and Paul with reps from Pensacola, Seminole tribe, and govt-types. State Dept will seek repeal of previous legislation creating commission in order to redesign more effective legislation.
Paul introduced idea-harvesting brochure. Plans made to make it available at Menorcan Festival Saturday at Llambias House grounds. Anyone available to sit at table any time between 11 and 3 urged to be there.
Agreed we want to move on to expanded committee and development of subcommittees, but that first we should focus on idea harvesting. All corps members urged to contact individual organizations - particularly those involved in heritage - to submit preliminary ideas on projects and programs.
Michelle will update Margo Pope, and Susan each city commissioner, this week to give heads-up on progress. George will update city commission at Monday meeting on 450 Corps progress.
Laura will ask Flagler graphic arts dept. to consider designing a 450th and/or 450/500 logo.
Updates on idea of building a full size (60-foot) or half-scale replica of the fragata El Aguila (The Eagle) for permanent display in the bay by the Castillo, and boat yard in Malaga Spain, building a replica of the 18th century brig Galveztown. Lighthouse is tied into that project, building a boat for the ship.
Discussed potential of exhibits of St. Augustine-related papers and artifacts - many to be sought on loan from other museums, and where such exhibit could be housed (existing site or new building?). George will contact Bob Harper at Lightner on contract form for exhibit loans.
Janis Williams provided excellent review of Jamestown and previous St. Augustine anniversary organizations.
Next meeting Wednesday, April 9 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery.

030108

(Email) Agenda for Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting:
Progress on web site development - George, Paul; Comments on organizational structure - past and 450 anniversary - Janis; Ship-building update - George; 450 Corps member comments
Paperwork for federal 501.c.3 has been sent.
Chuck Nusbaum (oldcity.com) and Henry Hird (Atlantique Press) have been asked to submit proposals for a 450th web site, design and maintenance costs. A web site with interactive reader forum can open up more idea gathering.
Paul has redesigned an idea-harvesting brochure we'll see Wednesday. Awesome job!!
Janis has reviewed previous St. Augustine and Florida and Jamestown celebration organizations for thoughts on 450th structure.
Bob Bonner, who built the ship replica in our Visitor Center, proposes building a full size (60-foot) or half-scale replica of the fragata El Aguila (The Eagle) for permanent display in the bay by the Castillo. Proposed is construction site in our Colonial Spanish Quarter, using 17th century tools and methods, builders and volunteers in period clothes. His earliest plan in 1992 estimated cost at $57,380.
Huge undertaking, but could be tremendous interest-generator and publicity initiative over coming years leading to 450th. Bob continues working on cost estimate and feasibility of building in the Quarter. We'd hope to snare a major sponsor for the project - and permission to build in the quarter would be nice, too.
Meanwhile, Lighthouse is working with historic boat yard in Malaga Spain, which is building a replica of the 18th century brig Galveztown. LAMP is building the ship's boat. When it arrives in St. Augustine they'll row out the greet her. The project is being run by the Spanish Mystic Seaport (Malaga).
Official Avilés delegation visit here is scheduled for April 1; opportunity to discuss Avilés participation in 450th.

02/06/08

Meeting of Wednesday, Feb 6 at Page Edwards Gallery. Attending: Alan Kay, George Gardner, Maricarmen, Susan Parker, Michele Reyna, Paul Williamson, Laura Stevenson, Janis Williams, Eric Johnson, Carol Bradshaw.
Conflict of Interest Policy adopted by resolution to accompany application for IRS 501.c.3.
Account opened for St. Augustine 450th Corporation, c/o Alan Kay, 10 Carrera Street, St. Augustine FL 32084. Alan will deposit monies to cover fees ($300 or $750) for IRS application and $61.25 for state non-profit corp. annual report. George urged members to get $500-$1,000 initial contributions from the community to cover arising expenses.
Atty. Patrick Canan will be Registered Agent for corporation and is reviewing IRS application.
Recommended Jay Humphreys be asked to develop a color brochure, describing mission of 450 Corps. Paul described modifications to community input interview form for handouts as well as one-on-one interviews.
Carol Bradshaw (after the meeting) suggested 450 Corps have a table at March 8 Annual Menorcan Festival with information and interview forms.
Janice noted importance of deciding whether 450th will be driven as tourism or cultural celebration, and recommended following Columbus Commission (1992) structure as model for 450th. Susan recommended contacting residents active in St. Augustine 400th for input.
Eric said initial contact with several religious groups raised concerns on focus and intent of 450th, that will be addressed in Paul's interview form revisions.
Briefly discussed: Record buy-in to promote 450 Corps efforts, and development of web site with interactive forum for community ideas.
Next meeting tentatively set for Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m., Page Edwards Gallery. Let me know if you see any conflicts on date, time.

02/04/08

(Email) Welcome Gwen Duncan, president ACCORD, to the 450 Corps. Gwen's hard-working team has provided continuous events and programs over the past three years on the Civil Rights movement of the mid-60s, highlighted by a "Freedom Trail" program of markers at sites made famous from that era.
Alan Kay and I opened a 450th account at Bank of America, and bank manager Paul Rollberg assured us BOA looks forward to being a sponsor. I noted Jamestown had three major sponsors contributing $11.6 million of its $49 million budget. Stay tuned.
Agenda for Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting
Discussion, Feb. 13 "Visit Florida" meeting in Tallahassee. Discussion, community interview forms. Web site and forum development. Update, IRS 501.c.3 application and state corporate annual report

1/10/08

Meeting of Wednesday, Jan 9 at Page Edwards Gallery, Alan Kay, George and Sally Gardner, Susan Parker, Diane Jacoby, Paul Williamson, Morton/Janis Williams, Eric Johnson, and Carol Bradshaw attending.
Members decided against electing officers at this time. George will continue summarizing meetings and updating activities. Alan volunteered to be treasurer, set up bank account, and provide initial funding. All are encouraged to contribute when account is established.
Members adopted Paul's concept for interviews of community organizations and individuals for their thoughts on scope and participation in the 450th. As Paul described it, "interviews should take about 15 minutes. Goal should be to contact as broad a base as possible; depth and planning will follow. The process builds a strong sense of inclusion. Many will feel included just because they were asked ‘what do you think,' and that basis will be of great service to future planning efforts."
Paul will be collector of completed forms to develop a database.
Draft list of community organizations and individuals provided, with members so far volunteering to interview. Please notify me on those you're willing to interview, even those already selected - you might have a better connection. There will be some doubling up, ie. Dianne, Donna and Laura for Flagler should get together to decide who goes after whom - we see so many avenues of participation from Flagler.
George noted Jay Humphreys has developed a web-based discussion forum for dialog on the 450th.
Paul has secured several domain names, and will work with Jay and George to combine the forum into a central 450 web site.
Next meeting Wednesday, Feb 6 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery.

1/2/08

(Email) Agenda for Wednesday, Jan 9 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery - One hour meeting
Election of officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Board, and authorization - establishment of financial account, Community outreach, and Interview format
Basic to organizing for our 450th is preparing a list of key organizations and individuals participating. Attached is a list started earlier. Look for missing people or organizations and share your ideas. As time permits, we should leave this meeting with a start on contacts to begin their involvement.
Anticipate early on for subsequent meetings formation of subcommittees. Jamestown had three major subcommittees - infrastructure, events, and funding/marketing, with a slew of sub-subs.

12/06/07

(Email) Update to be presented to commission Monday, Dec. 10 regular meeting.
Next corps meeting date is changed from Tuesday Jan 8 to Wednesday, Jan 9, at 8 a.m. at Page Edwards Gallery. Enter the charlotte street gate from oldest house parking lot.
Anticipate we'll discuss reaching out to community - either assembling key organizations and players to contact or setting community meeting or both.

11/29/07

450 Corps met 8 -9:15 am Tuesday at Page Edwards Gallery. George and Sally Gardner, Parker, Reyna. Johnson, Williamson, Kay, Carol Bradshaw attending.
Carol, president of the Menorcan Society, is a new member.
In light of announced legislation to form a federal commission, 450 will not present a resolution to recognize it as 450th non-profit corporation. Instead, George will update City Commission at Dec. 10 meeting on formation of 450 Corps, with assurances its grassroots work is designed to fit into the federal commission's goals.
For this update, Williamson is preparing a statement of purpose of the 450 corps, and Parker a statement of purpose of the 450th commemoration.
All members of 450 Corps are asked to begin compiling lists of city's organizations, events and dates, which can be figured into the celebration and years leading up. Examples: cultural council (art shows, musical performances), archaeological association (web site artifacts and program in St. Augustine), Committee for the Nightwatch (historic events reenactment), etc.
Current understanding of commission appointment process: Governor and City Commission will each have three appointments, but commissioners and residents can make recommendations to governor as well as our own appointments. Consider names for these as well as out-of-state appointments.
450 corps members agreed that main function of federal commission will be providing political power and funding opportunities, so it will be important to get high profiles on the commission, and for us to design the course of action for the federal commission to sell.
Next meeting will be January 8 at 8 a.m. Page Edwards Gallery, for election of officers and progress updates.
For both potential commission names and for organizations, events and dates lists, please share via email with 450 corps as they come to mind so we can compile for January 8 meeting.

11/26/07-2(Email)

Consensus is to stay our course, and not present a resolution at the City Commission meeting Dec.10, but to update commissioners on our work.
Wednesday's one hour meeting, at 8 a.m. at Page Edwards Gallery to discuss presentation to the City Commission, consider next steps for our corps, community outreach, begin list of key individuals and organizations, begin list of programs and projects.

11/26/07

(Email) Recent announcement of legislation to create a federal 450 commission threw a bit of a wrench into our plans.
First, we expected a commission of big names lending credibility but little work in the trenches, which is what our corps is focused on. That may well still be, but the announcement left open the possibility of local members as well. Report: "The commission will consist of 16 members: six appointed at the recommendation of the St. Augustine City Commission and Florida's governor; one member from the National Park Service; the mayor of St. Augustine; one member from the State University System of Florida; and five members from outside Florida who support and have an expertise appropriate to the commemoration."
While this legislation is in the air, we're not likely to get a warm and fuzzy unanimous vote from local commissions on the resolution we proposed. George suggests he update City Commission Dec.10 on what we've been doing - beginning to draw together various groups to start thinking about programs and projects - and suggest that unless there's objection, we continue this groundwork.
There's much to be done, and we don't know how long the federal legislation might take. But our work should be designed to fold into that 450 commission.

11/26/07

(Email) Recent announcement of legislation to create a federal 450 commission threw a bit of a wrench into our plans.
First, we expected a commission of big names lending credibility but little work in the trenches, which is what our corps is focused on. That may well still be, but the announcement left open the possibility of local members as well. Report: "The commission will consist of 16 members: six appointed at the recommendation of the St. Augustine City Commission and Florida's governor; one member from the National Park Service; the mayor of St. Augustine; one member from the State University System of Florida; and five members from outside Florida who support and have an expertise appropriate to the commemoration."
While this legislation is in the air, we're not likely to get a warm and fuzzy unanimous vote from local commissions on the resolution we proposed. George suggests he update City Commission Dec.10 on what we've been doing - beginning to draw together various groups to start thinking about programs and projects - and suggest that unless there's objection, we continue this groundwork.
There's much to be done, and we don't know how long the federal legislation might take. But our work should be designed to fold into that 450 commission.

111407

450 Corps met 8 -9:15 am at Page Edwards Gallery. Gardner, Parker, Reyna. Johnson, Williamson, Maricarmen, Kay attending.
State shows incorporation papers filed 110107
Resolved that Williamson will prepare resolution with city attorney for consideration by county and three cities' commissions, recognizing non-profit St. Augustine 450th Corporation as official committee for 450th celebration.
Committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. at Page Edwards Gallery to approve resolution form.
Resolution will be presented to St. Augustine City Commission meeting Dec. 10, to County Commission Dec. 11, and to Hastings and St. Augustine Beach commissions at closest meeting dates.
Ask that each jurisdiction appoint liaison to committee.
Anticipate, together with resolution, announcement of community-wide meeting date in January
Look for persons in corps or community to serve as secretary, treasurer, public relations positions.
Find Ponte Vedra, Hastings and northwest representatives for planning inclusiveness

110107

(Email) At this time we could plan a meeting at 8 a.m. one weekday at Page Edwards Gallery. Once again, we will keep the meeting to one hour.
Jamestown's three key subcommittees were Programs and Events, Marketing and Finance, and Logistics. Obviously these were broad subcommittees with many subs in each. The full Jamestown report is filled with ideas.
While we're going thru the initial stages of incorporation, think about and share your thoughts on things we should put into motion now. It will be easier to communicate and generate support once we have a plan put together, but I don't think we want to wait until that's developed for some initial outreach.

102907

(Email) "450 Corps" adopted for organization title.
Non-profit incorporation papers sent to Tallahassee for St. Augustine 450th Corporation.
Suggestions: press release and soliciting ideas and potential interest of groups/individuals; set up St. Augustine historic milestone list.