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Board Meeting - September 30, 2013

Present: Ellen Alexander, Mark Ascher, Diane Braswell, John Callahan, Alrene Hibben, Mark Marikos, Bob O’Donnell and Marilyn Reynolds.

Absent: Madison Barkley

Staff: Pat McClain

The Board Meeting was called to order by President Diane Braswell at 6:35 p.m. in the TGMS Conference Room.

Minutes Approval

Minutes of the April 22, 2013, June 4, 2013 and July 8, 2013 Board Meetings were presented. MOTION: To approve the minutes as written. Seconded and approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Income YTD is $132,309.74. Expenses YTD are $29,614.52.

Old Business

The purpose of the meeting was to update everyone on the cases and related information.

Show floor plan:

A new arrangement gives more dealers a corner to increase room for attendees to view the products displayed. There will be an increase in dealer fees of approximately 5%. The exhibits will be more centralized and some of the center aisles will be carpeted. There will be new carpet in the Arena also. To increase comfort and eye appeal, there will be benches and greenery in the exhibit areas as well as umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.

Case lighting

LED lights from China were selected. The cost is $150 per case for 120 cases totaling $18,000 plus shipping and tax. MOTION: To approve the expenditure for lights. Seconded and approved.

Case blueprints

Robert Johnson from GLHN is drawing blueprints for 30 1/2 inch, 48 inch and 66 inch cases which will be ready in two weeks. Paul Harter has written a “Request for Bids” letter to go out with copies of the blueprints to cabinet makers. Bids are to be submitted to TGMS within ten days of receipt of the blueprints.

Donation letter and form have been approved: With donations of $500.00, a plaque bearing donor’s name, or the name of someone they wish to honor, will be placed on a case. Tuller Trophy will make the plaques which will be routered into the case front.


Information from three national chain storage facilities, Cool Box Portable Storage, 1-800-Pack Rat and PODS, was presented. Case storage will depend on the size and weight of the new cases and the weight capacity and climate control of the storage boxes. One or two new trailers are also needed and that search is continuing.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Marilyn V. Reynolds, Recording Secretary